I forgot to repost an article that someone requested me to do so, I got an email from a representative of National Historical Commission of the Philippines. It’s not too late though, I am reposting the article he sent me. Continuing the celebration of Rizal’s sesquicentennial birth anniversary, the National Historical Commission is calling individuals, societies and organizations to participate in the prestigious Rizal Awards.
Wanted: A New Rizal
“What has been the most defining moment of your life?In history, we look at the significance of all the people who fought for the freedom that we are all enjoying now. We look at their contributions to society, what made them distinct and what made them particularly special. Out of the hundreds of heroes, popular or unsung, who risked their lives for the country’s freedom, one person stood out with his writings and inspirational ways—Dr. Jose Rizal.This year, as we celebrate 150 years of Rizal’s greatness, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines calls for nominations to the Rizal Awards. It is being extended to individuals and groups that:Spearheaded projects that support the Rizalian concept of love of country and fulfillment of our duties of citizenship;Achieved meritorious individual recognition in various professions, which promote, teach and disseminate the same through proven competence leading to the general benefit of the individual, community, and the country at large in the light of Rizal’s teaching and way of life; andPromoted and encouraged civic and citizenship responsibility as model citizens—incorruptible patriots with the virtue of resisting temptations and misuse of wealth, influence, rank, or power.The Rizal Awards is divided into two categories: individual and organizational. Ten Filipinos and three foreigners would be awarded in the Individual Category and ten institutions, societies, or organizations that qualified in the terms stated would be awarded in the Institutional Category.“What strikes me most about the man, every time I read him in a different stage of my life, whether as a Filipino, or as a historian, I have a different reading of him. Every time I come into contact with something he has said or written, there’s something new that resonates. There is much to learn from him,” says Dra. Serena Diokno, Chairperson of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.“He played a pivotal role of what it meant to be a Filipino,” Diokno further enthuses, “and it is very important that we recognize the people and organizations of today who remain faithful and who continue to live by what the national hero has started.”
To know more about Rizal@150 and the Rizal Awards, log on to www.nhcp.gov.ph or call the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (02) 524 9952.