Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Laptop for 1 Euro!

A lot of wonderful prizes are in store for disco-goers and patrons of the LFR and KOR at their annual Yugyugan Disco to be held on Saturday, 22 October 2011. For a tombola ticket worth 1 Euro the following prizes could be won: Laptop Computer, (Two) Navigation Systems, Digital Camera, AEG Dampfbuegelstation (AEG steam iron), AEG Bodenstaubsauger (AEG Vacuum cleaner) rice cooker, 1 sack of rice and many many more!

The proceeds of the event will benefit the various charitable projects of the Knights and Ladies for Rizal in the Philippines. So what are you waiting for? Bring your friends and family, come dance your worries away and get a chance to win one of the several prizes of the night!

Contact: Helen Lacuna 02241-334955
Gloria Marten:02241-81440
Margie Lapinid Amarga: 0228-225965

Or any other Knight or Ladies for Rizal Bonn Chapter members.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Yugyugan Disco 2011 on October 22

The Order of the Knights of Rizal e.V. and the Ladies for Rizal Bonn Chapter invite you once again to their annual disco fund-raising event on Saturday October 22, 2011 starting at 18:00 hrs at the St Winfried Basement Hall Straesschensweg 3, 53113 Bonn. Join us and have fun while helping support our charitable projects in the Philippines!

*Music from 1960s to present!!                
*Mob Dancing with Dance Instructors!!

Entrance fee is only 6 Euro, Food and drinks available at very low prices!
Tombola tickets available at 1 Euro each!
Contact: Helen Lacuna 02241-334955
Gloria Marten:02241-81440
Margie Lapinid Amarga: 0228-225965

Monday, 12 September 2011

LFR KOR holds first meeting after Summer break

It was a reunion of sorts for the Ladies and Knights of Rizal Bonn Chapter last Friday, 09 September 2011 as they held their first regular chapter meeting after the long summer break. After a hearty dinner of Filipino and German dishes, discussion for the upcoming Yugyugan Disco 2011 began. This year, the group is planning a lot of fun and surprises for the event, making it another exciting night for all disco-goers. Those who came to the Yugyugan last year, will definitely enjoy this year's party as well.

For all those who are interested to join  this year's party, do stay tuned for more information!

Mi Ultimo Adios

Farewell, beloved Country, treasured region of the sun,
Pearl of the sea of the Orient, our lost Eden!
To you eagerly I surrender this sad and gloomy life;
And were it brighter, fresher, more florid,
Even then I’d give it to you, for your sake alone.

In fields of battle, deliriously fighting,
Others give you their lives, without doubt, without regret;
The place matters not: where there’s cypress, laurel or lily,
On a plank or open field, in combat or cruel martyrdom,
It’s all the same if the home or country asks.

I die when I see the sky has unfurled its colors
And at last after a cloak of darkness announces the day;
If you need scarlet to tint your dawn,
Shed my blood, pour it as the moment comes,
And may it be gilded by a reflection of the heaven’s newly-born light.

My dreams, when scarcely an adolescent,
My dreams, when a young man already full of life,
Were to see you one day, jewel of the sea of the Orient,
Dry those eyes of black, that forehead high,
Without frown, without wrinkles, without stains of shame.

My lifelong dream, my deep burning desire,
This soul that will soon depart cries out: Salud!
To your health! Oh how beautiful to fall to give you flight,
To die to give you life, to die under your sky,
And in your enchanted land eternally sleep.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Rizal Trivia

  1. Jose Rizal could write and read at age two and grew up to speak 22 languages including Latin, Spanish, Catalan, German, French, English, Chinese and Japanese.
  2. Three animal species were named after Rizal; Draco rizali, a species of flying dragon, Rachophorous rizali, a species of toad and Apogonia rizali, a beetle species.
  3. Rizal is one of the few recognized "Renaissance man" in the world. A Renaissance man is a well educated person and one who excels in a wide variety of subjects or fields.
  4. He mastered various skills and subjects. He was an ophthalmologist, novelist, educator, farmer, historian, playwright, sculptor, painter and journalist.
  5. Jose Rizal was a fine architect, cartographer, economist, ethnologist, anthropologist, sociologist, dramatist, martial artist and an expert in fencing and pistol shooting.
  6. Rizal, a polyglot conversant, was a prolific essayist, diarist, correspondent, diarist, novelist and poet.
  7. Jose Rizal graduated in Ateneo Municipal de Manila as one of the nine students in his class declared as "sobresaliente" or "outstanding".
  8. Considering that he lived during the latter part of the 19th century where the only means of long distance travel is by ship, he can be considered a very well traveled man. He traveled extensively and had been to the United States, Spain, Great Britain, France, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Italy, Singapore, Borneo, Hong Kong, China and Japan. Not even a millionaire today could afford the numerous and extensive travels of Jose Rizal during his time.
  9. Rizal, a man of medium height and small built, was a great lover. He was romantically involved to numerous women of different nationalities which include Gertrude Becket, Nelly Bousted, Usui Seiko, Segunda Katigbak, Leonora Rivera, Leonor Valenzuela, Consuelo Ortiga y Rey, Suzanna Jacoby, and Josephine Bracken.
  10. Jose Rizal wrote his very first poem entitled "Sa Aking Mga Kababata" (To My Childhood Friends) at age seven.
  11. Rizal's most famous quotation: "Ang hindi magmahal sa sariling wika, daig pa ang hayop at malansang isda". (He who does not love his own language is worse than an animal and smelly fish).
  12. Quite unusual for a man about to be executed, but his pulse proved to be normal when the Spanish surgeon general requested to take his pulse moments before Rizal's execution.
  13. Bizarre it may seems but there is a religious sect, the Rizalista – members of Cruzado, claims that Jose Rizal is the reincarnation of Jesus Christ.
  14. It sounds absurd but there are people who are spreading statements that Adolf Hitler of Germany and Mao Zedong of China were sons of Jose Rizal. This is absolutely a hoax.
  15. Monuments in honor of Jose Rizal were erected in various parts of the world like Madrid, Spain; Wilhelmsfeld, Germany; Jinjiang, Fujian, China; Chicago, Cherry Hill Township, San Diego, Seattle, U.S.A.; Mexico City, Mexico; Lima, Peru; Litomerice, Czech Republic; and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Source: Amazing Facts About Rizal

Thursday, 1 September 2011

How well did Rizal Perform in the University?

The Royal and Pontifical University of the Philippines, The University of Santo Tomas’ Faculty of Medicine’s record of Jose Rizal with a grade of Aprovado.  The grades were Notable (Excellent), Sobresaliente (Very Good), Aprovado (Passed) and Reprovado (Failed).

Most biographers of Rizal paint a bleak picture of his stay at the University of Santo Tomas. An examination of the records at the archives, however, presents a more balanced view. All of this has been presented by Fr. Fidel Villarroel, OP, in his book “Jose Rizal and the University of Santo Tomas” (1984), with so much more enriching detail and context.

Grades of Rizal in UST (1877-1882)

Preparatory Course of Theology and Law (1877-1878)
Cosmology—Sobresaliente [Excellent; equivalent grade: 1.0]
Metaphysics—Sobresaliente [Excellent: 1.0]
Theodicy—Sobresaliente [Excellent: 1.0]
History of Philosophy—Sobresaliente [Excellent: 1.0]
Preparatory Course of Medicine
Advanced Physics—Aprovechado [Very Good: 1.5]
Advanced Chemistry—Sobresaliente [Excellent: 1.0]
Advanced Natural History—Aprovechado [Very Good: 1.5]

1st Year of Medicine (1878-1879)
 Note: Rizal was one of four allowed out of 28 to take these courses simultaneously with those above, which was highly irregular, but it reveals the Dominicans’ recognition of their students’ intellectual preparation.
General Anatomy and Histology—Bueno [Good: 2.0]
Descriptive Anatomy—Bueno [Good: 2.0]
Exercises of Osteology and Dissection—Bueno [Good: 2.0]

2nd Year of Medicine (1879-1880)
General Anatomy and Histology II—Bueno [Good: 2.0]
Descriptive Anatomy II—Bueno [Good: 2.0]
Exercises of Dissection—Bueno [Good: 2.0]
Physiology, Private and Public Hygiene—Bueno [Good: 2.0]

3rd Year of Medicine (1880-1881)
General Pathology, Its Clinic, and Pathologic Histology—Aprobado [Passed: 3.0]
Therapeutics, Medical Matter and Art of Prescribing—Sobresaliente [Excellent: 1.0]
Surgical Anatomy, Operations, External Medical Applications and Bandages—Bueno [Good: 2.0]

4th Year of Medicine (1881-1882)
Medical Pathology—Notable [Very Good: 1.5]
Surgical Pathology—Notable [Very Good: 1.5]
Obstetrics, Sicknesses of Women and Children—Notable [Very Good: 1.5]
Siphilography—Notable [Very Good: 1.5]