Monday, December 01, 2008

Exhibit: Rizal On Green: The Hero As Naturalist

Dr. Jose Rizal’s exemplary life as the country’s premier hero, scholar, artist, and naturalist is highlighted in the National Historical Institute (NHI) exhibition entitled “Rizal On Green: The Hero As Naturalist,” which opens at the Manila Ocean Park Multimedia Facility on December 03, 2008 at 9:45 a.m.

The exhibition focuses on Rizal’s fondness for nature, which spurred his curiosity and yearning for knowledge about the Philippines’ diverse flora and fauna from his precocious youth to his adult years. While on exile in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte, Rizal discovered a new species of frog, flying lizard, and beetle, which were subsequently named after him by the scientific community. Noteworthy in the exhibition are images and facts revealing Rizal’s devotion to nature, and a large reproduction of his well-known fable “The Monkey and the Turtle.”

For almost 75 years, the National Historical Institute (NHI) has been in the forefront of actively promoting and preserving Philippine history and cultural heritage by inculcating in the Filipino public, especially the youth, awareness and appreciation for the noble deeds and ideals of our illustrious heroes through its initiatives in research, conservation of both movable and immovable objects, sites management, commemoration of historic events, exhibitions and educational activities, and heraldry works.

For more information on the exhibition, contact Rommel R. Aquino of the NHI at 5231019.

This is a project of Manila Ocean Park and National Historical Institute’s as a joint effort to promote education on Philippine National History specifically in the month of December--the month of National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal.

Manila Ocean Park is the first marine themed complex to adopt a fusion concept, bringing together an Oceanarium, a mall, restaurant row, hotel, swimming pool lagoons and multi-purpose function facilities.

One of the main thrusts of Manila Ocean Park is to promote awareness about marine conservation and preservation of the Philippine flora and marine fauna. The company is committed to educate people though in-house programs and community outreach programs.

Manila Ocean Park is owned and operated by China Oceanis Philippines Inc., a joint undertaking of Singaporean and Malaysian investors. It is a subsidiary of the Singaporean company, China Oceanis Pte Ltd of the China Oceanis Group of Companies.

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