The Philippine Embassy in Brasília, Brazil commemorated Rizal Day through a simple program with some members of the Filipino Community and Brazilian friends.
The program consisted of a wreath laying at the bust of Dr. Rizal inside the Embassy compound, the recitation of Dr. Rizal’s poem “Mi Ultimo Adios” in Spanish, and the screening of the Marilou Diaz-Abaya film “Jose Rizal.”
Minister Cecilio Crespo, Chargé d’affaires, a.i. of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, read the Mi Ultimo Adios in Spanish. His recital of the poem showed that he was visibly moved by the power of the poem, especially after the Chargé d’affaires, a.i Ariz Severino V. Convalecer explained that Dr. Rizal wrote it his jail cell before he was to be executed by firing squad.
Post’s Brazilian guests, who all spoke Spanish, were also moved by the Mi Ultimo Adios.
The guests were also moved by the film “Jose Rizal” that they refused to partake of the Filipino lunch which Post prepared for its guests until they finished watching the film.
Minister Cecilio Crespo, Chargé d’affaires, a.i. of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, reads Dr. Jose Rizal’s Mi Ultimo Adios in Spanish as Chargé d’affaires, a.i. Ariz Severino V. Convalecer looks on.
The Filipino Community in Brasília and some Brazilian friends commemorate Rizal Day.