Schaffhausen commemorates Jose Rizal’s 152nd birth anniversary
Ambassador Leslie Baja with Schaffhausen City Councillor Simon Stocker
during the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the Rizal marker
Concert at the Rathauslaube by Fil-Am tenor Sal Malaki accompanied by pianist Dr. Abelardo Galang
The Philippine Embassy
and the City of Schaffhausen commemorated Dr. Jose Rizal’s 152nd birth
anniversary on 19th June in the traditional wreath-laying ceremony and
in a concert by Filipino American tenor Sal Malaki.
The commemoration kicked off with a wreath-laying ceremony on the
historical marker dedicated to Dr. Jose Rizal on the façade of former
Hotel Müller, presently the office of Credit Suisse at around 5 o’clock
in the afternoon.
During the ceremony, Schaffhausen City Councillor Simon Stocker
recalled the connection between Rizal and Schaffhausen, the first city
that Rizal visited on 2-3 June 1887 during his brief sojourn in
Ambassador Leslie Baja, in his remarks, thanked the City and Canton of
Shaffhausen for the support and cooperation they have extended through
the years to make the annual commemoration of Rizal’s birthday more
memorable for the Filipino community in Switzerland. He made
parallelism between the ideas of Rizal and the Swiss legendary hero
William Tell who accordingly inspired the political and revolutionary
ideas of the Philippine national hero.
The brief ceremony was followed by an ápero hosted by the Schaffhausen
city and canton officials at the Haus der Wirtschaft as a prelude to a
concert at the Rathauslaube by Filipino American tenor and member of
Los Angeles Opera Sal Malaki, accompanied on the piano by Berlin-based
pianist Dr. Abelardo Galang.
The concert opened with a very moving rendition of “God and God Alone”
by composer by Phil McHugh. The whole repertoire was an evocative story
of Rizal’s own personal struggles as he worked on awakening the
political consciousness of the Filipino people, as well as a moving
account of the Filipinos’ aspirations for freedom from foreign
More than a hundred people attended the concert, most of whom were
Swiss and German locals and members of the Filipino community from the
nearby cantons and cities along the Swiss-German border.
Representatives of the local print media were also present at the