Rizal Descendant Ms Lisa Bayot To Join Us in the Premiere Showing of “A mi Patria”May 26, 2012
On June 19 next month, Ms. Lisa Bayot, co-founder of MyRizal website [myrizal150.com] will join us as one of our guest speakers in the premiere showing of our film, A MI PATRIA [5 Poems of Rizal in Filipino Sign Language]. Like Atty. Ramoncita Reyes, our guest speaker in the launching of ULTIMO ADIOS last December held as part of NHCP’s celebration of Dr. Rizal’s death anniversary, Ms. Lisa is a Rizal descendant from the Saturnina Rizal branch of the family. I met her during UA’s launching. She has accepted my invitation to join us in the event, together with Ms. Maite Gallego, a descendant of Maximo Viola and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo. Viola, a close friend of Rizal actually helped him in financing the publication of Noli Me Tangere, his first novel. According to Wikipedia, the “original manuscript had already planned to be destroyed by Rizal because of financial inability to pay for its publication. Thus, the first 2,000 copies of the novel were printed. In deep gratitude, Rizal gave him the last galley proofs and the first published copy, “To my friend, Maximo Viola, the first to read and appreciate my work-Jose Rizal, March 29, 1887, Berlin.” – Rizal wrote.”
The title of my omnibus film was in fact taken from the Dedication page of Dr Rizal’s Noli.