Knights of Rizal in Chicago recall national hero’s martyrdom
CHICAGO — Consul General Generoso D.G. Calonge led the Filipino community in honoring the martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal in two separate but equally meaningful ceremonies.
Together with officers and staff of the Philippine Consulate General and some leaders of the Filipino community, Consul General Calonge laid a wreath at the Rizal Monument in Margate Park. He recalled the inspiring life and works of Rizal to uplift the spirits of those present in the chilly morning of Friday, Dec. 30.
Calonge then presided as “Supreme Chancellor” for the Knights of Rizal Central Area assembly later in the evening at Seafood City in Chicago.
The Knights of Rizal (Chicago, Malaya, Magiting and Maynilad Chapters) and Ladies for Rizal saw the elevation to second degree “Knight Officer of Rizal” of seven members of the Maynilad Chapter, including four staff members of the Consulate General, and one member of the Malaya Chapter.
New members were also initiated or dubbed as “Knights of Rizal” including Morton Grove Trustee Ed Ramos, PNB Manager Butch Odulio, Jun Delfin and Mark Tan, while honorary membership was granted to Carlos Go, CEO of Seafood City, who was also inducted as a member of the Consulate-based Maynilad Chapter.
Knight Grand Commander of Rizal Eli Faypon delivered a stirring oration on Rizal as a focal point for unity amid troubled times. Fellow KGCR Dr. Rufino Crisostomo also shared his insights on the growth and impact of the Knights of Rizal in Chicago over the years.
The Maynilad Chapter served as host of the program with Deputy Consul General Romulo Victor Israel Jr. acting as master of ceremonies assisted by Knight Grand Officer of Rizal Felix Gonzales of the Malaya Chapter.
Calonge highlighted the timeless voice and universality of the principles espoused by Dr. Jose P. Rizal that not just Filipinos, but also peoples around the world could continue to learn from.