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. 

Monday, May 30, 2011

Bencab Graphics, A Print Retrospective at the NCCA Gallery

I know it's a bit late already since the exhibit opened last May 12 but you still have 12 more days to check out the print retrospective exhibit of National Artist Benedicto Cabrera, more popularly known as BENCAB at the NCCA Gallery. The exhibit is actually held in celebration of Heritage Month this May and features his most essential outputs in the printmaking medium.

Sorry, it's not Bencab

 Exhibit is on view until 12 June 2011. Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM. For details please contact: Jenny Picart, Ethel Buluran or Mimi Santos at 527-21-92 loc. 512 or email them at ncca_gallery@yahoo.com

If you are in Intramuros or planning to visit the area, why not drop by the NCCA Gallery and get in touch with your artsy side. This the Wandering Lion signing out. Peace.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lakbay Rizal@150

In celebration of Dr. Jose Rizal’s 150th birth anniversary, the Inter-agency Working Group Committee with the Department of Tourism, Heritage Conservation Society, Intramuros Administration, National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Cebu Pacific and the National Parks Development Committee cordially invites the public to rediscover and visit the sites and attractions which became part of our national hero’s life.

Travel as a pilgrim and be a part of the Lakbay Jose Rizal @150!

Visit the following sites featured in this brochure spread and have it stamped as proof of your visit. The first 100 pilgrims who have visited all the Rizal sites with proof of the complete stamps can present it to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) to win a token and an official Kalakbay ni Gat Jose Rizal certificate!

The NHCP will verify the winners through the registration signed by the pilgrims in every stamp site.


The competition is open to all domestic and international tourists. Organizers, sponsors and members of the Jose Rizal @ 150 Technical Working Committee/ Organizing Committee are not eligible to join.
Redemption of Prizes:
  1. The certificate and token may be claimed at the Office of the Historic Sites and Education Division, National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), TM Kalaw St., Manila. Tel. no. +63 2 5249952 or +63 2 5231019. E-mail:  hsed@nhcp.gov.ph
  2. Winners will shoulder all costs that they would incur in securing their prize (bus fares, taxi fares, gas, parking, meals, etc.).
  3. The winners must present the following to an authorized NHCP representative when claiming the  prize: the duly-stamped Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150 brochure or booklet, one (1) valid ID with complete real name, picture and correct address.
  4. Prizes shall be awarded only upon completion of entire validation process, resulting in the participant being identified as a legitimate winner. The winner/s should claim their prize within 60 days from receipt of notification. Otherwise the prize will be forfeited in favor of the Philippine government.
  5. The Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150 token and certificates are valid only from June 19, 2011 to June 19, 2012. The Rubber stamps will be permanent and will be available even after June 19, 2012 for visitors. 



1)     Lakbay Jose Rizal Project Period?
·         To avail of tokens and the Kalakbay ni Gat Jose Rizal certificate, pilgrims or tourists should have their brochure passport stamped from June 19, 2011 to June 19, 2012.
·         Even after June 19, 2012, the stamping project will continue for tourists…

2)     Aside from the Kalakbay ni Gat Rizal Certificate, what are the tokens for the pilgrims?
·         Tokens may range from books or shirts or domestic air tickets, etc…
·         To make things more exciting, the organizers will pre-determine the order of prizes

3)     Where are the stamp sites located?
·         Some stamp sites are located on-site where the curators can stamp the brochure/ passport e.g. Rizal Shrines, Intramuros while some stamp sites are across the street or the nearest tourism office such as in Rizal Park, Malolos and Dumaguete.
·         They should also register in all sites so it can be validated by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines when they have completed all the stamps. This will also help us ensure that all the winners have visited the 26 Rizal sites all over the country.

4)     Why are there only 26 Rizal sites for stamping?
·         The inter-agency committee limited the sites to 26 because these are ready and no appointments needed because some sites are privately-owned.
·         But other Rizal sites are included as optional sites.

5)     Where can the tourists get the brochures?
·         Initially, the brochure/ passports will be available in the DOT Tourism Information Office here in the DOT Building but will soon be available in the DOT Regional Offices nationwide.
·         We will be limiting the number of brochures/ passports to individuals
·         For school fieldtrips, we will coordinate with the Department of Education and the Commission for Higher Education. Maybe we will print flyers and just let the teachers explain the importance of each site.

6)     Where can the tourist get additional information on the sites?
·         So it will be available before June 19, 2011, we are now finalizing a section in the dot  (www.tourism.gov.ph)  and nhcp (www.nhcp.gov.ph) websites to feature additional information regarding the sites like “how to get there” and “other attractions nearby.”

7)     What is the difference between the Lakbay Jose Rizal @150 and the Rizal One-Stop Heritage Trail?
·         Lakbay Jose Rizal@150 encourages people to travel to the various Rizal sites all over the country, it’s like a pilgrimage or site visit to actually see and experience the sites.
    The Rizal One-Stop Heritage Trail on the other hand is a complete one-stop destination in Rizal Park (Rizal Relief Map) where one can already learn about the Rizal sites displayed around the map
·         So all Filipinos have a chance to learn more about the journey and heroism of Dr. Jose Rizal whether they go to all the sites around the country or simply by visiting Rizal Park

8)     Any tour packages available for Lakbay Rizal@150?
·         The DOT will be coordinating with PHILTOA, PTAA and NAITAS for the development of packages tours and will come-up with such packages before June 19, 2011.
·         However, the sites can also be easily visited by tourists/ FITs
          Please kindly check www.tourism.gov.ph for updates

*Thanks to Mr. Ryan Sebastian of the Department of Tourism for the info.