To continue my short series of Philippine-related sights in Hong Kong (started last week with 535 Morrison Hill Road), I now present 1 D’Aguilar Street located in the Central District of Hong Kong Island. This location is special since it was where Dr. José Rizal practiced medicine while he was living in this former British colony. The location is now occupied by the Century Square Building, a commercial tower.
The photo to the side I took when I went to Hong Kong early this month shows the current location of the oval marker created by the Hong Kong Antiquities and Monuments Office. The marker is almost hidden on the red granite wall it’s installed on. It’s not very obvious that this site, surrounded by storefronts, has a historical significance. There are thousands of Filipinos in HK and I wonder how many pass by this road and don’t realize that our National Hero practiced medicine here?
Shown above is a more close-up photo of the marker. It reads (in English and Chinese):
Dr. Jose P. Rizal (1861-1896)
Philippine physician, poet, author and patriot practised medicine in 1891-92 in a clinic which once stood on this site
What I find very interesting is that it seems that this marker has changed positions at least two times. It appears that the stores in front of Century Square Building change or renovate far too often that it involves reinstallation of the marker. Right now the marker is installed on top of a red wall. In December 2008, this marker was in the same position but installed higher up as can be seen in the bottom two photos on this page from the Philipping Consulate in Hong Kong. In 2007, the marker was in a more conspicuous location as seen on a photo on tutubi’s blog.