Second to talk was Dr. Maria Serena Diokno, Chairperson of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. I was deeply moved by her intelligent choice of quotes, all of which circumpassing time and be as meaningful as it was during the 19th century. She shared her thoughts on Rizal's efforts on Development Management despite the nonexistence of that term during his time. Praises to him were raised in between her speech, all highlighted through his cited words that reflected the unwanted "Juan Tamad" culture of the Filipinos which he deemed was a result of the occupation and years of societal rape of the Spaniards. She quoted him with "Laziness is the effect of the backwardness of 19th century Philippines," with certainty. According to her, Rizal saw laziness, a negative trait, as a micro-weapon used by the natives against colonialism, and she quoted the thought of Rizal on this "Why be rich, says the native? So that the Government has a lynx eye upon you?". Filipinos, she said, were much less lazy when the word 'miracle' was introduced, and I agree.
She closed he talk with a question for the developers of the new age, will they be strong enough to take upon Rizal's work and help the country?
Before snacks were served, the forum ended with the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners awarding Rizal, accepted by his descendants, with a conferment of Special Posthumous Citation as Bayaning (Hero) Environmental Planner. This honor was accepted gracefully by the family.