NAP celebrates the 161st Birth Anniversary of Jose Rizal: Rizal and Public Service



In celebration of Dr. Jose Rizal’s 161st birth anniversary, the National Archives of the Philippines (NAP) invited Dr. Rene R. Escalante, Chairman of National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) to give a lecture on the life and works of Rizal and how his heroism served as an inspiration for civil servants.

In line with this, the NAP also held a poster-making contest with the theme “Rizal and Public service,” to serve as a call for government employees to emulate the sacrifices of Rizal, and to embody his ideals and selflessness when serving the people.


Executive Director Victorino M. Manalo delivers his welcome remarks for the event.



National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Chairman

Dr. Rene R. Escalante.

In his brief lecture, Dr. Escalante discussed the many professions and diverse backgrounds of Rizal and how he always develops a “passion for excellence”.

Dr. Escalante reiterated that public servants should look up to Rizal because public servants carry out important roles in the society.


Chairman Escalante with Executive Director Manalo and

Deputy Executive Director Marietta R. Chou.

Ms. Ma. Noida V. Bañares, Senior Archivist serves as the host of the event.

Chairman Escalante, Architect Reynaldo S. Lita, Chief, Historic Preservation Division, NHCP and Executive Director Manalo.

From left: Jacklyn Joyce A. Delgado, Senior Records Management Analyst; Chairman Escalante, Executive Director Manalo, Architect Lita and Ms. Aurea V. Silva, Senior Archivist at the NAP Temporary Reading Room.

Contestants of the poster-making contest posed with their work.

(From left: Alvin D. Lorena, Gerald I. De Guzman, Alexia T. Del Mundo, Jacques-Noel C. Gesmundo, and Rolly Cidamon)

The output of the contestants of poster-making contest on display.

A total of five NAP employees joined the poster-making contest. Mr. Rolly A. Cidamon wins first prize, while Mr. Gerald I. de Guzman and Mr. Alvin D. Lorena placed in second and third.

(IN PHOTO: Ms. Glenda V. Gomez, Spanish Documents Section Chief served as Mr. Cidamon’s representative, together with Deputy Executive Director Chou and Executive Director Manalo)

Mr. de Guzman posed with his artwork featuring Jose Rizal.

Mr. Lorena shows his artwork during the awarding ceremony.

Ms. Del Mundo and Mr. Gesmundo posed with their artworks.