PHL Embassy in Tokyo Commemorates the 121st Death Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal

Tokyo 1

CDA, a. i. Marian Jocelyn R. Tirol-Ignacio offers flowers before the bust of Dr. Jose Rizal at the Embassy lobby. (Photo: Mr. Mark Akim)

04 January 2017 TOKYO – The Chargé d’ affaires, a.i. Ms. Marian Jocelyn R. Tirol-Ignacio led officers and staff of the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo in observing the 121st anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal today, by way of simple commemorative rites at the Embassy’s main lobby followed by a floral offering at Dr. Rizal’s 56-year-old memorial at Hibiya Park in Central Tokyo.

CDA Tirol-Ignacio underscored the importance of observing 30 December each year as a day of gratitude for Dr. Rizal’s heroism and as an opportunity for all Filipinos to reflect on the hero’s example. “Although we mark today Dr. Rizal’s martyrdom, his death was but a culmination of a remarkable lifetime of unstinting devotion to fostering our sense of nationhood as Filipinos,” she said. CDA Tirol-Ignacio also held up as worthy of emulation the valuable legacy that Dr. Rizal’s years of living abroad has left for Filipinos abroad and the Philippine Foreign Service alike, in terms of serving the interests of the Filipino nation even as they live away from the homeland. END

For more information, visit

Tokyo 2

CDA, a. i. Marian Jocelyn R. Tirol-Ignacio pays tribute to Dr. Rizal with a brief speech at the ceremony (Photo: Mr. Mark Akim)

Tokyo 3

CDA, a. i. Tirol-Ignacio and officials of Tokyo PE and partner agencies pose for a commemorative photo following the floral offering before Dr. Rizal’s bust at Hibiya Park.  (Photo: Mr. Mark Akim)