On December 30th the Order of the Knights of Rizal Winnipeg Chapter (OKoR-W) commemorated Dr. Jose Rizal’s ultimate sacrifice for his Malayan brethren the people he so loved he personally took his battle all the way to the land of the oppressors. He wrote that education is what the Malayan people need to gain their freedom in a letter to his good friend Ferdinand Blumentritt in Litomerice, Austria (now Czech Republic) and educate his people is what he did thru his writing and literally during his exile in Dapitan, Mindanao. The Knights of Rizal Winnipeg (KoR-W) encourages the Filipino youth to work hard in their studies by recognizing their accomplishments in high school with Youth Recognition Award (YRA), a program that saw its 15th year on December 30th in memory of Dr. Jose Rizal’s ideal. The recipients were nominated by their corresponding high school, supported by their transcript of record, school and list of their leadership participation/s in the community at large. The recipients of 2011 YRA are Yzah Dianna Magpantay Macalintal, Nestor Luis Abarca, Kaye Amira Quizon, Kevin J. Rosario Fiestan, Jiezl M. Lacanilao Abaigar, Coleen I. Fronteras Valdez, Issiah B. Mandia Lozada, Jake Genese Manliguez, Andreah May Gumtang Anterola, Joseph Q. Joven Gille, Ginello L. Suarez, Megan Sumaya Carta, Gerard Francis Sales, Sheena Taway. Ms. Yzah Macalinta and Mr. Nestor Abarca top the grade mark average at 99% IB and 97%.
KoR Winnipeg commemorated Rizal’s martyrdom with wreath laying at Rizal’s memorial in Chapel Lawn attended by the KoR Western Canada Region Commander
Sir Dr. Tom Colina KGOR, Sir Les Crisostomo KGOR, Western Canada Region Executive Officer, Sir Edgar de Leon KCR, KoR-W Deputy Commander and other Knights Executive Council and members and Lady Rose de Leon.
Dr. Tom Colina was recognized for his socially conscious and generous leadership with a certificate of appreciation by the members and executive council of KoR-W. Sir Mike Pagtakhan KCR, eloquently express Rizal’s ideal relevance to him and the youth of Malayan today, and in her response to the award she just received Ms. Andreah May Anterola extolled the value of Rizal’s sacrifice and the valuable projects that the Order of the Knights of Rizal around the world executes every year. “The KoR-W are grateful for all the support that the donors and the community accorded them year in and year out and thank you very much award recipients for making us proud to be Filipino” the Chapter Commander Sir Felino de Jesus KCR so remarked in his closing remarks.