How are you today?
Me? I would say that I got some educational day this weekend because I get a chance to visit the house of the National Hero of the Philippines, Dr. Jose Rizal.
Every academic year, my daughter’s school conducted an Educational Tour or Field Trip to develop their learning through interaction, each of the students were allowed to go with one guardian and of course I was there to accompany my child.
The trip was scheduled to visit three destinations.
Our first stop was the nearest from here (Lucena City) which is the Province of Laguna where The House of Young Jose Rizal or the Rizal Shrine was located. We departed at 5:00 AM in the morning to avoid traffic, luckily we reached the place around 7:15. Much earlier for the 8:00 AM opening of the historical house.
So there, got a nice view of the house while waiting for the opening. 🤩
Rizal Shrine is located along the Mecardo and Rizal Streets, Poblacion 5 in Calamba Laguna.
It is a reproduction of the original Spanish-Colonial two-story house of the Rizals because the house was destroyed during world war II.
It was constructed on the same location and built with the same materials as well, but painted in green from original white to honor the RIZALS or “RACIALS” in Spanish which means “green field ready for harvest”.
It is also know as the house of young Jose Rizal because it is where he was born and he spent his younger days in this home.
This ancestral house is the representation of the upper-class home during Colonial Era. The roof was built with red ceramics, the lower part was made from adobe stone and bricks, while the upper part was created with hardwood and capiz shells for the windows.
And now in the present day, it is the repository of Rizal’s memorabilia and his family. Some are the preserved original ones, while others are replica to educate each and every visitors.
On the ground floor of the house/museum contains some of Rizal’s writings and more information about his family, and a statue of himself as a child while his mother is teaching her how to read.
Going upstairs was through the wooden grand staircase that will lead to the main house, (originaly the ground floor was served as the stable for their horses).
The first area in the second floor is the Anteroom, with the library and dining table for the visitors where the Rizals accommodated their guest and prominent members of the society.
Adjacent to the anteroom is the Sala, as you can see the sala is mainly composed of table and chairs, it was quite different with todays style of sala with long and comfy set of sofa and pillows on it.
Moving on the right side of the sala, the Girl’s Bedroom was located. This room was occupied by Jose Rizal’s nine sisters, where you can see the bed, dresser and manual sewing machine.
While on the left side, the Boy’s Bedroom was found, for Jose and his older brother Paciano containing the bed, study table and a lamp.
Across the boy’s bedroom, there’s the Master’s Bedroom, the room for the Jose’s parents.
(Jose) Rizal was born in his parents’ bedroom. Here, one can find furniture such as the matrimonial bed, rack (for pillows, mosquito nets and mats), altar and chairs.
During that Era, this residential house was consider as a mansion. They also have the spacious dining area for the family.
In each corner you will see the antique cabinet, inside are ceramics dining ware sets. Also, the big wine bottle container and other glass jars.
In the kitchen area, there are the original jars, big basket as storage, stone tripod for cooking (stove) and other traditional kitchen utensils.
And do you have any idea how the rest room looks like before? There are two separate room, one as comfort room, toilet made from wood. And the other one was the bathroom, there is no shower or faucet. The water are stored in the big jars coming from the deep well.
While on the back part of the mansion is a big garden area and the grave of Jose’s parents.
Also, there is another building few steps away from the house that serves as the gallery of Jose Rizal showcasing his life story, works, heroism, and memorabilia such as his original pieces of clothes that preserves for more than a 100 years.
Hmm... and that was a walk through history!
Our next destination will be posted soon, hope to see you again. 😊❤️
Thank you and a have a great day!