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Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150

By on June 24, 2011
Rizal150 - various monuments

Rizal everywhere, L-R: Intramuros, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Donsol in Sorsogon and Calamba in Laguna

One hundred and fifty years ago, Jose P. Rizal was born in Calamba, Laguna. This man had an interesting childhood, earned good education in the country and abroad, and later on wrote 2 novels that sparked the 1986 Philippine revolution. He was a son, brother, lover, friend, writer, doctor, sculptor, scientist among many other roles that he took in a brief period of time. He spoke 22 languages, built a dam, wrote poems among the many other skills that we now know from his personal journals and second-hand accounts. He is in fact, the Philippines’ National Hero.

Rizal has been the subject of several books, documentaries and movies. If you also travel around the country, you would notice that almost every province has a street or a town that has been named after him. At the very least, there is a monument erected somewhere in a plaza or at a public school to honor what he has done and sacrificed for his motherland. And if that is not enough, there is always a reminder of Rizal even in our daily activities from the peso coin in our pockets up to a matchbox in our kitchens.

I wonder how this 5’2″ 4’11” man could leave such influence and impact that are still being felt by my generation and even by those after us. It is without a doubt that the freedom we are enjoying as a nation is primarily because of his sacrifice and dedication to his motherland. That is why in commemeration of his sesquicentennial year, I am joining the Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150, which is a joint effort of various government agencies and the private sector. This unique journey would take me to the different sites all over the Philippines that have been important to Jose Rizal:

National Capital Region
1. Prison Cell and Rizal Shrine, Fort Santiago, Manila
2. Chapel Cell of Rizal, Fort Santiago, Manila
3. Site of the Ateneo Municipal de Manila, Anda cor. Sta. Lucia St., Intramuros, Manila
4. Site of the University of Santo Tomas, Banco Filipino Building., A. Soriano cor. Solana Sts., Intramuros, Manila
5. Site of Trial of Rizal, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), Gen. Luna cor. Muralla St., Intramuros, Manila
6. Rizal Park, Roxas Blvd, Burgos, Kalaw and Taft Avenues, Manila
7. Rizal Monument, Roxas Blvd, Manila
8. Rizal Execution Site (Light and Sound Museum), Roxas Blvd, Manila
9. Rizal Fountain, Roxas Blvd, Manila
10. Paco Park, San Marcelino and Gen. Luna Sts., Paco, Manila

Region III – Central Luzon
1. San Fernando Train Station, Brgy. Sto. Niño, San Fernando, Pampanga
2. Kamestisuhan District (Women of Malolos Marker/ Bautista House), Sto. Niño St., Malolos, Bulacan

Region IV – Calabarzon
1. Rizal Shrine, J.P. Rizal St., Calamba City, Laguna
2. Calamba Church (San Juan Bautista Church), J.P. Rizal St., Calamba City, Laguna
3. National Shrine of our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Antipolo Church), Oliveros St., Antipolo City

Region V – Bicol Region
1. Rizal Monument, Magallanes and Justo Lukban Streets, Daet, Camarines Norte

Region VI – Western Visayas
1. Molo Church (St. Anne’s Parish) and Escolta, Jocson and San Marcos Sts., Molo District, Iloilo City

Region VII – Central Visayas
1. Dumaguete City
2. Fort San Pedro, Pier Area, Cebu City

Region IX – Zamboanga Peninsula
1. Rizal Shrine and Waterworks of Rizal, Barangay Talisay, Dapitan City
2. Dapitan Plaza, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
3. Site of the Casa Real, Barangay Talisay, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
4. Dapitan Church, City Hall Drive, Barangay Sta. Cruz, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
5. Relief Map of Mindanao, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
6. Santa Cruz Beach, Punto del Disembarko de Rizal en Dapitan, Sunset Boulevard, Dapitan City
7. Dipolog Cathedral, Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte
8. Rizal Farm, Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte

Rizal150 - trail

There are also optional sites to visit such as stops in Tarlac, Romblon and outside the country such as Germany and Spain.

In every pit stop, a designated officer/in-charge would stamp your Rizal 150 passport which could be obtained from the Department of Tourism and from its regional offices. There is also a reward and a certificate that would be handed out to the first 100 persons that could complete the required stamps from June 19, 2011 to June 19, 2012.

But whatever prizes that may be at stake is irrelevant compared to the experiences that could be gained in this journey. This would allow me to get to know our national hero more by visiting some of the places that mattered to him. This would also be an opportunity where I could backpack to other interesting stops in each region and to gain new friends in between.

Indeed, the Lakbay Josel Rizal@150, along with the many other activities set for this year, is a unique way of celebrating the works, the travels and the life of Jose Rizal. This is a fitting to tribute to a man whose legacy is still very much alive and relevant to this day.

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  1. Reply

    darwin

    June 25, 2011

    other sites are clueless what stamps are my friends referring to, they just wasted their time in two provinces just to have their passports stamp. hope the one handling this program do something about it! or else I might conclude that all their programs recently are "FAIL"

  2. Reply

    baktin

    June 25, 2011

    hi darwin, welcome to Baktin Corporation!

    I have to agree. There are sites where the stamps are obtained from an LGU/local tourism officer. They might not be around during weekends or holidays. But it might help if your friends call up the in-charge in advance for some arrangement. Their respective contact details are provided here: http://www.tourism.gov.ph/Pages/HOWTOGETTHERELAKBAYRIZAL@150_3.aspx

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    Mustachio

    July 1, 2011

    I want a passport too! Haha 🙂 Somebody sponsor me so I can get my gazillion stamps!

  4. Reply

    baktin

    July 3, 2011

    Hi Mustachio, I think you can get one at DOT Cebu. 🙂

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