Rizal ‘passport’ to retrace national hero’s steps

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is issuing Jose Rizal passports to those who are interested to explore sites connected to the national hero’s life.

The brochure passports are part of the agency’s “Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150” project, one of the activities marking the national hero’s 150th birth anniversary on June 19. Here, domestic and foreign tourists are given a year to visit selected historical Rizal sites in the country.

These are:

National Capital Region

1. Prison Cell and Rizal Shrine, Fort Santiago
2. Chapel Cell of Rizal, Fort Santiago
3. Site of the Ateneo Municipal de Manila, Intramuros
4. Site of the University of Santo Tomas, Intramuros
5. Site of the Trial of Rizal, Intramuros
6. Rizal Park, Roxas Boulevard
7. Rizal Monument, Roxas Boulevard
8. Rizal Execution Site, Roxas Boulevard
9. Rizal Fountain, Roxas Boulevard
10. Paco Park, Paco

Central Luzon

11. San Fernando Train Station, San Fernando, Pampanga
12. Kamestisuhan District, Malolos, Bulacan

Calabarzon

13. Rizal Shrine, Calamba City, Laguna
14. Calamba Church, Calamba City, Laguna
15. National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Antipolo Church), Antipolo City, Rizal

Bicol Region

16. Rizal Monument, Daet, Camarines Norte

Western Visayas

17. Molo Church, Iloilo City, Iloilo

Central Visayas

18. Dumaguete City
19. Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Cebu

Zamboanga Peninsula

20. Rizal Shrine and Waterworks of Rizal, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
21. Dapitan Plaza, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
22. Site of the Casa Real, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
23. Dapitan Church, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
24. Relief Map of Mindanao, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
25. Santa Cruz Beach, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
26. Dipolog Cathedral, Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte
27. Rizal Farm, Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte

A rubber stamp will be affixed on the Rizal passport for each site visited. The first 100 tourists to visit all 27 destinations on or before June 19, 2012 will receive a “Kalakbay ni Gat Jose Rizal” certificate and tokens ranging from books to plane tickets.

“The Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150 token and certificates are valid only from June 19, 2011 to June 19, 2012. The rubber stamps are permanent and will be available even after June 19, 2012 for visitors,” said the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) on the official Facebook page of Rizal’s 150th birthday anniversary.

NHCP is one of the main organizers of the Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150 project.

Born on June 19, 1861, Rizal was known for exposing various problems in the Spanish colonial society through his written works, particularly Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.

On December 30, 1896, he was executed by firing squad in Bagumbayan (now called Luneta or Rizal Park).

Photos courtesy of NHCP, abs-cbnNEWS.com

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