Commemorative artwork on Bangabandhu, Rizal at Filipino museum

Diplomatic Correspondent

22 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Commemorative artwork on Bangabandhu, Rizal at Filipino museum

Bangladesh Embassy in Manila has handed over a commemorative artwork on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Filipino National Hero Dr Jose Rizal as a permanent showpiece to Jose Rizal Museum.  

The artwork was gifted to the museum as a part of the birth centenary celebration of the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh. The museum dedicated to Jose Rizal is located at his ancestral house in the district of Calamba.

The woodcarving was done by Filipino artist Nicolas P Aca Jr who was highly inspired by these two great leaders who fought against colonial powers for emancipation of their motherlands and gave their lives for their people.

The work reflects engraved portraits of the two leaders with a red line flowing in the background symbolizing the supreme sacrifices they made for their people.

The handing-over ceremony was conducted with a restricted audience as per the local health protocols.

In the handover ceremony, curator and officials of the museum, Calamba Mayor’s Office, Cultural Affairs Office, Tourism Office, Cultural Heritage and Historical Society, Philippine Information Agency and the Historic Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) were present, among others, said a press release of the Bangladesh Embassy in Philippines on Wednesday. 

Ambassador Asad Alam Siam in his speech in the unveiling ceremony elaborated the life and philosophy of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, including how he guided his people to freedom.

Siam also said that two great leaders resonate with the same chords of history in two separate lands and in two separate times, by dreaming and leading their people’s liberation from oppression.   

He thanked the NHCP and the museum for accepting the gift. He hoped that it would appeal to the visitors to discover the similar journey of two people and the two leaders.