The Airdrie Public Library is adding to its collection of historical books.

The Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Calgary donated several books on Filipino history and culture to the Airdrie Public Library, as part of its public and cultural diplomacy program. These books come from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and share the history of the country.

Consul General Zaldy Patron talked about why donating these books is important.

"We think that this is significant because this is another project that will create public awareness about Dr. Jose Rizal and the Philippines."

AirdriePhoto of the books

According to Patron, the Knights of Rizal Chapter of the City of Airdrie is also donating funds to the library (as part of their newly launched fundraiser) for a room in the new multi-use facility to be named after Phillipino national hero Dr. Jose Rizal called the Dr. Jose Rizal Room. In this room, you will be able to find these donated books and any other book about the Philippines.

Dr. Rizal was born on June 19, 1861. During his lifetime, he would become a key figure in demanding political reforms when his country would be under the colonial power of Spain. It is believed his writings in part inspired the Philippine Revolution and ultimately led to the independence of his country. Rizal was executed on December 30, 1896, by the Spanish colonial government.

Deb Cryderman, the Airdrie Public Library Director is very thankful for this donation.

"We get to share the culture of the Filipino people who are living in Airdrie and have the opportunity for them and for everyone to learn a little bit more."

With 216,710 Filipino residents, Alberta is home to the second-largest Filipino community in Canada, according to the results of the 2021 Census.

At the end of 2023, a ceremony was held to commemorate Rizal Day in Airdrie.

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