NHCP lauds Calamba City’s Rizal cultural, educational activities

December 31, 2011 6:01 am 

By Saul E. Pa-a

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna Dec. 30 -– National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Deputy Executive Director Emelita Almosara lauded the achievements of Calamba City for the tremendous support and year-long activities themed “Rizal: Haligi ng Bayan” and the Rizal @ 150 undertakings “for consistently pursuing their mandates of promoting the foremost hero Dr. Jose Rizal and as a close partner even during previous administrations.”

“Ito ay isang pagpapatunay na ang lungsod ng Calamba ay partner ng national government in promoting awareness, to the great deeds and heroism of our national hero,” Almosara remarked in Friday’s 115th commemorative celebration of Rizal’s martyrdom.

The NHCP executive also relayed the commendation by the national historical agency chairperson Dr. Marie Serena Diokno, Executive Director Ludovico Badoy and her congratulatory messages to Mayor Joaquin Chipeco Jr., Rep. Justin Chipeco, Sangguniang Bayan officials, city department heads and the working committees “for your consistent sustained partnership with the national government in the various historical, cultural and heritage undertakings to promote the life, the works, and the achievements of Dr. Jose Rizal.”

She cited “Ang pagtayo po ng tinaguriang pinakamataas na monumento ngayon ay isang paraan din para ang mga bata ay makita, ma-emulate, mabigyan ng high regard ang ating national hero,” as she witnessed two bus loads of visitors from Marikina City on an educational tour to the Rizal Monument before arriving at the Rizal Shrine.

Compared with national government agency’s compliance to stringent rules and regulations, Almosara pointed out that autonomy of the local government counts a lot to the realization of the various projects in Calamba.

“Tunay na katangi-tangi ang nagawa ng inyong lungsod at kung kaya kami po sa Pambansang Komisyon Pangkasaysayan ng Pilipinas (NHCP) ay lubos na nagpapasalamat at kami po ay nagbibigay pugay muli sa inyong lahat.”

The NHCP official hailed the “Balik-Tanaw” visual presentation of the Rizal @ 150 year-long activities presented by the City’s Assistant Administrator Larissa Malinao.

Calamba City kicked off the Rizal celebrations with a Rizal Quiz and Extemporaneous Speaking Contest sponsored by the Knights of Rizal, Kababihang Rizalista and the Department of Education city and regional offices.

February saw the launching of the Art and Mural Painting Competitions and Exhibitions. Winning and participating entries were later exhibited at the City Hall lobby and the SM Calamba atrium.

In March until April this year, the Social Responsibility program spearheaded by the Yuchengco Group of Companies and the Malayan Insurance Group paved the way for the restoration and improvement of the Rizal Monument in Sampalukan including landscaped development and posters with Filipino maxims sprucing the park at the entrance to the poblacion.

The Search for Outstanding Calambenos was launched in April. Mayor Chipeco also hosted the Business Forum in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs. The Forum ushered in members of the diplomatic corps, economic and commercial attaches and ministers from foreign countries who were briefed on the economic and investment prospects in the city.

The “Takbo Para sa Bantayog” fun run and the Youth Leadership Seminar were held in May.

June 19 had President Benigno Aquino III gracing Rizal’s 150th birthday celebration and unveiled the tallest Rizal Monument. Preparatory events were also launched by the City in cooperation with the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), News and Information Bureau on the media tour, photo exhibits and Rizal Heritage Trail.

The city commemorated Dona Teodora Alonso’s 100th Death Anniversary at the Rizal Shrine in August 16 and by month’s end, celebrated the 269th founding anniversary of Calamba as a “pueblo”.

October was a historic milestone for the city as Mayor Jun Chipeco, Representative Justin Chipeco and the city delegation embarked on a cultural visit to Germany for the signing of the Sister City Partnership Agreement with Wilhelmsfeld where Rizal used to stay and finalized some chapters in novel “Noli Me Tangere” during his European medical studies in nearby Heidelberg.

Wilhelmfeld has a street named Jose Rizal and the sister city agreement has opened opportunities for cultural exchange and overseas jobs initially for Calambeno nurses.

The Calamba visiting delegations also made a side trip to Berlin, Germany where they were welcomed at the hotel where Rizal used to stay and complete his “Noli Me Tangere”.

City Councilor Ruth Mariano Hernandez who also chairs the Tourism Committee thanked the people and committees in steering the year-long activities as a major feat as she expressed “ang pagdiriwang natin ngayon ay pagpapatuloy sa kaniyang (Rizal) mga nasimulang ipaglaban, sa ngalan ng kapayapaan at kaunlaran ng ating bayan at pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino”.

Hernandez stressed “Si Gat Jose Rizal – Haligi ng Bayan – hindi matitinag, hindi malilimutan. Nagsisilbing inspirasyon sa bawat isa sa atin ang kanyang malasakit at pagmamahal sa bayan.” (PNA) LAP/SEP/rsm

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