Project Saysay to launch new poster designs; heroes’ families to grace occasion
In celebration of the Museums and Galleries Month, ProjectSaysay will launch its first set of new poster designs for schools at the Leandro Locsin Auditorium of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in Intramuros, Manila on 23 October, 2:30 p.m. Instituto Cervantes de Manila Director Dr. Carlos Madrid is the guest of honor of the event.
The said set of posters feature the portraits and words of wisdom of 25 great Filipinos, namely: Emilio Jacinto, Gregoria de Jesus, Padre Jose Burgos, Apolinario Mabini, and Andres Bonifacio. Also included are Hadji Butu, Mariano Ponce, Graciano Lopez Jaena, Jose Rizal, Clemencia Lopez, Gliceria Marella de Villavicencio, Marcelo H. del Pilar, and Gregorio H. del Pilar. Completing the list are Antonio Luna, Pio Valenzuela, Valentin Ventura, Artemio Ricarte, Juan Luna, Marcela Agoncillo, Felipe Agoncillo, Jose Ma. Panganiban, Macario Sakay, Emilio Aguinaldo, Miguel Malvar, and Martin Delgado. Their descendants and relatives are expected to be present during the said gathering.
These new designs are collectively known as ‘Ibarra Posters,’ named after Ibarra Watches, an all-Filipino premium watch brand that sponsored the commissioning of the painting of the portraits. Ibarra Watches tapped visual artist Mark Villanueva as the official artist of the project. The aim of ProjectSaysay-Ibarra Watches collaboration is to standardize the designs and provide Filipino students quality instructional materials that are aesthetically pleasing and inspiring.
It can be recalled that ten of the 25 portraits and posters were already unveiled last 22 May at the Department of Foreign Affairs national office. The said posters constituted the ‘Sentro Rizal Series’ or the diplomatic posters that were sent to 33 foreign service posts. The posters were reused and bore new quotations aligned with education, values-formation, and character-building.
The 25 posters for schools are all in Filipino. Unlike the previous posters, this set is accompanied by a 6”x6” short bionote with QR code containing additional resources about the honoree.
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Philippine Historical Association, and professors from the University of the Philippines Diliman History Department reviewed the content and research methodology. Finally, the NCCA shouldered the printing costs of the first 600 posters of the new designs.
ProjectSaysay Inc. is a registered non-government organization with a mission to spread the ideals and values of great Filipinos through dissemination of relevant, useful, and inspiring information sourced from Philippine history in three ways:  Distribute quality posters to Philippine schools for free, here and abroad, featuring the words of wisdom of great Filipinos;  generate sensible and accurate online materials that are shareable and attune to the needs of time; and  create platforms to express creativity and academic exchanges related to history and culture. Since its establishment in 2013, ProjectSaysay has distributed 4,363 12”x18” matte-laminated sticker on 3mm sintra poster prints to 2,055 classrooms and libraries of 182 schools, institutions and offices, here and abroad.