Dapitan was declared by the National Historical Commission and the National Museum in the Philippines as the first heritage zone in the Philippines because of its rich historical value where our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal spent his last four fruitful years while on exile.
The major historical landmark of Dapitan City where Dr. Jose Rizal spent 4 years in exile (1892-1896). The 16-hectare shrine houses all the structures he put up (main house, hospitals, aqueduct, etc.) and the Rizaliana, a repository of books, historical exhibits, and all other things related to Rizal.
Punto del Desembarco de Rizal
The monument that marks the spot where Dr. Jose Rizal first set foot in Dapitan. It has an area of about 1,500 sq. meters with five broze ten feet tall larger than life human statues and a boat, which depicts the figures of Rizal, Capt. Delgras, three artillery men wading in from the sea on their way to the Casa Real guided with a "farol de combate".
Built in 1990's, originally owned by Don Aniano Adasa, a scion of one of the old and influential families in Dapitan. The house is an imposing symbol of a grandeur based heritage.
St. James Parish Cathedral
A remarkable heritage and a symbol of Christianization of the region and the locality, the church is an edifice that has withstood the test of time and stand example of Spanish colonial architecture.
Gloria de Dapitan
A modern leisure complex right at the heart of the city that provides a fitting respite after a day's adventure. It houses the first theme park in the entire Visayas and Mindanao that features the first 5D cinema theater and the best Horror House in Asia.
Aliguay and Selinog Islands
|Aliguay Island (photo credit:Paterlito Garcia)|
Go dolphin and whale watching and enjoying the heat of the sun while basking on the powdery white sand to get a tan. Aliguay is also a fitting place for campers who want to go star gazing. Selinog boasts of a multitude of reef fishes from triggerfish, parrotfish or wrasses and is also rich in an array of sea cucumbers.
How to get to Dapitan?
One can travel by plane, by sea or by land. The fastes way to get to Dapitan from Manila or Cebu is by plane via Dipolog City which is just 14 kilometers away.
Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have daily flights bound for Dipolog with an approximate travel time of 80 minutes (Manila) and 45 minutes (Cebu).
Cokaliong (Tel. No.: (065) 212-2664)
Ocean Jet (Tel. No.: 0928-9897997)
Shuttle Ferry (Tel. No.: 0918-2410847)
Negros Navigation (Tel. No.: 065-2122789)
George and Peter Lines (Tel. No.: 065-2122664)
Rural TRansit on all bus terminals at all times - 24 hours
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