DAPITAN CITY — Dapitanons on Friday commemorated the 120th martyrdom anniversary of Philippine hero Jose Rizal, who was exiled to the city by the Spanish colonial government for his controversial literary work.
"Dapitan is remembered as a place where Rizal (spent) four prolific years of his life before his death," said Mayor Rosalina Jalosjos during a ceremony at a shrine dedicated to the hero.
The Rizal shrine, built in an estate purchased by Rizal during his exile in 1892, was recently renovated by the National Historic Commission of the Philippines.
Situated close to a museum showcasing Rizal’s life and work, the shrine is open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily.
His stay in Dapitan is considered an important milestone in Rizal’s life. Here, he produced numerous written works, built a thriving medical practice, and also contributed much to the community's development in infrastructure and education.