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    Jose Rizal@150 Heritage Trail Project (Lakbay Jose Rizal by DOT and NHCP)

    A project of the Department of Tourism and the national Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP, formerly the National Historical Institute (NHI)) in celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of the country's national hero, Rizal @ 150 Heritage Trail Project (Lakbay Jose Rizal) requires "amazing race" participants to secure Lakbay Rizal passport, visit all 27 places Jose Rizal visited and have "visas" stamped on the Rizal@150 passport. The first 100 people to complete the list of 27 sites shall receive a token from the Department of Tourism (DOT).

    Herewith is the list of places Jose Rizal visited required you too visit to complete the Lakbay Rizal heritage trail. Note that Tutubi has been to all Rizal Shrines except 4 on the list. If only there's crediting of previous visits to the various Jose Rizal Shrines, Tutubi would have almost completed the list by now :(

    Please read the individual blog posts provided to see information about the Rizal site's historical significance, how to get there, and other information e.g. entrance fees and museum hours. (Note all of these sites are present on OpenStreetMap, where you can browse the map to get an idea on how to get there (or download it to your PC then install to your Garmin GPS Navigators)

    Destinations and Stamp Sites

    National Capital Region

    1. Prison Cell and Rizal Shrine, Fort Santiago, Manila

    on the floor of Rizal Shrine narrates the last day of the hero, Tutubi's freedom loving French friends "fell in love" with Rizal when he took them there after a brief tour of Luneta and the National Museum

    GPS Coordinates: N14 35 40.3 E120 58 11.0
    How to Get to Fort Santiago

    2. Chapel Cell of Rizal, Fort Santiago, Manila

    jose rizal chapel cell fort santiagojust outside Rizal Shrine but without a roof

    How to Get to Fort Santiago

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

    Intramuros which included the previous location of Ateneo Municipal de Manila (now the Clamshell building) where Rizal started formal schooling

    GPS Coordinates: N14 35 22.0 E120 58 23.7

    WARNING: If you have an SLR/DSLR, be prepared to be harassed by the "Guardia Civil" of the Intramuros Administration (IA) who still have the medieval thinking that SLR cameras are for professional photographers only thus require you apply for a "permit to shoot" for a fee. A tourist spot promoted by the DOT and yet you can't take a souvenir picture with an SLR to share with friends for the world to "like." The rule is applied inconsitently where Tutubi was harrased by security guards for taking pictures of Manila Catheral and yet left a foreign tourist alone taking photos of the same Intramuros landmark. Such is the shame here, Jose Rizal would have cried out loud for such archaic and discriminatory practice against the indios of today.

    The NHCP, however, through the forward mindset of Prof. Ambeth Ocampo, now allow photography at their shrines, thus the various pictures of Rizal Shrines on this post.

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

    Everybody knows Rizal didn't get straight "sobresaliente" grades here in Medical school, one subject even had a passing grade

    GPS Coordinates: N14 35 36.4 E120 58 27.1

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

    The current site of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila was where Jose Rizal was first tried in a court martial.

    GPS Coordinates: N14 35 11.7 E120 58 39.1

    6. Rizal Park, Roxas Blvd, Burgos, Kalaw and Taft Avenues, Manila

    7. Rizal Monument, Roxas Blvd, Manila

    Do you still need a picture of this one? :P

    Coordinates: N14 34 54.6 E120 58 37.5

    8. Rizal Execution Site (Light and Sound Museum), Roxas Blvd, Manila

    jose rizal execution sitethe actual site of Rizal's execution is inside the present Light and Sound Museum at the Luneta Park

    GPS Coordinates: N14 34 58.2 E120 58 35.4

    9. Rizal Fountain, Roxas Blvd, Manila

    this is the Wilhemsfeld Fountain transferred from Germany to Luneta, where Rizal drank water while he stayed there

    GPS Coordinates: N14 34 50.7 E120 58 39.5

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

    the cemetery where Rizal was buried in an unmarked grave. click the link above to get directions on how to get there

    Coordinates: N14 34 54.0 E120 59 19.5

    Region III – Central Luzon

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

    In a few weeks, expect a picture of this historic train station that played a vital part during the Bataan Death March of WW II

    Coordinates: N15 01 36.6 E120 41 12.4

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

    Tutubi may have to re-visit a lot he acquired in Malolos (Woodlands of Grand Royale) and probably Barasoain Church to justify visiting this one. Read more about Kamestisuhan by Traveler on Foot

    Region IV – Calabarzon

    13. Rizal Shrine, J.P. Rizal St., Calamba City, Laguna

    Tutubi's been here twice but he has no picture good enough for posting here. This How to Get to Rizal Shrine Calamba can be of help though.

    Coordinates: N14 12 49.1 E121 09 59.9

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

    The church in Calamba (St. John the Baptist Parish) where the young Jose Rizal was baptized a Catholic

    Coordinates: N14 12 49.7 E121 10 01.7

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

    antipolo churchJust in time, Tutubi is scheduled to buy a new car, and may have to have it blessed here like his dear Sakura :P

    Waypoints/GPS Coordinates: N14 35 15.6 E121 10 35.2

    Region V – Bicol Region

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

    Visited twice already by Tutubi, this is the first Jose Rizal monument, erected in 1898. A third visit coming in a month or two

    Region VI – Western Visayas

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

    Tutubi's been to Iloilo where he stayed at Sarabia Manor Hotel during the early fight of Pacquio at the Fort. Was only able to visit Jaro Cathedral, went to Roxas City (Capiz) then flew to Cebu the following day.

    Coordinates: N10 41 51.0 E122 32 40.9

    Region VII – Central Visayas

    18. Dumaguete City

    Been here in 2003 (or 2004) in very limited time but only explored nearby Siquijor Island. Wonder where to have the Rizal passport stamped in this city

    19. Fort San Pedro, Pier Area, Cebu City

    visited by Tutubi in 2003 but no "bloggable" pictures still even if he's been to Cebu countless times already.

    Coordinates: N10 17 33.0 E123 54 20.2

    Region IX – Zamboanga Peninsula

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

    jose rizal house dapitanphoto of Rizal's house in Dapitan (yeah, NHI chairman Ambeth Ocampo should be informed that those NHI markers obstruct the view). The woman in white, not a nun but a member of a Rizalist sect worshiping Rizal as a God doing, does volunteer work in maintaining the shrine.

    ose rizal dapitan aqueductA pool of water that comprise Jose Rizal's aqueduct that supplied potable water to Dapitan, a feat of water works engineering well ahead of his time according to modern day enngineers

    21. Dapitan Plaza, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte

    rizal park dapitan plaza zamboanga del nortea drive-by picture of Dapitan Plaza, thus slightly blurred. note the Rizal Monument on the background

    22. Site of the Casa Real, Barangay Talisay, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte

    casa real dapitan zamboanga del norteThe historical marker reads: "This is the site of the Casa Real, official residence and administration building of the politico-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 Dapitan Shrine."

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

    dapitan church of st. jamesDapitan Church with a partial view of Jose Rizal's map of Mindanao
    Dapitan Church

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

    Relief Map of Mindanao was built by Rizal just in front of Dapitan Church. (Tutubi tried to take an aerial picture of this map but the stairs to the Dapitan Church belfry were closed)

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

    the fiery sunset on Sta. cruz Beach on Sunset Boulevard, Dapitan City. A dilapidated marker (at the time of Tutubi's visit) is just along the road

    26. Dipolog Cathedral, Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte

    dipolog cathedralDipolog Cathedral visited by Rizal during his exile in Dapitan. Church altar said to be designed by Jose Rizal. The building facade recently had a facelift that Jose Rizal himself would not recognize as it's very much different from the original

    Coordinates: N8 35 9 E123 20 44

    27. Rizal Farm, Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte

    Of all the 27 sites, this may be the hardest one to reach. Katipunan town is south of Dapitan and Dipolog, the twin cities of Zamboanga del Norte. No information yet on the interwebs on how to get there or how it actually looks like

    Lastly, did you know that Tutubi was able to visit two sites related to Jose Rizal in Hong Kong, the first one's the site of clinic (on D'Aguilar Street) and the second one's his home where he stayed on Rednaxela Terrace (the long escalator).

    Probably next year, he'll also explore the places Jose Rizal visited in Singapore.

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    posted by GingGoy @ 11:30 PM,


    At Jun 20, 2011, 5:35:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    Saida, get a rizal passport first at DOT building in Luneta :P try Kookoo's Nest for native cottages...I love the bouillabbaise at Lab-as restaurant on the boulevard but i don't know if it's still there. rent a bike to visit the twin lakes of balinsasayao and hop on a boat to explore the mystical island of siquijor or Apo Island :P

    At Jun 20, 2011, 6:33:00 PM, Anonymous Nonoy said...

    Napuntahan mo ba lahat ng 27 sites Tutubi? ang dami anoh? ang hirap naman puntahan lahat; ang pwede ko lang sigurong puntahan is yung nasa Dapitan cuz Im' in Mindanao. I wish I can get to all the Rizal heritage sites.

    At Jun 21, 2011, 1:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It is nice to visit these places as well. I already got my pasaporte and hoping that I will be included in the top 100 who completely visited the 27 sites. Reymos (

    At Jun 26, 2011, 1:41:00 PM, Blogger said...

    Innumerable cheap air tickets and other discounted travel deals these days. With fierce competition between major airlines as well between the booking cheap tickets consolidators, the traveler is definitely benefitting and how. All you have to do is plan a vacation and leave the rest to an online air travel portal. They find you the cheapest air tickets, cheap hotel accommodations to choose from and even cheap car rental services if you so desire. Now, isn’t that amazing? Being able to tend to all your travel needs under one roof, you’ll be saying ‘bon voyage’ sooner than you can imagine.

    At Jul 5, 2011, 8:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hMm ang talino talaga ni rizal

    At Apr 7, 2013, 11:35:00 AM, Blogger Mitchi said...

    I had visited the Rizal Shrine last December 9, 2012, and I was happy to see the aqueduct. Akala ko hanggang textbook ni Zaide ko lang mababasa yun.


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