Monday, June 20, 2011

Rizal's Dapitan and Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte

After the successful launch of Rizal @ 150 Heritage Trail at the Rizal Park in Manila, the Department of Tourism, in partnership with DOT Region 9 and the local governments of Zamboanga del Norte, brought another launch in the peaceful Mindanao city of Dapitan, where Jose Rizal was exiled.


We arrived at Dipolog City Airport, had lunch, and proceeded to Dapitan City for the launch by the sea, at the Rizal landing site. After which, we toured all of the Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150 sites in Zamboanga del Norte. Here are the following sites found in Dapitan City, Dipolog City, and Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte :)

1. Rizal Landing Site, Santa Cruz Beach, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte - Punto del Disembarko de Rizal en Dapitan, Sunset Boulevard. On July 17, 1892, Rizal landed here at 7pm with Captain Delgras and three artillery men. They walked through Sta. Cruz Street with a farol de combate to the Casa Real where he was presented to Don Ricardo Carnicero, the Spanish military governor of the area.


2. Dapitan Plaza, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte - A National Historical Landmark. It was planned and beautified by Rizal during his exile. Acacia trees which he personally planted can still be found in the plaza.


3. Map of Mindanao, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte - A National Cultural Treasure. Rizal created this map as an aid in teaching history and geography to the locals.


4. Dapitan Church, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte - Built in 1883, St. James Church of Dapitan has a historical market which can be found in the exact spot where Rizal stood every Sunday during his exile from 1892 to 1896.


5. Site of Casa Real, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte - The official residence and administration building of the politico-military governor of the district. Rizal lived there from July 17, 1892 to March 1893 when he was transferred to Talisay, now the Rizal Dapitan Shrine. The original building was demolished in the 1920s.


6. Rizal Shrine and Waterworks, Baranggay Talisay, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte - Rizal's estate in Dapitan. It houses replicas of structures he built there for himself, his family, pupils, and patients including the Casa Residencia, Family Kitchen, Casa Redonda, Casa Quadrada, Casitas de Salud and Casa Redonda Pequena among many others. Jose Rizal purchased the property with his prize money from the Manila Lottery and his earnings as a farmer and merchant during his exile. He also built a waterworks system which can still be found within the city.


7. Dipolog Cathedral, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte - Rizal is said to have designed the church altars of the Dipolog Cathedral. Although the facade has been extremely renovated, the interiors remain relatively intact.


8. Rizal Farm, Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte - The farm was acquired by Rizal from Calixto Carreon, a blind patient who offered it for free out of gratitude for his successful treatment. Rizal refused and paid him Php 200 for the land. He cultivated it every weekend with his pupils. The Rizal monument was a gift by one of his students.



  1. Wow. Dapitan looks so beautiful in your photos. I want to visit the place for its historical significance (I'm a history buff). I'm just a bit worried about the travel.

  2. Hi Caustic, yeah it is beautiful :) Why are you worried about the travel? What are your worries? I might be able to clear them up for you..Thanks!

  3. hi bong, ask ko lang gaano kalayo ang rizal farm sa katipunan, zmaboanga del norte sa dipolog city? and ano best way para makapunta ako sa rizal farm? thanx!

  4. Hi Caustic, there are 2 flights daily to Dipolog City from Manila.. you don't have to worry about going there. Dapitan is not just beautiful in the pictures but also in reality

    Roi, you can take a jeep to Katipunan.. It's just about 15-20 minutes ride from Dipolog City.

  5. Hi Bong!

    Astig, ganda ng mga kuha mo. Sana mai-promote ng maigi ang Lakbay Rizal

  6. Hello po! Balak ko pong puntahan at magpatatak ng diyan. ;) Punta po kaming Dipolog next month. Patulong naman po kung paano po ang transpo para mapuntahan lahat iyan. :) Kaya po ba iyan ng half day? Maraming salamat pO! ;)

  7. thanks for this post.I am flying to Dipolog City on Monday (Sept.19) until Wednesday (Sept.21) to complete the Rizal @ 150 Sites in Dapitan,Katipunan and Dipolog.Your site is very helpful. So when we arrive at noon on Monday after checking in we will proceed to Katipunan for Rizal's farm,then whole Tuesday is Dapitan sites and Wed morning is the Dipolog Cathedral then head to airport.Do you think it will work? Thanks



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