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2nd Rizal monument to rise in Canada—DFA

The Department of Foreign Affairs said Thursday a 3-foot monument of national hero Jose Rizal will be installed in a park in Alberta, Canada.

RIZAL IN ONTARIO. File photo shows Filipinos posing beside a monument of national hero Jose P. Rizal in Ontario, Canada. Soon, another Rizal monument measuring 3 feet tall will be erected this time at a park in Alberta, Canada, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.
The DFA said the bust by Sulu-born Filipino sculptor Toym Abdulmari Imao would be installed in Nose Creek Regional Park in Airdrie -- a popular venue for Filipino community events -- as a tribute to Filipinos in Alberta.

“The Rizal Monument will be a tribute to all the hardworking Filipinos in Alberta, which hosts the second-largest Filipino population in Canada, and will be a source of pride for the whole Filipino community,” Philippine Consul General Zaldy Patron said, in a statement.

The DFA said that Patron first proposed the monument to Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown in June 2019.

It was then approved by the Airdrie City Council in its March 1 and April 6 sessions.

“We are very proud and pleased to announce our support for a community project that recognizes and celebrates Airdrie’s unique Filipino heritage,” Brown said.

“The monument will make a welcome addition to our already beloved Nose Creek Regional Park,” he added.

The monument is expected to be completed in October 2021.

Topics: Department of Foreign Affairs , Alberta , Canada , Toym Abdulmari Imao , Nose Creek Regional Park
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