Rizal Shrine in Dapitan City


One of the major tourist destination of the Philippines which is also a historical landmark is the Rizal Shrine in Dapitan City. It is situated in a 16 hectare estate in Barangay Talisay which Dr. Jose P. Rizal purchased during his exile in the Dapitan in July 17, 1892 to July 31, 1896. Rizal Shrine approximately 2 kilometers North West from Dapitan City Plaza where Casa Real, Relief Map of Mindanao, St. James Church and Parochial School are near.

History of Rizal Shrine in Dapitan

A month after Rizal landed in Dapitan, a Spaniard from Manila brought lottery tickets to Dapitan to sell it. Dr. Jose P. Rizal, politico-military Governor Ricardo Carcinero and a Spaniard from Dipolog bought a ticket which fortunately won for them P20,000. Rizal share was about P6,200. He gave P2,000 to his beloved father and P200 to his friend in Hongkong named Basa. He invested the remaining money in business, bought lands and built houses in Talisay which is now popularly known as the Rizal Shrine.

Casa Redonda

Casa Redonda

Mark and Lisa at Rizal Historical Park

Mark and Lisa at Rizal Historical Park

Rizal was housed in Casa Real when he arrived and later transferred to Talisay. His mother Doña Teodor Alonso, his sisters and some relatives and neighbors from Calamba, Laguna came to live with Rizal until 1896.

Rizal Shrine is where Dr. Jose P. Rizal lived his life to the fullest. One of his ideals states that: “A life which is not consecrated to a great ideal is useless. It is a pebble lost in the field without forming part of an edifice”. Rizal was a paradigm of man with a mission. He was making the most out of his exile in Dapitan. He spent his 4 years living in as a physician, merchant, farmer, inventor, painter, sculptor, archaeologist, linguist, grammarian, teacher, architect, poet, biologist, composer, surveyor and environmentalist. He was also a father and brother to all Dapitanons and improved their lives. No wonder Dr. Jose P. Rizal is considered as Philippines’ National Hero. He is the “Jack of All Trades”.

Rizal's House from Above

Rizal's House from Above

Inside Rizal's House

Inside Rizal's House

The Court Martial imposed capital punishment and “the payment of indemnity to the State in the amount of One Hundred Thousand Pesos, the obligation to pay such indemnity being transmissible to the heirs of the accused”. Rizal’s properties in Talisay were confiscated by the Spanish authorities and Don Cosme Borromeo was appointed custodian of the impounded properties.

Rizaliana Museum

Rizaliana Museum

Inside Rizaliana Museum

Inside Rizaliana Museum

In 1913, the government of the Philippines developed the place where Rizal and his family stayed into a park. After a year it was further developed and only in 1940 where the late President Manuel L. Quezon of the Commonwealth Government issued a proclamation declaring it a “Rizal National Park”.

Structures inside Rizal Shrine in Dapitan

  1. Casa Cuadrada – Rizal’s Home together with members of his family who came to visit him.  It has been faithfully reconstructed in its original light, native materials.
  2. Casa Redonda – an octagonal dwelling which served as a dormitory to some of his pupils.  It was later converted to a clinic and it was here where George Taufer, the foster father of Josephine Bracken was operated on his eyes.
  3. Casa Redonda Pequena – a hexagonal structure which served as the chicken house.
  4. Casitas de Salud – there are two of these structures intended as tea houses but which our national hero converted into clinics to accommodate patients from far flung municipalities.
  5. Aqueduct – a reservoir which served as a good water system.  Bamboo tubes used to connect the diversion canal to the kitchen and lavatory.
  6. Mi Retiro Rock – it is a natural heart shaped rock so called because it was here where our national hero is known to have scribbled beautiful verses of his famous poem “Mi Retiro (A Mi Madre)” which translates to “My Retreat (For my Mother) and “Himno a Talisay” which translates to “Hail to Talisay”. He also spent many hours watching the sunset here.
  7. Amphitheater – an open air auditorium with a seating capacity of 500 which was constructed beyond the Mi Retiro Rock by the city government from funds from the office of the Reginal Commissioner headed by Rear Admiral Romulo M. Espaldon, now Minister for Muslim Affairs.
  8. Rizaliana – a modern, concrete building constructed in 1972 which houses all Rizalian books, periodicals and all sorts of historical exhibits.  Part of it also serves as the Office of the Rizal Shrine Curator.

Rizal Shrine at Present

Located 10-15 minutes away from Sunset Boulevard where the Gloria Fantasyland and the long beach of Dapitan is situated, Rizal Shrine is now one of the most interesting places to both Filipinos and Foreigners. Entrance is free while parking is at a very minimum price. There is no restaurant and only one store that sells junk foods and drinks is available nearby. A souvenir shop that sells shirts, necklaces, bracelets, rosaries and other products is available inside Rizaliana building. A monument of Rizal was erected on March 8, 1987 by the Order of the Knights of Rizal. Through the efforts of the government of Dapitan, railings were established, surrounding the Rizal Shrine so one can have a variety of views on the landscapes.

Rizal Monument

Rizal Monument

Railings

Railings

Rizal Shrine Landscape

Rizal Shrine Landscape

Rizal Shrine in Dapitan reflects the diligent lifestyle led by Rizal through the rebuilt structures of his nipa hut residence, hospital, dormitory, dam and waterworks. The Rizaliana Museum exhibits Rizal’s original clothing, blackboard and desk he used in his boys’ school, and reproduction of sculptures, paintings, and select manuscripts. The Rizal Shrine affirms the hero’s patriotism through his prolific industry and selfless service to his fellowmen.

Rizal Shrine Entrance

Rizal Shrine Entrance

Casa Cuadrada

Casa Cuadrada

Casitas de Salud

Casitas de Salud

Casa Redonda Piquena

Casa Redonda Piquena

Water Dam

Water Dam

Plants

Plants

Water Passage

Water Passage

Tall Tree

Tall Tree

Flower

Flower

Landscape View

Landscape View

Fish Pond in front of Rizal's House

Fish Pond in front of Rizal's House

Rizal's Kitchen

Rizal's Kitchen

Comfort Rooms

Comfort Rooms

Parking Area

Parking Area

The Many Skills of Rizal

Some of Rizal’s Works

Clothing, Education & Others


This page is last updated on Nov 18, 2011 @ 9:47 pm
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Mark Anthony Maranga Mark Anthony Maranga is a Web Designer based in Cebu, Philippines. He sells Balloons and Party Supplies in Mandaue City, Cebu and explores the Philippines tourist attractions. During his free time he take pictures and write blogs. Check his website design portfolio and know more about him.

  1. Mae says:

    Wow!Ive gone to that place and i really love that place so historical and relaxing!lalo na po yung stone kung saan kinasal si Dr.Jose Rizal with his wife Jocefyn Bracken(sorry if my spelling was wrong)…thanks to sir author it helps me a lot to do my travelouge!!!

  2. nikka says:

    i love this you help me a lot

  3. elaine says:

    I forgot the name of the tall tree that Rizal took care. Is it buluan?

  4. je-ann says:

    hi… my friends and i are planning to go to dapitan for our rizal subject… i was wondering if you could give us a name of an affordable place to stay… thank you.

  5. ms. shai says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you could give me some details on to go Dapitan and aprroximate expenses per person. I am a professor from Notre Dame of Jolo college and we were planning to bring our students to a field trip to Rizal shrine at Dapitan. thanks. 🙂

    • Ms. Shai,

      I’m very sorry for the late reply. I can’t give you a rough estimate per person, but these are our expenses when we were there…

      Boat (Cebu-Dapitan) – P900/person
      Tricycle (Dapitan Port-Sunset Boulevard) – P50/person
      Room – P1000/room/day
      Tricycle (to most tourist spots) – P7/person
      Gloria Fantasyland Entrance – P500/person
      Rizal Shrine Entrance – Free
      Most Tourist Spots Entrance – Free
      Food – [depending on lifestyle]
      Boat (Dapitan-Cebu) – P900/person

      Hope it helps.

  6. Luck says:

    Great thinking! That really breaks the mold!

  7. machina says:

    hi mark, i’ve been looking and reading your site everytime i have a place to visit to. Your pictues in Dapitan were beautiful, though you only focused on Rizal’s house during his excile. But it was nice seeing them on your site. With the best camera you’re using, you really did gave best and nicest shots there.

  8. Isan says:

    Hi. What time are they open? Also, Do you have an idea if they’re open on Sundays? Thanks!

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