Rizal Shrine Calamba

Rizal Shrine Calamba

Rizal Shrine is one of the top tourist attraction in the City of Calamba. This shrine is the ancestral home and birth place of our very own Philippine National Hero & Calamba’s greatest son – Dr. Jose P. Rizal. The original house was destroyed during World War II but was restored through the supervision of National Artist Juan Nakpil with the Executive Order No. 145 by President Elpidio Quirino. It was later then inaugurated in 1950.

Rizal Shrine History

In 1848, Rizal’s parents, Francisco Mercado and Teodora Alonso, who were originally from Biñan, Laguna, got married and settled in Calamba. The house they built was of the Spanish architectural style of that time and was one of the first stone and hardwood houses in Calamba. On June 19, 1861, Rizal was born inside that house and was the seventh among the eleven children of Francisco and Teodora. He was baptized “José Rizal Mercado” at the Calamba Church right next door.

Today, the shrine serves as a museum containing memorabilia’s of Rizal’s earlier childhood. On the grounds is a statue of the boy Rizal and his pet dog. The lot is also where Rizal’s parents remains were transferred. Visitors can enter the shrine everyday and there’s no entrance fee, but donations are welcome.

Too bad It was closed for the public during my visit in Calamba Rizal Shrine, the caretaker mentioned to us that they are organizing the house in preparation of Rizal Day. So, don’t plan your trip in the early days of December.

A few meters away from the Shrine, you can also find the City’s Biggest Cone which embeds the map of Laguna.

Rizal Shrine Fort Santiago History

Rizal Shrine Calamba Laguna

Floor Inside the House of Rizal in Rizal Shrine Calamba Laguna

Fort Santiago (Spanish: Fuerte de Santiago) is a defense fortress built for Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi. The fort is part of the structures of the walled city of Intramuros, in Manila, Philippines.

The location of Fort Santiago was once the site of the palace and kingdom of Rajah Sulayman, a Muslim chieftain of pre-hispanic Manila. It was destroyed by the conquistadors upon arriving in 1570, encountering several battles with the Islamic natives. The Spaniards destroyed the native settlements and erected the Fuerte de Santiago in 1571.

The first fort was made out of log structures and earth. Most of it was destroyed in the Spanish-Chinese War of (1574-1575), by invaders of Chinese pirates who besieged the area. The Spaniards fought a fierce conflict and eventually drove the pirates out. In 1589 the fort was constructed with hard stone and finished in 1592. It became the main fort for travels and spice trade to the Americas and Europe for 333 years. The famous Manila Galleon trade to Acapulco, Mexico started sailing from the Fuerte de Santiago.

The fort is shielded by 22 feet (6.7 m)-high walls, with a thickness of 8 feet (2.4 m) and an entrance measuring 40 feet (12 m) high. It is located at the mouth of the Pasig River and it was once the premier defense fortress of the Spanish Government in the Philippines. During World War II it was captured by the Japanese, and sustained heavy damage from American & Filipino bombs during the Battle of Manila in February 1945. It was later restored by the Intramuros Administration during the 1980s. Today the fort serves as a museum which houses well-preserved legacies of the Spanish government, José Rizal (which is called the Plaza de Armas), Rizal Shrine, and the prison dungeons for criminals used by the Spanish officials.

José Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero, was imprisoned in the fort before his execution in 1896. the site features, embedded onto the ground in bronze, his final footsteps representing the walk from his cell to the location of the actual execution.

Schedule & Contacts in Rizal Shrine

The schedule may have change already but the last the we went to Rizal Shrine, the Visiting hours was: Tuesdays to Sundays, 8 a.m. to noon, 1-5 p.m. Admission fee: FREE; Contact: Ma. Luisa Valeza at 0919-5013748.