The National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP), in partnership with the Knights of Rizal (KOR) Panday Chapter, opened a visual art exhibit today, 19 June 2019, at the NDCP Ground Floor.
Entitled “Rizal in Today’s World”, the exhibit commemorates the 158th birthday of the national hero of the Philippines, Dr Jose Rizal. It features curated art pieces inspired by the life and works of Rizal as seen through the lens of the current times.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was led by NDCP President RAdm Roberto Q Estioko AFP (Ret) MNSA PhD and KOR Panday Chapter Commander Col Fernando V Felipe MNSA.
In his remarks, RAdm Estioko said, “As we interrogate the current challenges of defense and security in our country, we look to Rizal as a model of unwavering commitment to the motherland.”
RAdm Estioko urged the attendees to reflect on the life of Rizal. He asked, “How do we, in the present, especially the youth, relate our ordinary lives to the extraordinary accomplishments and aspirations of Jose Rizal?”
The exhibit will run until 19 July 2019. It is open to the public.
The Order of the Knights of Rizal was created in 14 June 1951 with the signing of Republic Act 646. Its mission is to propagate the teachings of the national hero. The KOR Panday Chapter is composed mainly of graduates of the Master in National Security Administration (MNSA) program.
The one-year MNSA is the flagship program of the NDCP, the government’s highest center for education, training and research on national defense and security.