The Germans! They are here!
But really, the connection goes beyond the personal friendship that Rizal had with Blumentritt. Restoring the works of the national hero is a relevant and timely project given his 150th birthday in 19 June 2011. Thank you to the Germans! Their technology and expertise in preservation and conservation assures that generations of Filipinos will be able to see Rizal's books, national treasures all!
Here's hoping that, apart from the rare Rizaliana, books and literature by other Filipino heroes will be repaired and restored. The budget for such project costs millions, true. Then again, one should seek in order to find!