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Friday, January 7, 2022

New Rizal Park Logo to Commemorate 125th Anniversary of Jose Rizal Martyrdom

To commemorate the 125th anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal's martyrdom last December 30, 2021, the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), recently launched a new logo for Rizal Park, as well as the Rizal Park Free Library and the Rizal Park Guide App. 

The new logo was unveiled during the "Stop and Salute Flag Ceremony," in partnership with the Salute to a Clean Flag Movement (STACF) and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. It was held at the Rizal Monument last December 27 and participated by the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Soprano Bernadette Mamauag sang the National Anthem while Ms. Christine Faye Garica dis the Filipino Sign Language translation. It was followed by the "Panunumpa ng Katapatan sa Watawat," which was delivered by award-winning actor John Arcilla.

NPDC Exec. Director Cecille Lorenzana-Romero welcomed the guests and awardees, and commended them for being true Filipino nationalists. She also encouraged them to continue spreading the spirit of the Philippine patriotism through their craft. Awardees include John Arcilla (Coppi Volpi for Best Actor, 78th Venice Film Festival), and Michael Villagante (Lorenz il Magnifico Award, Florence Biannale Art Fair). They were given Philippine flags in a woven case designed by Zarah Juan. 

Dr. Teodoro Herbosa, a great grand-nephew of Dr. Jose Rizal, shared some personal anecdotes during his closing message. Dr. Herbosa is also currently serving as Special Medical Adviser to the COVID-19 Special Task Force. 

The new Rizal Park logo was unveiled by Jezreel Gaius Apelar, Deputy Executive Director of NDPC. It was designed by the guidance of the scholarly community that includes Dr. Ambeth Ocampo and Dr. Xiao Chua. Three important elements make up the logo: the lunette- the crescent shaped defense structure used in fortifying the outer walls of Intramuros; the Rizal Monument, whose shape has become one of the most recognizable structures in the park, and which is often used to symbolize Manila or the Philippines; and three stars, like those in the Philippine Flag that signify the island groups of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The colors represent the ideals espoused by Dr. Jose Rizal- blue for honor and partriotism; red, for courage and love of country; and golden light, the rays of the sun and stars that represent education and the light it brings. With the new logo, NPDC aims to create a new sense of identity for the nation's premiere national park, and to foster a community around it. 

After the logo launch, NPDC signed a Memorandum of Agreement to partner with the Library Renewal Partnership to install mini library stands around Rizal Park. 

Capping off the Rizal Month celebrations, NPDC also launched the Rizal Park Guide App, made possible in partnership with Orange and Crane innovations, Inc. This app provides park goers with an interactive experience around Rizal Park with QR codes providing historical information about the park's landmarks and attractions. The app also provides regular updates on upcoming events and announcements. Those who cannot visit the park may watch the virtual tours and videos included in the app. The Rizal Park Guide App is free on App Store and Google Play Store. 

Aside from the logo, NPDC aims to increase awareness and educate the new generation on the importance of our heritage, our national hero and our national parks. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the NPDC and its partners have been able to deliver quality events and offerings for the general public to commemorate Dr. Jose Rizal's 125th martyrdom. The new logo, new branding, new free mini library coupled with new technology brings Rizal Park, Luneta at the forefront of innovation, while instilling a sense of national pride to more Filipinos across generations. 


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