Chicago, 26 June 2023 – As part of its commemoration of the 162nd birth anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago conducted a screening of the short film, “Rizal’s Pen”, at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Consulate on 23 June 2023.
Produced by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts – Sentro Rizal Secretariat in partnership with Tanghalang Pilipino and the Department of Foreign Affairs in 2021, “Rizal’s Pen” is a 45-minute film written and directed by Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards Hall of Famer Nicholas B. Pichay. It tells the story of a young man and his discovery of the relevance of Rizal’s writings in his life even in contemporary times.
In remarks delivered prior to the screening, Consul General J. Susana V. Paez thanked the Sentro Rizal Secretariat for facilitating the first viewing of the film in Chicago. She noted the continued relevance and importance of the life and works of Dr. Rizal in shaping the identity and love of country of Filipinos and Filipino Americans in the US Midwest, which now number close to 320,000. She also urged Philippine Consulate personnel to be guided by Rizal’s compassion and patriotism in serving fellow Filipinos in the region.
The film screening follows the floral offering ceremony organized by the Philippine Consulate and the Filipino community at the Rizal Monument in Margate Park, Chicago on 19 June 2023. Apart from Rizal’s 162nd birth anniversary, the Philippine Consulate and Filipino community were also marking the 135th anniversary of Rizal’s fourteen (14) hour visit to Chicago on 11 May 1888, a day after passing by the State of Nebraska on his transcontinental train ride across the United States. END