Dapitan

Dapitan is a familiar name to students of Philippine history. It is in this city, in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, that national hero Jose Rizal spent years in exile for his subversive activities against the Spaniards. It is because of this that Dapitan is considered the “Shrine City”: for having a large number of historically valuable places and memorabilia related to Rizal.

Rizal Park is where you can find the Rizal Shrine, which has been declared a national shrine. It is in this very spot that Rizal had a house built for his family, using a sum of money he won in a lottery.

Other places in Dapitan that are relevant to Rizal’s history are Casa Real and Punto del Desembarco de Rizal. Casa Real is where Rizal had stayed before moving to the barrio of Talisay. The latter can be translated to “the point of disembarkation of Rizal”, and is also a monument to the propagation of Christianity in the area.

St. James the Greater Church, dedicated to Dapitan’s patron saint, even has a little historical spot inside it—the very spot in which Rizal used to stand when he would hear mass in the church.

If you have had your fill of history, there are a number of places to unwind in Dapitan. There are beaches and resorts like Dapitan City Resort Hotel, Dakak Park and Beach Resort, and Alexandra By the Sea, where you can cool down with a swim—at the beach, or in the pool, whichever you prefer.

There is also Fantasyland, a popular, castle-themed amusement park that is set on proving Dapitan to be “more than just a shrine city”. They offer several rides and even helicopter adventures around nearby islands.

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  1. Umami Room
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  2. Grandma's Best
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  3. Big Joe's Cafe
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  4. Tonino's Resto and Wine Bar
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  5. Esquina Deli
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  6. Tablea Chocolate Cafe
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  7. Chloe's Bistro
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  8. Green Kitchen
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Top Rated Places in Dapitan Browse All

  1. Umami Room
    5.0 Stars
    Japanese
    4 Reviews View
  2. Grandma's Best
    5.0 Stars
    Filipino
    2 Reviews View
  3. Big Joe's Cafe
    5.0 Stars
    Café
    2 Reviews View
  4. Tonino's Resto and Wine Bar
    4.0 Stars
    Mediterranean
    4 Reviews View
  5. Dakak Park and Beach Resort
    4.0 Stars
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    5 Reviews View
  6. The Greenhouse Hair & Nail Lounge
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  7. Songhits Family KTV
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  8. Tapas & Beer Restaurant Bar
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  9. Esquina Deli
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  10. Dipolog Airport
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