Friday, July 8, 2011

Rizal Passport: A Heritage Trail Map

I heard about the Rizal Passport the time days before Rizal's 150th birthday is to be celebrated. I researched about it and found out that it was to be given at Rizal's birthday last June 19. I was planning to get one and so, I contact the Product and Research Office of the Department of Tourism.

Rizal Passport is a project of the Department of Tourism (DOT) for Rizal's 150th birth anniversary. It aims for the tourists to visit the spots where Rizal had been all over the country. It is a chance to know our national hero more and somehow be a part of where he's been to. The very idea of traveling to different places triggered my wanderlust and so, I wasn't contented until I didn't get a hold of that said passport.

You need to go to 27 Rizal sites all over the Philippines that is connected to Rizal's life. I have been to some but some of the destinations are way far and I never imagined that I'd go there. You need to get your passport stamped at the locations indicated and this will prove that you have really been to the site. Once you have completed the sites, you can go back to DOT to claim your certificate and win some prizes.

This is how the passport looks like inside. You need to stamp all the places indicated

Here are the mechanics of the Lakbay Jose Rizal @150 (from DOT website):
Visit the following sites featured in this brochure spread and have it stamped as proof of your visit. The first 100 pilgrims who have visited all the Rizal sites with proof of the complete stamps can present it to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) to win a token and an official Kalakbay ni Gat Jose Rizal certificate!

The NHCP will verify the winners through the registration signed by the pilgrims in every stamp site.


The competition is open to all domestic and international tourists. Organizers, sponsors and members of the Jose Rizal @ 150 Technical Working Committee/ Organizing Committee are not eligible to join.
Redemption of Prizes:
  1. The certificate and token may be claimed at the Office of the Historic Sites and Education Division, National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), TM Kalaw St., Manila. Tel. no. +63 2 5249952 or +63 2 5231019. E-mail:
  2. Winners will shoulder all costs that they would incur in securing their prize (bus fares, taxi fares, gas, parking, meals, etc.).
  3. The winners must present the following to an authorized NHCP representative when claiming the  prize: the duly-stamped Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150 brochure or booklet, one (1) valid ID with complete real name, picture and correct address.
  4. Prizes shall be awarded only upon completion of entire validation process, resulting in the participant being identified as a legitimate winner. The winner/s should claim their prize within 60 days from receipt of notification. Otherwise the prize will be forfeited in favor of the Philippine government.
  5. The Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150 token and certificates are valid only from June 19, 2011 to June 19, 2012. The Rubber stamps will be permanent and will be available even after June 19, 2012 for visitors.
Here is the list of the 27 sites on the Heritage Trail Map:
National Capital Region
1. Prison Cell and Rizal Shrine, Fort Santiago, Manila
2. Chapel Cell of Rizal, Fort Santiago, Manila
3. Site of the Ateneo Municipal de Manila, Anda cor. Sta. Lucia St., Intramuros, Manila
4. Site of the University of Santo Tomas, Banco Filipino Building., A. Soriano cor. Solana Sts., Intramuros, Manila
5. Site of Trial of Rizal, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), Gen. Luna cor. Muralla St., Intramuros, Manila

National Parks Development Committee (NPDC)
6. Rizal Park, Roxas Blvd, Burgos, Kalaw and Taft Avenues, Manila
7. Rizal Monument, Roxas Blvd, Manila
8. Rizal Execution Site (Light and Sound Museum), Roxas Blvd, Manila
9. Rizal Fountain, Roxas Blvd, Manila
10. Paco Park, San Marcelino and Gen. Luna Sts., Paco, Manila

Region IIICentral Luzon
11. San Fernando Train Station, Brgy. Sto. Niño, San Fernando, Pampanga
12. Kamestisuhan District (Women of Malolos Marker/ Bautista House), Sto. Niño St., Malolos, Bulacan

Region IV – Calabarzon
13. Rizal Shrine, J.P. Rizal St., Calamba City, Laguna
14. Calamba Church (San Juan Bautista Church), J.P. Rizal St., Calamba City, Laguna
15. National Shrine of our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Antipolo Church), Oliveros St., Antipolo City

Region V – Bicol Region
16. Rizal Monument, Magallanes and Justo Lukban Streets, Daet, Camarines Norte

Region VI – Western Visayas
17. Molo Church (St. Anne’s Parish) and Escolta, Jocson and San Marcos Sts., Molo District, Iloilo City

Region VII – Central Visayas
18. Dumaguete City
19. Fort San Pedro, Pier Area, Cebu City

Region IX – Zamboanga Peninsula
20. Rizal Shrine and Waterworks of Rizal, Barangay Talisay, Dapitan City
21. Dapitan Plaza, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
22. Site of the Casa Real, Barangay Talisay, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
23. Dapitan Church, City Hall Drive, Barangay Sta. Cruz, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
24. Relief Map of Mindanao, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
25. Santa Cruz Beach, Punto del Disembarko de Rizal en Dapitan, Sunset Boulevard, Dapitan City
26. Dipolog Cathedral, Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte
27. Rizal Farm, Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte

So go to your nearest Department of Tourism office to get the Rizal Passport and start traveling the Philippines!

For more information contact:

Department of Tourism
T.M. Kalaw Avenue, Rizal Park, Ermita, Manila
Tel. Nos. (02) 523-1930, 526-7545, 524-2254

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