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Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal Shrine
Calamba Town Proper, Calamba City

This 2 storey, red-tiled roof, typical of the residence of the principalia of the 19th century, is maintained as a National Shrine by the national government. It houses the National Hero’s childhood memorabilia and that of the national hero’s family, ranging from pictures of the late hero, boyhood sculptures of Jose Rizal, to laminated excerpts of some of his best written works. The house is by no means an original one. Except for the old water well, everything is a reconstruction of the original house. The Shrine offers guided tours for groups. It has a gift shop on the ground floor. There is no entrance fee, but donations are welcome. The shrine is open from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, everyday except Monday.

Underground Cemetery
Nagcarlan, Laguna

Built in the 18th century by the Franciscan missionaries, the underground cemetery is enclosed by a unique circular structure. The intricately designed wall and wrought iron gate with a red-tiled walk lead to the small chapel, where an altar-like structure is located. The tombstones are embedded on the underground level and brick walls of the cemetery. At the crypt of the cemetery, according to history, is where the local Katipuneros and followers of the secret revolutionary societies called Katipunan, plotted against Spanish rule.

Trece Martires Monument
Sampalok Lake, San Pablo City

Constructed through the efforts of the Association of the Deaconess of the Philippine Independent Church in 1927, the monument is in the memory of the 13 martyrs of the Philippines Revolution against Spain.

Bonifacio Monument
Trece Martires Street, San Pablo City

Located on the southern bank of Sampalok Lake not too far from the City Hall, it was constructed through the initiative of Mayor Vicente Amante and was formally inaugurated on November 30, 1996 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, a leading hero of the Philippine Revolution against Spain. It was designed by a local sculptor from Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

Bantayog ng mga Bayani
Brgy. Sta. Isabel, San Pablo City

Commemorative statues to honor the heroism of guerillas who fought during the World War II.

Bantayog ng Kagitingan (Veterans Federation,SPC Chapter)
San Mateo, San Pablo City

A commemorative marker constructed in Brgy. San Mateo, 20 minutes drive from the City proper, where regular and special gatherings of war veterans are usually held.

Homma-Yamashita Shrine
Los Baños, Laguna

Four years of war and Japanese occupation destroyed many buildings,roads and bridges in and around Los Baños. In quick succession, the College of Agriculture of the University of the Philippines in Los Banos, became a camp for prisoners of war and as an internment camp for nationals of allied nations during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. During the dramatic rescue of the Americans and internees by Filipino guerillas and U.S. paratroopers on February 23, 1935, the entire campus was razed to the ground. Only Baker Hall, the armory-gymnasium remained standing amidst the rubble. Shortly after the war, Generals Masaharu Homma and Tomoyuki Yamashita, the commanders of the Japanese Imperial Army were executed in April 1946. They were tried for war crimes and executed near the Economic Garden. The Shrine with commemorative markings are located near the main highway.

Japanese Memorial Garden
Brgy. Kanluran Talaongan, Cavinti, Laguna

Constructed by the Japanese Government in the 1970’s, it can be reached by land transportation within one hour from Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

Pila Heritage Site
Pila, Laguna

The town is an extant example of Spanish colonial town planning. There are a number of well-preserved houses around the church - town plaza - municipal hall cluster with various architectural interpretations and styles reflecting the early years of the 20th century.

Brgy. San Rafael, Luisiana, Laguna

Once a quarry site during Spanish colonial times, adobe stone from the area where used for the construction of Luisiana Catholic Church.

The Battle of Mabitac Site
Mabitac, Laguna

It was in this town of Mabitac that the Battle of Hinukay was fought in 1900, when the town joined the fight against the Americans under the leadership of General Juan Cailles and Fidel Sario. The Filipino-American encounter happened at the entrance of Mabitac bordering the town of Siniloan. The Americans under Col. Cheatham were defeated by Filipinos. The National Historical Institute later officially changed the title of the site, from Battle of Hinukay to Battle of Mabitac.

Emilio Jacinto Shrine
St. Mary Magdalene Church Magdalena, Laguna.

The glass enclosure contained the blood-stained bolo and hat of General Emilio Jacinto, a young hero of the revolution who is honored for his valor during fight between Spanish forces and the katipuneros in the Battle of Maimpis. Wounded, he sought refuge in the church and was later brought to Sta. Cruz for treatment. The blood-stained bolo and hat are found inside this church.


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