Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lakbay Rizal @ 150 Heritage Trail: Rizal Shrine in Dapitan

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

Date: March 6-7, 2012
Location: Brgy. Talisay, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
Rizal @ 150 Stamp: No. 20 - Rizal Shrine and Waterworks of Rizal

After missing my flight in October 2011, I finally found myself in Dapitan City with my two brothers Mike and Joel for the  continuation of our Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150 Heritage Trail.  

Dapitan City is the so-called Shrine City of the Philippines. Last May 27, 2011, this quaint city is also the country's first Heritage Zone following a declaration by the National Historical Commission of its cultural and historical significance "because of its ancient beginning and Dr. Jose Rizal's four-year exile". Six (6) of  27 sites featured in the Rizal @ 150 Passport can be found here, and the six stamps can be obtained at the  Rizal Shrine in Barangay Talisay.

Rizal Shrine refers to the sixteen (16) hectares piece of land near the shore of Talisay which Dr. Jose Rizal purchased using his prize winning from the Manila Lottery. 

Our lovely, knowledgeable tour guide shared to us that sometimes in August 1892, Rizal with two others (politico military governor Capt. Ricardo Carnicero and Francisco Equilior, a Spaniard living in Dipolog) bought lottery ticket no.9736 which luckily won for them P20,000.00. Rizal's share of P6,200 was invested in business and used to buy lands, after giving the P2,000 to his father and P200 to Basa, his friend in Hongkong.

In his letter to his friend, Ferdinand Blumentritt, on December 19, 1893 he said "I have three houses-one square, another hexagonal, and the third octagonal. All these houses are made of bamboo, wood, and nipa". However, my actual visit to The Rizal Shrine introduced me to other houses there.

"I live in the square house, together with my mother,  my sister, Trinidad, and my nephew".

CASA RESIDENCIA (Replica of Jose Rizal's House reconstructed in 1960) is the name for the square house (or rectangular house) where Dr. Rizal lived with his mother, sister and nephew from March 1893 until he left Dapitan in July 31, 1896. It has a bedroom and a veranda on its four walls and a comfort room accessible through a bridge at the rear.  

"In the octagonal house live some young boys who are my pupils".

CASA REDONDA (Replica of Jose Rizal's Clinic reconstructed using same materials) is the name for the octagonal hut which served as Dr. Rizal clinic and dormitory of some of his pupils. He performed many medications in this house during his exile.  

"Then, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., I am busy as a teacher. I teach the young boys"

CASA CUADRADA (Replica of  Pupils Dormitory and Workshop) Jose Rizal effected the construction of the house to accommodate the growing number of pupils in his Talisay school. The area underneath the hut served as workshop.

"At noon, I return home to Talisay for lunch"

RIZAL'S KITCHEN (Replica).The kitchen has the same materials as Casa Residencia. It has a dimension of approximately fourteen (14) feet by ten feet and is open on all sides from waist up to facilitate airflow.

"After breakfast, I treat the poor patients who come to my house"

 CASITAS DE SALUD (Replicas of the Hospital Houses of Rizal). Two little huts, each with a floor area of seventy (70) square feet. Each hut, one for male and one for female, could accommodate two patients.

I can't find my picture of the barn called CASA REDONDA PEQUENA, the  hexagonal house where Rizal keep his chickens. Anyway, here are some excerpts from his letter to friend Blumentritt that is captured in this photo.

"I have many fruit trees, such as mangoes, lanzones, guayabanos, baluno, nangka, etc. I have rabbits, dogs, cats, and other animals.

"I rise early in the morning-at five-visit my plants, feed the chickens, awaken my people, and prepare our breakfast. At half-past seven, we eat our breakfast, which consists of tea, bread, cheese, sweets, and other things.

"I spend the rest of the afternoon in farming. My pupils help me in watering the plants, pruning the fruits, and planting many kinds of trees. We stop at 6:00 p.m. for the Angelus.

"From my house, I hear the murmur of a clear brook which comes from the high rocks. I see the seashore where I keep two boats, which are called barotos here.
"Then I dress and go to Dapitan in my baroto. I am busy the whole morning, attending to my patients in town."

"I spend the night reading and writing."

The Rizal Shrine allowed me to get to know the kind of life our pre-national hero had while in exile. It was a time well spent - in service, the making of a true hero! 


  1. Hello atty mhe-anne. nice post. BTW, puede kitang itag sa 7 super shots links?

    1. yes sir Bonz it will be an honor. I really was hoping someone will tag me when I saw Aleah's 7 Super Shots!! thank you.

  2. I've been in Rizal's shrine in Dapitan several years. As I've seen from the pictures, there are a lot of improvement to enhance more on the historical and heroic significance of said place.

  3. Fascinating! Naaliw ako when I saw Ivan's Rizal passport! Ang cool lang!

  4. As a Pinoy student studying in our country..
    There is no work around to learning about our National Hero..
    I've studied extensively about him, and as you may know about the history books that we have..
    One needs to weed fiction out of a seemingly non fictional books.. Lies after another fills our classroom books.
    But then there is no mistaken that Rizal is an accomplished man.
    Well worth the the praise of this modern time.

    Pls don't mistake me for a fan, I don't believe in the epoch changes that Rizal has done with his books.. Understanding the time that he was in, knowing that he was only a few from the multitude of the then so called Indios that received proper education.
    Rizal was one of the topics that engaged me to prolong discussion with my history professor in college.
    He too wasn't a fan of Rizal..
    But we both agree that Rizal as he is, is a man of substance and accomplishments.

  5. Dapitan is such a rustic place since the Spanish period (although I didn't go there) because of its thick vegetation and simplicity of life among the residents living in this town and this town has a historical significance especially Rizal was exiled in this town. He discovered a lot of things in Dapitan. =) Great job Mhe-anne!

  6. Dapitan is such a rustic place since the Spanish period because of its thick vegetation, richness of natural resources, clean environment and the simplicity of life among the residents. Although, I didn't go in this town, it plays a significant role in our history because Rizal was exiled there. However, he discovered a lot of things in Dapitan. Great job Mhe-anne for sharing this post.

  7. I have always wanted to go there but never had the chance to. I hope I can visit Dapitan as well :)

  8. The only time I encountered the name of this place is during our Rizal subject in college. I'm still amazed that Rizal won the lottery.

  9. We haven't been here, I hope we can see this in the near future. All these for just P6200 :D

  10. That must've been nostalgic for you, right? I mean, if I was able to witness this firsthand, I would have been as enthralled with this historical trail. :)

  11. wow amazing escapade going back to yesteryears with rizal! I live in calamba laguna where rizal have his house. and i might say in high school years we always like how rizal house have this really gorgeous design! xx

  12. You have an amazing adventure! I remember blogging about Lolo Jose Rizal's Passport cum brochure stamp in all 27 places that lolo Jose had been to on his 150th Birthday

  13. talino talaga si Rizal.. pati how he handled his money won in lottery.. financial genius din! galing!

  14. I am glad i also experience the same while in Dapitan, thanks for your advices...

  15. If only I am given a chance to time travel...
    I will definitely visit RIZAL and stalk him wherever he
    goes.... Hahahahah! I'm a huge fan of this small but terrible
    romantic hero. So momentous to set your feet in Dapitan

  16. Wow. Gusto ko na tuloy ipursue ang Zamboanga trip ko. Hopefully this year. Hindi ko alam na may ganyang ariarian pala si Rizal sa Dapitan. hehe.

  17. I've heard this Rizal Passport Stamp almost a year ago pa. I wish I could visit them too sometime soon. ^_^

  18. atty! excited na ako sa upcoming trip mo. grabe. nilibot mo talaga to get those stamps! sana ma complete mo sya bago ang deadline! :)


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