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“Disappointing”
Review of The Rizal Shrine

The Rizal Shrine
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

I do love history so I was happy to go to this place. I was somewhat disappointed in the condition of the place. Not very well kept.

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Reviewed 6 December 2013

We made made a side trip to Rizal Shrine prior to checking in at Dakak beach resort.Distance is 20 mins from Rizal shrine & Dakak by van.The Shrine is full of historical information about Rizal's life and works in Dapitan.A tour guide would help in discovering Rizal's few years in dapitan exile.Dr jose Rizal's house,clinic,kitchen etc were built exactly where it used to stand.There is also a two story museum that keeps a few of dr j rizal's memorabilia clothes,furnitures,pictures etc.Unfortunately residents from a nearby village would use Rizal's shrine back portion as access way.Hoping something can be done about it to preserve the solemnity of Dapitan shrine.Maximum 1.5 hours is more than enough to tour the whole shrine.

4  Thank dimpledude
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

We stopped briefly on our way to the airport.

The reconstructed exhibits are good, but the semi forest setting makes the Rizal house look gloomy.

A 'guide' approached us and showed us around, although one could have guided oneself.

There is a more modern double storey museum that I lacked time to view.

While the Rizal house means far more to Filipinos than foreigners, it's still worth seeing whatever your nationality.

1  Thank Victorianlad
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

Dapitan is where Dr. Jose Rizal was exiled during the Spanish era. The nipa huts were refurbish to match the exact replica of the nipa huts back in Dr. Rizal's time. The tree that Dr. Rizal planted is still standing when we visited this place.

4  Thank czarvs13
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

I’ve been to Dapitan City indeed long time ago.
It took us 18 hours to travel by land from Davao City to Dapitan. It was a tiring but adventurous trip.

We first visited Rizal’s Shrine. I have already forgot the details of our travel from our hotel to the shrine. I also forgot what places we passed by on our way to the shrine. But the feeling of excitement in getting there to visit the place where Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado, Y Alonzo Realonda stayed in exile still lingers.

I clearly remember the excitement going from one cottage to another. Dr. Rizal’s main cottage is bigger than the other cottages where he housed his school, clinic and kitchen. There was no fee collected. There were also ladies who wore white dresses and as I remember, they were the ones maintaining the cottages. We were not allowed to enter Rizal’s bedroom but it was left open for us to see the room and the bed and the small table he used. He had a separate cottage for his kitchen and also a separate structure for his toilet & bath.

We also visited the rock/structure where according to the guide was the place where Rizal and Josephine had their rendezvous every afternoon watching sunset.

Several hundred meters from the cottages is the museum where a lot of Dr. Rizal’s works and personal belongings were kept. Each item was secured in glass covered stand/cabinets. It showcases the works of a brilliant Filipino.

The entire place is like a big garden, grass were trimmed short and trees are already centuries old, as we were told by our guide.

Visiting Rizal’s Shrine is not just merely recollecting the past life of a National hero but more so of becoming a proud Filipino with dignity honor.

1  Thank 6,452
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