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In a retrospective yet futuristic attempt to commemorate the 125th martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal, NRCP has organized the webcast finale of the Rizal Webinar Series Finale for the youth.

The webcast finale was held last 29 March 2022, from 10:00 am to 12:00 nn, and was dubbed as Inspirations from Rizal: The Youth Speaks of the Philippines 100 years hence.

A genealogist, a professional photographer/fashion designer, and a spoken word artist who are social media influencers in Tik-Tok, Instagram, and Facebook communicated the relevant facts about the life and works of Rizal and how they influence the youth of the past generation and the youth of this digital age.

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SECOND ROW, L – R: NRCP Executive Dr. Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay with the Rizal Project Team Ms. Regine Pustadan; Ms. Graces M. Valondo; and Mr. Emmanuel M. Marcelino are with the speakers and participants of the webcast finale of the NRCP Rizal Webinar Series.

The Facts

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Mona Magno – Veluz is a genealogist or an expert on the study of the line of descendants of a particular ancestor.  She is also a viral blogger and Tik-toker by the name of Mighty Magulang who garnered 3.2M likes and 392k followers.

Mighty Magulang thinks that Rizal is still relevant and remains to be a good role model to today’s youth because of his remarkable characters which are productive person, family-loving, romantic and loveable, just being a “typical Joe” or a very simple and natural person, and a firm believer of free thought and free speech.

Might Magulang ended her motivating narratives about Rizal with a “bloggable” statement, “The future of our nation is in the strength and abilities of our hardworking, honest, and incorruptible young citizens—kayo ‘yun.

The Influence

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Rizal’s fifth-generation descendant, Mr. Jeremiah Villaroman, Je as he fondly called, recounted the influences of Gat Jose Rizal to his career choice and personal values.

He narrated that as a child, he was exposed to the sculptures and paintings of his Lolo Pepe. “Growing up with Lolo Pepe’s various art works might have sparked my creativity and developed the interest with visual arts, photography, and fashion designs,” he added.

On the other hand, aside from the skills in the arts, he said that his Lolo Pepe also motivated his value of sharing his knowledge and skills. After graduating college, he studied photography in New York and brought his craft and innovative ideas back to Manila, just like what his Lolo Pepe did, who returned to Manila after years of studies in Europe to share his learnings on ophthalmology and staunchly dispute Spanish brutal rule.

“You have to learn how to share whatever knowledge you have and make sure it reaches other people to help them make their lives better,” Je emphasized.

The Art

Ms. Mai Cantillano, a spoken poetry artist shared by reciting the poem she wrote and dedicated to the 125th martyrdom of Jose Rizal.

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Below is the excerpt of the poem, “Huling Dalawang Araw ng Disyembre:”

Kalmado ang ritmo ng pulso niya

ilang minuto bago siya bawian ng buhay ng estado.

Panatag na,  tapos na ang kanyang bahagi sa rebolusyon.

Walang takot.

Ilang araw bago ang hatol,

alam naman na niya ang hantungan —

naging payapa ang paghihintay

Fuego

The Youth Speaks

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DOST-SEI Scholars in Philippine Normal University and Technological University of the Philippines, Andrea Mae Canullas and Alan Jade de Leon, respectively, engaged in a fun and insightful discussion about the pandemic, climate change, education, and science and technology. They discussed the relevant DOST programs, policies, and R&D efforts being implement to address these current issues.

They also shared their thoughts on how would Rizal address the said health, environment, and social issues if these had occurred during his time or had he lived today, how would he tackle the issues.  Both agreed that Rizal would also implement what DOST is doing to address the said issues and would also pass government policies increasing the salaries of teachers to solve the problems in education.

Aside from Andrea and Alan, 69 students from other colleges and universities all over the Philippines participated in the Lodi Ko si Rizal at Ako Naman video and pledge campaigns.  How do you see Rizal? What do you pledge to do for the country?  Are two questions they answered using video, rap song, spoken poetry, and other innovative videos.  Ten entries were chosen from each category which were shown this webcast.

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