Look for the new Rizal around you. He may be someone you know and has been the most influential person in your life. If we have given Rizal significance in history being the instrument who fought for freedom that we all enjoy now, there may be one out of those millions, popular or unsung, who risked their lives for the country's freedom, one person who stood out with his efforts and inspirational ways like Dr. Jose Rizal.
This year, as we celebrate the 150th year of Rizal's greatness, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines calls for nominations to the Rizal Awards.
This is open to all 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; 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.
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.”
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.