Sentro Rizal in New York opens
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sentro Rizal in New York opens

/ 11:03 AM January 10, 2022
Former actress Lorli Villanieva anchored a Q&A presentation by NCCA Chairman and CCP President  Arsenio Lizaso at Kalayaan Hall, Philippine Center in New York before an audience of arts and film enthusiasts.INQUIRER/Carol tanjutco

Former actress Lorli Villanueva and NCCA Chairman and CCP President  Arsenio Lizaso at Kalayaan Hall, Philippine Center in New York before an audience of arts and film enthusiasts.INQUIRER/Carol tanjutco

NEW YORK – As New York City braces itself for the upsurge in Covid, and indoor gatherings once again have been limited, the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue remains a cultural hub and home to Filipino festivities in North America.

Soon after the commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s martyrdom, the Center marked the 10th year of Sentro Rizal, created under the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009.

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National Commission of Culture and the Arts Chairman Arsenio “Nick” Lizaso, officers of Knights of Rizal New York and Metropolitan Chapters, and two of Rizal’s descendants attended the center’s opening.

Sentro Rizal New York has a collection of rare books, materials and video learning tools about the life and works of the national hero.

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Festivities started last December with a film showing and talk by Lizaso, who is also the president of Cultural Center of the Philippines, on Jose Rizal’s legacy, teachings and values to be passed on the youth of today.

Actress Lorli Villanueva anchored the program with highlights on the early days of Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA).

Two of Rizal’s living descendants joined the inauguration. Lisa Tinio Bayot, great granddaughter of Saturnina Rizal Hidalgo , Jose’s eldest sister, who co-organized the family-run MyRizal150.com website to inspire Filipinos to emulate Rizal. Bayot addressed the audience as a family member who keeps Rizal’s legacy alive and relevant in these modern times.

Opening of Sentro Rizal NY: (L-R) Descendants of Jose Rizal Alexandra Jacinto and Lisa Tinio Bayot standing next to NCCA Chairman Nick Lizaso, with NY Consul General Elmer Cato, KOR Supreme Trustee Dean Suba and Deputy Consul General Arman Talbo. INQUIRER/Carol Tanjutco

Opening of Sentro Rizal NY: (L-R) Descendants of Jose Rizal Alexandra Jacinto and Lisa Tinio Bayot standing next to NCCA Chairman Nick Lizaso, with NY Consul General Elmer Cato, KOR Supreme Trustee Dean Suba and Deputy Consul General Arman Talbo. INQUIRER/Carol Tanjutco

Another , Alexandra Jacinto, whose grandfather Francisco Lopez, is the grandson of Paciano Rizal, Jose’s brother, joined the inauguration. She fondly recalled, “My Lolo Fran extensively studied and analyzed in Spanish the last poem written at his cell, Mi Ultimo Adios. To him this poem represented very profoundly Rizal’s expression of his true love for country, family, and foremost, God. My Lolo Fran would then recite this with all his heartfelt love up to the last days of his 100th year.”

Consul General Elmer Cato announced a future collaboration with National Commission on Cuture and the Arts to bring Philippine talents to New York City  to reach Filipino Americans and their American-born children.

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