The NHCP Museo ni Jose Rizal Dapitan and the Dapitan City Government will commemorate the 130th anniversary of Jose Rizal’s exile on 17 July 2022.
On the evening of Sunday, 17 July, Dapitan City Government will conduct a reenactment tracing Rizal’s steps from the Punto del Desembarco to the site of the Casa Real where he temporarily stayed with his jailer, Commandant Ricardo Carnicero.
Meanwhile, the NHCP Museo ni Jose Rizal Dapitan will hold webinars that will offer a glimpse of the sad but productive life of the hero during his four-year exile.
On 28 July, Thursday, Mr. Celestino M. Palma III will discuss Rizal as a sculptor. The webinar will begin at 10:30 AM. Palma authored a 2020 book which featured Rizal’s sculptural works done in Dapitan and beyond.
On 29 July, Friday, Mr. Jonathan C. Balsamo will discuss the life of Pio Valenzuela and his consultation with Rizal on the Revolution that was being organized by the Katipunan. Mr. Balsamo is curator of the Valenzuela City Museum and is currently leading the development of the Museo ni Dr. Pio Valenzuela in Valenzuela City. This webinar is also being held in celebration of Valenzuela’s 153rd birth anniversary last Monday, 11 July.
Rizal was exiled to Dapitan in July 1892 to limit his movement especially as he was becoming the center of resistance against Spanish colonial rule in the country. During his exile, he assisted the local community through deeds that include setting up a school and helping build a waterworks system. He was able to leave at the end of July 1896 when he was allowed to volunteer as a doctor for Spanish troops in Cuba.
The NHCP is the national government agency mandated to promote and preserve Philippine historical heritage through research and publication, conservation, marking of historic sites and structures, and administration of national shrines and museums.