Saturday, May 19, 2007

An interesting way to demonstrate


I took this photo at the Place José Rizal in the 9th arrondissement. After some research, I discovered that José Rizal had quite an important role in Philippine history during the Spanish colonial era. He also just so happened to have been a student at the University of Paris! As for all these people, well, I wasn't sure what they were doing... But I just read in an article that they belong to an association for handicapped children. They were having a musical demonstration right after they covered the trees with colored sleeves on which you can see the first names of handicapped children.

18 comments:

  1. Cool. Anything to bring awareness to the public is good, I think.

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  2. I never heard of José Rizal, but I am wondering why do you have a plaque honoring this guy since he was Spaniard or Philippine?

    I second Tomate opinion; it is a cool way to do propaganda.

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  3. Jose Rizal was a brilliant thinker and a medical doctor and was eventually killed for trying to make Philippines a better country. I greatly admire this man for his guts and compassion...through reading though.

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  4. Aww, a nice musical demonstration is good. I bet any handicapped children involved liked it.

    Tomorrow (or today for you guys) is my sister's wedding! Hopefully I don't get too drunk, but it's sure to be fun! Wish them luck, guys!

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  5. Have fun Soosha and good luck to Sis!

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  6. In Paris, you have much street, which makes of beautiful homage. I did not know, thank you for the information.

    My blog photographs one Martel

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  7. Thanks, and nice to see you again Michael! I've missed you!

    *ugh, it's entirely too early in the morning!*

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  8. Antigua: Lots of the streets in Paris are dedicated to foreigners, Vasco de Gama, Beethoven, George V, Franklin D. Roosevelt, just to name a few.

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  9. Hi Michael! Great pic, Eric... sorry... in a rush....!

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  10. I like how they decorated the trees. Cool photo Eric.

    Have lots of fun at the wedding, Soosha. Best of luck to you sister & her new husband!

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  11. Great shot...and I loved the B&W from yesterday as well! I have always been aware of the plight of the handicapped, and in Europe especially as things are older and not designed with consideration for people with mobility problems. In SF we have really moved ahead trying to accomodate the handicapped, but there is always the self absorbed person that thinks parking their gigantic two ton Mercedes SUV on the sidewalk is just fine...so people in wheelchairs or even Mothers with strollers have to take to the street which is often dangerous! Disgusting!!

    Did you take that pic a while back Eric??? Looks like a grey April day to me...it is May and I thought I would see some beautiful leaves and flowers. ;-)

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  12. One of the things that makes Paris an international city is the many streets and places named after international persons of note.

    Demonstrations fascinate me. When Michel (not Michael) was guiding me around le Quartier Latin, there was an anti-abortion demonstration in Place St. Michel and also an Americans Against the War demonstration there. Great contrast.

    Have fun at the wedding, Soosha.

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  13. There a place in front of a building in Champs Elysees that has a plaque honoring brazilian aviator Alberto Santos Dumont, who lived in that spot in Paris and made his first successfull flight there.

    Soosha, how was the wedding? Do you have a hangover now?!

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  14. wow thanks for sharing, didnt know that our national hero have a street named after him in Paris!

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  15. He is our national hero! I didn't realize there's a street named after him. He inspired the Filipinos to revolt against Spanish oppression. Thanks for this photo.

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  16. Jose Rizal is Philippine's national hero. He is also a writer. Check out his novels "Noli Me Tangere' and "El Filibusterismo". A great man who inspired his people to fought for independence against their colonial masters - the Spaniards.

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  17. Wow, that's pretty interesting. Makes me want to look it up when I'm there. Yes, José Rizal was a great man.

    As for signs, I was actually surprised when I found street signs here in DC named after places in the Philippines (Bataan and Corregidor).

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