The Manuel L. Quezon (MLQ) panel is now installed at the Righteous Gallery of the Holocaust Memorial Center (HMC) with an accompanying caption. The Philippines will also be added soon to the list of Righteous Nations posted near the entrance to the gallery.
This was reported by Tess Tchou, who acted as coordinator between the Jewish and the Filipino communities in Michigan.
The MLQ panel was unveiled during the recent HMC Open House held at the center’s Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The unveiling was done in cooperation with the Philippine American Foundation, Inc. (PAFI) headed by its president, Dr. Ernestina Mac.
The Open House also featured a re-screening of the documentary film titled “Rescue in the Philippines,” which is about the previously untold story of the rescue of over 1300 Jewish refugees from the horrors of the Holocaust.
The public display of the panel on the Philippine rescue with a portrait of Quezon honors the Philippine Commonwealth president who played a critical role in providing a haven for the Jewish refugees.
The Open House also included activities for children ages 6-8 and a tour of the center for older youth. These were prepared for young guests from the Filipino American community.
Activities on Judaism and Hanukah for the 6-8 year-old-students of Paaralang Pilipino were conducted by Shalom Street educator, Andee Liberman. Paaralang Pilipino teacher Juliet Diaz accompanied the students.
Filipino youth guest Michael Angelo Parkinson and Paaralang Pilipino student Jasmine de Ramos discussed the exhibits with Holocaust Center docent, Dr. Stuart Falk. The students were shown an actual train box car that transported Jewish refugees to the concentration camps and death chambers.
Honorary Philippine Consul General Dr. Jose Evangelista, Dr. Stella Evangelista and Dr. Ernestina Mac welcomed the guests together with HMC Executive Director Steven Goldman.