Youth leaders remember Rizal's life, teachings

Posted at 12/11/2012 9:31 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Various youth leaders from around the country are set to gather in Baguio City from December 13 to 16 to study and reflect on the visions and ideals of the country’s national hero, Jose Rizal.

Now on its 50th year, the National Rizal Youth Leadership Institute (NRYLI) Conference aims to continue its tradition of firing up the enthusiasm to study the life, works and writings of Rizal, who is known for his faith in the youth’s capability to shape the country’s future.

The annual leadership conference, spearheaded by the Knights of Rizal, also aims to attract more youths to become members of the Kabataang Pangarap ni Rizal (KAPARIZ).

Aside from the regular talks focusing on Rizal’s advocacies, organizers also lined up various contests such as essay writing, history quiz, extemporaneous speech, oration, poster making, “makabayang sayawitan” and debate.

The 50th NRYLI Conference is one of the major activities lined up for the Rizal Month, which is anchored on the theme "Buhayin si Rizal sa Bawat Pilipino.”

Other activities lined up throughout December include the Bloggers’ Day with Bayan Mo iPatrol Mo: Tayo Na last December 1 and the re-enactment of the transfer of Rizal's urn to Luneta on December 30.

The transfer of the urn is considered the highlight of the Rizal Month, as 2012 marks the 100th year since the national hero was given a proper state burial after his execution in Bagumbayan on December 30, 1896.

Also on December 30, Rizal Day, the Ten Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines will be recognized. The winners will be awarded with cash prizes, medals, trophies and certificates.

Reghis Romero II, Supreme Commander of the Order of the Knights of Rizal, encouraged the Filipino youth to join in the month-long celebration of Rizal’s life and works.

“In the midst of our current struggles for good governance, justice and progress, we look back to Rizal’s life, works and martyrdom which greatly still hold relevance today,” he said.