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MORTON GROVE, Illinois (JGL) – The Knights of Rizal in Chicago, Illinois area are observing the 122nd Commemoration of Jose Rizal's Martyrdom with the screening of the multi-awarded

film, “Jose Rizal,” which is also marking the 20th anniversary of its release.

Pinoy NewsMagazine Publisher and Editor Mariano “Anong” Santos, KOR Central USA Commander, announced that the movie will be shown on Saturday, Dec. 29, between 1-4:30 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library Auditorium at 6140 W. Lincoln corner Georgiana avenues in Morton Grove.

The screening will be preceded by an early lunch at China Chef from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at $15 per person. Interested parties may email Anong at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.m. 

THE MUCH-ACCLAIMED film, “Jose Rizal,” will be shown as highlight of the 122nd  year commemoration of the Philippine National Hero’s martyrdom. A brief discussion will follow the screening. 


The film was dubbed as the most spectacular and "controversial" Philippine film epic because of its record-breaking 80-million (1998 figure) budget. It was also considered as one of the biggest, finest and most successful historical films ever made in the history of Philippine cinema. The film won several prestigious awards and has also premiered at several well-known film festivals around the world including the Berlin International Film Festival.

Directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya in 1998, the film depicts the life of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, from his childhood with his brother Paciano (Pen Medina), his school years in Ateneo, to his unjust execution in Bagumbayan.    Cesar Montano won best actor in various academies for his title role, together with a highly-acclaimed cast including Joel Torre who played a familiar role of Crisostomo Ibarra/Simon (from Noli and Fili) and Gloria Diaz as the hero’s mother, Teodora Alonzo.

Rizal’s novels, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, served as his weapons against the dominions of Spain in what later become the Philippines. These novels became an inspiration of the “KATIPUNAN” and its founder, Andres Bonifacio (Gardo Versoza), who condemns the friars and Spain as deaf and blind. The Spaniards turned people into imbeciles and criminals. For Bonifacio, the only way for independence and freedom is through revolution.

Rizal’s novels provoked uprisings in the Philippines. Innocent people were imprisoned by the government by merely found in possession of the books of Rizal. In Aug. 1896, the Katipunan started an uprising.


In November 1896, Rizal was imprisoned at Fort Santiago. He was accused as a traitor and as a conspirator to the revolution.    Later in December, Rizal was charged with and tried before a military court.    Soon after, the magistrates summarily condemned him to die by firing squad.

In the film, on the night before the execution, Rizal hallucinates, seeing his alter ego-protagonist Simon of his novel El Filibusterismo tempting the author to change the climax of the story.

On the morning of the execution, Dec. 30, 1896, Rizal gave his sister a small alcohol stove containing his poem "Mi Ultimo Adios" (My Last Farewell). At 7 am, the shooting squad points at his back, he readily uttered his final words: Consummatum est. (It is done.)

The film is in color, in Tagalog with subtitles in English. It runs close to three hours. Brief discussion will follow.  The Order of the Knights of Rizal, Ladies of Rizal and the Philippine Consulate General are co-sponsoring the event which is open to the public. A pre-showing catered boxed lunch is available for $15. Interested persons, please call  Ed Ramos (224)875-8359, Deputy Consul Romulo Israel (708) 830-8505, Bishop Eli Pascua (630) 608-9783, Mariano A. Santos (847) 528-4991, Carmen Estacio (312) 793-7352

Meanwhile,  Consular officials will lead in a floral offering on Sunday at 9 am, Dec. 30 at the Rizal Monument,  along Lake Shore Drive and Marine Drive between Lawrence and Wilson Avenue in front of Weiss Memorial Hospital (Margate Park). Participation in this event is open to the public. Interested persons, please call Liezl Alcantara (312) 583-0621 x13.



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