One of my resolutions: to re-read the writings of Dr. Jose Rizal all over again.Having imbibed his thoughts a long time ago in college, I remember how struck I was by his deep sense of nationalism, leaving no doubt that he deserves to be called the Philippines’ national hero.
In celebration of 150 years of Dr. Jose Rizal, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines calls for nominations to the Rizal Awards. The Rizal Awards will be conferred on ten Filipinos and three foreigners who would be awarded in the Individual Category and ten institutions, societies, or organizations which embody the Rizal spirit.
“Rizal played a pivotal role of what it meant to be a Filipino,” says Dra. Serena Diokno, Chairperson of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. “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.”
If you believe that a person from your community, organization, or company deserves to be a recipient of the Rizal Award, then send your nominations to the NHCP Office or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before March 15, 2012.
Nominees must have done any of the following:
Achieved meritorious individual recognition in various professions, inspired by Rizal’s teaching and way of life; and
Promoted 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.
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.