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Rizal honored in Calamba-German sister city pact Print E-Mail
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Saturday, 15 October 2011


Calamba Mayor Joaquin Chipeco Jr. & Wilhelmsfeld Mayor Hans Zellner lays a wreath at the Rizal shrine in Wilhelmsfeld
Philippine national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal was highly honored during the signing last October 7, 2011 of a Sister-City Agreement between the Cities of Calamba, Laguna and Wilhelmsfeld, Germany, where Rizal wrote his first book Noli Me Tangere.


Philippine Ambassador to Germany Maria Cleofe Natividad said that the agreement between Calamba, Laguna City Mayor Joaquin Chipeco, Jr. and Wilhelmsfeld City Mayor Hans Zellner, was part of many activities held in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Rizal.


Wilhelmsfeld & Calamba Mayors sign the Calamba-Wilhelmsfeld sister-city agreement, 07 October 2011 in Wilhelmsfeld witnessed by Ambassador Maria Cleofe Natividad, Philippine Honorary Consul General Prof. Dr. Gerhard Zeidler, Laguna Congressman Justin Marc Chipeco, and Calamba City Administrator Manuel Ladrido.
Instrumental to the signing of the Agreement and organizing the event were the Philippine Embassy in Berlin and the Philippine Honorary Consul General Dr. Gerhard Zeidler of Baden-Württemberg. Ambassador Natividad acknowledged the efforts of Wilhelmsfeld City Mayor Hans Zellner, and Mayor Joaquin Chipeco together with Laguna Congressman Justin Marc Chipeco and his delegation, who flew all the way from Calamba for the event.


Ambassador Natividad expressed the Philippines’ gratitude to both mayors for making the historic signing possible, saying this Ageement will usher in more “formal ties and cooperation on areas of mutual interest for both cities, their respective peoples, and also for the betterment of cultural understanding between the Philippines and Germany.”


Ambassador Natividad pose for a photo with Mayor Chipeco and members of the Philippine delegation, Heidelberg Mayor Dr. Eckart Würzner and officials of Philippine representations in Germany
The ceremony started off with a wreath-laying at the only monument of Rizal in Germany, right in Wilhelmsfeld City. Among the various other activities held were the awarding of student winners of an essay-writing competition on Rizal and the lectures on the life and works of Rizal by Ms. Manju Ludwig, a history professor at the South Asian Institute of the University of Heidelberg and Dr. Frtitz Hack, a descendant of Rev.Pastor Karl Ulmer, in whose family residence in Willhelmsfeld Rizal stayed.


Ambassador Natividad said it is Wilhelmsfeld where Rizal learned much about the German culture, values, language and other German-inspired democratic ideals that inspired him to write his books, poems and other works. In fact, apart from his Noli and El Filibusterismo books, the Ambassador said that not too many Filipinos know that Rizal actually wrote his third book,entitled “Guillermo Tell,” which is a Tagalog translation of German poet and playwright Friedrich Schiller’s story “William Tell.”


Philippine delegation meet with Mayor Würzner at the Heidelberg Town Hall
Another Rizal activity held was a visit to the office of Mayor Lord Dr. Eckart Würzner of the City of Heidelberg, where the delegation signed the City’s “Golden Book.” It is also in this adjacent city where Rizal took his medical studies at the School of Ophthalmology of the University of Heidelberg in Bergheim. END


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