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Marie de la Rama

My name is Marie and welcome to Jose Rizal Travels!

My fascination with Rizal began in mid 80s when my aunt Daisy - whom I call Mamang - and I toured the city of Manila. I recall going to Rizal Park after our shopping spree. The Bagumbayan field where he was executed in December 30, 1896 has been transformed into a memorial to him. It used to be simply known as Luneta. Today, it is officially called Rizal Park.

Rizal Park in mid 

- My Mamang and I were typical provincianos in our first trip to Manila in this pre-digital photo taken by roving photographers around the park.

We proceeded to Intramuros. There, we were awed by his prison cell, read his poem, Mi Ultimo Adios or My Last Farewell which was translated into several languages, many of which he was quite fluent at. The Fort Santiago in Intramuros has become a shrine to Rizal where objects of significance to him are displayed.

Jose Rizal Shrine in Intramuros, 

I believe we spent so much time there marveling at almost every item on display. Since then, I began to read anything and everything about Rizal. As I've said, it is his travels and how it contributed to his genius and as a patriot, nationalist, martyr, propagandist, artist, author, linguist that drew my fascination most. I have no doubt believing that his many travels contributed to his greatness. Being exposed to cultures is, to mind, certainly one of the best ways to learn and be educated.

- Photo on the right shows my sister and her kids, Byn and June posing briefly beside the Rizal Shrine marker before proceeding to the main building.

Intramuros, Manila, circa 2000

So, fancy a trip to places that are associated with Rizal. Keep returning to this site for ideas on your next vacation, holiday and discovery tour. Share your stories and photos you've taken. We would love it.

- The entrance to the walled city circa 2000 reminds me of some old towns in Iloilo, my home.

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