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call or email Ambeth Ocampo, NHI chair on Jose Rizal’s house painted green

jose rizal's green house

jose rizal's house painted green. photo scanned from PDI.

these are the comments printed in that news article. we agree completely with the comments. all filipinos should speak up and get the NHI to bring back the glory to jose rizal’s house.

“The house symbolizes Rizal and [the paint job] is an insult to his memory,” she said.

“That’s all we have here in Calamba, and we’ve lost our symbol,” Lazaro said in expressing worry over losing the city’s main historical and tourist attraction.

“It’s embarrassing,” she said. “We are having a hard time explaining to [guests] why it is green.”

Lazaro said it was different in the pre-green days: “Children would turn quiet upon entering the house. There was a certain ambiance and romance, it being an old house.”

She said this was contrary to a reaction from another recent guest who referred to the shrine as “a toy house.”

Another resident said Rizal’s house now looked “like a cake.” Lazaro said teachers on a tour of Calamba were “angry that they lost credibility before their students” in showing the national hero’s supposed representation of home.

Ambeth Ocampo

get in touch with NHI Chair Ambeth Ocampo:

  • NHI Telephone Number: 525-7695 (Melanie is secretary; Troy is assistant to the secretary)
  • email: aocampo@ateneo.edu
  • Ateneo De Manila University: 426-6001 ext, 5240 or 5241
  1. June 23, 2009 at 5:34 am

    The National Historic Institute and Ambeth Ocampo in particular should back down and restore the Rizal Shrine to what it was before it was turned green.

    Ambeth Ocampo made a sweeping conclusion … No one can conclude that the green paint recovered from the 1950’s reconstruction of the shrine was its original color during the late 19th century.

    Even the layout of the shrine was guesswork. More than anything, the Rizal Shrine is a national symbol which the NHI and Ambeth Ocampo successfully vandalized.

    • June 23, 2009 at 7:41 am

      i agree with you. rizal’s original house being colored green is inconclusive. there is no factual basis for it. the bottom line to me is that the driver for painting the house green is just the meaning of rizal’s name which i think is frivolous and just trivia not worthy of recognition in such a big way as painting the house green.

  2. joey
    July 15, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    “the funny part here is that the NHI HIstorica Preservation division before repainting the house scraped off layers of paint from a part of the house and, believe it or not, the green everyone hates today happens to be the “original” color when the reconstructed house was opened to the public 50 years ago.”

    found an earlier photograph of the reconstructed house in the late 1950’s, its WHITE
    please visit this site… http://oldphilippinephotos.co.cc/about/laguna/jose-rizal-house/

    inquired about the color of the house, no one in calamba city seems to remember painting the house green in the 1950’s….they said that the reconstructed house was originally painted white…

  3. joey
    December 14, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    update repainting of rizal shrine calamba, check it out

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