Jose Rizal Memorial Tour

Our special Jose Rizal Memorial Tour takes you some of the most historical attractions in Manila, this is a private guided tour, so you will have the opportunity to ask questions and share stories with your tour guide.

Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado Y Alonso Realonda of better known as Dr. Jose Rizal was born in Calamba, Laguna on June 19, 1861. He is the respected writer of the famous novels of Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. The bravery that he showed against the Spaniards was highly looked up to and he lead the minds of others to see the truth and encourage everyone to not turn a blind eye about the injustice that the Spaniards put upon the Filipino people. Unfortunately with this display of nationalism, it led to his execution on December 30, 1896.

The Prison

Jose Rizal in Prison Fort Santiago

One of it's major attractions here in Manila is the prison at Fort Santiago where the Philippines National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal was imprison at. His determination to free the Filipino people from the iron grip of the Spaniards led to his imprisonment and later his execution. He was falsely charged with Sedition, Rebellion and formation of illegal societies but this did not stop him from letting the people know that independence from the Spanish government would lead to the freedom of his people. He was detained for almost two months in the prison, to not be silenced.

Brass Footmarkers of Jose Rizal Final Walk

The journey from the Fort Santiago entrance to the prison will retrace the footprints of Dr. Jose Rizal going from his prison cell on his final walk to what is now Luneta Park. It is like retracing the footsteps and being able to relive how Rizal walked in the same path going to his detainment. The prison cell shows how Rizal at that time lived and during those time he wrote one final poem that is now known as Mi Ultimo Adios (also known as My Last Farewell) which was hidden in a small alcohol stove that was later given to Jose Rizal's sister, Narcisa.

The Execution

Jose Rizal Monument of Execution at Lunta Park

The tour also includes the site where Dr. Jose Rizal was executed. The demonstration of his civil disobedience led to one of the most unforgettable executions that the Philippine history ever witnessed. The execution took place at the then Bagumbayan which is now called Luneta Park. The squad of Filipino soldiers of the Spanish Army was forced to shoot Rizal in a cowardly manner, with Rizal's back facing them. The back-up of regular Spanish Army troops was ready to shoot those Filipino soldiers who will disobey the order. Now, the park displays statues which portrays how the assassination looked like and some other statues that shows how Rizal spent his final days. The special memorial tour will surely show you how the Philippine National Hero sacrificed his well-being for the liberty and awareness of his fellow Filipino people.

The Burial

Jose Rizal Burial Site Paco Park Cemetery

The burial site of Dr. Jose Rizal is another part of the tour. Dr. Jose Rizal was not given a proper burial after his execution, the Spaniards secretly buried his remains in Paco Park. The family of Rizal searched for his body and with the effort of his sister, Narcisa, she found a grave site where guards was guarding the gates and there was freshly turned earth that made it obvious for her. A sympathetic caretaker agreed to mark the site with Rizal's reversed initials, RPJ, on a cross.

Dr. Jose Rizal gave his family instructions for his burial which said, "Bury me in the ground. Place a stone and a cross over it. My name, the date of my birth and of my death. Nothing more. If later you wish to surround my grave with a fence, you can do it. No anniversaries." The place in Paco Cemetery where Dr. Jose Rizal was buried has a bust sculpture of him and a cross that has "30 December 1896" engraved in it and beneath it the reversed initial, RPJ. There was also a fence build around it.

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