Rizal Shrine in Manila - Philippines
Jose Rizal is the national hero of the Philippines. He was a nationalist and one of the most renowned proponents for reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial period. He is recognized for being an advocate of peaceful means in promoting institutional reforms. He did not support the use of violent means. His most famous works are the two novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo that essentially encouraged rebellion among peaceful reformists and urged the militancy of armed radicals against the Spanish authorities. He became a martyr of the Philippine Revolution when he was executed in 1896. A visit to his shrine is a worthwhile trip if you are in Manila.
The Rizal Shrine is located on Santa Clara Street inside Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila. The shrine is actually the room where Jose Rizal was imprisoned before he was executed on December 30, 1896. The whole complex of Fort Santiago was used as quarters for the Spanish artillery soldiers during Spains colonization of the Philippines.
Jose Rizal was imprisoned and sentenced to death in 1896 because he was incriminated in the revolution against the Spaniards through his connection with the members of the Katipunan, a revolutionary secret society. Inside his prison room in Fort Santiago, Jose Rizal wrote his final masterpiece, the poem Mi Ultimo Adios (My Last Farewell) which he hid inside an oil lamp. During his familys last visit before his execution, he instructed his sisters to look inside the oil lamp where he kept the poem together with his last will and testament.
The Rizal Shrine now stands as a commemoration to Jose Rizals heroism and great contributions to Philippine history. Rizals memorabilia are exhibited inside the shrine. Visitors can view Rizals books, manuscripts and artworks while exploring the shrine. These memorabilia give visitors an insight into the very interesting life of Jose Rizal. His works are proof of his great intellect and patriotism.
Admission to the Rizal Shrine is free. But visitors need to pay the entrance fee to Fort Santiago to be able to enter the shrine. Admission is P40 for adults and P15 for children and students.
The easiest way to get to Fort Santiago is to ride a taxi. You can ask the driver to take the Roxas Boulevard route. But if you want to try the different modes of transportation in Manila, you can take the LRT and then a jeepney or a bus heading towards Roxas Boulevard in Manila. Dont worry, every driver in Manila knows where Fort Santiago is.