Friday, March 16, 2012

Lakbay Rizal @ 150 Heritage Trail: Rizal Farm in Katipunan and Crisostomo Eguia, Sr.

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda
Date: March 5, 2012
Location: Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte
Rizal@150 Passport Stamp: No. 27 - Rizal Farm

Our  Lakbay Jose Rizal @ 150 heritage trail brought us to Katipunan in Zamboanga Del Norte last March 5, 2012. It was our second stop after arriving in Dipolog City that day, and getting our first stamp for the Dipolog Cathedral. Our goal is to get the stamp for the No. 27 site featured in Rizal @ 150 Pasaporte - the Rizal Farm.
Municipal Tourism Office, LGU Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte
The stamp site for the Rizal Farm is at the Katipunan Municipal Tourism Office which is about 20 minutes away from Dipolog City. Aboard a jeepney that cost us Php 18 each, we arrived there at around 4:30pmWe were not hopeful we could get the stamp since it was late basing it on standard office hours in Manila (and thought we would have to come back the next day). But surprised, surprised, the Tourism Office is open (although no one was inside haha). There was a phone number on the glass wall that instruct visitors to call if we are doing the Jose Rizal pilgrimage!
Getting the Stamp From Ms. Ade Egia, Tourism Officer  


After a few minutes, ma'm Ade Eguia arrived and happily ushered us in. While briefing us on the site, she was stamping on our respective Rizal Passports! Yehey! We learned that ma'am Ade is the wife of the incumbent Mayor of Katipunan Crisostomo Eguia, Jr. (the name sake of the current owner of the Rizal Farm - Crisostomo Eguia Sr.)!
Our Rizal Farm Best Tour Guide -Ma'am Inday
We were accompanied to Rizal Farm by Ma'am Inday, a social worker who helps Ma'am Ade when there are Rizal pilgrims wanting to see the farm.Aboard the private jeepney-truck owned and driven by sir Nonoy (Ma'am Inday's hubby!), we trailed our way to Rizal Farm located in Barangay Dr. Jose Rizal, Katipunan, Zamboanga Del Norte
Me with my two brothers Mike and Joel at Rizal Farm
The farm was acquired by Rizal from Calixto Carreon, a blind patient who offered it for free out of gratitude for his successful treatment. Rizal refused and paid him Php 200 for the land. He cultivated it every weekend with his pupils". A historical marker in Tagalog, Sakahan ni Rizal and Rizal Monument can be seen inside. 
Behind us is the mango tree planted by Jose Rizal on the farm
Our adventures inside the Rizal Farm was very exciting and educational with the helpful insights from Ma'am Inday and the information I found at an old historical marker behind Rizal monument in the farm. "With the help of his twelve disciples (pupils), the farm was cultivated during Saturdays and Sundays. The group traveled by banca  to the site formerly called Daanglungsod, Katipunan. The farm was planted with corn, rice, abaca and coconut trees".  There are also fruit bearing trees such as the mango tree behind us on the above picture.
Picture of Fernando Eguia in Rizal's house in Dapitan City
"Before his execution, Dr. Jose Rizal designated his sister Trinidad, as the administrator of this farm who in turn designated Fernando Eguia, one of his disciples (pupils), as caretaker of the same".
With Lolo Crisostomo, 96 years old and Lola Equia, 90 years old
"In 1949, Dona Tiining offered to sell the farm to Crisostomo Eguia, Sr., a son of Fernando Eguia.  The sale was finalized in Manila in the presence of all the living sisters of Dr. Jose Rizal who acted as witnesses. The condition of the sale was to preserve the name of Dr. Jose Rizal in the farm". And Yes! You are right! We have the rare opportunity to actually meet Crisostomo EguiaSr., the current owner of  Rizal Farm!
 Lolo Crisostomo is now 96 years old but still very active, while his wife lola Inocencia Taclap Eguia, is still beautiful at 90!  They are awesome folks in the real sense of the word! They made us feel really welcome! And, the experience allowed us to get to know our national hero as a farmer and actually taste the young coconut (or buko in Tagalog or botong in Visayan) that Dr. Jose Rizal planted on the farm!

Quoted text source: Rizal @ 150 Pasaporte and old Historical Marker at the Rizal Farm

28 comments:

  1. Wow! ang dami nyong napuntahan... I'll be visiting Zamboanga del Norte mid this year... thanks for sharing this... :)

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  2. Oh how accommodating! I still regret not being able to snag a Rizal Passport :(

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  3. Hello Mervs.daming mapupuntahan dun sa Zamboanga del Norte pero 3 days enough na. 5 days kami dun but i used almost two days working while in hotel for rush legal work, but still manage to go see sites. Thanks for dropping by. Bummer ang Dakak, P500 non-consummable entrance for day tour!

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  4. Hello Gay. Thanks for dropping by. yea they are really nice folks! You can still get a Rizal passport kasi yung stamps permanent na. yung token lang ang mag expire sa June 19, 2012.you can do the optional sites abroad kasi andyan ka na!!!

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  5. Di pa ako nakapunta sa Zamboanga. But I'd love to explore it in the future. I also want to experience some history walk just like what you did.

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  6. di pa ako nakapunta diyan..but my cousins said, ganda talaga ng place..feeling mo daw babalikan mo ang mga kapanahonan pa ni Rizal.lol

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  7. Yea @Sweet and Gagay, it would be great to explore Zamboanga del Norte esp. the twin cities of Dipolog and Dapitan. It is well rooted to our national hero!

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  8. wow! Sana Mapuntahan q to next month since im here in Mindanao, tnx for sharing dis atty

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  9. Hehe, kahit di ako fan ni Rizal, nakakaintriga pa rin yung feeling na makapunta sa isang lugar na tinirhn ng National Hero. salamat po sa pag share mam :D

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  10. Wow, ang tanda na nila Lolo at Lola, but they're still very active pala. Hindi pako nakakapunta ng Zamboanga.. Hopefully, someday makakatapak din ako dyan at mapuntahan ang Rizal Farm. I think it would be super cool!

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  11. Your account in visiting Rizal farm is very nostalgic. I've been before to Dapitan City and visited the place where Rizal was exiled. Now Rizal farm is another historical marker which I would like to visit quite sometime. As far I'm concerned you're a prolific traveler. Do explore more places for us to know, to appreciate and relate to our life their significance, importance. Thanks... :)

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  12. a well executed trip.. nice sharing...

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  13. You guys are so lucky to travel at navigate there its a great place

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  14. wow and I don't even know na merong Rizal Farm!! yay!hope to explore that part of the philippines too soon!! ;)

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  15. Thank you so much for sharing this! Sana mapuntahan ko din 'to some time soon. I've never been to Zamboanga del Norte yet.. >.<

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  16. I am a Rizalian by heart, not the cult (huh)...just a mere fan of our national hero. I admire his intellects and I'm honred to belong to his race. I would like to visit this place if I get the chance.

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  17. taking that compulsory college subject about rizal makes me want to go to this place. @_@

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  18. It's a very nice series of activity for dr. jose rizal. Ang galing

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  19. di pa ako nakakapunta ng Dipolog and Zamboanga.. hope to visit this places this year.. tnx for this post!

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  20. I really still have a lot of places to know and visit and EXPLORE in the Philippines and Zamboanga is one. I wish to go there soon! Thanks for sharing this! :D

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  21. I went here already! Ang ganda noh? I hope you took a lot of photos and post them here! So people haven't gone here will appreciate the place :) Anyway thanks for sharing! :)

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  22. Wow! such a great adventure.Very historical din. Hope maka punta ako dyan someday. Tnx for the share.

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  23. this is one story that is really worth reading .Apart of our Philippine history that only few people knows and i am one of them.thanks for the post.

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  24. I haven't tried doing a heritage trail yet. I think until June of this year yung Rizal Passport right? =)

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  25. I love this post! Like ko po pumunta sa Zamboanga ng magamit ko Chabacano kong nalalaman! Ha ha ha!

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  26. Hope to visit Rizal Farm someday..hanggang Rizal Park lang ako e.

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  27. Wow! very historical ah. Will visit there someday :)

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