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Confucius - Manila, Philippines
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N 14° 34.987 E 120° 58.666
51P E 282139 N 1613186
Quick Description: In the Chinese Garden section of Manila's Rizal Park stands this statue of Chinese philosopher most widely known as Confucius, here honored as one of the greatest teachers of Asia.
Location: Philippines
Date Posted: 3/10/2011 9:20:27 PM
Waymark Code: WMAY68
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member 3am
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Long Description:

Born of a noble but impoverished family, in 551 B.C., Confucius became a philosopher and teacher whose influence has dominated the life and culture of China and Korea. Although no writings personally attributed to the man himself exist, and the first compilations of his thought were not published until hundreds of years later, Confucius represents a system of thought that encompasses societal structure, particularly the family, and from it a pattern for life and government.

Confucius is not properly a religious figure as his ideas do not directly deal with traditional religious questions such as creation, the nature of the spirit world, the soul, salvation, or the afterlife, nor are there specifically religious rites or practices or forms of worship associated with Confucian thought and practice. It's rituals, rather, center on functions of societal organization, government and the family. Reverence for ancestors is a prominent part of Confucian belief and practice, but lacks religious or theological content and cannot properly be called worship in the religious sense.

This statue, sponsored by the Anvil Business Club of Manila, specifically honors Confucius in his role as a teacher, and thereby is erected in honor of all teachers. It was placed in 2009 in the Chinese Garden section of the large Rizal Park in downtown Manila.

Confucius (King Tzu)

Confucius is considered through the ages as one of the world’s greatest teachers.
He was born on September 28, 551 B.C. in the Spring and Autumn period in Qufu City,
China, and he died 479 B.C.
We the officers and members of the Anvil Business Club, and on behalf of all students &
Learners, humbly donate this monument to honor all Teachers and Mentors, for their
Devotion to the noblest of all professions, to pay homage to Confucius, and to inspire all
to live with “Virtue” and in harmony with the “Will of Heaven.”

Dedicated on the First Day of the Chinese Lunar New Year,
26 January 2009 in the Gregorian calendar,
Chinese Garden, Rizal Park, Manila City, The Philippines

A project of the Anvil Business Club

The Confucious Monument here in the Chinese Garden of Rizal park, Manila, the
Philippines was inaugurated at 9:00 am on the First Day of the Chinese Lunar New Year
--January 26, 2009—under the leadership of and due to the tireless efforts of young
Filipino Chinese entrepreneurs led by the Anvil Business Club President Eduardo Cobankiat.
The project to honor the greatest Asian teacher Confucius and all teachers was first
suggested in 2005 by then Anvil Business Club President Wilson Lee Flores, but the
organization had difficulty finding a suitable site. Thanks to the support of Tourism
Secretary Ace Durano, this project was completed and inaugurated here with
Guests of honor former President Fidel V. Ramos, Singaporean Ambassador A. Selverajab;
Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim,
Former Manila Mayor Mel Lopez, Congresswoman Risa Hontiveros and others.

The Confucius Monument was completed under and supported by:

Anvil Business Club Council of Regents (Donors)
Michael C. Chenglay
Bernard C. Go
Jeffrey T. Ng
Wilfred T. Co
Ronald Alan D. Ko
George T. Siy
Wilson Lee Flores
Peter S. Mangasing
Michael G. Tan

Anvil Business Club Board of Directors (Donors)
Eduardo L. Cobankiat
Kenneth W. Hung
Barnaby L. Chong
Robert Marie C. Sy
Danieal L.K. Ching
Warren S. So
Henry C. Ong
Stefan Tong Wai Mun
Roy C. Chida
Victor N. Tan
Jovenson L. Ong
William A. Villanueva
URL of the statue: Not listed

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