Dambana ni Rizal (Rizal Shrine in Fort Santiago)

To better understand him and to know what and how his life was moments before his death, we dedicated a day to visit the Rizal Shrine in Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila.

Quick info: Intramuros was the center of the Spanish empire in the Philippines, and Fort Santiago was the heart of the Spanish military.

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Four years ago, we were active members of a civic organization that promotes and promulgates the life, teachings and ideas of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, our National Hero. Don’t get us wrong, though. We are NOT worshipping him.

Back then, every December 31st, we gather at the Fort Santiago to commemorate and to retrace Rizal’s last footsteps from Fort Santiago to Rizal Park, where the President or the Vice President of the Philippines usually heads the flag ceremony and laying of wreath to Rizal’s monument.

The Rizal Shrine currently exhibits the collection of some of Dr. Jose Rizal’s memorabilias, original manuscripts, books, sculptures, paintings, photos and artworks. (Hint: You can see a PART of him inside) This museum will open your mind to things about a great man who almost has done everything and has known almost anything, and became a martyr of a land through nonviolent means. Your visit will gain you new knowledge not taught in books, classrooms and in Wikipedia. We strongly recommend you to go to this place and retrace his footsteps (literally and figuratively) towards to his martyrdom.

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Rizal in his prison cell
Rizal in his prison cell

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Rizal's writing set, seal and calling cards
Rizal’s writing set, seal and calling cards
Draco Rizali A species of lizard discovered by Rizal, and was then named after him
Draco Rizali
A species of lizard discovered by Rizal in Dapitan, and was then named after him
Rhacophorus Rizali A species of frog discovered by Rizal in Dapitan, and was then named after him
Rhacophorus Rizali
A species of frog discovered by Rizal in Dapitan, and was then named after him
Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) A Facimile
Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not), Rizal’s first novel
A Facimile

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Dambana Ni Rizal (Rizal Shrine)
Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila
(632) 263-8821
Museum hours: Mondays, 1pm to 5pm, Tuesdays–Sundays 9am to 6pm
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialIntramurosAdministration/

Admission Fees:

Fort Santiago

Php75 Adults
Php50 Children, Students and Teachers
Free Disabled and Senior citizens

Entrance to the Shrine is free.

For guided tours, educational tours and field trips, please contact Intramuros Administration for the rates and additional information.

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