By Jill D. Beltran – IT IS time for Filipinos to set aside Western superheroes like Superman, Spiderman and Batman as Philippineâ€™s national hero Jose Rizal is about to conquer local screens with â€œRizal is Aliveâ€ digital video disc (DVD).
The Organizational Change Consultants International Inc. (Occi) in collaboration with Knights of Rizal (KOR), Department of Education (DepEd) and Knowledge Channel launched Tuesday â€œRizal is Aliveâ€ DVD, the first-ever interactive tool designed to calibrate the minds of the youth about the principles and standards of Rizal that they could rebirth in their own distinctive way.
The 30 minute-DVD is simply a catalyst that highlights Rizalâ€™s positive qualities and values that could help the 140th generation of our national hero in bringing out and discovering the Rizal inside them.
Occi president Marisol Lopez said as they are recognized as a group that specializes in attitudinal and behavioral modification program, they collaborated with Knights of Rizal which is a socio-civic patriotic organization in order to draw out the potential in our youth whom they believe as Rizal of tomorrow.
The groups used what they called an appreciative inquiry (AI) method in making â€œRizal is Aliveâ€. The AI is an approach that â€œfocuses on positive change, on the choice of creating a positive future, on being agents of positive change and in reinforcing the Filipino value of honesty, integrity, love of the country, excellence, and hard workâ€.
With a vision of â€œa world that works with no one left outâ€, Occi guarantees all their programs could help transform Filipinos in an interactive way by conducting workshops and â€œmulti-intelligentâ€ activities like what they did in â€œRizal is Aliveâ€, which Lopez called as â€œin actionâ€.
Some clips on the DVD were captured in the actual forum and workshops of Occi and KOR that show â€œactivities full of interactions, music, images and conversations,â€ as per Lopez.
All the organizers of the group believed that â€œRizal is Aliveâ€ could deepen youth awareness of Rizalâ€™s values and ideals and will eventually develop youthâ€™s will to help the country in moving forward, just like what Rizal desires when he is still alive.
â€œThe DVD was eight months in the making but for the fora, weâ€™ve been doing it for the last two years,â€ Lopez disclosed, adding that the endeavor would have become pleasure as they help Filipinos in â€œbelieving in their potential and being able to be a positive medium of change in the country.â€
Makers of the DVD said â€œRizal is Aliveâ€ is an all-time instructional material that could be used in all educational year level here and abroad. They designed it in a way that all people could easily comprehend and correlate themselves.
The DVDâ€™s initial screening was attended by various media practitioners at the Manila Hotel last Tuesday. There will be a formal launching of the DVD on June 17 at the Rizal Shrine in Fort Santiago, which will be highlighted by the signing of memorandum of agreement between the KOR, Occi and DepEd.
â€œRizal is Aliveâ€ will also be shown in national television courtesy of Knowledge Channel on June 19 at 9 a.m. with replays at 2 p.m. same day.
The DVD will be available in the market in an introductory price of P300. (JRDB/Sunnex)
Rizal is Alive DVD Launch
Rizal is Aliveâ€¦. My future, my responsibility!
Young people represent the future and there is a need for them to shape the futureâ€¦
The Rizal is Alive Forum DVD, the first interactive material of its kind, aspires to influence the youth in translating Dr. Jose Rizal’s standards and principles in their everyday lives and in living up to being the “fair hope of the fatherland.” Using the Appreciative Inquiry method, the youth will be led to self-transforming experiences that will not only pave the way for uncovering the Filipino brilliance but also, a cultural and moral rebirth.
The Knights of Rizal, through the Rizal Youth Leadership Institute (KOR-RYLI) together with the Organizational Change Consultancy International, Inc. (OCCI) and DEPED, will launch the Rizal is Alive Forum interactive material on June 17, 2008 at the Rizal Shrine, Fort Santiago. The highlights of the launch will be the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement by KOR-RYLI, OCCI and DEPED, and the screening of the Rizal is Alive DVD. Justice Justo Torres, Supreme Commander Emeritus, and Sir Joey Lina, member of the Knights of Rizal Council of Elder, will deliver the keynote address. Sir Virgilio R. Esguerra, Acting Supreme Commander of the Knights of Rizal, will lead the knights.
The launch is a support program of a series of continuing youth leadership conferences . In December 2007, KOR-RYLI hosted a youth conference attended by 580 youth delegates from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao at the Teacher’s camp, Baguio City.
As a way of promoting the Rizal is Alive Forum DVD, pledge forms to the Rizal is Alive Forum DVD Fund are available during the launch and in the following offices: Knights of Rizal Headquarters, Port Area, Manila , Tel. # 5281974 c/o Maureen Fernandez, and at the OCCI, Emerald Building, F. Ortigas , Jr. Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Tel # 6327553 c/o Armin Pullantes.
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