November 14, 2016

In 2008, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurated the first Jose Rizal Park in Lima, Peru. It is the first public park in Peru named after a national hero of a foreign country and the first to have such a monument.

The bronze bust was designed by Czech sculptor Libor Piszlac who hails from Litomerice in Czech Republic, and was donated by Hans Gunter Schoof — a German married to a Filipina from Baclayon, Bohol — who was a passionate admirer of Rizal.

The bust is mounted atop a quadrilateral pedestal, decorated with four inaugural plaque markers on each side.

Inscribed in one marker are the words: “Dr. Jose P. Rizal, Heroe Nacional de Filipinas, Nacionalista, Reformador Political, Escritor, Linguistica y Poeta, 1861-1896.”

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