There was an obscure and sleepy coastal village that was thrust to prominence when the leading propagandist and national icon was banished on July 17, 1892. At around 7PM on that historic night, Dr. José P. Rizal, together with Captain Delgras and three artillery men, landed at Sta. Cruz Beach in Dapitan, Zamboanga to start his four-year exile. With a farol de combate that lit the dark Sta. Cruz Street, they walked towards Casa Real where Rizal was presented to Don Ricardo Carcinero, the military governor of the District of Zamboanga. Rizal made Casa Real as his first residence until March 1893 when he transferredRead More →

“Don’t you realize that that is a useless life which is not consecrated to a great idea? It is a stone wasted in the fields without becoming a part of any edifice.” – The Reign of Greed by Charles Derbyshire (Complete English Version of ‘El Filibusterismo‘ of José P. Rizal) There was a period of interruption in the life of the Philippines’ greatest hero that seemingly skewed his journeys and activities. José P. Rizal had become renowned in the arts, social and political circles in Manila, Europe, East Asia, and the United States. But as his reputation grew larger than life, Rizal became a loomingRead More →

Location: Upper Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur Types: Fan horsetail, Cascade Because of what transpired in Zamboanga City the past days, a heightened alert status in the coastal towns of Zamboanga Peninsula Region was issued. And I was advised by Auntie Carmelita that instead of going to Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, I have to go somewhere else. I volunteered that if there is a majestic waterfall that I can visit, then that must be it. Before lunch time, I and Moy Moy, Auntie Lita’s nephew, drove up north to visit a waterfalls right at the edge of the Pan-Philippine Highway and within the vicinity of theRead More →

The inherent blessings of adversity is opportunity. When the Philippine national hero was banished into exile by the Spanish colonial authorities,José Rizal lost no time in transforming sleepy town of Dapitan in the northwest corner of Mindanao Island. In the four years that he spent in Dapitan, Rizal designed a church altar, built dam and aqueduct, taught local children, cured common diseases, studied zoology and botany, and other endeavours that preoccupied him. What piqued my interest about this four-year Dapitan episode in the great life of Rizal was a farm that he bought and developed in what is now the town of Katipunan in ZamboangaRead More →