It was on the 29th of October when I arrived Dapitan. The heavy rains pour the entire City where I did my post birthday celebration. I don’t even gave a care about the drops falling from the skies. All I wanted to do is to explore the entire City and here is my first spot. “The José Rizal Memorial Protected Landscape, also known as the Rizal Park and Shrine.
The 16-hectare (40-acre) estate in Talisay was purchased by Rizal for P4,000 after winning the Reales Loterías Españolas de Filipinas (English: Royal Spanish Lottery of the Philippines) two months after arriving in Dapitan. Rizal built houses in the site, started a farm, put up a school for boys, and built a hospital where he could practice medicine and treat the poor for free. For four years, he worked as a rural physician, farmer, merchant, inventor, painter, sculptor, archaeologist, linguist, teacher, architect, poet, biologist and environmentalist. His mother, Teodora Alonso, sisters and other relatives would later on come to live with him in the farm. In 1897, after Rizal was executed, these properties were confiscated by the Spanish colonial government as indemnity to the state and transferred to the custody of Don Cosme Borromeo. The site was then converted into a public park in 1913 with the structures built by Rizal reconstructed on their original sites.
Inside this Museu ni Rizal. I was able to learned few things about the personal life of Dr. Jose Rizal that was not discussed by my teachers when I was in Grade school and secondary. I saw some personal stuffs of Dr. Jose Rizal and I was amazed that they were able to preserved it.
Dr. Jose Rizal hobbies are Horse back-riding , writing and fishing.
The protected landscape area contains the Rizal National Shrine, declared in 1973 through Presidential Decree No. 105. It is a collection of five reconstructed houses of bamboo and nipa originally built by José Rizal.
After a few minutes of discovering what’s inside the Musue of Rizal. I jaunted the 40 acre Rizal Shrine where it really take time to roam around. Inside the shrine you will be able to see the 5 historical reconstructed houses.
The Round House. An octagonal stilt house that served as the quarters of Rizal’s students and a clinic.
The Square House. Located at the base of a hill, it served as a workshop and secondary dormitory for Rizal’s students.
Casa Residencia: The main house and also the biggest. It served as Rizal’s residence where his mother and sisters also stayed during their visit. It has one bedroom and a surrounding veranda with views of the Dapitan Bay.
Inside, a replica of Rizal’s bed can be seen and a simple comfort room connected by wooden planks is found at the rear. It also houses Rizal’s family kitchen, which is a little lower than the main house.
Inside this biggest house of Rizal Shrine. I was in love with the scents of the bamboos. Also, I ended up with a personal thought ” This house can really give you a peace of mind”. I imagined the happiness of Rizal when he was here. The fact, that they stayed here with her mother and sister.
This is the small rounded house where Rizal took care of his poultry.
Aside from the house you will be able to see a heart- shaped rock use to be known as the “Batong Lumayag” or sailing stone. Because it appeared as floating or sailing during high tide.
It then came to be called “Mi Retiro Rock” because it was believed to be the place where Dr. Jose Rizal wrote his longest poem “Mi Retiro,” compoed of 24 stanzas or 10 stanzas longer than the famous ” Mi Ultimo Adios”
It was also here where he spent many hours watching the sunset. This was also the site where he and Josephine Bracken exchanged vows and lived as husband and wife after the consent of his mother.
After my jaunt inside the Rizal National Shrine. The driver of the motorcycle “Manong Julio” where I took a ride for just 100 php. He offered me to visit other spots as part of Rizal’s life without any cost at all. I am so glad that I got you Manong thank you! I said.So he brought me to “Punta De Disembarco“
This spot is the point in Dapitan generally considered as the arrival site of Rizal. According to historical accounts, Rizal arrived here at even o’clock in the evening of July 17, 1892 onboard a vessel called SS Cebu. This ship was manned by captain Delgras and 3 artillery men.
With combat lights, they made their way to the nearby Casa Real through Sta. Cruz street.
This is the site of Casa Real, official residence and administration building of politicians and military governor of the district.Here, Jose Rizal lived as an exile from July 17, 1892 to March, 1893 when he was transferred to Talisay, now the “Rizal Shrine.”
After Casa Real. Manong Julio wants me to end my historical tour to the church where Jose Rizal used to heard mass every Sunday during his exile.
On this spot of St. James Church constructed by the Jesuits in 1871, Jose Rizal stood while hearing mass every Sunday.
Church of St. James- Dapitan. Originally constructed in 1871. The wall of the church was made of galvanized iron and it was replaced with the present solid masonry in 1904.
My historical tour in Dapitan is like following the foot trails of Rizal, from his arrival in the City up to his last settlement in Barangay Talisay, which is now called the “Rizal Shrine”.
Special thanks to LaiAriel Samangka of jauntingandmusing.com, Villa Pilar Inn, City Tourism office of Dapitan and to Manong Julio for making this historical travel possible.
More about this Nhagzventures in Dapitan soon.
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