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“Forget Rizal’s martyrdom. It is how Rizal lived, not how he died, that will help us now. Instead of a national commemoration every December 30, we Filipinos should be remembering and celebrating July 17, 1892, the day Rizal arrived in Dapitan.” – Dr Floro Quibuyen
The Philippine Studies section of emanila.com today released Part 1 of five parts of an essay, “Rizal’s Legacy for the 21st Century: Progressive Education, Social Entrepreneurship and Community Development in Dapitan“, written by Filipino educator Dr Floro Quibuyen.
In his essay, Dr Quibuyen explored the lessons today’s community development and education efforts can learn from Rizal’s four years stay in Dapitan.
“In particular, the significance of the school he founded in Talisay has not merited scholarly commentary,” wrote Dr Quibuyen in introducing his essay.
“Those fruitful four years in Dapitan have become Rizal’s most unappreciated legacy, yet they are precisely what make Rizal singularly relevant to the 21st century. This essay explains why.”
The essay is available here for viewing.