I’m a big fan of Jose Rizal, our national hero. Recently, we visited his ancestral house in Calamba, Laguna and I’ve shot some photos of the lovely house and some memorabilias of the greatest genius Filipino I’ve known. I love ancient, vintage and history so I put them in my hubs. Have a tour and enjoy.
This is the frontal view of Jose Rizal’s house in Laguna. It’s a smaller replica of their house. Rizal’s family was rich and his parents, Don Francisco Mercado and Donya Teodora Alonso were amongst the first people who built a house of stone and hardwood in Calamba. If you’ve passed by their main street, you’ll notice the houses were from the elite. The house obviously signifies the Spanish era by looking at its design and architecture style. The said design was famous among the ilustrados and the wealthy people of the 19th century.
This is the back view photo of Rizal’s house. Notice that the house was painted in green. This repainting by the way has caused much controversies and debates. The NHI historical division explained that the green paint is a reminder of Rizal’s middle name. Many critiques and fans protest preserving the treasure is to preserving the original form and not changing it. For whatever intentions, I think they should just bring back the original color, which is white…
Dr. Jose Rizal in Fort Santiago when they captured him for execution. Writing was a big part of his life. He almost had been all the professional careers and possessed all skills of a genius. Well except that of Michael Scofield from Prison Break.
This painting shows the day of his execution.
Mi Ultimo Adios also known as "My Last Farewell..." This was his last poem and it was written before he was executed. That was how he said goodbye and how he wrote his last words. Another letter was found in his shoe after his death. The text from the note couldn't be read anymore so it still remains a big mystery.
Noli Me Tangere – Jose Rizal’s famous novel. This is one of my favorite books. I love the way he used the characters and put the story all together. Reminds me of Da Vinci and the free masons…This is like a manuscript of the book.
El Filibusterismo – his second novel, a sequel of Noli…this book has threatened the friars and Spaniards so they did everything to execute Rizal for being a filibuster.
Visiting Jose Rizal's house in Laguna.
It takes about two hours from Manila to reach Calamba. The ancestral house of Dr. Jose Rizal is in the town proper. It is being called 'Rizal's Shrine' too. That is the place where Jose Rizal was born and grew up as an exceptional boy. If you wanna avoid crowded tourists, avoid the weekends and holidays. It is allowed to take photos wherever and whatever inside and outside the famous house. But it's not allowed to touch any thing and any item inside.
Jose Rizal’s life was so short. If he had lived longer, I wonder what he might have done and written. For what it’s worth, he was a hero and immortal here in our beloved country. Have you heard about his secrets and controversies? You have to read that article I've linked at the end of this hub. It discusses Rizal’s controversies and mysteries.
All in all, I loved the house. Jose Rizal’s family was indeed so rich to have a house like that in the Spanish regimen. The house has complete rooms for all the family members. I didn’t able to capture the well and the other parts because there were lots of people viewing the popular house. It was weekend and lots of students were on tour. The house displayed some posters and flaglets in commemorating Rizal’s birthday, on June 19, 1861. The young hero will be 150 on June 19, this year 2011. Because I’m a huge fan of this genius novelist and poet, I couldn’t go home without a souvenir. Though he lived in the 19th century, at least I had this pose with him. lol
Related article: Jose Rizal's Controversies
All images have Copyrights 2011- 2013 by Fehl Dungo
Tazmanu on February 21, 2017:
it is no wonder if many Filipinos do not know much about the hero, nor do they truly understand the man. rizal's level of consciousness is way ahead advanced for any simpleminded individual could fathom.
jaz garcia/..... on October 15, 2015:
all of the things that I see is absolutely .....
twentyfive (author) on November 30, 2013:
My bad. Gotta edit it. Thanks for the suggestion :) Thank you for liking the photos. God bless!
rudyard on November 29, 2013:
Hi! I just want to comment on one of the photos.:)
It was captioned thus:
"This painting shows the last hours of Jose Rizal in Bagumbayan. The last day before his execution."
The second sentence does not connive with your first sentence. It should be written as, "the day of his execution" and not "the last day before his execution". The last day BEFORE his execution was spent in his prison, receiving friends and guests.
Otherwise, I find your post quite good as I am a BIG fan of Dr. Jose Rizal, too! :)
twentyfive (author) on July 10, 2013:
Wow I love Hidden Object Games. I got addicted with Mystery Manor in the ipad. I'm interested to share my photos provided you talk to me about it. I will email you today and discuss it. Cheers!
Portia Merecido on July 10, 2013:
Hello Good afternoon! You have all the interesting pictures mostly covering the different important events in the life of Jose Rizal. I am developing an iOS application - a hidden object game pertaining the life, works and writings of Jose Rizal. I'd love to place your photos and make it as one of our mini games. If you agree, please email me, firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you! :)
Emerilyn on April 30, 2013:
very proud to be a native from zanorte.I'm writing a book about the place and my ancestors.My daughter won in writing essay about Dr.Jose P.Rizal in Philippine embassy of Thailand.Dapitan is a paradise and I can't wait to build a beautiful eco-friendly resorts and spa very soon.Mabuhay Philippines!!
twentyfive (author) on February 03, 2013:
Very well said :) I totally agree with you :)
DeBeDe on February 03, 2013:
Sorry Rizal is not intelligent. When you say he's intelligent you are under estimating him.. It is an insult to say that Rizal is intelligent. He is A GENIUS.
dhingsky72 on October 28, 2012:
i just want to know the name " how they call it before" of the most important seat inside the house of Dr. Jose P. Rizal in Calamba... hope you can provide me such info, this is for the assignment of my 3rd grader daughter..thank you...
twentyfive (author) on April 13, 2012:
@Kring2 thank you for visiting here :)
@Ervin Yes, they had to preserve the original looks as much as possible.
ervin lee on April 12, 2012:
malaki na ang pag babago ng calamba laguna at marami na ring nabago sa bahay nya
kring2x on January 26, 2012:
Haiya there.what a nice photos.love it.hope I could also tour in rizals place.:) I'm also a big fan of dr.rizal.
twentyfive (author) on January 17, 2012:
yeah indeed :) I love Jose Rizal. He was great. Thank you for dropping by here :)
alvin on January 17, 2012:
it is good that jose rizal is our national hero he is died for our country and to save our lives
anthony on January 11, 2012:
very nice to live in his house and i love it
twentyfive (author) on January 07, 2012:
Those photos were all taken from Jose Rizal's ancentors house in Laguna. The jail photo was from a gallery, it's a miniature of Rizal's life in prison. His house was painted green 2 years ago.
miss broken on January 06, 2012:
where did you go the photos whene rizal was in jail?? and when was the house painted in green??
twentyfive (author) on December 01, 2011:
It was renovated. See the pictures above.
cheng on December 01, 2011:
I wondered if the house of our old hero is not destroyed?
twentyfive (author) on November 30, 2011:
@Sharm- Hello! Sorry I have no copies and information about the different clothes Rizal used. It's best to visit Fort Santiago or his house in Calamba for that.
@Leshel Hi! I'd like to visit Dapitan someday too. Very interesting place. Quite historic. Thank you for dropping by :)
leshel on November 24, 2011:
i like very much the house of our hero rizal very nice and impressive that's why i like to go in dapitan .
sharm on November 10, 2011:
hey... can u send me the different clothes of rizal and explain where rizal using it .. pls :)) thanks a lot
twentyfive (author) on August 22, 2011:
Thanks Homer! :) Rizal was amazing and I'm a huge fan. I love Homer (the Iliad guy), too btw. :) Cheers!
HomerMCho on August 20, 2011:
Great hub! This ancestral house of the Philippines National Hero is fantastic. Love this hub.
twentyfive (author) on July 20, 2011:
Thank you Ralph!
Hi Jocelyn! Yep I agree. Jose Rizal is a great genius and he's got his own monuments worldwide. Amazing how people give tribute to him.
Jocelyn de Leon-Zamora on July 16, 2011:
Being a Filipino it is but proper to know Jose Rizal being our National Hero. It makes me feel proud that me and Rizal belong to the same race...
RalphGreene on May 05, 2011:
Great photo, and nice info. Great.
twentyfive (author) on April 24, 2011:
Since Jose Rizal's life is included in the college curriculum, I think Filipinos will learn about his life if they seriously study and read the books. After all, it's so interesting. :) Hope highschool students enjoy his 2 novels. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your views Raven. What a lovely name! :)
Raven on April 24, 2011:
All filipino must learn about the life of Rizal and read his controvershal noli and el filibusterismo to build -up their nationalism and love of motherland
twentyfive (author) on March 29, 2011:
Happy to hear you enjoyed the photos and the article :) Wow, Hacienda Escudero sounds a pretty place to visit. Would love to visit someday ;) It's a pleasure to share this. Thanks Chon!
Chon Quevedo on March 29, 2011:
Wonderfully informative article, enjoyed the pictures. I live in Hacienda Escudero –not far from Calamba, so I plan to visit it. Thank you for sharing. Su Amigo, Chon
twentyfive (author) on March 01, 2011:
Glad you enjoyed the photos Katie :) Thanks a lot!
Katie McMurray from Ohio on February 24, 2011:
WOW how beautiful and all that furniture made of wood, beautiful and just breath taking. Thank you for the very interesting look into the house of Jose Rizal :) Katie
twentyfive (author) on February 21, 2011:
It was Saturday when we went there. I guess it's closed every Sunday though. Thanks Sherra :)
sherra on February 21, 2011:
is the ancestral house of rizal opens during weekends
riza moradas on February 21, 2011:
twentyfive (author) on February 14, 2011:
Hi Ms. Independent! The photos above were from his house in Calamba, Laguna. I only visited his Fort Santiago place when I was still in grade school. LOL Hope to visit again to upload the pics here. You can buy his books online. Noli me Tangere is the best. Thanks for dropping by again :)
ms. independent on February 14, 2011:
oh my... Dr. Jose P. Rizal is my idol.. he is my no. 1 philippine hero..i wish i could visit his house in dapitan and read his collection of books..
twentyfive (author) on February 13, 2011:
Ooh wow! Don't forget to share some quotes if you loved any.. ;)
Cathy Nerujen from Edge of Reality and Known Space on February 12, 2011:
I am learning things here today. Wooooh. Cassy loaned me this book "Noli". I am to guard this with my life. :D Have a lovely weekend, Fehl. XO
twentyfive (author) on February 10, 2011:
Wow you know bout our National Bookstore, too. You're a super girl moi friend!
Cassandra Mantis from UK and Nerujenia on February 10, 2011:
Rizal is pure proof that you cannot ill an idea or an idealogy. I think he was a firm believer and wasn't afraid of dying for his beliefs. I always admire him for that. There is an english version of this book Noli in the National Bookstores, Tourists should buy it there. Fehl, you are a great and wonderful ambassador for your country. Big respect for this from me. You put this guy on the map. He's a Hero. XO
twentyfive (author) on February 08, 2011:
Hi Cath! :) I've read Noli in Tagalog when I was in junior high. A very beautiful novel. Loved the story and twists. I've heard the English version is good, too. Gonna look for an ebook of that and read it :) I've made an hub bout his secrets and controversies. That might interest you. So check it out ;) Love your hubs, too :)
Oh I'm a fan and I couldn't get an autograph so there got the pic :D
Cathy Nerujen from Edge of Reality and Known Space on February 08, 2011:
Great photo too, I see you posing with the Doctor. :)
Cathy Nerujen from Edge of Reality and Known Space on February 08, 2011:
This is a really cool hub, Fehl. Cassy told me she has this book "Noli", so I will borrow from her. She said is is up there with Dickens and the best of all writers. How come I never heard of him till today? He is a hero who died for what he believed in. So he never gave up on his dreams, he must have been a great person.
You impress me as always Fehl. Love your hubs. XO
twentyfive (author) on February 06, 2011:
Thanks Betty :)
Betty Johansen on February 06, 2011:
I love the picture of you posing with Jose Rizal. It's a clever picture and a great souvenir!
twentyfive (author) on February 04, 2011:
Hi Eiddwen! Jose Rizal was a genius and it's a pleasure to hub about him. Glad you have enjoyed this virtual tour :p And thanks a lot for bookmarking and including this hub with your favorites :) I'm so happy for that! :)
Hi Ingenira! Wonder if he had heirs.. Thanks for the vote :)
Ingenira on February 04, 2011:
He is certainly a very intelligent man. It's a huge loss to Philipines when he have to die so young. Voted up and awesome!
Eiddwen from Wales on February 04, 2011:
I knew nothing on this great man before reading this and I thoroughly enjoyed reading every part of it.
I am going to bookmark it as one of my favourites, and thanks for sharing