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Project Saysay joins Rizal, Andersen exhibits

Through the initiatives of the Knights of Rizal (KOR) Supreme Council, Project Saysay curated a special exhibit entitled To Retrieve What Has Been Lost: Jose Rizal as a Historian. It was co-written by Ian Christopher Alfonso, former Executive Director of Project Saysay and a knight of KOR Sucesos Young Historians Chapter, and Stacy Danika Garcia, Vice-Consul for Culture of the Philippine Embassy in London.

The exhibit went side by side with the exhibit of the Embassy of Denmark in the Philippines on Hans Christian Andersen. Both exhibits were inaugurated during the opening program of the 22nd KOR International Assembly on 22 February 2019 at the Ynares Event Center, Antipolo City.

The idea of twinning a Rizal exhibit with Andersen’s was a brainchild of Danish Ambassador to the Philippines Jan Top Christensen. Sir Mark Boado, KGCR, the Supreme Pursuivant of the KOR Supreme Council, tapped Project Saysay to realize the Danish Ambassador’s idea of a twin exhibit. The event happened to be a book launch of Anvil Publishing’s Hans Christian Andersen and Jose Rizal: From Denmark to the Philippines. Rizal attempted to translate Andersen’s fairy tale collection into Tagalog for his nieces and nephews back in the Philippines. Gracing the occasion was Ambassador Christensen himself, who wanted the exhibit to reach different schools in the country.

The exhibits were remounted by the KOR Supreme Council and the Embassy of Denmark in the Philippines at Silahis Gallery, Intramuros last May 31 to June 1.

The Philippine leg of To Retrieve What Has Been Lost: Jose Rizal as a Historian is being run by KOR Supreme Council. It was printed through the help of RII Builders and Anvil Publishing. It also has a London leg under the auspices of the Philippine Embassy in London.

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