19 June 2019 Toronto, Ontario – The 158th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Jose Rizal was commemorated by the Order of the Knights of Rizal (KOR) Canada Region at the Earl Bales Park, North York, on 19 June 2019. PCG Toronto’s Deputy Consul General (DCG) Bernadette Therese Fernandez, Consul Edna May Lazaro, Consul Edwin Gil Mendoza, KCR, Cultural Officer Cecil Santos and Communications Officer Errol Reyes attended the celebration.
A highlight of the event was the wreath-laying ceremony at the bust of Dr. Jose Rizal at Earl Bales Park. KGOR Regional Commander Sir Jose Damasco, DCG Fernandez, Consul Mendoza, representatives of the Knights of Rizal Ladies, representatives of Rizal Youth Canada Council and other guests laid wreaths in front of Dr. Rizal’s bust.
DCG Fernandez and Consul Mendoza delivered their messages during the event. Also in attendance was Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for North York Sir Roman Baber, KCR. The great great grandniece of Dr. Jose Rizal, Bea Villaroman, also graced the occasion.
The ceremony also witnessed the presentation of awards to officials and members of KOR for their contributions in the successful implementation of various activities of KOR in the past months. The event was sponsored by the Rizal Youth Canada Council.