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Relief map of Mindanao | Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte

By on November 26, 2011

dapitan - mindanao map

The Relief Map of the Mindanao at Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte, was declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines on June 20, 2005. It was made by Jose Rizal in August 1892 based on a map done by Fr. Pedro Murillo Velarde. He was also not alone in this effort, as he was said to be assisted by Fr. Francisco Paula de Sanchez, his Jesuit friend and mentor. Rizal used this as an aid in teaching history and geography to the locals.

Jose Aseniero, one of Rizal’s students who later became a governor in Zamboanga, restored the map during his term in the 1920s.

rizal@150 relief map of mindanao The Relief Map of Mindanao is in front of the St. James Church of Dapitan. The author could have presented a bird’s eyeview of it from the belfry of this church but the entrance leading to the top was locked when he went there last August would like to thank Mhy for allowing him to use the photo she took of the Relief Map of Mindanao last weekend.

With the exception of the Rizal Shrine at Talisay, you could get all the other Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150 Dapitan stamps (including for this site) at the Dapitan City Tourism Office.

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    December 9, 2011

    Very cool!

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    December 13, 2011

    indeed. 🙂


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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