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Commemorating a Philippine National Hero:
Markham to break ground for Rizal Monument

MARKHAM, ON – June 7, 2018 – Join the City of Markham on Sunday, June 10 in the Box Grove Community Park as we break ground for the Luneta Gardens featuring a Rizal Statue. This first-of-its-kind project is the result of a partnership between the City of Markham and the Filippino Canadian Community of Markham. Once built, the garden and life size monument will be a significant addition to Markham's public art portfolio and will honour Dr. Jose P. Rizal, a Philippine national hero.

Under the leadership of Councillor Alex Chiu, the Filipino Canadian community of Markham has kindly gifted the monument to the City of Markham. It was commissioned last year as the community's contribution to Markham's Canada 150 celebrations. The groundbreaking will be part of the 120th Philippine Independance Celebrations, with a flag raising ceremony at the Markham Civic Centre at 11:00 a.m. 

According to the artist and creator of the monument, Mogi Mogado, this gift “will honour a man who spent his life advocating for ideas and principles that inspire generations of freedom fighters around the world. Dr. Rizal’s writings embody ideas that inspire and support multiculturalism in Canada, and harmonious living amidst diversity as exemplified today in our thriving Markham communities.”

Sunday, June 10, 2018
12:00 to 12:30 p.m.

Boxgrove Community Park
Corner of Boxgrove Bypass and Rizal Avenue, Markham

Mayor Frank Scarpitti
Consul General of the Philippines
Councillor Alex Chiu
Members of Council
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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at or 416.671.2890. 

For all other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Erynn Sally, Media Relations Coordinator at or 416.737.2684.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

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