Sculptures 02: Rizal Monument
How many of us have taken a closer look at the whole Rizal Monument in Luneta? The iconic image of an upright Jose Rizal, holding a copy of his novel Noli me tangere and glancing rightwards, and a stars-decorated obelisk behind him are the images formed in our consciousness whenever we conjure the monument. But there sit other figures that are worth noting. At Rizal’s right is a mother rearing an infant. Below this figure is an inscription:
LA MADRE FILIPINA CRIA EL PORVENIR DEL PAIS
I am not an expert in Spanish, but a quick reference from Google Translate yields “The Filipino mother raises the country’s future”. At Rizal’s left are two youths reading a book. Below the figure an inscription reads:
DE LA INSTRUCCION NACE LA GRANDEZA
Again, a translation can be understood as “from instruction, greatness is born”. The monument was designed by Richard Kissling, a Swiss sculptor, and was formally titled Motto Stella. You can read more information about the monument from this article by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.