Knights of Rizal Partners with pSaysay
Knights of Rizal (KOR) will launch its own Project Saysay (pSaysay) series on 1 December 2017, during the kick-off program of the Rizal Month. It will be held at the KOR International Headquarters in Port Area, Manila. The series features Jose Rizal's profiles and words of wisdom on posters.
This KOR-pSaysay partnership was a brainchild of Sir Mark Roy Boado, KCR, Regional Commander of KOR National Capital Region. Sir Boado and pSaysay founder and Executive Director Ian Alfonso, KR are both attached to the KOR Sucesos Young Historians Chapter, a special chapter in the KOR composed of young history scholars, professors, and advocates. Other pSaysay advocates attached to the said chapter are Sir Jonathan Balsamo, KCR (who was the Chapter’s founding commander) and Sir Xiao Chua, KCR.
The purpose of the KOR-pSaysay partnership is mainly to support President Rodrigo Roa’s direction to all government agencies and instrumentalities, including government-owned or -controlled corporations, state universities and colleges and public schools at all levels, to display or exhibit photographs, paintings or other forms of visual representations of Philippine heroes. It is embodied by the Memorandum Circular No. 25, s. 2017 issued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea by authority of the President.
The KOR-pSaysay partnership will be officially carried by the KOR through its NCR Regional Chapter and Sucesos Young Historians Chapter. The two chapters will work hand in hand to encourage other chapters to act as benefactors for public schools within their localities by sponsoring the printing of pSaysay posters.
Most of the pSaysay poster designs bear the quotations of Rizal because Alfonso reprocessed the data he collected for the Facebook page Rizal 150 to 150. The said page produced 151 designs with Rizal’s quotations intended as daily countdown to 150th birth anniversary of the hero in 2011 for 150 days, the 151st being the day 0 or Rizal’s birth anniversary.
As of 23 November 2017, 2,887 posters have been distributed to 1,472 classrooms, libraries, and rooms of 125 institutions, here and abroad.