Rizal Monument on Rizal Day
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We will be celebrating Jose Rizal Day on December 15, 2012. There are still some five weeks to go, but excitement about the upcoming event is now palpable.

This feeling is understandable because the Rizal Day celebration is the biggest yearly event hosted by the Filipino American Community Council (FILAMCCO) in collaboration with the 60 Filipino-American organizations under the council’s umbrella. People look forward to it because the celebration has become a tradition.

This year’s Rizal Day festivity promises to be different from past celebrations, and this seems to enhance the excitement being felt this early. It will be different in that some changes have been introduced in the activities for the event.

One such change is the venue of the event. It used to be held in the five-star Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, but this year it will be held in the elegant Petrozzuello’s Banquet and Conference Center on Rochester Road, Troy.

One benefit from the transfer of the venue is that Petrozzuello’s is strategically located. It is relatively near Troy, Sterling Heights, Madison Heights and Rochester Hills where most Filipinos reside. With Michigan’s feeble weather, Petrozzuello’s is deemed a most convenient venue for the celebration.

Another change in the celebration format is the focus of the event. This year, the focus is on the topic, “The Relevance of Dr. Jose Rizal’s Life and Legacy in Today’s Society.” Actually, this is the topic to be discussed by Filipino and Filipino-American college students in Michigan who will be participating in an essay-writing contest with cash prizes at stake. This will make sure that the significance of Rizal’s life and legacy is the dominant theme of the event.

Still another change is the holding of “Noche Buena” during the penultimate portion of the celebration. Already, 15 (and counting) companies, groups and individuals have pledged to donate favorite dishes for the Noche Buena.

And, of course, the much anticipated ballroom dancing will cap the exciting night.