The St. James Church at Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte, was constructed in 1871 in honor of St. James the Greater, Dapitan’s patron saint. It has undergone several reconstructions through the years including a major renovation in 1964 when reinforced concrete was introduced.
There is a National Historical Institute (NHI) marker at the entrance that points out the very spot where Jose Rizal once stood to hear mass during his exile in Dapitan. There are many speculations but there is no satisfying explanation as to why he was not inside the church. But what is clear though is that this church stands as an enduring reminder of the Jesuits’ more than 200 year presence in Dapitan.
It is easy to spot the St. James Church at Dapitan City as this is the tallest structure at the Dapitan Plaza.
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.