Published: November 14, 2018
Located in the heart of Calamba Laguna, Jose Rizal Shrine and Museum is the most visited tourist spot of the town. I must say, your trip in Calamba will not be complete without visiting the most popular museum in Laguna. The entrance here is free but you may spare some dime for your donation to preserve the place. Jose Rizal Shrine operates during Monday to Sunday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Want to view all Jose Rizal Shrine photos? Just knock and click on the historic door.
By the way, the current house is a replica of the original house which was destroyed during World War II. The Shrine was rebuilt and inaugurated on 1950's. Above is the image of the main door of the house but this was not used as the main entrance of the shrine.
Last 2009, the house was repainted from its original color of white to a light green color. The National Historical Institute (NHI) said that they changed the color to to give emphasis on Rizal's surname from the word "Risal" in Spanish which means green field ready to harvest. I understand that this brought out controversies but you should visit the Jose Rizal Shrine and decide for yourself.
When you enter the Jose Rizal Shrine, this stairs will welcome you. Very ancient indeed! Just watch your step when you climb the stairs or hold on the side for your safety.
We are now in "Caida" or the library and study area of the Jose Rizal Shrine. Here is where the father of the house, Francisco Mercado, kept his collection of books. It was said that the family has more than 1,000 number of books with wide range of topics. This is probably where Jose Rizal was inspired to study and to learn about many things.
It's very amusing to have this kind of place where you can study. The place is just beside a big window where you can get a natural light to read books and newspapers. Well, all I just need are socket and Internet connection, and I am all set to study!
I now welcome you to the Master's Bedroom where Jose Rizal was born. The rack inside the bedroom was used for stacking pillows and mosquito nets. Also, there is this small altar where the Crucifix and image of Virgin Mary are located just like the house of a typical Catholic family.
This is now the room shared by brothers Jose and Paciano Rizal (Boys' Bedroom). In spite of the ten-year difference on their ages, the two were very very close to each other. This room only has one bed but the brothers were not always here at the same time since Paciano was studying in Manila.
We now move on to the Girls' Bedroom. From his sisters, Jose Rizal learned the importance of respecting a woman. But how the girls were able to fit in this room? It is kind of small for the eight of them. Maybe some of them would sleep on the floor with the use of "banig" or a native carpet.
Anyone hungry? We are now on the Jose Rizal Shrine Kitchen. Jose enjoyed food. While in Europe, he would request his family to send him shrimp paste or mango jam. He would usually cook for his fellow Filipino and write a recipe about it. I must say that the cooking equipment on this kitchen are quite difficult to use now.
Let's now dine at Jose Rizal Shrine's Dining Room or commonly known at that time as "comedor" (Spanish translation) since some of the Filipinos can really speak Spanish just like the Mercado. Filipinos show respect to the table by good eating manner.
Have been longing for a long time wish? Try throwing you coin on the wishing well. I did the same thing. What did I wish for? It's for me to keep. But I believe wishes will just be blown in the wind without hard work.
An accountant by profession. A travel writer and photographer by passion. And a kids-lover for life! LJ helps employees in corporate world to pursue their passion to travel the world without leaving their jobs and making the most out of it.
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