Home > Press Gallery > Current News

Philippine Embassy, Berne
consulate consular services events press gallery links contact


 Left &Right Rizal paintings donated to Berne PE by Filipino artist Rene Robles

( Ambassador Leslie Baja (center) with the embassy personnel L-R Ms. Rose Monette Mendoza, Ms. Agnes Tuazon, Consul Lillibeth Pono, Mr. Harley Tesorero, Mr. Victor Alegado & Mr. Genaro Simpao)

Rizal and William Tell, Philippine and Swiss revolutionaries for independence

31 December 2012 - The Philippine Embassy in Berne reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that a wreath laying was held at the Sentro Rizal of the Embassy chancery on the occasion of the death anniversary of Dr Jose Rizal on 30 December.

Rizal visited Switzerland in June 1887 and visited the cities of Schaffhausen, Basel, Berne, Lausanne and Geneva.  Rizal markers are to be found in Schaffhausen, Berne and Geneva.  During his stay in Switzerland, Rizal took a keen interest in the exploits of the Swiss legendary hero William Tell and translated the novel of Wolfgang von Schiller on William Tell into Tagalog.

The Rizal monument in Luneta was sculpted by Swiss sculptor Richard Kissling who also made the William Tell monument which is found in Altdorf, Canton Uri, Switzerland.

The Philippine Embassy has been expanding the Sentro Rizal into a place where people could study and learn about Rizal including the Rizal heritage trail in Switzerland.  Two paintings of Rizal by Filipino artist Rene Robles were recently donated to the Embassy and are prominently displayed in the Embassy.

Current News
Downloads FAQ  Media Inquiries Contact us   2011 Philippine Embassy Berne