The activity started with the playing of Noel Cabangon's song, "Ako'y isang Mabuting Pilipino." The school administrators while listening to the music played, were asked by the Dr. Jeruta to catch a line or two from the lyrics of the music and to reflect upon themselves more particularly in relation to their job as a Filipino of course. The complete lyrics of this song is found at the end of this proceedings.
Rizal's 10-stanza poem in Filipino, "Sa Kabataang Pilipino" was recited by stanza by an assigned group. Then one of its representative discussed the said stanza as to the value, importance of the youth's role in the country.
Another 8-stanza poem of Rizal, "Dahil sa Karununga'y Nagkaroon ng Kinang ang Bayan'" was recited in chorus.
"Our journey to freedom and liberty", a presentation, depicting the heroic deeds of Filipino since the reign of Spanish, Japanese, American government has made the school heads well-informed and the sacrifices made by the Filipinos before their country was liberated from the bondage of the foreign invaders. And a flashback of different places and memorabilia he left as legacy.
Rizal's writings found in his contemplation room in Dapitan was copied by Jeruta when she visited the said place. She cited in her presentation, to wit: "Man ought to die for his duty and his convictions. I maintain all the ideas that I have expressed concerning the state and the future of my country and gladly I’ll die for her, nay to obtain justice and tranquility for you.
"I have always loved my poor country and I’m sure I shall love her until my last moment, should men proved unjust to me. I shall die happy, satisfied with the thought that all I have suffered, my life, my loves, my joys, my everything, I have sacrificed for the love of her.
"To foretell the destiny of a nation, it is necessary to open the book that tells of her past."
The activity which was well attended by the school principals and school heads and department heads of the 23 elementary schools and 4 secondary high schools lasted for 3 hours.Some active members of Kababaihang Rizalista ng La Carlota joined the interactive affair.
The movie, "Jose Rizal" starred by Cesar Montano concluded the morning session.
In the afternoon, OIC, schools div. superintendent, Ferdinand S. Sy handled another 3-hour session of administrative and supervisory matters as well as the preparation for Sunday's Fun Run activity, which will be participated in by all schools in the division of La Carlota.
Ako'y isang Mabuting Pilipino
"Ako’y isang mabuting Pilipino
Minamahal ko ang bayan ko
Tinutupad ko ang aking mga tungkulin
Sinusunod ko ang kanyang mga alituntunin
Tumatawid ako sa tamang tawiran
Sumasakay ako sa tamang sakayan
Pumipila at di nakikipag-unahan
At di ako pasiga-siga sa lansangan
Nagbababa ako sa tamang babaan
Hindi nakahambalang na parang walang pakialam
Pinagbibigyan ko’ng mga tumatawid sa kalsada
Humihinto ako pag ang ilaw ay pula
Hindi ako nangongotong o nagbibigay ng lagay
Tiket lamang ang tinatanggap kong ibinibigay
Ako’y nakatayo doon mismo sa kanto
At di nagtatago sa ilalaim ng puno
Hindi ako nagkakalat ng basura sa lansangan
Hindi bumubuga ng usok ang aking sasakyan
Inaayos ko ang mga kalat sa basurahan
Inaalagaan ko ang ating kapaligiran
Lagi akong nakikinig sa aking mga magulang
Kaya’t pag-aaral ay aking pinagbubutihan
Hindi ako gumagamit ng bawal na gamot
O kaya’y tumatambay at sa eskwela’y di pumapasok
Ipinagtatanggol ko ang aking karangalan
Pagkat ito lamang ang tangi kong kayamanan
Di ko ibinebenta ang ating kinabukasan
Ang boto ko’y aking pinahahalagahan
Ako’y isang tapat at totoong lingkod ng bayan
Pabor o lagay ay di ko pinapayagan
Tapat ang serbisyo ko sa mamamayan
Di ko ibinubulsa ang pera ng bayan
Ipinagtatanggol ko ang mamamayang Pilipino
Mga karapatan nila’y kinikilala ko
Iginagalang ko ang aking kapwa tao
Ipinaglalaban ko dangal ng bayan ko
Pagkat ako’y isang mabuting Pilipino..."
N.B.: To listen to this song, go to my video.