Philippine Ambassador Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro (center) together with the Embassy personnel recite the Patriotic Oath of the Philippines (Panatang Makabayan) during the flag-raising ceremony held at the Chancery in celebration of the 159th birth anniversary of Jose Rizal on 19 June 2020.
22 June 2020, Paris – In commemoration of the 159th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippine Embassy in Paris held a flag-raising ceremony followed by the offering of flowers in front of the bust of Rizal at the Embassy grounds on 19 June 2020.
The Philippine Embassy in the presence of Philippine Ambassador Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro (6th from left) and Police Attaché Romeo Macapaz (1st from left) join the officials of the Order of the Knights of Rizal – Area of France at the organization’s celebration of the 159th birth anniversary of Jose Rizal held at Place de Rizal in Paris on 20 June 2020.
The following day, Philippine Ambassador Ma. Theresa Lazaro and Philippine Police Attaché Col. Romeo Macapaz participated in a similar commemoration, organized by the Order of the Knights of Rizal (Area of France) at the Place José Rizal in the 9th arrondissement (district) of Paris. Though this commemorations were smaller following the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ambassador expressed her belief that Rizal’s June 19 birth anniversary remains forever in the active consciousness of the Filipinos in France. She said, “we join our kababayans in their fervent wish to soon erect a Rizal sculpture at Place José Rizal to serve as a place of pride in Paris, reminding us and others of the essence of what it is to be Filipino and what our people are capable of achieving.” END.