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buried in secret

Posted in architecture, artifacts, culture, history, locales with tags , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2009 by mijodo

the charming chapel of paco park

It could be a romantic place. In fact it has been a venue for weddings. And I have been into one. Afterall, there is this old chapel, just big enough to accommodate the groom’s and the bride’s families. There is manicured lawn, and if it is not syrupy enough, one can even have a fountain gushing for the matrimony. Seriously, it is a beautiful and elegant place, this Paco Park.

But if you look closely at the place, actually it is a cemetery, full of catacombs and niches. Paco Park in Manila during the Spanish era was a burial place for well heeled aristocrats. It is interesting to see the names and dates of those interred at this place. You just wonder what life had been during those times, eons ago.

There are several pocket sections inside this intimate park. In fact there is a corner for the unborn children. Then as I walk around, there was a marker which  information I was blown away. Apparently, where the marker was, that was the exact place where Jose Rizal, our National Hero was buried, unbeknownst to the Spanish authorities after his execution in Bagumbayan, the nearby Luneta Park. Somehow for a history buff like me, it was my first time to know such curious fact.

Then I get to imagine what could have happened right after Rizal’s death. The family just trying to haul the lifeless body of the hero, and giving him a decent burial at least. But then everything has to be hushed-hushed lest the authorities find out, and worsen the situation even more for Rizal’s family. Thus in the interim, secrets had to be made, right after Rizal’s demise. 

Sometimes secrets like rizal’s entombment and like the  mysteries of the disappearing articles in this blog, just have to be made – or things may go awry. In time, everything will be unfolded.

rizal’s calamba

Posted in architecture, artifacts, interior design, lifestyle, locales, people with tags , , , , on August 10, 2008 by mijodo


In Leon Ma. Guerrero’s biographical book on Jose Rizal, the author conferred upon him the title of being “the First Filipino,” an honor that bespoke the greatness of Rizal’s intellect, strength of character, and more importantly love for nation.

Thus during a short visit to Rizal Shrine in Calamba, Laguna where the National Hero was born, it is fascinating to see the relic and the antiquities of a bygone era, most specially during the youthful days of Rizal. In the garden area, there is even a “bahay kubo” (native hut) where Rizal and his sisters supposedly had “bahay-bahayan” (playhouse).

In Calamba not only do we get to see the Rizal family manor, and the church where Rizal got baptized, but also the big clay jar, symbolic of the legend of Calamba’s name (“kalan-banga”).


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