Jose Rizal and Wilhelm Tell

Article, 30.12.2020

As we celebrate #RizalDay, Swiss writer Annette Hug sits down with Filipino Studies Professor Ramon Guillermo to discuss the relationship between two national heroes – Filipino Jose Rizal and Swiss Wilhelm Tell.


During his studies in Europe, Rizal had the opportunity to visit Switzerland and learn the story of Wilhelm Tell. Seeing parallels between the struggles of the Swiss and Filipinos, he translated this play by Friedrich Schiller into Filipino. Annette Hug and Ramon Guillermo discuss the the translation and the importance of literature in history.

The video may be viewed on the Embassy Facebook page.