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Reaction Paper on Prof. JDL's speech in Calamba, Laguna (Los Caballeros de Rizal)

Reaction Paper on Prof. JDL's speech in Calamba, Laguna (Los Caballeros de Rizal)

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It is not very new to us that some of the respective professors of the PolytechnicUniversity of the Philippines are so remarkable, honorable, versatile and very outgoingthat they even have these splendid activities or experiences outside the campus. Theydid very well more than I could ever imagine.It was Commissioner Professor Jose David Lapuz whom I was talking about earlier and who is to accept those descriptions above. Well, anyone should agree with me for he was really an emblem, a model not only for the people of his time but also up to thepresent generation. Are you wondering why have I said that he is doing splendidactivities outside the campus? Here is one solid proof or evidence that will clearly showyou how you should be looking up to him.Last July 19, 2009, Prof. Jose David Lapuz was the Guest Speaker or Orador Invitado of the renowned LOS CABALLEROS DE RIZAL during the Unvailing of the RizalBustheld at Calamba, July 19, 2009. Prof. Lapuz honored the great memory andlegacy of the national hero on the occasion of his 148th Birth Anniversary (1861 - 1896).Los Caballeros de Rizal or The Order of the Knights of Rizal is a fraternalorganization created to honor and uphold the ideals ofPhilippinenational heroJose Rizal.Established on December 30, 1911, the organization was granted a legislativecharter by the President of the Philippines as acivicand patriotic organization on 14June 1951 by
Republic Act 646
. The Republic act 646 was sponsored by CongressmanManuel Zosa ofCebuand was signed into law by PresidentElpidio Quirino.
 It wasfounded by Colonel Antonio C. Torres who would later serve as the firstFilipinoChief ofPolice ofManila.It is characterized not only as a civic and patriotic but also as cultural,non-sectarian, non-partisan and non-racial organization as well. Since its founding theorganization has grown to over 10,000 members belonging to chapters located incountries throughout the world includingAustralia,Bahrain,Belgium,France(four  Chapters),Czech Republic,Germany,Thailandand theUnited States.Its international headquarters is located along Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, and Manila.The insignia of the Knights of Rizal is authorized for wearing by the diplomaticcorps of the Republic of the Philippines. The Order was included in the "Amtskalender"
 
of the Federal Republic of Germany and ranks as lowest of the Philippine orders ofmerit. German citizens who are awarded a rank in the Order must request writtenapproval from the "Bundesverwaltungsamt" before wearing the insignia.The history of the Order of the Knights of Rizal go back to December 30, 1911when Colonel Antonio C. Torres organized a 9 group of men from different walks of lifefor the purpose of commemorating in a fitting manner the execution and martyrdom ofour foremost national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Thereafter, year after year, the same groupwould gather to celebrate the birth and commemorate the death of Dr. Jose Rizal.During Rizal Day celebrations, this group would be seen conspicuously on horseback reminiscent of the knights of old known for their chivalry and exemplary life.To provide a continuing entity and to encourage others to join tem, theseadmirers of Dr. Rizal on November 16, 1916, organized a private non-stock corporation
and named it the “Orden de Caballeros de Rizal.” The incorporators of the corporation
were: Antonio C. Torres, Juan Flameño, Martin P. de Veyra, Jose A. del Barrio and JoseS. Galvez.Colonel Antonio C. Torres, who before the last war was Chief of Police of Manila,was the first Supreme Commander. The following have since then been SupremeCommanders of the Order: Martin P. de Veyra, Manuel Lim, Juan F. Nakpil, HerminioVelarde, Teodoro Evangelista, Hernenegildo B. Reyes, Santiago F. de la Cruz, Jesus E.Perpiñan, Vitaliano Bernardino, Jose Ma. Paredes Claudio Teehankee, Jose S. Laurel IIIand the incumbent, Justo P. Torres, Jr.In 1951 the Supreme e Council of the Order created a Committee on Legislationfor the purpose of studying the feasibility of filing a bill in the Congress of the Philippinesto be enacted into law to enable the Order to secure a legislative charter. JusticeRoman Ozaeta was the Chairman of the Committee with Sirs Carlos Hilado and PedroSabido as members.The bill seeking to give the Order of the Knights of Rizal a legislative charter wasdocketed as Senate Bill No. 251, with then Senators Enrique Magalona, LorenzoSumulong, Esteban Abada, Emiliano Tria Tirona, Camilo Osias, Geronima Pecson, Jose
 
Avelino and Ramon Torres as sponsors. In the lowerhouse, Congressman Manuel Zosa ofCebu was the principal sponsor of the measure. The explanatory note of the Bill read asfollows:
“The purpose of the attached bill is to accord to‟ the civic and patrioticorganization known as “Orden‟ de Caballeros de Rizal” (Order of the Knights of Rizal)
the same kind of official recognition and encourage-ment as that accorded to the BoyScouts of the Philippines by Commonwealth Act No. 111, by grant-ing to it a legislative
Charier and investing „it with the necessary powers to enable it more fully and more
effectively to accomplish the laudable purposes for which it
was organized.”
 
” This Bill if enacted into law will also serve as a historical monument to Rizal; it will
constitute an official recognition by the Republic of the Philippines of the inestimablevalue to the nation of his teachings and examples and of the wisdom and necessity ofinculcating them in the minds and -hearts of our people so they may strive to follow andpractice them. The authors and proponents of this Bill believe that if the purposesthereof are faithfully and effectively carried out, social discipline, civic virtues, and love
of justice will be fostered, promoted, „and enhanced in this country, and that the
Knights of Rizal as chartered entity is the most convenient instrumentality by which these
desirable ends can be attained‟. Let Rizal‟s
life and martyrdom influence and guide the
destiny of the nation. Let this and future generations live the Rizal Way. ”
 Recommended for approval on May 15, 1951, the measure was, signed into lawby the President of the Philippines on June 14, 1951, becoming Republic Act 646.The Order maintains a year-round program of activities to carry out theobjectives of the organization on a national and regional or chapter level in keepingwith the teachings and examples of the National hero; to wit:To study and spread the teachings of Rizal;To organize and to hold annual programs in honor of Rizal such as June 19 (birthanniversary) and December 30 commemorating his martyrdorn;

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