In celebration of the Philippines Natioanl Heroes Day this coming Monday, 29th of August. We will go to the City of Biñan, a first class component city in the Republic of the Philippines. I and my daughter Jesica visit the newly opened “School of Rizal Site and Museum”.
I have been to several museums around the world and most of them you need to pay some amount to go inside. I am proud to invite you all to The School of Rizal Site and Museum because it is FREE of charge.
It is a MUST see Museum if you are visiting the City of Biñan, Laguna. This site is also highly recommended to all Biñanense, specially the students.
It was just opened last August 1, 2016 to celebrate the National History Month. It is located along Gen. Capinpin Street corner The School of Rizal Street. The Museum hours are from Tuesday to Sunday, 8:00am – 5:00pm.
Growing up in my hometown Biñan, I use to walk along the high walls of the Cong. Jacobo Z. Gonzales house where the school of Rizal site was located. No one knows what’s inside and no one even bothered to talk about it. Honestly, if I didn’t visit the museum I will never knew that Jacobo Z. Gonzales was a Congressman of the 3rd and 4th Congress between 1953-1961. And the School of Rizal is not the big house of Cong. Jacobo Z. Gonzales but a small nipa hut several steps away from it.
The main entrance looks like a mini-park. The guard on watch was very accomodating showing us around and giving us informations about the museum. He says visitors can even bring foods and enjoy a picnic inside this mini-park for free.
Inside this room, the seven year old Jose Rizal recieved his first formal schooling under Maestro Justiniano Aquino Cruz. Who later advised him to study in a higher school in Manila.
At a very young age, Dr. Jose Rizal discribe Biñan as a “Rich, Ugly and Dismal”. It was around 1870 and after 146 years later now 2016, I can say that the Biñan is still the same – Rich, Ugly and Dismal.
This is a wake up call for us all Biñanense. No doubt the City of Biñan is one of the richest in Laguna. But it is also ugly due to the garbage around the City and to some Biñanense who keep on throwing garbage in the streets. I hope the City Goverment of Biñan start a campain on educating our people about proper waste disposal. The City of Biñan is so beatiful just to become a huge garbage bin.
On this side, Rizal describe how his classmates bullied him during their classes.
“I left Biñan on the 17th of December 1871. I was nine years old. It was a Saturday, at one in the afternoon.” – Dr. Jose Rizal
It has been said that the house has been use as a hospital during the Spanish time and as a funeral during the Japanese occupation.
It also houses the Tourism Department of Biñan City. For field trips you can look for Ms. Cheche Capunitan of the Tourism Department to book a visit. This is located just several steps away from the School of Rizal Site and Museum.
I would like to say Thanks to the guard on watch – Mr. Antonio M. Capitulo
Who serves as our tour guide around the museum. =)
And to the City Goverment Of Biñan, for this Genius idea of preserving our heritage.
OTHER SITES AND EVENTS TO WATCH OUT IN THE CITY
Dr. Jose Rizal must have been very proud of how Biñan looks like now.
Suddenly I feel very proud of my hometown, Biñan!
Thanks a lot for spending your precious time on my blog and hope to
see you soon here in the City of Biñan.
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