Remembering a Great Man

Today is Rizal’s Day.

Without consciously intending to, we visited Rizal’s Shrine in Calamba, Laguna early this afternoon. I have always wanted to go there and today was the realization of the ‘want’, whilst celebrating my cousin’s 18th birthday today.

Well, traffic was heavy!!!

And on our way there, the main road going to the shrine was blocked. We had to make over a couple of U-turns and detours in order to get there through the cacophony of vehicles and people. Finally, we found our way to the place and got ourselves a nice parking spot on the side of the Rizal lot along Mercado St.

The reconstruction of the Rizal home was fantastic!! I would very much love to have a similar house someday — wooden floors, doors and capiz slide windows (it doesn’t necessarily have to be capiz though), well-ventilated rooms, red-bricked verandas, lots of trees and plants and well-trimmed grassy areas to do just about anything! I love the quaint simplicity of it all!

My Mama was there too, and she claims to know some of Rizal’s relatives. They all now live in San Pablo, Laguna she says. That’s where she and I were born.

I don’t know about my two cousins (who were with us), but my sister and I enjoyed the visit to Calamba. She and I share the same love for History.



2 Responses to “Remembering a Great Man

  • The last time I went to Rizal’s shrine in Calamba, that was 2004 i think, wala gaanong tao.. yung care taker lang.. and the place was rather spooky! hahaha!

    The grounds were full of crunchy dried leaves.. the windows had cobwebs and gusto ko sana i-feel ung ibang furnitures but I thought baka may lumabas na moomoo! Medyo may pagka tarantitit din yung pinsan ko’ng kasama.. takbuhan kami papalabas!

    I’d be glad to see the place again, mukhang mas pinaganda na nga nila ngayon.

  • Sounds spooky nga.

    When we went there marami-raming tao so, para talagang peryahan, heheh.

    Pero Rizal Day kasi kaya masaya, maraming visitors.

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