Philippines’ Rizal Monument in Luneta lights up in the French national colors in a display of support for France and in unity with the rest of the world following recent events in Paris, the Department of Tourism said. The Rizal Monument stands as a visual icon of the Philippines proud heritage and is as a major tourist attraction in the City of Manila.
The inaugural lighting ceremony was held in the evening of November 16, 2015 and will continue to display the colors of France until November 20, 2015.
“Terror and brutality have plunged the City of Light, Paris, into the darkness of horror and grief. The Philippines and its people stand in solidarity with the people of Paris and all of France, in this time of deepest sorrow and the gravest outrage against the perpetrators of these crimes,” President Benigno S. Aquino III said November 14.
“The deaths of over a hundred in the attack on the Bataclan Concert Hall, the vicinity of the Stade de France, and on restaurants in the city center, were atrocities that demand a united voice from the world in condemnation and grief. In our time of need, France and her people stood shoulder to shoulder with the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. We stand with France now, in the firm belief that the light must never dim in Paris,” the President added.
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