We're not sure what time the Rizal Shrine opens so we just decided to take our chances and head there at around 7am... :-) good thing we did because we were the first guests... 30mins later busloads of students from zamboanga arrived, at least for 30min we had the place to ourselves. :-)
they were kind enough to open the museum already for us. :-)
i'm particularly amazed at the different sketches of rizal (see top of this pic). We generally see one photo oh him almost in every textbook or postcard, or anything that has rizal on it. But i love how we can see him in different angles here. :-) The girls, however, were captured by the copies of Noli me Tangere and El Filibusterismo on display...
...then we found this! Rizal's code of ethics... This is my first time to see this... hehe i dunno if this is being published anywhere else (i cant remember encountering this in my PI class hehe)... these are still good code of ethics to live by. :-)
here's one of Rizal's sculptures on display. :-) He made this while in exile in Dapitan...
here's one of the 4 houses inside the compound. Casa Redonda is the octagonal house which serves as dormitory for Rizal's students.
Here's Rizal's house. This is just a replica of the original. The tiny hexagonal house on the right of this photo was for Rizal's chicken. :-)
Casa Cuadrado is a four-sided house which serves as Rizal's classroom. :-) The effort to really teach! :-) i really applaud him. :-)
one of the big trees inside the compound. but this is particularly special because it was Rizal who actually planted it. :-)
so by now this tree is more than 100years old. :-) Just look at how big it is... i cant embrace it in full hehehe :-)
the famous water system that Rizal made... it was said that what he did here was really advance at his time... can you see those rocks? It was meant to filter the water that's flowing through it. :-) cool huh? :D
the kitchen is right beside the house. It's relaxing even in the kitchen. :-)
In one of Rizal's letters to his friends abroad, he had mentioned how he was living in Dapitan City... and he said that his exile doesn't seem like one. He's living in paradise down there. :-) well if you're inside the shrine, with all the trees and all the bahay kubo, it's purely chillax!
February 27, 2010