His theme was well chosen considering the fact that The Netherlands and The Phillipines enjoy 65 years of diplomatic relations and 150 years of consulair relations. On behalf of the Knights of Rizal the chapter commander of The Hague Chapter Sir Anton Lutter, KCR thanked ambassador Ledda for his hospitality and strong support of OKOR in The Netherlands. Sir Anton conveyed the good wish message from the European Regional Commander Sir Antonio Guansing, KGOR to the ambassador and the attendants.
The Philippines on Wednesday celebrated the 119th death anniversary of national hero Jose Rizal with various events throughout the country.
The commemoration began early morning at 5:00 a.m by a re-enactment of Rizal’s walk from Fort Santiago to Luneta, led by the Order of Knights of Rizal (OKOR).
There were also fun and games for the young and old alike at the Burnham Green Rizal Park in Manila at an activity called “Palaro Para kay Rizal.”
This was followed by the simultaneous commemorative rites at 7:00 a.m. in three locations in the country: the Rizal Park in Manila with President Benigno S.C Aquino III; the Rizal Shrine in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte with Regional Trial Court Judge Jose Rene Dondoyano; and the Rizal Shrine in Calamba City, Laguna with Laguna Second District Rep. Joaquin Chipeco Jr.
There was also a commemorative ceremony at the Quezon City Hall with Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista at 9:00 a.m.
On the 26 of june 2015 at the The Hague residence of the Philippines ambassador Sir Jaime Victor Ledda, KCR, the chapter The Hague was reestablished. This and the dubbing of two new members was performed by Sir Peter Plückebaum, KGOR, of the Knights of Rizal Supreme Council who came from Manila. A delegation from the Knights of Belgium attended the meeting. One of the Belgium knights Sir Lucien Spittael, KGOR gave a lecture about Jose Rizal in Europe. Afterwards he presented the book “Belgian Rizalist” by Prof. Dr. Emmanuel F. Calairo, president of the Philippine Historical Association, to Ambassdor Ledda.
After the ceremony the ambassador Sir Jaime Victor Ledda, KCR invited the chapter commander Sir Anton Lutter, KCR to inaugurate with him the “Virtual Sentro Rizal” in The Netherlands. This government project is to educate children of Philippine overseas workers about their roots and provide anyone interested in Philippine culture and history with information. The “Virtual Sentro Rizal” collection comprises 250 gigabytes of data including 72 hours of video of Filipino cultural materials covering different genres across regions.