I first saw the black-and-white photograph of the ancestral house of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, our national hero, in our history books during my elementary school years. Until now, the image was etched in my mind… which led me to visit the place he calls “home” in Calamba, Laguna. 🙂
The ancestral house, which was preserved into a museum by the local government for years, is a haven of information about the Laguna province, the town of Calamba, Rizal’s family, his memoirs and writings. This makes up a good educational tour for visitors of all ages. The museum opens from Tuesday to Saturday, 8:30AM-4:30PM.
Here’s to share some interesting photos taken from the house.
Gallery 1, located at the ground floor and named Kaliwanagan, gives facts about Rizal’s family and his lineage.
Gallery 2, labeled as Kapaligiran, shows visual historical narratives of Calamba and Laguna, and Rizal’s family members’ participation in the history of the province.
Gallery 3, called Karunungan, tells about Rizal’s educational background, his endeavors in the pursuit of knowledge, and his writings about Laguna de Bay, Mt. Makiling, among many others.
Gallery 4, located at the upper floor, showcases the interiors of the house (bedrooms, dining rooms and kitchens), 18th century furnitures utilized by the family, and a wishing well.
Gallery 5, located in the one-storey structure adjacent to the house, narrates Rizal’s first journey to Europe (1882-1887) and his writings of Noli Me Tangere.
Gallery 6, which is connected to Gallery 5, showcases his memorabilias, his 2nd journey to Europe, and his various writings for nationalist cause and fight for freedom.
How to get there (via commute):
From Dasmarinas City, Cavite
- Ride a van bound to Calamba, Laguna (first trip is at 4:30am) and drop off at the tricycle station near Waltermart (P60).
- Hire a tricycle and tell the driver to drop you off at Rizal Shrine (P10-P15).
Going back to Dasmarinas City
- Hail a tricycle and tell the driver to drop you off at SM City-Calamba (P10-P15.00).
- Proceed to the van terminal and take a van bound to Dasma (P60).