Left &Right Rizal paintings donated to Berne PE by Filipino artist Rene Robles
Ambassador Leslie Baja (center) with the embassy personnel L-R Ms. Rose
Monette Mendoza, Ms. Agnes Tuazon, Consul Lillibeth Pono, Mr. Harley
Tesorero, Mr. Victor Alegado & Mr. Genaro Simpao)
Rizal and William Tell, Philippine and Swiss revolutionaries for independence
31 December 2012 -
The Philippine Embassy in Berne reported to the Department of Foreign
Affairs that a wreath laying was held at the Sentro Rizal of the
Embassy chancery on the occasion of the death anniversary of Dr Jose
Rizal on 30 December.
Rizal visited Switzerland in June 1887 and visited the cities of
Schaffhausen, Basel, Berne, Lausanne and Geneva. Rizal markers
are to be found in Schaffhausen, Berne and Geneva. During his
stay in Switzerland, Rizal took a keen interest in the exploits of the
Swiss legendary hero William Tell and translated the novel of Wolfgang
von Schiller on William Tell into Tagalog.
The Rizal monument in Luneta was sculpted by Swiss sculptor Richard
Kissling who also made the William Tell monument which is found in
Altdorf, Canton Uri, Switzerland.
The Philippine Embassy has been expanding the Sentro Rizal into a place
where people could study and learn about Rizal including the Rizal
heritage trail in Switzerland. Two paintings of Rizal by Filipino
artist Rene Robles were recently donated to the Embassy and are
prominently displayed in the Embassy.