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  • Batis
    Los Angeles, USA392 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Rizal Shrine in Dapitan City where most of national hero, Jose Rizal spent his time during his exile. His work, life and contributions are sll displayed in the Museum just after its entrance. No fees are collected and a tour guide awaits those who would like to know more about this beautiful Shrine. When in Dapitan, this should not be missed.
    Written 16 May 2024
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  • OellaWing
    Philippines278 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    For a place like Dapitan, Gloria de Dapitan is already enough. They have this horror house that is actually fun. there is also a fun roller coaster that is somewhat fun. But if you're a thrill-seeker and you have been to other theme parks, this wouldn't be enough. Coming here once is enough. The second time I came here it already became a bore. But the roller coaster is worth a second try
    Written 22 August 2018
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  • jblaza
    Marikina, Philippines717 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rizal’s Landing Place marks the beach where Jose Rizal landed when he was exiled by the Spanish colonial government to Dapitan. This is a noteworthy site for tourists traveling to the Rizal Shrine in Dapitan. Facing the sea, you can see the Rizal Shrine to your right. Including the Rizal’s Landing Place, Casa Real, Dapitan Park, and St. James Church—all within the Historic Center of Dapitan—to your itinerary will give a more exhaustive picture of how Rizal arrived and lived in Dapitan. These are short but meaningful stops along the way to the shrine.

    The monument faces away from the shore and towards the Dapitan City proper, presumably towards the Casa Real, which was the residence and administration building of the Military Governor of Dapitan during the Spanish occupation, where Rizal was brought after he arrived. The monument features Rizal disembarking a boat while accompanied by Captain Delgras and three artillerymen, one of whom is holding Rizal’s luggage and a farol (lamp) de combate.

    A National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) marker—then the National Historical Commission—has adorned the site since 1969. (A word of warning though: the historical marker is directly in front of the road and the only way to get a decent photo of the historical marker is to stand on the road itself.)

    There is a road that encircles the monument from behind. This is where we parked our car during our visit. There were no other tourists when we were there although there were some locals who were exercising.

    Aside from the monument, there is nothing else in the area. No shops, no stores, no food stalls, no facilities. After taking photos and drone shots, we left the site and headed towards the Dapitan City proper.
    Written 24 February 2024
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  • Fritzie P
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The people strolling around the plaza and their beautiful cathedral is a must see when you get to this place.
    Written 1 July 2015
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  • Jun Ruaya
    Calamba, Philippines52 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I visited this church last July 15, the feast of the patron saint of the Dapitanos, St. Michael the Archangel. If the Rizal Shrine is a must during your tour, this old church is very historical and existed before the national hero, therefore your first priority before the Talisay landmark. In front Rizal built a map of Mindanao. Rizal used to attend Mass here since he used to live in an old villa near the church before his house and dormitories were completed. in Talisay.
    It also faces the old plaza and old municipio, thus your first landmark upon reaching the poblacion.It has retained its rustic atmosphere and most of the icons date back during the Hispanic colonization of Mindanao.Anywhere you roam around the poblacion the belfy would be your guide.I suggest you first stop here before proceeding to the shrine which had undergone several face lifting that the shrine had lost its original infrastructure. This church was the symbol of the people's blind faith to Catholicism. Because of the existence of the Catholic church, the people opposed then the construction of a school ran by the American missionaries who were protestants. Thus the builders were forced to moved accross the sea the Silliman University to Dumaguete, not in Dapitan as originally planned during the 1900s.Their faith had blinded the pro-Catholic residents and failed to obtained the best English education during that time.
    Written 5 November 2019
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  • Jun Ruaya
    Calamba, Philippines52 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The city government of Dapitan tried to push this cove to become a full-fledged resort. It tried but failed.Today it's back to its primitive condition. No drinking water, no toilet facilities , no restaurants nor rooms for rent. In short this it as what as it's described--a beach, period.
    There are three access routes to this beach. The most accessible is via Dipolog's sitio Bucana.in Sicayab barangay. You have to hike going to this cove for about an hour.You need strong knees and legs. There is almost a 45-degree slope to cross the mountain. There is an unfinished road going to the cove.However, there is a spring along this route. The second approach is via Pulauan wharf in Dapitan.You need a good pair of hiking or mountaineering rubber shoes because of the hike and climb up and down steep slopes..
    The third access route is by the sea. You have to charter a motorized outrigger in Bucana for about P100 to P150 round trip.You would be dropped on the beach in the morning and you would be picked up in the afternoon.But rough seas may not be your kind of a adventure. so take the route via Bucana in Dipolog City.
    The sand is fine and whitish but not powdery as in Panglao or Boracay, but it's a white beach, which is not common in Dipolog. This is the only all-weather white beach near Dipolog. So it's common to find most of the picknickers are from Dipolog not Dapitan. If you are already in Dapitan, you may proceed to Napo or Dakak beach not Bitoon.
    Written 5 November 2019
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  • Noël C
    438 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Climbing the steps is a challenge for people like me who don't exercise.
    One can view different parts of the city on different parts of the hill. I prefer the side facing the mountains & the "punongs".

    Visitors ought to be more responsible with their trash. Soooo many garbage strewn here & there. The gov't. ought to install trash bins.
    Written 11 December 2015
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