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1. How can I become a Knight of Rizal ?

As a lifetime partner of a Filipino(a), you can ask an existing Knight of Rizal to recommend you for becoming a member.
He will discus this with his Chapter Commander or superior.
If positive, you will have to fill an application that will be sent to the Supreme Court in Manila.

2. Is there a code of ethics ?

YES, there is ! 
 A Rizalian is a person who : 
 Loves his country and his people; 
Venerates the memory of the nation’s heroes by making their ideals his own and his children’s; 
Is industrious, self-reliant and persevering; 
Strives to do justice to all his fellowmen; 
Maintains a tolerant and understanding attitude towards his fellowmen; 
Values honor as he values his life; 
Finds meaning and purpose in life; 
Upholds freedom at all costs; 
Promotes social justice and general welfare of his countrymen; 
and Is truthful and honest in thoughts and in deeds; 
Will always wear his proper costume on events. (NO jeans, NO rubber shoes)

3. How we can help the Order ?

The Order maintains a year-round program of activities to carry out the objectives of the organization on a national and regional or chapter level in keeping with the teachings and examples of the National hero:

To study and spread the teachings of Rizal;

To organize and to hold annual programs in honor of Rizal such as June 19 (birth anniversary) and December 30 commemorating his martyrdom;

To hold programs, convocations, seminars, training institutes in schools and universities;

To hold oratorical and essay contests among students and private citizens;

To organize institutional chapters from the elementary to the college level under the auspices of the local chapter;

To help organize auxiliary units composed of women civic leaders who may function as counterpart organizations of the local chapter;

To solicit and donate books, writings and- other reading materials by and about
-the national hero to libraries and other reading centers;

To sponsor contesi and give awards to outstanding citizens for outstanding achievements in the arts and sciences, the professions, industry, agriculture and the promotion of international understanding.

To erect, if there be none, ‘a monument, marker or bust of Rizal within the proper vicinity or locality,

To sponsor literary contests on poetry, essays and characters in Rizal’s novels; within the context

To participate and discuss public issues of Rizal’s philosophy and ideals which will promote unity, freedom and peace with justice

4. How can we describe Dr. José Rizal ?

We describe Dr. José Rizal as:

Actor

Rizal acted as a character in one of Juan Luna’s paintings and acted in school dramas.


Agriculturist

Rizal had farms in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte (1892-1896) where he planted lanzones, coconuts and other fruit-bearing trees.


Ambassador Of Goodwill

His friendliness, goodwill and cultural associations with friends entitled him as one.


Animal Lover

As a small boy, Rizal loved animals including birds, fish, insects, and other specimens of animal life. Fowls, rabbits, dogs, horses, and cats constituted his favorites. As much as possible, he did not wish fowls to be killed even for food, and showed displeasure in being asked to eat the cooked animal. The family garden in Calamba abounded with insects galore and birds native to the Calamba environs. He wrote about and sketched animals of the places he had toured.


Anthropologist

He made researches on the physical and social make up of man.


Archeologist

Rizal studied monuments and antique currency everywhere he went. He drew most of the monuments he saw.


Ascetic

Rizal always practiced self-discipline wherever he went.


Book lover

He had a big library and brought many books abroad.


Botanist

Rizal maintained a garden in Dapitan where he planted and experimented on plants of all kinds.


Businessman

He had a partner in Dapitan in the Abaca business there (1892-1896).


Cartographer

He drew maps of Dapitan, The Philippines and other places he visited.


Chess Player

He played chess and bear several Germans and European friends and acquaintances.


Citizen of the world

His extensive travels and multitude of friends in Europe, Middle East and Asia made him one.


Commentator

Rizal always expresses and published his personal opinion.


Conchologist

He had a good shell collection in Dapitan. An American conchologist praised him.


Educator

Rizal taught in his special school in Dapitan.


Ethnologist

In his travels, Rizal was able to compare different races and he noted the differences.


Father of community school

He proposed college in Hong Kong and his special school in Dapitan made him a father of community schools.


Fencer

He fenced with Europeans and Juan Luna and other friends in Europe.


Freemason abroad

He was member of La Solidaridad Lodge in Spain.


Horticulture and farmer

He experimented on and cultivated plants in Dapitan.


Historian

His annotation of Antonio de Morga’s Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas entitled him as one.


Humorist

There are many humorous incidents in the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.


Ichthyologist

He collected 38 new varieties of fish in Dapitan.


Japanophile

His admiration of Japanese traits and his knowledge of her language proved he was one.


Journalist

He authored the published many articles in Spanish and English and London.


Laboratory worker

He was employed in the clinic of Dr. L. Wecker in Paris.


Linguist

He spoke over 20 foreign languages.


Lover of truth

He chided Spanish writers for not writing the truth about the Filipinos. He was always truthful since boyhood.


Musician

He played the flute and composed pieces of music and cultivated music appreciation.


Mythologist

Rizal used mythology in his Noli and Fili.


Nationalist

He gave full expression of the native spirit strengthened by world civilization and loved and defended everything Filipino.


Newspaperman

He wrote and published articles in many publications and was one of the organizers of the La Solidaridad.


Ophthalmologist

He graduated in an ophthalmologic college in Spain.


Orientalist

Rizal admired the special characteristic and beauties of Oriental countries peoples.


Pharmacologist

Rizal treasured and popularized the usefulness and preparation of cures for treatment of his patients.


Philologist

Rizal loved of learning and literature is unequalled.


Philosopher

Rizal not only loved wisdom but also regulated his life and enjoyed calmness of the life at all time.


Physical culturist

Rizal maintained a good health by exercising all parts of his body and eating proper foods.


Physicians

He treated several patients afflicted not only with eye diseases.


Plant lover

As a child, Rizal spend most of his time in the family garden which was planted with fruit trees, Shrubs and decorative trees. His diaries contained detailed description and sketches of plants, flowers and fruits he saw in the places he visited. He wrote poems on flower he like very much as his poems To the Flowers of Heidelberg.


Poet

Rizal wrote over 35 poems including his famous Ultimo Adios.


Politician

Although Rizal did not engage in Politics, he exposed the evils of the political activities of the Spaniards in the Philippines through his writing.


Polyglot

Rizal spoke and wrote in 20 languages.


Proofreader

In Germany, He worked as a part-time proofreader of his livelihood.


Propagandist

As a reformer, Rizal encourages the recommendation of improving the government entities and discourage abuses publishing articles.


Public relation man

He worked for better cooperation of rulers and subjects in his country.


Reformer

He published the modern methods of government administration, so changes could be made.


Researcher

Being a wide reader, he compared the old and new practices in life.


Revolutionist

Rizal encouraged reforms, discouraged old, impractical usage, and desired new and useful laws to benefit his countrymen. He desired changes for the better.


Rhetorician

Rizal has always practiced the art of persuasive and impressive speaking and writing.


Rural reconstruction worker

He practiced rural reconstruction work in Dapitan in 1894 and succeeded.


Sanitary engineer

His construction of a water system in Dapitan exemplified this practice by Rizal.


Scientist

Rizal’s practice of many sciences here and abroad made him noted scientist.


Sculptor

His works of his father and of Father Guerrico, S. J. typified his sculptural ability.


Sharp shooter

He could hit a target 20 meters away.


Sinologist

Rizal’s ancestry and his ability to speak Chinese made him one.


Sociologist

In Rizal’s study of Philippines social problems, he always encouraged and introduced solutions.


Sodalist

He always joined fraternities, associations and brotherhood, for self-improvement.


Sportsman

He engaged from a surveying class at the Ateneo after passing his A. B. there.


Tourist

He was considered the foremost tourist due to his extensive travels.


Traveler

He traveled around the world three times.


Tuberculosis expert

For having cured himself of this disease, he became and was recognized as an expert.


Youth leader

He considered the youth as “the hope of his Fatherland.”


Zoologist

He was fond of pets. He researched later on their physiology, classification and habits.



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