Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas at the Muntinlupa City Hall

In a few hours we will be celebrating Christmas so I chose to post the photos I took of of our city hall here in Muntinlupa. The government building's Christmas theme for this year is Alice in Wonderland and it has quite become a tourist attraction as some people go there to take pictures or just admire the bright lights.

I passed by the city hall and I could not help but take some pictures.These were taken using my Nikon Coolpix L20 point and shoot camera's night mode.

Merry Christmas everyone, may we all be remember the real reason for the most wonderful time of the year.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Wandering Read: The Size of the World by Jeff Greenwald

I bought this book way back in high school and it intensified my wanderlust. It's pretty mind boggling for someone to travel sans the comfort and speed of airplanes but I did understand what he was going for.

 Here's a description of the book:
By the time that travel writer Jeff Greenwald hit his late thirties, he had covered more ground than Magellan, Marco Polo, and Columbus combined. But he also came to a sobering conclusion: airplanes had reduced his exotic explorations to a series of long commutes. So he set out to rediscover the mass, the gravity, and the size of the world. His mission: to circle the earth without leaving its surface.

What followed was a remarkable odyssey, as Greenwald scaled an active volcano in Guatemala, rode a rat-infested ferry across the Persian Gulf, dropped by Paul Bowles's flat unannounced, saved a baby snow leopard in Tibet, and spent his fortieth birthday marooned in the Sahara. And no matter where he found himself, he sent reports of his exploits from his ever-faithful laptop to the screens of thousands of eager Internet readers. A pilgrimage both hilarious and harrowing, insightful and wise, The Size of the World takes you on an adventure you will never forget. 

How about you, would you dare travel the world without leaving the ground?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Wandering Photo: Paco Park Cemetery circa 2002

All Saints Day is being celebrated in the Philippines today so people trooped to the cemeteries to visit their dearly departed loved ones. Since I do not have anything to post about this day, let me just post this photo.

Ang mga Bugoy

This was way back in college when our professor ask  us to visit certain historical places in the Metro. It was my first time to pose for a photo right beside a grave. In this case the old grave of Dr. Jose Rizal. And we were all smiles. What were we thinking?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Wandering at the Pizza Hut Bloggers Meet and Greet with Shamcey Supsup

I had the privilege of meeting the gorgeous Shamcey Supsup, you must be familiar with her and all as she had recently won 3rd runner-up in the Miss Universe beauty pageant. A simpleton like me would never imagine that I would get close to her lest be in the same room with her. But thanks to the people from Pizza Hut Philippines, I finally met her along with other bloggers who were invited to meet her as part of their marketing campaign for the new Tuscani Pizza.

Is Shamcey really pretty in person? Yes, svelte and tall, the kind of girl who I stare at from afar and know would never fall for me in a million years. Oops, TMI dear readers. 

The new Tuscani Pizza actually reminds me of Yellow Cab's, not the pan pizza you grew up with but it is not also the thin crust variety. It comes in four variants: Supremo, Premium All-Meat, 3-Cheese Bacon and Spinach, Gourmet Chicken and Roast Beef. We sampled the Supremo and Premium All-Meat and all I have to say is it is tasty. As one fellow blogger quipped, "it is an explosion of flavors in the mouth". So if you are the type who prefers your pizza bursting with a lot of flavor (or your food in general as most of us Pinoys do) then the Tuscani is right up your alley.

What's even better was the pizza, the one pictured above, was served by no less than the gorgeous beauty queen herself. i don't know if it was part of her contract to do that part but what the heck, I aint gonna complain.

 Still thinking if you want to try the Tuscani? Then this may enticed you more as Pizza Hut has unveiled two great promos for Facebook and Tumblr users.

On Facebook:
  • Like Pizza Hut Philippines' Facebook Page.
  • Use the "Flavor Your Life" application to register and join the raffle. You can see the link to the application on the left side panel of Pizza Hut Philippines' Facebook page.
  • Take a picture of yourself enjoying any of Pizza Hut's Tuscani flavor. You have five flavors to choose from - BBQ Chicken, 3 Cheese Bacon and Spinach, Roast Beef, All Meat, and Supremo.
  • Upload your photo using the "Flavor Your Life" app. Follow the instructions then app will automatically post your picture both on your Facebook wall, as well as on Pizza Hut Philippines' Facebook page's wall.
  • Take a picture of yourself enjoying any of Pizza Hut's Tuscani flavor. You have five flavors to choose from - BBQ Chicken, 3 Cheese Bacon and Spinach, Roast Beef, All Meat, and Supremo.
  • Upload your photo using the "Flavor Your Life" app. Follow the instructions then app will automatically post your picture both on your Facebook wall, as well as on Pizza Hut Philippines' Facebook page's wall.
One winner will be picked every week for the next 6 weeks. First week of draw will be on November 4, and that week will be on December 8. All winners will win p1000 worth of Pizza Hut GCs. The prize is not convertible to cash, and this promo is open to all Filipino citizens aged 18 and up. Though there are six weekly draws, you can only win once during the promo. {Per DTI-NCR Permit No. 7925 series of 2011}

On Tumblr:

  • Tumblr bloggers first need to choose which Pizza Hut Tuscani and prize the would like to win. Choices are: Supremo (iPad 2), All Meat (iPhone 4), Roast Beef (DSLR Camera), 3 Cheese Bacon & Spinach (Trip for 2 to Boracay), BBQ Chicken (20,000 worth of GCs from Araneta Center).
  • Write a blog post that centers to these questions - Why you liked the Tuscani pizza flavor you chose, and how winning your chosen flavor prize will add "flavor to your life." Blog entries should be at least 500 words long, and must include a photo and/or a video featuring their chosen Tuscani flavor.
  • Submit your entry to by clicking the "Submit" button. Be sure you follow the prompt in uploading your entry.
  • Ask your friends to like your blog post, but as you know, only Tumblr users can like your post.
  • The blog entry with the highest score will win. Although the "likes" will give you a little advantage, do know that there are still other criteria for judging which blog post is the best:
    • a) Number of likes - 10%
    • Creativity of the post - 30%
    • Grammar - 20%
    • Use of media (novelty and quality of image/video) - 20%
    • Following the instruction (word count) - 20%
One blog post per Tuscani flavor and prize will win. Bloggers can make multiple entries, but do know they can only win in one. Just like the Facebook promo, this contest is open to all Filipino citizens ages 18 and up, and all prizes are not convertible to cash.

Deadline for submission of entries will be on December 08, 2011. Promo period is from October 26 - December 08. Judging will be on December 08, 2011 at the Pizza Hut office in Araneta Center. Announcement of winners will be on December 09, 2011. {Per DTI-NCR Permit No. 7925 series of 2011}

 Check out and Pizza Hut Philippines' Facebook Page for more information.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Munti Discovery: The Triumph of Science Over Death

I have been living in Muntinlupa for the past 10 years (not counting the 5 years I spent back in grade school) and I am ashamed of the fact that I have not checked out the sights in this lovely city I call home. Had it not for my office mate Rai who mentioned that there is an interesting statue very near Festival Mall, I would have continued to be oblivious of its existence.

The Triumph of Science over Death (Left)
The statue I am talking about is a replica of The Triumph of Science Over Death, a clay sculpture made by Dr. Jose Rizal as a gift to his friend Ferdinand Blumentritt. According to my good friend Wikipedia, (aside from Google) the original sculpture is now displayed a the Rizal Shrine Museum at Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila. Another replica, made of concrete, stands in front of Fernando Calderón Hall of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine along Pedro Gil St. in Ermita, Manila.

To satisfy my curiosity and redeem myself for my ignorance of this replica's existence, I decided to check it out this afternoon right after doing some retail therapy (translation: grocery shopping). The statue is in the old research facility of the Department of Health, which according to my research will be part of the Festival Mall's expansion.

I hope that it is true because it would really be sad if development triumphs over this little known and hardly seen piece of heritage. I wonder who made the replica, it clearly has seen its good days and just like the  compound where it stands, it is in a decrepit state. I bet our hero would rise from his grave if he sees its present situation.

If you want to see the statue for yourself, it is just a short walk from Festival Mall's X-Site Entrance. You will see the Alabang Bus Terminal right in front, and it is right before Ospital ng Muntinlupa and Asian Hospital.

That's all for now. Till my next wandering, Ciao!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

NCCA Celebrates Dayaw: Indigenous Peoples’ Month 2011

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ (NCCA) annual celebration of National Indigenous Peoples’ Month moves to Davao Region in Mindanao with Tagum City as its main venue. This October, Dayaw: Indigenous Peoples Festival 2011, under the auspices of the NCCA’s Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts and Mindanawon Foundation, in partnership with local governments, government agencies and the private sector, focuses the spotlight on the country’s indigenous peoples, celebrating their arts and ways of life, discussing important issues and making more people aware of the richness and importance of indigenous cultures.

The leaders and representatives of more than 100 indigenous peoples of the Philippines will converge together for the five-day event in the first week of October to showcase their rituals, performing arts, cuisines, games, crafts and others. Additionally, they will be joined by delegates from six Southeast Asian countries in simultaneous exchange and interactive activities such as performances, exhibitions, forums, lecture-demonstrations, workshops on traditional crafts and cuisines and indigenous games. 

This year, Dayaw aims to celebrate the cultures of the Filipino people as well as those of the visiting foreign delegates by “understanding the commonalities of the various indigenous peoples.” It also aims to “strengthen/broaden the awareness, appreciation and pride of all Filipinos for our own traditional culture in the context of cross-cultural interactions in a global society.

With the theme “Paghabi ng Ating Pagkakatulad Tungo sa Kapayapaan” (Interweaving Our Commonalities Towards Peace), the festival features many components such as Tanghalang Makulay (a ritual and performing arts festival), Salu-salong Sarap (a food festival), Mga Habi ng Panaginip (an arts and crafts exhibit, focusing on basketry, textile and mat weaving), Sama-sama sa Tuwa (games/sports), and Usapang Dangal at Likhang Paghayag (forum and creative workshop on peace and unity).

The celebration is in consonance with Presidential Proclamation 1906, declaring October as National Indigenous Peoples’ Month. The NCCA has been holding major festivals for several years now in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. In 2007, Kalimudan: Panaghi-usa sa Mindanao (Mindanao Indigenous Peoples’ Gathering) held in Davao City in November, featured Mindanao’s ethnic groups. The following year, Timpuyog: Indigenous Peoples’ Month Celebration in Luzon was held in Santiago City, Isabela, focusing on Luzon ethnic groups and featuring performances, arts and crafts workshops, cultural awareness lectures, forums, tours, and a theme-park exhibition featuring the traditional houses, cultural resources, practices/rituals, chants, music, songs and dances, stories, traditional arts and crafts, indigenous games. In 2009, the Indigenous Peoples’ Festival was held in the Visayas, particularly in Roxas City, Capiz, called Dungog, with similar activities and aims. Last year, Dayaw 2010 was held in Metro Manila.

This festival aims provide venue for indigenous peoples to celebrate the richness of their cultures; allow cultural exchanges that will foster deeper cultural understanding to sustain a culture of peace; provide opportunity to discuss IP rights; give students and other people a chance to deepen their awareness and appreciation of indigenous cultures; recognize the expertise and contributions of indigenous communities; and advocate for the preservation as well as integration of traditional culture into the national cultural mainstream.

Dayaw 2011 is held in cooperation with local governments of Tagum and Davao as well as other LGU’snearby, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Department of Education, Department of Tourism, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Foreign Affairs, Commission on Higher Education, Philippine Information Agency, Department of Trade and Industry, the National Commission for Muslim Filipino, SM City Davao, as well as non-governmental, socio-civic and peoples’ organizations.

The NCCA is led by its chairman, Prof. Felipe de Leon, Jr., and Malou Jacob as executive director, with Commissioner Joycie Dorado-Alegre as SCCTA head.

Maki-Dayaw na!

For more details, contact Ms. Marichu Tellano, Chief of the NCCA Planning, Policy Formulation and Programming Division, at 527-2214; Renee Talavera, Head of the SCCTA Section, at 527-2198; or Rene Napeñas, Head of the NCCA Public Affairs and Information Office at 527-5529 or 0928-5081056. E-mail us at or visit our Web site at

*Kapamilya actor Piolo Pascual is the NCCA Ambassador for Dayaw 2011. 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

My Borongan Homecoming

I left my hometown back when I was four years old and did not come back till 2006 when I came for a vacation after resigning from my first job. It was a great trip as it energized me and gave me time to think about what I should be doing with my life. I came back in 2009 and have been going "home" for the past three years.

I schedule my annual trip to Borongan every second week of July as it is the fiesta in our small barangay, Brgy. Pepilitan. Borongan's feast is held every September but I choose to come home for Pepilitan's celebration. Christenings are usually held during this time and I was even asked to be the godparent for a cousin's daughter last year.

For the second straight year I traveled alone and thanks to an office mate, I was able to buy tickets at a promo fare. There is no direct flight to Borongan so Tacloban is the usual gateway to Region 8 (where Eastern Samar belongs to), from there you just have to endure the four-hour land travel to Borongan. Your only consolation is seeing the beautiful scenery and the magnificent San Juanico Bridge which connects the islands of Samar and Leyte.

I recommend  you ride the Duptours Shuttle Service, located in Sto. Nino St., Tacloban City, they are very reliable, hindi kaskasero. Tacloban to Borongan fare is at Php180.00. You will pass by a lot of towns in Eastern Samar, most notable are Basey (the banig capital of Region 8) and Balangiga (where the infamous bells come from).

My only pet peeve are the bad roads, pot holes start to jolt your ride especially upon entering Eastern Samar. How I wish that the tarpaulins showcasing the politicos greetings was just used to repair the roads. No wonder not a lot of tourist go to my beautiful province.

Upon arriving in Borongan, you will be greeted by another tarpaulin, yes, tarpaulins are the wave of the future, this time it features Mayor Fe Abunda (sister of the King of Talk Tito Boy), I just forgot to take a picture. Tarpaulins aside you will also see the Borongan Cathedral.

Formally called the Our Lady of Brongan Cathedral, it was originally built in 1710 by Jesuit Fr. Francisco Diez. It had been burned and rebuilt in 1781 by Fr. Roque de San Jose or de Osma. Fr. Juan Navarrete installed a new roof in 1843 and constructed a circular bell tower ten years later. The convent was constructed from 1895 to 1897. Its facade was restored. The cathedral houses the image of Nuestra Señora de Borongan, the towns patroness. (WikiPilipinas)

Photo from the Heritage Conservation Society
The church, city hall and the public market (Mercado) are all in the Poblacion, which everyone calls the Sawang. Tricycles and motorbikes are the popular mode of transportation. Sorry guys, jeepneys are not the king of Borongan's roads.

Brgy. Pepilitan is a tricycle ride away from the Sawang, here people know everyone unlike in Metro Manila where there are times when you don't even know your neighbors. I arrived at around noon and there was no electricity (bummer), ESAMELCO, the province's electric cooperative was replacing old posts so the folks just have to bear the heat amidst the busy preparation for the fiesta.

Lat year we visited my grand aunt, Apuy Coling who turned 92 last April or May, I am not sure (senior moment). She and my grandma, Apuy Guimay are the only ones left among their siblings. She lives in the nearby Brgy. Sabang. Apuy by the way is the Waray term for grandmother.

(to be continued)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Eat, Learn, Move

They say this is the male version of Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love. A six-week journey of a lifetime crammed into one epic minute. How I wish I could do the same.

Borongan Homecoming Teaser

It was my second time to travel alone to my hometown, thanks to a friend I was able to buy a ticket at a promo fare for my annual trip to Borongan, Eastern Samar. A small city with a population of 55,141 (2000 census), it is not  on the top list of travel destinations of the Department of Tourism. Ask any traveler if they have been to my hometown and they most probably would ask, "Where is that?"

The famous San Juamnico Bridge which links the islands of Samar and Leyte,

Freshly caught octopus

How far is Borongan from Manila?

Solitary banca
 Only recently, due to Tito Boy Abunda's popularity does the city gets mentioned in news outlets in the country. It is a place that is still waiting to be explored. I wish it would get its spot in future Pilipinas Tara Na music videos.

More of my Borongan Homecoming in the next post. When is it? You can never can tell. :)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Wandering in Dapitan Pt. 1

I am both sad and happy that I was in Dapitan last month. Happy that I finally got to see the place where the great Jose Rizal spent four years during his exile. Sad that I was there before the Rizal @ 150 Heritage Trail passport was issued. I could have gotten my passport stamped, now I need to go back and retrace my steps,  Boo hoo. Enough of my dramatic meanderings, if you have not been to the heritage city of Dapitan, then now is the time to explore the sites.With the country celebrating the 150th year of his birth, a Rizaliana inspired trip is a must for every traveler.

We were in Dapitan as part of our office's planning and cultural immersion program. Hint, hint, it's up to you to guess where I work.
Santa Cruz Beach - Punto del Disembarko de Rizal en Dapitan, Sunset Boulevard 
On July 17, 1892, Rizal landed on Santa Cruz Beach at 7 p.m. with Captain Delgras and three artillery men. They walked through Sta. Cruz Street with a farol de combate to the Casa Real where he was presented to Don Ricardo Carnicero, the Spanish military governor of the area. On May 19, 2011, The Wandering Lion arrived in Dapitan along with some angry birds.

After taking some pictures in Santa Cruz Beach, we then went to the Relief Map of Mindanao that Rizal built located right in front of St. James Church.I was not able to get a picture of the map as there was a lot of people (translation: office mates) having their pictures taken. Rizal created the map as an aid in teaching history and geography to the locals.

The facade of Dapitan Church a.k.a. St. James Church of Dapitan
While everyone was busy having their Kodak moment, I decided to go inside St. James Church and make a wish, as it is the belief that you must make a wish the first time you visit a church, I dunno who started it but who knows, my wish might come true.

Interior of St. James Church
 The St. James Church of Dapitan has a historical marker which can be found in the exact spot where   Rizal stood every Sunday during his exile from 1892 to 1896.

 We also saw some kids playing soccer in the town plaza who, as their coach told us, played in the  recent Palarong Pambansa which was held in the Dapitan.

The Jose Rizal Monument in Dapitan
My only complain was that the tour was so fast that I was not able to fully appreciate the surroundings. Hope I can come back so that I can also get my Rizal Passport stamped. More of Dapitan in my next post. :)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Lakbay Rizal@150: Where to Go

For those interested to join the Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150 Heritage Trail here are the sites where you need to go.

National Capital Region
1.                   Prison Cell and Rizal Shrine
Fort Santiago, Manila

This was where Rizal was incarcerated during his trial from November 3 to December 29, 1896
Stamp site                   :                     On site
Operating details                    :           Open Tuesdays to Sundays
8:00 am – 12:00 nn
                                                      1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

2.                   Chapel Cell of Rizal
Fort Santiago, Manila

In 1896, this room was converted into a chapel-cell where Rizal spent the night prior to his execution in Bagumbayan.

Stamp site                   :                       Intramuros Visitor’s Center
Entrance fee                :                       P75.00 for adults / P 50.00 for students
(To include both the Prison and Chapel cells)

3.                   Site of the Ateneo Municipal de Manila
Anda cor. Sta. Lucia St., Intramuros, Manila

Rizal was a student of the Ateneo Municipal de Manila from 1872 to 1877. The original building was destroyed by fire in 1932.

Stamp site                   :                       Guard Station near DOT WOW Clamshell, Anda St., Intramuros

4.                   Site of the University of Santo Tomas 
Banco Filipino Building., A. Soriano cor. Solana Sts.,  Intramuros, Manila

Rizal was a student of the University of Santo Tomas in Intramuros from 1877 to 1882. IA installed a historical marker with photo and information about UST located at the corner of Andres Soriano & Solana Sts.

Stamp site       : Maestranza Guard House, A. Soriano St. (Aduana), Intramuros, Manila

5.                   Site of Trial of Rizal
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), Gen. Luna cor. Muralla St., Intramuros, Manila

This was where Rizal’s trial was held at the Cuartel de España which used to stand in the area. IA installed a historical marker relating to the whole PLM block (Jesuit Compound) including Cuartel de España. The marker is located along Muralla St.

Stamp site                   :           PLM Guard Post, Gen. Luna St., Intramuros, Manila

 6.                   Rizal Park 

  Along Roxas Blvd, Burgos, Kalaw and Taft Avenues, Manila
Also known as Bagumbayan or Luneta, this was the place of execution of Rizal on December   30, 1896. It has various sites and attractions honoring Gat Jose Rizal:

7.       Rizal Monument 
Near Roxas Blvd, Manila

A National Monument, it houses the remains of Rizal. It was designed by Richard Kissling of Switzerland. It was inaugurated on December 30, 1913 during Rizal’s 17th Death Anniversary.
8.       Rizal Execution Site (Light and Sound Museum)
Near Roxas Blvd, Manila

Exact location where Dr. Rizal was executed in Bagumbayan. A Rizal Light and Sound Show is presented at the site.

Entrance Fee   :                       P10.00
Note                :                     Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Operating details        :             8:00 am – 5:00pm

9.       Rizal Fountain
Near Roxas Blvd., Manila

The fountain is where Rizal used to drink in Wilhemsfeld Village, Heidelberg (now Noli Village), where he wrote the final chapter of his novel, Noli Me Tangere. The Fountain was a gift by the people of Germany on December 30, 1964.

Stamp site       :                    Rizal @ 150 Heritage Trail Kiosk or Cultural & Public Affairs
Division, Rizal Park (for all sites located in Rizal Park)

10.               Paco Park
San Marcelino and Gen. Luna Sts., Paco, Manila

Rizal's remains were secretly interred in the Paco Cemetery. They were guarded for fifteen days by the Guardia Civil Veterana. His remains were exhumed on August 17, 1898, placed in an urn and deposited in the Rizal Residence in Estraude Street, Manila.

Stamp site                   :                       On site (Paco Park Office)
Entrance fee                :                       P5.00
Operating details                    :              Daily,   7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Region III
11.               San Fernando Train Station
Brgy. Sto. Niño, San Fernando, Pampanga

Rizal exited this station on June 27 and 28, 1892 to visit friends in San Fernando and Bacolor as part of his mission to recruit members to La Liga Filipina. Among the houses he visited were those of  Tiburcio Hilario in San Fernando on June 27 and Ceferino Joven in Bacolor on June 28. An NHI marker was installed in the station in 2004.

Stamp site                   :           Guard Outpost, Pampanga Provincial Capitol
                                                        Capitol Boulevard, Santo Rosario, San Fernando, Pampanga

12.               Kamestisuhan District (Women of Malolos Marker/ Bautista House)
Sto. Niño St., Malolos, Bulacan

The district also known as the Kamestizuan District is the location of a historical marker for the site of the school of the Women of Malolos whom Rizal wrote to on February 22, 1899 from London and the Bautista House where Rizal is said to have visited when he was recruiting members for the La Liga Filipina on June 27, 1892.

Stamp site                   :           Guard Outpost, Malolos City Hall
                                                         Jacinto Street, Barangay Santo Nino, Malolos City, Bulacan
Region IV
13.               Rizal Shrine
J.P. Rizal St., Calamba City, Laguna

A National Shrine, this is the birthplace of our national hero, born on June 19, 1861. Today, the house is a reconstruction done by National Artist for Architecture Juan Nakpil, which was inaugurated on June 19, 1950.

Stamp site                   :                       On site
Operating details                    :              8:00 to 4:30 PM daily except Mondays

14.               Calamba Church (San Juan Bautista Church)
J.P. Rizal St., Calamba City, Laguna

A National Historical Landmark, Rizal was baptized in the church by Fr. Rufino Collantes on June 22, 1861.
Stamp site                   :                       Rizal Shrine, Rizal St., Calamba City, Laguna

15.               National Shrine of our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Antipolo Church)
Oliveros St., Antipolo City

When he was seven years old, Jose Rizal with his father took a boat for Manila and Antipolo from Calamba for a pilgrimage to the Virgin of Antipolo.

Stamp site                   :                       On site (Antipolo Shrine Pastoral Office)

Region 5
16.               Rizal Monument
Magallanes and Justo Lukban Streets, Daet, Camarines Norte

This was the first monument honoring Rizal erected in the country. It was built through voluntary contributions of the people of Camarines Norte and unveiled on December 30, 1898. It is a National Historical Monument.

Stamp site                   :         Guard Outpost, Agro-Sports Center (Camarines Norte Provincial
Tourism Office), Lukban cor Rizal St., Daet, Camarines Norte

Region 6
17.               Molo Church (St. Anne’s Parish) and Escolta
Jocson and San Marcos Sts., Molo District, Iloilo City

Rizal’s boat, the S.S. España from Dapitan arrived at Iloilo where he had the chance to visit Escolta and the Church of Molo.

Stamp site                   :              Panaderia de Molo, San Jose St., Molo, Iloilo City

Region 7
18.               Dumaguete City

Rizal’s boat, the S.S. España arrived in Dumaguete City and went ashore, visited Governor Regal of Negros Occidental, visited a classmate Herrero Regidor and operated on the captain of the Civil Guard.

Stamp site                   :         Guard post, Dumaguete Tourism Office
Quezon Park, Sta. Catalina St., Dumaguete City 

19.               Fort San Pedro
Pier Area, Cebu City

The S.S. España docked in Cebu on August 2, 1896 for a routine one-day stop over. After breakfast on board, Commander Carcinero took Rizal under custody to the Spanish Military Commander of Cebu, Gen. Adulfo Montero in the Military Headquarters located in Fort San Pedro.

Stamp site                   :           On site
Operating details        :              Daily 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

Region 9
20.               Rizal Shrine and Waterworks of Rizal
Barangay Talisay, Dapitan City

Rizal's estate in Dapitan, it houses replicas of structures he built there for himself, his family, pupils and patients including the Casa Residencia, Family Kitchen, Casa Redonda, Casa Quadrada, Casitas de Salud and Casa Redonda Pequena among many others.

Dr. Jose P. Rizal purchased the property with his prize from the Manila Lottery and his earnings as a farmer and a merchant during his exile in Dapitan in July 17, 1892 to July 31, 1896.

He also built a waterworks system which can still be found within the property.

Stamp site                   :                       On-site (Rizaliana Bldg.)

21.               Dapitan Plaza 
Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte

A National Historical Landmark, the Dapitan Plaza was planned and beautified by Rizal during his exile. Acacia trees which he personally planted can still be found in the plaza.

Stamp site                   :                   Sangguniang Panglungsod Building, City Hall Drive,
Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Dapitan City

22.               Site of the Casa Real 
Barangay Talisay, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
(Inside Rizal Park)

The official residence and administration building of the politico-military governor of the district, Rizal lived there from July 17, 1892 to March 1893 when he was transferred to Talisay, now the Rizal Dapitan Shrine. The original building was demolished in the 1920s.

Stamp site                   :                   Sangguniang Panglungsod Building, City Hall Drive,
Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Dapitan City

23.               Dapitan Church 
City Hall Drive, Barangay Sta. Cruz, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte

Built in 1883, St. James Church of Dapitan has a historical marker which can be found in the exact spot where Rizal stood every Sunday during his exile from 1892 to 1896.

Stamp site                   :                   Sangguniang Panglungsod Building, City Hall Drive,
Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Dapitan City

24.               Relief Map of Mindanao 
Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte

A National Cultural Treasure, Rizal created this map as an aid in teaching history and geography to the locals.

Stamp site                   :                   Sangguniang Panglungsod Building, City Hall Drive,
Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Dapitan City

25.               Santa Cruz Beach 
Punto del Disembarko de Rizal en Dapitan, Sunset Boulevard, Dapitan City

On July 17, 1892, Rizal landed on Santa Cruz Beach at 7 p.m. with Captain Delgras and three artillery men. They walked through Sta. Cruz Street with a farol de combate to the Casa Real where he was presented to Don Ricardo Carnicero, the Spanish military governor of the area.

Stamp site                   :                       On site

26.               Dipolog Cathedral 
Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte

Rizal is said to have designed the church altars of the Dipolog Cathedral. Although the facade has been extremely renovated, the interior remains relatively intact.

Stamp site                   :           Dipolog City Tourism Office, 2 Floor, City Hall Building, Dipolog City

27.               Rizal Farm 
Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte

The farm was acquired by Rizal from Calixto Carreon, a blind patient who offered it for free out of gratitude for his successful treatment. Rizal refused and paid him Php200 for the land. He cultivated it every weekend with his pupils. The Rizal monument in the town was a gift by one of his students.

Stamp site:   Municipal Tourism Office, LGU of Katipunan,  Zamboanga del Norte

Optional sites:

·        Region III

Leonor Rivera House 
Rizal Street, Camiling, Tarlac

Leonor Rivera is said to be the inspiration for Maria Clara in Noli Mi Tangere.

Note                            :                       By schedule only

·        Region IV

Alberto House 
Biñan, Laguna

Ancestral house of Rizal’s mother Teodora Alonzo.

Note                            :           By schedule only

Paciano Rizal House 
Los Baños, Laguna

The house of Rizal's brother Paciano designed by Andres Luna de San Pedro, son of Juan Luna. Paciano Rizal’s remains are interred in the compound.

Note                            :           By schedule only

Casa Segunda 
Lipa, Batangas

A Heritage House, Casa Segunda is the residence of reputedly the first love of Rizal, Segunda Katigbak

Note                            :                       By schedule only

Biñan, Laguna
Gen. Capinpin St., Biñan, Laguna

Rizal studied Latina nd Spanish under Justiniano Cruz and painting under Juancho Carrera 


S.S. España where Jose Rizal was onboard on the way to Manila arrived in the town last August 5, 1896 for a routine stop-over.

·        Region VI

Capiz City

Another routine stop-over for S.S. Espana where Jose Rizal was on-board on the way to Manila.

·         Rizal’s Tallest Monument                                             Calamba, Laguna

·         Bagumbayan Light and Sound Museum                    Intramuros, Manila

 And if you really want to take it to the next level, well if you have the time and money then you can also go the following countries

Rizal travels abroad

·        Singapore
·        Sri Lanka
·        Egypt
·        France
·        Spain
·        Germany
·        Czech Republic
·        Austria
·        Switzerland
·        Italy
·        Belgium
·        England
·        United States of America
·        China
·        Japan

*See my previous post for the mechanics of the project.