Nominations for Rizal Awards now accepted

Posted at 01/30/2012 12:34 PM | Updated as of 01/30/2012 3:40 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) recently announced that it is now accepting nominations for this year's Rizal Awards, which aims to recognize people and organizations who embody the ideals of national hero Jose Rizal.

Eligible for the awards are Filipino and foreign individuals and groups who "have an unassailable track record of stimulating and encouraging works toward the Rizalian concept of love of country."

Nominations will be accepted until April 15, 2012 at the NHCP office in Ermita Manila or via e-mail at rizalawards@nhcp.gov.ph.

"Posthumous nominations are also accepted; of meritorious achievement, individual or institutional, in a profession with a strong orientation toward service to the community and/or country at large in light of Rizal's teaching and way of life; or promoting and encouraging civic competence and integrity," NHCP said in a statement.

It added that the following nominations will not be accepted: elected and appointed officials of government, members of the board of government-owned and controlled corporations and government financial institutions, members of the Rizal@150 executive committee and descendants of the Rizal family, and employees of NHCP.

Rizal was known for exposing various problems in the Spanish colonial society through his written works, particularly Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.

On December 30, 1896, he was executed by firing squad in Bagumbayan, which is now called Luneta or Rizal Park.