Xiamen, China — In line with the recent commemoration of Philippine National Heroes’ Day, the Philippine Consulate General in Xiamen has successfully turned-over the donation of a life-sized wooden statue of Dr. Jose Rizal to the Jinjiang City Museum on 05 September 2019. The statue will form part of the Museum’s Rizal corner where other Rizaliana are on display.
Done by artist par excellence Ireneo “Rene” SA. Robles, Jr., the donation was made possible through the generosity of Narvacan City mayor Luis “Chavit” Singson.
In a simple ceremony, Consul General Julius Caesar A. Flores turned-over the statue to Jinjiang Committee Member/Chairman, Jinjiang Overseas Friendship Association and Communist Party of China (CPC) Huang Wen Fu and witnessed by Jinjiang City Museum Director Wu Jinpeng.
Mr. Huang warmly received the donation and expressed appreciation and gratitude for the generosity of Mayor Singson as well as commended the Consulate General’s continued initiatives to boost the Museum’s collections.
The Rizal statue was donated to the Jinjiang City Museum under the framework of the Consulate General’s cultural diplomacy program and in consonance with its Sentro Rizal activities. It is expected to enrich the museum’s collection highlighting the deep and meaningful link between the Philippines and Fujian as well as Rizal’s Filipino – Chinese heritage.
It will also play a valuable role in promoting Philippine history, arts and culture, and greater understanding and appreciation of Rizal as well as contribute towards the enhancement of Philippine-Fujian-China relations.
The Consulate General has donated several items to the Museum over the last several years. Earlier last December, Consul General Flores also turned-over an oil canvas painting of Rizal done by Mr. Robles through the generosity of Mayor Singson.
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