The National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) will conduct a ‘Webcast’ talk show titled, Rediscovering Rizal: A Celebration of the 125th Martyrdom of the National Hero, Jose Rizal, featuring the contributions of the National Hero Jose Rizal, on science, nature and the environment, the arts, and humanities. Panelists include experts who are identified as naturalist, historian, artist, scientist, and taxonomist.

Set in a talk show format, the audience will expect an engaging conversation about Rizal and his works that will revolve around interesting facts, tidbits, and inferences on his life during his incarceration in Dapitan and beyond, through a set of guide topics.

This webcast which will be conducted on December 30, 2021 at 10:30 am to 12:00 noon, via online, is the second of five webinars being coordinated by the National Research Council of the Philippines. The three DOST sectoral councils will each host one webinar, and the NRCP will host two, as follows:

December 13, 2021 - Jose Rizal the Naturalist and Agriculturist: Honoring and Remembering Him @125 (by PCAARRD); December 30, 2021 – Rediscovering Rizal: A Celebration of the 125th Martyrdom of the National Hero (by NRCP); January 25, 2022 – Rizal the Medical Scientist (by PCHRD); February 2, 2022 - Rizal 4.0: The National Hero as an Innovator (by PCIEERD); and March 29, 2022 -  Inspirations from Rizal: The Youth speaks on the Philippines 100 Years Hence (by NRCP).

These Rizal webinars serve as an avenue to highlight the journey, contributions and legacy of our national hero in the field of science and the arts.

The NRCP facilitated the conceptualization of a design of a statue to represent Rizal, the Filipino scientist. NRCP experts in history, arts, and sciences brainstormed on a design that was executed into a clay model by Prof Jose Manolo Sicat, the sculptor who designed Malayang Isip, NRCP’s tribute to Filipino scientists and artists.   The statue, standing 12.5 feet tall, is 3D-printed by the DOST- Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC). The unveiling will take place in the DOST Plaza in the morning of December 30, 2021It will be livestreamed via NRCP Official Facebook page, the Research Pod, as well as in other channels/platforms which will be used by the DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute.

Stream link: https://www.facebook.com/nrcpresearchpod.