The statue of Dr. Jose Rizal depicts him interacting with children, in an artistic creation ideal for an Instagram post. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
JOSE Rizal’s latest monument stands on the grounds of the Taguig City Department of Science and Technology (DoST) and was designed by Professor Jose Manuel Sicat of the University of the Philippines Diliman-College of Fine Arts.
Sicat explained that in the last monument, Rizal is depicted as very much in touch with his surroundings and that he is surrounded by children with whom he extends his left hand, symbolizing his transmission of his contribution to the next generation. His right hand faces an empty space to show the possibilities where science and technology can be used.
The development and design of the “Rizal, the Filipino Scientist” monument involved experts in the arts, history and science. During the conceptualization phase, the DoST, through the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), brought together national scientist Angel Alcala, known historian and expert Rizal, Prof. Ambeth Ocampo, Dr Arvin Diesmos of the National Museum and other scientists and experts.
“Through our facilities at AMCEN and through our engineers, designers and scientists, our country is now able to build faster, stronger and more beautiful structures, at lower cost. The strength of the monument underscores the ability of DoST to produce sturdy structures using 3D printing technology that can withstand typhoons and wind speeds of up to 330 kilometers per hour, a magnitude 7 earthquake. This is how the output of R&D enables the harmony of science and the arts, “Dr. Rowena Cristina, DoST Under Secretary for Research and Development. said Guevara.
Five Rizal webinars are hosted by the four DoST Research Councils, which will run through March 2022. Interested parties can visit the NRCP Research Pod Facebook page for announcements.