historical sites should inspire, elicit national pride; rizal’s house painted green embarasses us
ambeth ocampo, chair of the national historical institute rationalized the painting of rizal’s house into green with this:
In his column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on June 3, NHI Chair Ambeth Ocampo explained that the reason for painting Rizal’s house green was to “highlight, and inform visitors of, the meaning of his surname.”
The surname Rizal is rooted in the Spanish word “ricial,” which means a green field ready for harvest, Ocampo said.
and this is what we have to say:
we are all familiar with Tide Detergent brand. we all know what “tide” means but we do not see depicted in it’s packaging design nor do we see sea water included inside a pack of Tide Detergent Powder.
it is not trivia we want from rizal, it is meaning and significance that we want. when we find meaning and significance in rizal, then we become a better nation. something i am sure rizal would have wanted.
for a historian, i am shocked that mr. ocampo did not know that.
mr. ocampo is the first historian we know of who intentionally pursued trivia rather than facts, meaning and substance.
historical sites are supposed to elicit respect, inspiration, nationalism and pride, nothing of the sort comes to mind from rizal’s house painted green. it embarasses us.