Camarines Norte Travel

Rizal Monument at Daet, Camarines Norte

By on June 28, 2011

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The Rizal Monument at Daet in Camarines Norte was erected just two years after Jose Rizal’s Death in 1896. This was unveiled on December 30, 1898 and was also largely due to the voluntary contributions of the people of Camarines Norte under Lt. Col Ildefonso Alegre and Lt. Col. Antonio Sanz.

It is a simple structure consisting of a 3-sided obelisk mounted on a square base. Inscribed around the base are among Jose Rizal’s finest and influential works – the Noli Me Tangere, the El Filibusterismo, and the Morga. The latter was his compiled annotations to Antonio de Morga’s Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas (Events in the Philippine Isles) while the first two are the novels that both courted the ire of the Spanish government and sparked flames of the Philippine Revolution.

Interestingly, the monument does not have Rizal’s bust nor does it have the elaborate designs or the height of other shrines elsewhere in the Philippines. But what it lacked in such structural details, this 20 ft. structure has more than made up for being the first Rizal monument in the country.

The people of Camarines Norte back then had both foresight and initiative ahead of everyone else. They also did not wait for a formal proclamation or mandate in honoring a fine Filipino such as Jose Rizal, even with the modest of resources available.
rizal@150 daetThe author would like to thank the Camarines Norte Provincial Tourism Office for assigning someone to stamp his Rizal passport on a national holiday. The office is located right across the Rizal monument.

Camarines Norte Provincial Tourism Office
Ms. Debbie Francisco
+63 54 721-3087

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    Anonymous

    June 18, 2012

    I am amazed since for a long time, Ive always looked up at the Rizal Park, it being a tourist attraction, since its where Rizal's statue is enshrined. Credit in history should be given to the people of Daet because they've honored Rizal even before the Rizal shrine at the Luneta was built.

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    baktin

    July 29, 2012

    Hi. Welcome to Baktin Corporation! 🙂 There are indeed so many surprising things you would see and experience if you are traveling. For me, the Daet Shrine is definitely one of those.

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Brennan Mercado
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Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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