Thursday, June 9, 2011

Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150 | It All Starts at Room 106

Just ten days before the 150th birthday of my idol, Jose Rizal, I finally got my own Lakbay Rizal@150 Passport. Yey!
| Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150 is a project launched by the Department of Tourism in collaboration with other agencies like National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Heritage Conservation Society, Intramuros Administration, Cebu Pacific and the National Parks Development Committee. It encourages people to travel to the various Rizal sites all over the country, it’s like a pilgrimage or site visit to actually see and experience the sites.  


The following notes are taken from Rizal@150 Facebook page.

In celebration of Dr. Jose Rizal’s 150th birth anniversary, the inter-agency working group of the Department of Tourism, Heritage Conservation Society, Intramuros Administration, National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Cebu Pacific and the National Parks Development Committee cordially invites the public to rediscover and visit the sites and attractions which became part of our national hero’s life.

Travel as a pilgrim and be a part of the Lakbay Jose Rizal @150!

Visit the following sites featured in this brochure spread and have it stamped as proof of your visit. The first 100 pilgrims who have visited all the Rizal sites with proof of the complete stamps can present it to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) to win a token and an official Kalakbay ni Gat Jose Rizal certificate!

The NHCP will verify the winners through the registration signed by the pilgrims in every stamp site.

The competition is open to all domestic and international tourists. Organizers, sponsors and members of the Jose Rizal @ 150 Technical Working Committee/ Organizing Committee are not eligible to join.
Redemption of Prizes:

a. The certificate and token may be claimed at the Office of the Historic Sites and Education Division, National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), TM Kalaw St., Manila. Tel. no. +63 2 5249952 or +63 2 5231019. E-mail:

b. Winners will shoulder all costs that they would incur in securing their prize (bus fares, taxi fares, gas, parking, meals, etc.)

c. The winners must present the following to an authorized NHCP representative when claiming the  prize: the duly-stamped Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150 brochure or booklet, one (1) valid ID with complete real name, picture and correct address.

d. Prizes shall be awarded only upon completion of entire validation process, resulting in the participant being identified as a legitimate winner. The winner/s should claim their prize within 60 days from receipt of notification. Otherwise the prize will be forfeited in favor of the Philippine government.

e. The Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150 token and certificates are valid only from June 19, 2011 to June 19, 2012. The Rubber stamps will be permanent and will be available even after June 19, 2012 for visitors.

Destinations and Stamp Sites

National Capital Region
1. Prison Cell and Rizal Shrine, Fort Santiago, Manila
2. Chapel Cell of Rizal, Fort Santiago, Manila
3. Site of the Ateneo Municipal de Manila, Anda cor. Sta. Lucia St., Intramuros, Manila
4. Site of the University of Santo Tomas, Banco Filipino Building., A. Soriano cor. Solana Sts., Intramuros, Manila
5. Site of Trial of Rizal, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), Gen. Luna cor. Muralla St., Intramuros, Manila
6. Rizal Park, Roxas Blvd, Burgos, Kalaw and Taft Avenues, Manila
7. Rizal Monument, Roxas Blvd, Manila
8. Rizal Execution Site (Light and Sound Museum), Roxas Blvd, Manila
9. Rizal Fountain, Roxas Blvd, Manila
10. Paco Park, San Marcelino and Gen. Luna Sts., Paco, Manila

Region III - Central Luzon
11. San Fernando Train Station, Brgy. Sto. Niño, San Fernando, Pampanga
12. Kamestisuhan District (Women of Malolos Marker/ Bautista House), Sto. Niño St., Malolos, Bulacan

Region IV - Calabarzon
13. Rizal Shrine, J.P. Rizal St., Calamba City, Laguna
14. Calamba Church (San Juan Bautista Church), J.P. Rizal St., Calamba City, Laguna
15. National Shrine of our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Antipolo Church), Oliveros St., Antipolo City

Region V - Bicol Region
16. Rizal Monument, Magallanes and Justo Lukban Streets, Daet, Camarines Norte

Region VI - Western Visayas
17. Molo Church (St. Anne’s Parish) and Escolta, Jocson and San Marcos Sts., Molo District, Iloilo City

Region VII - Central Visayas
18. Dumaguete City
19. Fort San Pedro, Pier Area, Cebu City

Region IX - Zamboanga Peninsula
20. Rizal Shrine and Waterworks of Rizal, Barangay Talisay, Dapitan City
21. Dapitan Plaza, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
22. Site of the Casa Real, Barangay Talisay, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
23. Dapitan Church, City Hall Drive, Barangay Sta. Cruz, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
24. Relief Map of Mindanao, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
25. Santa Cruz Beach, Punto del Disembarko de Rizal en Dapitan, Sunset Boulevard, Dapitan City
26. Dipolog Cathedral, Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte
27. Rizal Farm, Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte


When is the the duration of the Lakbay Jose Rizal Project?
To avail of tokens and the Kalakbay ni Gat Jose Rizal certificate, pilgrims or tourists should have their brochure passport stamped from June 19, 2011 to June 19, 2012. But even after June 19, 2012, the stamping project will continue for tourists.

Aside from the Kalakbay ni Gat Rizal Certificate, what are the tokens for the pilgrims?
Tokens may range from books or shirts or domestic air tickets, etc. To make things more exciting, the organizers will pre-determine the order of prizes.

Where are the stamp sites located?
Some stamp sites are located on-site where the curators can stamp the brochure or passport (i.e. Rizal Shrines). While some stamp sites are across the street or the nearest tourism office such as in Rizal Park, Malolos, San Fernando and Dumaguete.

Do I need do anything aside from get the stamps?
You should also register in all sites so it can be validated by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines after you have completed all the stamps. This will also help us ensure that all the winners have indeed visited the twenty-seven Rizal sites all over the country.

Why are there only twenty-seven Rizal sites for stamping?
The inter-agency committee limited the sites to twenty-seven because these can be easily visited and no appointments are needed. Some sites are privately-owned and cannot be visited. Other Rizal sites are included as optional sites.

Where can the tourists get the brochures?
Initially, the brochure or passports will be available in the DOT Tourism Information Office in the DOT Building. But these will soon be available in the DOT Regional Offices nationwide. We will be limiting the number of brochures or passports to individuals. For school fieldtrips, we will coordinate with the Department of Education and the Commission for Higher Education. The DOT may print flyers and just let the teachers explain the importance of each site.

Where can the tourist get additional information on the sites?
We are now finalizing a section in the DOT ( and NHCP ( websites to feature additional information regarding the sites like “how to get there” and “other attractions nearby.”

What is the difference between the Lakbay Jose Rizal @150 and the Rizal One-Stop Heritage Trail?
Lakbay Jose Rizal@150 encourages people to travel to the various Rizal sites all over the country, it’s like a pilgrimage or site visit to actually see and experience the sites. The Rizal One-Stop Heritage Trail on the other hand is a complete one-stop destination in Rizal Park (Rizal Relief Map) where one can already learn about the Rizal sites displayed around the map. So all Filipinos have a chance to learn more about the journey and heroism of Dr. Jose Rizal whether they go to all the sites around the country or simply by visiting Rizal Park.


Around 3:00 this afternoon, I decided to visited the DOT office at T.M Kalaw street near the Children's Playground at Rizal Park to get my Rizal@150 Passport. When I got there, the guard directed me to Room 106.

DOT Building at Kalaw street.

As I entered the room, a staff asked my purpose for being there. I told him that I'll get a Rizal@150 Passport. He then looked at me for about 10 secs and started to interrogate me, "How old are you?"

I told him that I'm already 19, ready and eager to follow the heritage trail.

"Are you sure you're 19? you looked like a high school student," he then said.

I laughed and told him again that I'm 19 already, a fourth year college student taking BS Biology at PLM.

His next question was, "What is Biology?"

Ugghhhrrrr!! I want to scream and tell him to just give me the passport, but I didn't, I simply answered his question, "It's the study of life, the way things reacts to stimuli, the way things grow and reproduce, the way things gain and consume energy, the way things... blah blah"

It took me about 10 minutes before I finally got a Rizal@150 Passport. I was planning to visit the sites around Manila but thanks to that guy, it was already 4 in the afternoon, most sites will close after an hour. So I just decided to start the tour na lang on June 19, 2011.



  1. hahahaha...what is biology?

    aliw yun, nice post Ivan!

  2. if they asked me what biology is, i'd likely fail the test. good job, ivan! :))

  3. di ko alam na ang biology pala ay study of life lol

  4. Grabe pinagtripan ka pa ni manong. Anyways when are you taking the heritage trail? Sayang wala nako dyan.

  5. biology is.... wait lang natangap ka sa DOT ng di mo alam what is biology? akina nga yang passport! hahaha tarayan dapat minsan ng ganun yun hahaha nice one ivan!

  6. @darwin, wahaha.. ang epal ni manong..
    @tita lil, buti na lang bs biology ako..
    @chinchan, hihi.. punta ka din.. tpos sya nmn tanongin mo..
    @ms grace, kaya nga napagtripan pa ako.. bully sya! i'll try to finish first all the sites in NCR then all the nearby provinces.. then kung papalarin, lilipad ako papuntang dapita.. i'll start by june 19..
    @sir ian, haha.. dapat nga tinarayan ko yun :)

  7. Ivan, goodluck talaga!

    Please blog about your experience kasi sayang talaga effort kung wala nmn pala mapapala sa pagpunta mo dun..sabihin na natin na bonus na yung price na makukuha mo, iba pa rin kasi na nacomplete mo yun kahit walang price diba,nakakasira ng momentum..hehe!

    goodluck, or maybe we can call yung nagtalk nung nagpunta tayo sa rizal park yung babae, I forgot her name na.. sana ma-aayos nila yang issue na yan..

  8. hey, check my own post on rizal@150 if you intend to complete all 27 ;P

  9. Hi there! :) Are you planning to complete all 26? (It's just 26, not 27) I am also planning to complete all NCR sites by next week. (and maybe, all other sites before the end of the year) So far, I have collected 6 stamps, all of them were from the Zamnorte sites. Unfortunately, we weren't able to pass by Rizal Farm and Dipolog Cathedral so I wasn't able to complete the 8 stamps for the Mindanao sites. :))



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