Rizal in the World Wide Web




Seeing the lack of media exposure, activities and awareness campaigns to promote his 150th birthday celebration early this year, a unique project dubbed “Rizal 150 to 150: A 150-Day Countdown to Rizal’s 150th Birth Anniversary,” was formed in January.

Lisa Tinio-Bayot, head of BINHI English Literacy Foundation, Inc. and Rizal’s great grand niece (through Saturnina Rizal-Hidalgo) established this Facebook fan page in collaboration with the Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies of the Holy Angel University in Angeles, Pampanga to bring Rizal closer to Filipinos and generate more interest and participation in the activities of his 150th year.

The Rizal 150 to 150 Facebook fan page features 150 Rizal daily quotations and monuments from all over the country and as well as various nations abroad.

“The idea for the Facebook fan page came from various people of the organizing committee. The idea of a countdown came from Loi Ilustre, formerly of the ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. The use of quotations was suggested by BINHI associate Peachy Avanceña. I suggested the use of monuments to further promote Rizal. Nainspire din ako sa mga quotations being sent on the cellphone. These are simple, short and people can relate to it,” recalls Ian Christopher Alfonso, historian, researcher, and administrator of the Facebook site.
Alfonso reveals that it took him almost four months of research before he was able to gather all the 150 Rizal quotations that he needed for the fan page from the 12 volumes of La Solidaridad and the articles, letters and essays of Rizal.

The tedious task of gathering the 150 monuments was also hard for their group but they were able to get 50 of it from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. The rest were pooled from the organizers themselves and eventually sent by various fans of the page whom they didn’t even know.
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150th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, Official Facebook page of the Executive Committee for the 150th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal (National Historical Commission of the Philippines) features Rizal @ 150 celebration, historical context of the 19th century and a Virtual Tour in Fort Santiago, Calamba and Dapitan. Sharing historical events and updates on the celebration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal with their countdown posters.
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MY RIZAL150 engages all of us to be a part of what JOSE RIZAL stood for. It invites us to internalize a version of RIZAL in our own personal lives. It inspires us to feel the hero in each one of us, and to follow RIZAL’s footsteps in his true love for country.
My Rizal–celebrating the Rizal in Me–is for everyone. One does not need to be a Rizal descendant, or come from a specific country. Rizal’s ideals, as exemplified by his life, his works and his heroism, are universal.
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Firefly Digital Designs Services and www.virtualjournals.net are primarily into 360-degree virtual reality development and panoramic photography. Leveraging on the power of the Internet and the accessibility of the electronic media, we can let the user experience an environment without actually being there. The company was founded in July of 2004; we pioneered high-resolution commercial VR production for the Philippine market. By focusing on this single niche, we are able to service our clients with a high degree of professional dedication and quality. With over 5 years of experience in shooting VRs, we are the reality in virtual reality. A user can experience VR through a website, a CD, and other electronic media in both online or offline mode. Our aim is to let people experience an immersive environment that is almost akin to “being there”. The VR panoramas we create will let you see the whole picture, from sky to ground and everything around it. They can be deploy in QuickTime, Flash, or Java platform and runs under Mac, PC, and even Linux operating systems.

The people behind Firefly believe in the importance of tourism and the value of environmental conservation; how these, coupled with an effective plan of peace and order, a spiritual guidance, plus a sustainable education system, can greatly assist in lifting our country from poverty and unemployment. We at Firefly would like to do our little share of nation building. We aim to stand behind government and private institutions that promote tourism and educate the masses in the importance of preserving the environment, the benefits of which we can all enjoy.
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Jose Rizal website is self-sustaining, non-profit, and non-partisan, and everyone is invited to visit and link with our website.

Students and teachers, in the past years, have relied on books and periodicals from the library to do their studies on Rizal. The advent of Information Technology, however, facilitated the acquisition and sharing of ideas among peoples of varied persuasions throughout the globe. Survey results show that more and more students are using the Internet to do research work. This Jose Rizal website is, therefore, designed, and created to assist students in the appreciation of the role of Rizal in the development of the Filipino nation. The web contains very comprehensive materials on and by Rizal in both the English and Filipino languages. Further more, it is offered for free to everyone. The endorsement of the web by the Commission on Higher Education helped increase the number of visitors. This web continues to acquire and update information about Rizal in order to be of better service to the users.

The Life and Writing of Dr. Jose Rizal is dedicated to the life and writings of the premier Filipino national hero (Bayani) of the Philippines, Dr. José Rizal.

Online source of El Filibusterismo notes, guides, summaries, buod ng kabanata, talasalitaan (vocabulary), and more. The goal of ElFilibusterismo.com is to help you save time, so that you can rapidly learn the El Fili, and still have time for your family and friends.
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The National Historical Commission of the Philippines, as an arm in the culture and development agenda of the government, envisions:

" A Filipino society with citizens informed of their history, who love their country and proud of their cultural heritage."

Its mission is the promotion of Philippine history and cultural heritage through research, dissemination, conservation, sites management and heraldry works. It aims to inculcate awareness and appreciation of the noble deeds and ideals of our heroes and other illustrious Filipinos, to instill pride in the Filipino race and to rekindle the Filipino spirit through the lessons of history. Featuring Rizal Awards, Rizal @150 articles and gallery.

BINHI English Literacy Foundation, Inc. (BINHI) provides English learning support to underprivileged Filipino children in marginalized areas by creating learning kits inspired by proven teaching methodologies and recruiting and training community-based volunteers as teachers. It is modeled after Pratham, India’s largest non-governmental organization (NGO) which has successfully provided quality education to India’s underprivileged children. One of the institutions who have helped MYRizal150 established.


In celebration of Jose Rizal‘s 150th year, Vibal Foundation launched interactive Rizaliana e-books for the iPad in June.

Vibal Foundation’s interactive e-books help children rediscover the wonder of timeless tales through books you can watch like a movie or play like a video game.

Two e-books will be available in June: The Tortoise and the Monkey and Noli Me Tangere. Noli Me Tangere will come in installments of several chapters each.

In cooperation with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), Filipiniana.net has launched The Complete Jose Rizal, a project aimed at recuperating the memory and humanity of the Philippine national hero José Rizal in all his defects and greatness. While there are many other existing websites that devote themselves to Rizal, this site aims to publish all the known cultural output of the national hero, from his letters, essays, novels, poems, to artistic endeavors and ephemera such as sketches. The Complete Jose Rizal's bibliography is arranged according to the following categories: Correspondence This Epistolary Bibliography is based on the publications of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, namely Letters between Rizal and Family Members (1876-1896), Rizal’s Correspondence with Fellow Reformists, Miscellaneous Correspondence of Dr. Jose Rizal, The Rizal-Blumentritt Correspondence.
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ABS-CBNnews.com established a mini site for Jose Rizal called Jose Rizal ar 150 BIDA BEST BIDA BAYANI featuring latest articles, videos, photos, twitter updates on Rizal @ 150 celebration. Also featured here are historical events and RIZALISMS- photos of Rizal if he lived today. 

We would like to thank the Rizal 150 to 150 for our Rizal 150 to 150 countdown pictures; 150th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, Firefly Digital Designs Services  and www.virtualjournals.net for our Virtual Tour; MYRizal150 for our RIZALIANA Media Page; Vibal Foundation and BINHI (English Literacy Foundation, Inc.) for some pictures; National Historical Commission of the Philippines The Life and Writing of Dr. Jose Rizal, Jose Rizal Website and El Filibusterismo Online for historical events featured; Jose Rizal at 150 BIDA BEST BIDA BAYANI  for our RIZALISMS- photos of Rizal when he lived today; ABS-CBNnews.com and GMA News Online for the latest news and updates on 150th Birth Anniversary of Jose Rizal; the Official Gazette for the speech of the President delivered during the celebration at Calamba; and to all our readers and viewers.

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