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Beaches and Resorts:
- Dapitan City Resort Hotel at Sunset Blvd, Dapitan City065-213-6415, 065-213-6416, Fax-213-6542
- Dakak Park and Beach Resort- Taguilon, Dapitan City tel#065-213-6813, 09197959416 and fax-213-6813
A. Historical and Cultural Landmarks
Rizal Shrine – major historical landmark of theCity. It is the original estate of the country’s national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, who lived for four years in Dapitan as an exile from July 17, 1892 to July 31, 1896.Other structures that could be found at the Rizal Shrine are the following:
a. Casa Cuadrada – Rizal’s Home together with members of his family who came to visit him. It has been faithfully reconstructed in its original light, native materials.
b. Casa Redonda – an octagonal dwelling which served as the pupils quarters. It was later converted to a clinic and it was here where George Taufer, the foster father of Josephine Bracken was operated on his eyes.
c. Casa Redonda Pequena – a hexagonal structure which served as the chicken house.
d. Casitas de Salud – there are two of these structures intended as tea houses but which our national hero converted into clinics to accommodate patients from far flung municipalities.
e. Aqueduct – a reservoir which served as a good water system. Bamboo tubes used to connect the diversion canal to the kitchen and lavatory.
f. Mi Retiro Rock – it is a natural heart shaped rock so called because it was here where our national hero is known to have scribbled beautiful verses of his famous poem “Mi Retiro” and “Himno a Talisay”. He also spent many hours watching the sunset here.
g. Amphitheater – an open air auditorium with a seating capacity of 500 which was constructed beyond the Mi Retiro Rock by the city government from funds from the office of the Reginal Commissioner headed by Rear Admiral Romulo M. Espaldon, now Minister for Muslim Affairs.
h. Rizaliana – a modern, concrete building constructed in 1972 which houses all Rizalian books, periodicals and all sorts of historical exhibits. Part of it also serves as the Office of the Rizal Shrine Curator.
2. Relief Map of Mindanao – Across St. James is a giant Relief Map of Mindanao roughly 900 sq. m. in area and made by Dr. Jose P. Rizal with the assistance of Fr. Francisco de Paula Sanchez, S.J. It was intended as a motivating device for teaching history and geography to the town folks and at the same time contributed to Rizal’s beautification efforts of the town plaza.
3. Ilihan Hill – To protect thriving settlements from foreign invasions, the Spanish government constructed military fortress in strategic places. One of these was “Fort de Dapitan” which was established in 1762 at about the same time as Fort Pilar in Zamboanga City, Fort Misamis in Ozamis City and Fort Iligan in Iligan City. “Fort de Dapitan” was strategically constructed on top of Ilihan Hill which is located in the Poblacion overlooking Dapitan Bay. A stone wall was constructed along its slopes and a guard house with mounted cannons.
Relics of this ancient military fortress are still visible at Ilihan Hill. Two cannons were taken from the fortress, however, and have been installed at the City Plaza just across the City Hall.
4. City Square – The present City Square is the very Plaza which Dr. Jose P. Rizal developed and beautified with the assistance of Gov. Ricardo Carnicero. His plan was to beautify it to make it comparable with the ones he saw in Europe.
5. St. James Church – These two edifices symbolize the early Christianization of Dapitan. The old Spanish masonry and architecture are still evident even if a century has elapsed since their construction.
6. Our Lourdes Grotto – Rocky hillock located almost at the Southwest foot of Ilihan Hill. B. Historical Markers Sta. Cruz – Site where Dr. Jose P. Rizal landed 7:00 o’clock P.M. on July 17, 1892 to begin the life of an exile in Dapitan. With Captain Delgras and three artillery men, they walked through Sta. Cruz Street with a “Farol de Combate” to the Casa Real where he was presented to Don Ricardo Carnicero, Spanish Military Governor of the District.
2 Casa Real – Official residence and Administration Building of the Politico-Military Governor of the District. Here, Jose Rizal lived as an exile from July 17, 1892 to March1893 when he was transferred to Talisay, now the Rizal Dapitan Shrine.
3. St. James Church – On this spot of St. James Church constructed by the Jesuits in 1883, Jose Rizal stood while hearing mass every Sunday during his exile in Dapitan in 1892-1896.
Other Scenic Spots
1. Dapitan Bay – A stretch of clean beaches on the northern section of the Poblacion. Ideal for beach parties and highly accessible.
2. Aliguay and Selinog Islands – These are island barangay located roughly 10 to 14 kms. respectively from Tag-ulo Point. Both islands have white sand beaches and rich aquatic resources.
3. Panoramic view of the Ridge at Barangay Daro – A breath taking view of the Sulu Sea north and east of the City stretching as far as the municipality of Sibutad, Zamboanga del Norte and Baliangao in Misamis Occidental.
4. Panoramic view of Ilihan Hill and Foot Trails at Talisay – A winding concrete steps towards the top of the hill under the shades of mahogany tree in Ilihan Hill and mango tree at Foot Trails. At the peak gives a wonderful view of the splendid gift of nature of clean beaches of Dapitan Bay and the scenic mountain of Dapitan