In celebration of the International Women’s Month, the Philippine Embassy organized a lecture for the members of the Filipino Community in Singapore on “The Women in Rizal’s Life and How They Shaped a National Hero” which was held on 17 March 2018 at the Bayanihan Center’s Sentro Rizal.
Dr. Ambeth Ocampo, renowned Filipino historian, academic, journalist, author and expert on Dr. Jose Rizal, delivered the very informative and entertaining lecture.
Aside from holding this event in line with its Gender and Development (GAD) program, this lecture serves as the Embassy’s inaugural cultural literacy program under its Sentro Rizal to foster appreciation and knowledge of Philippine culture, history and arts among Filipinos in Singapore.
“Practically growing up with women in his life with nine sisters and his mother, Rizal was indeed shaped by the women in his life. Rizal particularly loved his mother so much which could explain why he remained single until his death”, Dr. Ocampo said. “Rizal represents our own capacity for greatness and heroism”.