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new response from NHI chair ambeth ocampo on rizal’s house painted puke green

published at PDI’s Letters To The Editor. letter parsed, read in full here: http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/letterstotheeditor/view/20090627-212651/NHI-head-on-old-flag-Rizal-House

The other news article, “Rizal House is green but people see red” (Inquirer, 6/19/09), tells us what we already know – public reaction to the new color, and the clamor to have the house restored to its “original” color.

This is a case of judging a book by its cover. Before repainting the house, the NHI’s Historic Preservation Division carefully peeled off layers of paint that had accumulated over the last 50 years after the Rizal Shrine was reconstructed using contributions from schoolchildren. The green color everyone hates today happens to be the “original” color.

Nevertheless, the good news is that Boysen Paint has offered to repaint the house in the right shade of green for free. After the rains, we hope a deeper green, the color of “palay,” will continue to educate visitors on the meaning and significance of the surname “rizal” from “ricial” that describes a green field ready for harvest.

 We appreciate the concern for heritage as expressed in these articles but hope that in the future the NHI as the government agency responsible for history will be asked to comment so that the articles will be balanced and not only generate heat but, more importantly, provide illumination as well.

—DR. AMBETH R. OCAMPO, chair, National Historical Institute

  1. Joel Arevalo
    June 28, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    There’s really no argument between NHI Chair Ocampo of the National Historical Institute and the people who find the green paint of Rizal’s home offensive. Let me quote Ocampo:

    “…the NHI historical preservation division didn’t take the initiative to have paint mixed specially for the Rizal Shrine and depended on the offensive, commercially available green paint.” Dr. Ocampo, click http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/columns/view/20090603-208524/Why-Rizals-house-turned-green

    What’s vital is: What should be the color of Rizal’s home? Green of whatever shade? Yellow, specifically golde yellow, which is the color of palay that’s ready for harvest?

    Or, gray that is consonant with adobe or concrete of the 19th century?

    Or, to be more precise, whatever is in good taste, is in harmony with the historical color of Rizal’s home at the time of his life, or whatever is consistent with good taste, good history, and good all around!

    • June 28, 2009 at 11:04 pm

      what is clear is that there is NO clear verifiable proof or finding that the original color of rizal’s house is green. ocampo repeats the color they saw when they scraped the house.

      but in the article he himself wrote, he said the house they scraped is NOT rizal’s original house. the house they scraped is an interpretation of rizal’s house by someone else.

      his insistence of painting it green is therefore wholly founded on his obsession with the trivial pursuit of rizal “or “ricial” that describes a green field ready for harvest”.

      but even on that, as posted in this blog by a reader, Mr. de Jesus that rice ready for harvest is not green but golden yellow.

      ocampo has ran out of facts and arguments.

      given that, i think rizal’s house should be painted in a color that will not make us puke. in a color that even ocampo knows everyone hates.

      read here: https://wawam.wordpress.com/2009/06/19/shocking-historian-wants-us-to-appreciate-rizal-through-trivial-purssuits-we-need-significance-meaning-from-our-heroes-not-trivia/#comments

  2. jongbasco
    July 13, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    still hate the color.

    mga bagay kasi na hindi na dapat ginagalaw, ginagalaw.

    the one thing that sucks for me is that these are the people at the helm. He (Mr. Ocampo) should have known better.

  3. ted
    July 13, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    FYI

    “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/

  4. ted
    July 13, 2009 at 8:41 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/

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