The Policy Times, Dhaka Bureau (21 April) :
Bangladesh Embassy, Manila handed over a commemorative artwork on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Filipino National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal as a permanent showpiece to the Jose Rizal Museum, as part of the birth centenary celebration of the Father of the Nation.
The woodcarving was done by Filipino artist Mr. Nicolas P. Aca Jr. who was highly inspired by these two great Leaders who fought against colonial powers for the emancipation of their motherlands and gave their lives for their people.
The work reflects engraved portraits of the two leaders with a red line flowing in the background, symbolizing the supreme sacrifices they made for their people.
Bangladesh Ambassador Mr. Siam, in his speech at the unveiling ceremony, elaborated the life and philosophy of the Father of Nation including how he guided his people to freedom. He also said that two great leaders resonate the same chords of history, in two separate lands, in two separate times, by dreaming and leading their people’s liberation from oppression.
The Curator of the Museum Ms. Zarah Escueta thanked the Embassy for making the Rizal museum a partner in the celebration of the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and said that his life and work would inspire all the visitors of the museum and they would be more interested in his life and ideals. She also mentioned that the life and philosophy of Bangabandhu make him an icon of global peace and freedom.