35 selected young Filipinos to emulate ideals of Rizal

March 18, 2011 10:28 am 

By Modesto Antonio G. Ibarra

MANILA, March 16 – National hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s values and ideals as a compleat Filipino will be reprinted in the annals of Philippine history through the oath-taking of 35 selected gifted children and youth who are willing to commit themselves in emulating him in commemoration of his 150th birthday on June 19, 2011.

The Philippine Center for Gifted Education, Inc., in cooperation with the National Historical Commission (NHC), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and Tanghalang Pilipino, launched the “Mga makabagong Rizal: Pag-asa ng Bayan” project on Wednesday, at the CCP.

The PCGE, an organization created under the Philippine Association for the Gifted (PAG), is an operational hub for a nationwide search to bring together a significant fraction of gifted Filipino children at the earliest age possible and prioritizes the inclusion of the economically-challenged but well-deserving Filipino gifted child.

Mr. Nanding Josef, a professor of the University of the Philippines and one of the PCGE officers, related that they conceived the idea of selecting gifted children who are willing to model their lives after the principles which Rizal espoused, among which are love for God and country, integrity, valor, and excellence in their respective areas of ability, interest and talent, informally while having their gathering recently.

He said they thought first of selecting 150 children to coincide with the hero’s 150th birthday but decided to cut it to 35 representing his age at his death because they thought 150 is so huge a number to muster.

Dr. Leticia Penano-Ho, PCGE executive director, stressed that their organization is not an elitist because, “we are trying to cater to the marginalized sector.”

She said that these selected youth and children will serve as exemplars of what a compleat Filipino youth is as envisioned by Dr. Rizal and will help elevate Filipino consciousness for a life of integrity, dignity, truth, honesty and love of country

According to Dr. Ho, various national and local institutions, namely, Regional Development Councils, Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education Skills and Development Authority, Philippine Sports Commission, Samahang Pisika na Pilipinas, Mathematical Society of the Philippines, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Philippine Board on Books for Young People, National Commission for Indigenous Peoples and Carlos Palanca Foundation, are invited to nominate talented students and youth.

The nominees will be those who excel in their individual areas of interest and skills, represented by Gardner’s multiple intelligence among which are linguistic intelligence, logical-mathematical intelligence, visual-spatial intelligence, musical intelligence, bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, interpersonal (social) intelligence, intrapersonal intelligence and naturalistic intelligence.

The 35 chosen elite children will be informed by mail of their selection on June 3, 2011 and will take their oath on June 17, 2011 then will make a courtesy call on the President the following day. (PNA) DCT/ogi


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