Quezon gets posthumous award for helping Jews

By Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 19 2015 03:06 PM | Updated as of Aug 20 2015 01:21 AM

MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday led the commemoration of the late President Manuel Quezon's 137th birth anniversary at the Quezon Memorial Shrine and inaugurated the Museo ni Manuel Quezon.

The President, who was accorded foyer honors by the Philippine Army, also witnessed the turnover of the Posthumous Award for Quezon.

Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben-Matityau turned over the Raoul Wallenberg Medal to Zenaida Quezon Avancena, daughter of the late President.

Malacañang said the Posthumous Award was given to Quezon for the decisive and courageous role he played in the absorption of approximately 1,200 European Jewish refugees into the country between 1937 and 1941, thus extricating and saving them from the Nazi.

Manuel Luis "Manolo" Quezon III, grandson of Quezon, delivered the response in behalf of the family, hoping that this may serve as an inspiration to future leaders of the country.

After the awarding, Aquino banged the gavel on the table located in front of Quezon's bust, commemorating the latter's act of opening the Senate session from 1916 until 1935 when he became President, signalling the formal opening of the newly renovated "Museo ni Manuel Quezon."

Aquino was then led to the AVP room of the museum for a briefing then toured the museum galleries.

An estimated crowd of 3,000 attended the event including members of the Cabinet and Diplomatic Corps, officials and employees of the national and local government units, sectoral representatives, family of Quezon, and representatives of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.