First BIDA Ka! National Young Leaders Summit

October 28 to 30, 2011, Bohol Plaza Resort, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines

Theme: “The Filipino Youth: Harnessing the POWER of GREATNESS!”

“Take the lead in forming your own individuality, try to lay the foundations of a Filipino nation.” Simoun speaking to Basilio in Noli Me Tangere, 1891


The First BIDA Ka! National Young Leaders Summit (BNYLS) is an event jointly organized by the Kabataang Pangarap ni Rizal (KAPARIZ) and Youth Leadership Excellence for Active Development Philippines (YouthLEAD Philippines). The First BNYLS expects to gather 400 young leaders from various youth and student organizations across the country.

Carrying the theme, “The Filipino Youth: Harnessing the Power of Greatness”, the three-day summit aims to inspire for the Filipino youth a strong desire for action and to nurture the power of greatness that is grounded on patriotism. KAPARIZ and YouthLEAD Philippines believe that like Rizal, there is a hero in each and every Filipino and that every small gesture of action is a concrete and meaningful step towards building a greater nation, a greater Philippines.

Translating this advocacy to a higher purpose, the BIDA (Building Initiatives for Desire and Action) Ka! Project, a five-year action platform that seeks to muster, empower, and commit the Filipino youth to take an active role in achieving the targets of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), will be launched during the First BNYLS. The eight MDGs – which range from halving extreme poverty to protecting the environment and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries, the Philippines included. For KAPARIZ and YouthLEAD Philippines, the MDGs represent what Dr. Jose Rizal fought and died for, pressing issues that need action from every Filipino – a message that KAPARIZ and YouthLEAD Philippines will echo during the First BNYLS as the nation continues to commemorate Rizal’s sesquicentennial birth this year. BIDA Ka! Project is a brainchild of YouthLEAD Philippines.

To prepare the youth for the BIDA Ka! Project, the First BNYLS, applying the concept of youth-to-youth approach, will be facilitating the delegates to an interactive learning experience. Motivational talks from high-powered speakers such as Leon Flores III of National Youth Commission, Jim Paredes of APO Hiking Society, Mae Paner also known as Juana Change, and Atty. Alex Lacson of Kabayanihan Foundation and author of the book 12 Little Things our Youth can do to help our Country will be rendered, followed by micro-group workshops and deepening exercises. Nikki Gil, WV Ambassador for Children and Education, will also be gracing the affair to rally the cause of the MDGs. A youth declaration that will be formulated by the delegates will also be presented during the closing ceremony to commit everybody’s part in the BIDA Ka! Project and a national assembly for the officers of KAPARIZ. During the last day, the delegates will be visiting parts of Bohol for another learning experience of how the island excelled as the best governed province in the Philippines today.

Lastly, apart from the BIDA Ka! Project, the delegates will also witness during First BNYLS the launching of the WikiPilipinas Rizaliana Portal, an online Rizal encyclopedia put together by KAPARIZ and Vibal Publishing. The objective of the endeavor was to provide easy access to any information regarding Rizal, particularly his writings.


Generally, the First BNYLS desires to achieve the following objectives for the delegates:

1. Learn and believe in the greatness of the Filipino nation;

2. Instill a consciousness of social relevance and patriotism in leading a dynamic and vibrant movement in uplifting the nation that concretely impact communities using the framework of the BIDA Ka! Project;

3. Inspire a strong desire for action and nurture a culture of greatness in community and nation-building exemplifying Rizal’s values and examples; and

4. Foster camaraderie among the delegates and establish a network of young leaders that will serve as channel for the post-summit advocacy and pursuit of the BIDA Ka! Project.


The registration fee per delegate for the First BNYLS is Five Thousand Eight Hundred Pesos (Php5,800.00). However, for payments on or before October 20, 2011, registration fee will be at Five Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (Php5,500.00) only. The registration fee will be inclusive of the following:

1. Two night accommodation: Check-in – noon, October 28; Check-out – noon, October 30

2. Meals and snacks : October 28: Am snacks, lunch, pm snacks, dinner; October 29: Full board; October 30: Breakfast, am snacks, lunch, pm snacks

3. Summit Kit: ID, bag, workbook, summit shirt, pen, notebook, and BIDA Ka! baller

4. Certificate of Completion and Certificate of Appearance

5. Prices for the on-the spot contests

6. Bohol tour

Please make your check payable to Kabataang Pangarap ni Rizal and deposit your payments at MetroBank: 151-3-151-93777-3. Please bring a copy of your deposit slip during the First BNYLS for verification purposes. However, during the summit proper, the National Organization Committee will only accept cash payments and will be issuing receipts under the name of YouthLEAD Philippines. Kindly process your registration (even if without any payment yet) with the National Organizing Committee on or before October 20, 2011 to avoid any inconvenience come start of the First BNYLS. Furthermore, there will be special awards and prices that will be given per delegation or individually, to wit:

1. Per delegation: Biggest Delegation, Early Bird: First to pay the registration fee, Early Bird: First to arrive during the Summit, Farthest Delegation, Most Lively Delegation (During the Recognition of Delegates), Best in Uniform (During the First Day)

2. On the spot contests individual: Essay, Short Movie Clip, Photo


The delegates who are expected to join the First BNYLS are young leaders individually or coming from the following organizations:

1. KAPARIZ local chapters;

2. National/Regional/Local-based youth organizations;

3. Sangguniang Kabataan Barangay Council, Municipal and Provincial Federations;

4. University/College/High school student governments/bodies/councils;

5. University/College/High school campus student organizations; and

6. University/College/High school student publications.


The First BNYLS is organized and managed by the National Organizing Committee that is composed of the following principal partners:

Order of the Knights of Rizal (KOR) is a statutory corporation chartered under Republic Act No. 646. Established in December 30, 1911, the organization is mandated by law to promote the ideals and teachings of Dr. Jose Rizal, particularly among the youth.

KAPARIZ is the youth arm of the KOR. Established in the late 1980, KAPARIZ serves as the umbrella organization of all existing Rizal youth groups in schools and communities nationwide. KAPARIZ members embody the ideals of our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, and seek to develop social consciousness in every individual, dedication, leadership, honor, excellence, and enlightened nationalism.

YouthLEAD Philippines is a youth-centered and youth-oriented training institution that advocates for the active involvement of young leaders in community and nation-building through excellence and innovation in transformational leadership. Since its inception in January 2011, YouthLEAD has trained more than 2,000 young leaders across the country and continues to grow in spreading out the spirit of transformational leadership.


The venue of the training will be at Bohol Plaza Resort in Panglao Island. From the airport or seaport, one needs to take a 20-minute ride going to the venue. However, for the First BNYLS, Bohol Plaza Resort will be providing free transportation for the delegates from the airport or seaport to the venue then vice-versa. Please contact the National Organizing Committee on or before October 25, 2011 for your arrival and departure schedules. For more information about Bohol Plaza Resort, you may check their website at


To ensure the smooth flow of the First BNYLS, the delegates are reminded of the following:

1. Please coordinate your registration ahead of time with the National Organizing Committee. Accommodation shall be facilitated on a first come first serve basis.

2. During the registration, only the head of the delegation shall be involved. Pre-registered delegates need not to register again. Please bring with you your institutional identification cards.

3. Attire during the summit is working clothes. Wearing of sleeveless shirts and skirts are strongly discouraged. Be ready to squat. Please bring your own water bottles and medical kits.

4. Avoid bringing jewelries and electronic gadgets save for mobile phones, laptops or notebooks.

5. Please bring delicacies and tokens from your home province for the solidarity night and closing ritual.


Should you have concerns, please contact the National Organizing Committee through the following:

Landline: Telefax (02) 528-1973

Mobile phone: 09064314492 (Globe) 09217600968 (Smart)

Email address:

Facebook account: Bida Ka Leaders Summit


Rizal Biographical Film by Rizartistas

The Rizal Biographical Film is produced by Bachelor of Secondary Education Third Year Students (Rizartistas) of Ramon Magsaysay Technological University, San Marcelino, Zambales. Shown during the Rizal Festival 2011: Pepe at 150 on June 17, 2011 in commemoration of Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s 150th birth anniversary ( June 19, 1861 – June 19, 2011).

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Enjoy watching and don’t forget to leave a comment!


The Philippine Star Editorial, June 19, 2011

In several countries that he visited, statues have been erected and markers installed in his honor. He espoused non-violent resistance against colonial rule long before Mahatma Gandhi did against the Raj. Foreigners have extolled him as an example of the best of the Malay race.

Filipinos are not the only ones who are paying tribute to national hero Jose Rizal, whose 150th birth anniversary is being celebrated today. Rizal was a global citizen long before the term was coined. Apart from recognizing the limits of military force and espousing non-violence, he also saw, long before the Information Age, that knowledge is power. He wanted his compatriots to be liberated from poverty by acquiring the most important asset: quality education.

Rizal refused to endorse armed resistance against Spain, fearing that the poorly armed Filipino revolutionaries would only walk into a massacre at the hands of a superior army. But his ideas inspired the revolution, and his novels, written in the colonizer’s language, made him an enemy of all the Spanish rulers, from the civilian government to the military and the oppressive friars whose religious teachings he refused to embrace.

The thrust of Rizal’s campaign for Philippine autonomy was to disprove the image painted by Spain of the indio: indolent, too stupid to learn the Spanish language, incapable of self-improvement and running a country. Rizal did this by pushing himself to realize his full potential and showing the world what a Filipino was capable of achieving. His existence, as much as his prose, debunked all arguments for Spain’s continued exploitation of its colony.

Rizal, like other martyrs of the movement for freedom, died for his country. But his continuing self-improvement was as much an inspiration for his compatriots as his death that fueled the armed revolt. His example should continue to serve as an inspiration for today’s generation of Filipinos. In life, as in death, Dr. Jose Rizal is a hero.

Rizal 150th Birth Anniversary Countdown Plates X

The following are the tenth and the last set of the plates used by Binhi English Literacy Foundation, Inc. and the Holy Angel University for the 150-day countdown of Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s sesquicentennial birth anniversary this June 19, 2011.

Be satisfied with the words oif wisdom from the patriotic tongue and nationalistic mind of our national hero!

Happy birthday Pepe!

Rizal Sesquicentennial Birth Anniversary

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, we launch the new website of the Presidential Museum and Library (PML) today, June 19, 2011. The PML is the primary office within the Office of the President responsible for preserving, managing, and promoting the history and heritage of the Philippine Presidency, and particularly of Malacañan Palace as its official seat. (About the Presidential Museum and Library)

Dr. Rizal was no stranger to Malacañan Palace, and has had some encounters with the heads of the colonial Spanish government, the Governors-general, who by then resided and worked at the same location beside the Pasig. Rizal has written about these meetings: One was held in 1887, on account of the popularity, or infamy, of his first novel, Noli Me Tangere. The Governor-general Emilio Terrero y Perinat ordered Dr. Rizal to provide him with a copy of the Noli. Rizal found a dirty copy, and upon delivering it to the Governor-general, was received with warmth. In 1892, he met with the Governor-general Eulogio Despujol y Dusay on a number of occasions, but on sourer terms, which ended up in his exile to Dapitan. Years later, in 1986, it was the turn of Jose Rizal’s sisters (although the prevailing legend is it was Jose’s mother, Teodora Alonso) to visit the Palace. They cried at the feet of Camilo de Polaviej and pleaded for their brother’s life. Nevertheless, convicted of rebellion, sedition, and conspiracy, Rizal was executed at Bagumbayan. (The Sesquicentennial of Dr. Jose Rizal’s birth: An Introduction)

About the Banner: The letters in the image above are made up of full texts of Rizal’s poems: Sa kabataang Pilipino; Imno sa Paggawa; Memories of My Town; and the Mi Ultimo Adios. For more information on the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Jose Rizal’s birth, please visit the National Historical Commission.

Sesquicentennial Creed of Rizalism

Written by Danilo Villar Rogayan Jr., Ramon Magsaysay Technological University – San Marcelino Campus, san Marcelino, Zambales

(This creed was recited during the Rizal Festival 2011: Pepe at 150 on June 17, 2011 at RMTU San Marcelino Campus with Edjohn Harold F. Tomboc on the lead)

I believe in the Rizalian virtues and values.

I believe that I am the hope of the nation, and I will go and fulfill it.

I believe that education is important in the development of a nation and its people, and should be inculcated or integrated with the development of the community.

I believe that ignorance is slavery, thus I will share my knowledge for the benefit of my countrymen.

I believe in peaceful reforms, fighting through the might of pen rather than taking up the guns and swords.

I believe that awakening the souls of every Filipinos to assert their rights as citizens of this nation and more importantly as human beings, is essential.

I believe in the infallibility of Science, not only as a source of truth, but as a conqueror of oppression.

I believe in the propagation of our culture, of our identity and of our way of life.

I believe that the youth should contribute to nation-building and should be an agent of social change, proliferating sense of patriotism to his fellowmen.

I believe that one should give importance to national liberty and be a crusader of the country’s freedom for love of country should supplant all other considerations.

I believe that equality, truth and justice should always prevail in the society, respecting human dignity and morality.

I believe that we can move forward only if we work together, combining our energies toward a common goal and finding direction from the lessons of the past.

Rizal Film Bloopers

Bloopers of the Rizal Biographical Film produced by Bachelor of Secondary Education Third Year Students (Rizartistas) of Ramon Magsaysay Technological University, San Marcelino, Zambales. Shown during the Rizal Festival 2011: Pepe at 150 on June 17, 2011 in commemoration of Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s 150th birth anniversary (June 19, 1861 – June 19, 2011).

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