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Jose Rizal is Quite the Real Estate Home-Hopper

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by aregee, Aug 28, 2015.

  1. 1. Rizal Ancestral Home
    Francisco Mercado St. cor. Jose P. Rizal St., Brgy. 5, Poblacion,
    Calamba, Laguna

    The original house has been destroyed during World War II and has been reconstructed to its former glory. This two-storey Spanish-Colonial home was the most common of house and lot styles in Laguna at that time: al bahay-na-bato made from stones, bricks and hardwood. The windows are made of capiz shells.

    A sketch of the original Rizal ancestral home in Calamba.
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    The restored Rizal home has been converted into the national hero’s shrine.
    (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)
    2. Several apartments in Madrid
    • Calle Amor de Dios 13-15
    • Calle Fernandez y Gonzalez 8, 3º-4
    • Calle Ventura de la Vega
    • Calle Gran Via
    • Calle del Barquillo 34, 4º
    • Calle Pizarro 15
    • Calle Cedaceros 11, piso principal
    Like any other Filipino migrant, Rizal experienced the hardships of living in foreign soil. According to the Philippine Embassy in Madrid, Spain, Rizal was madiskarte when it comes to his home situation. In order to have accessibility to schools and culture while living on a 35-50 peso monthly budget (which was pretty small), Rizal hopped from one apartment unit to another, rooming in with other ilustrados like him.

    This photo shows the modern-day Calle Amor de Dios, where Rizal first made a home of an apartment unit during his first days in Spain.
    (Image source: airbnb.com.uk)
    3. Juan Luna’s Paris studio
    65 Boulevard Arago, 13th arrondissement (district)
    Paris, France

    If we were to base it on visual documentation, it appears that Rizal had a fun time in Paris despite his brief stay there. Apart from staying in hotels, our national hero bunked at his good friend Juan Luna’s studio in the 13th district. He even posed as a model for some of the painter’s artworks, most notably as Sikatuna in Luna’s Blood Compact.

    Life in Paris wasn’t all fun and games for Rizal. He underwent training under renowned ophthalmic surgeon Dr. Louis de Wecker in 55 Rue Du Cherche-Midi, and learned the cataract-surgery technique that was instrumental for his mother, Teodora Alonzo, to recover her already failing eyesight.

    From left to top-bottom right: Rizal, Luna and friends posing for a photograph at the studio, Rizal posing in a tophat at the background in Luna’s “The Parisian Life,” and Rizal sandwiched between Luna and a friend at the painter’s residence.
    (Image sources: Gutenberg,com, Wikimedia Commons, pinayonthemove.com)
    Apartment rentals like this one at Boulevard Arago are in the high 2,000 euro (Php 90,000) range per month.
    (Image source: unpetitpoissurdix.fr)
    4. Berlin Grand Hotel
    Das Centralhotel an der Friedrichstrasse
    Berlin, Germany

    When Rizal left Paris for Germany, he resided in one of Berlin’s finest real estate then, the Das Centralhotel located in the Friedrichstrasse, a major culture and shopping street. The area is known then for its posh real estate market. Maximo Viola, Rizal’s friend, eventually joined him and funded the publishing of Noli me Tangere.

    The street, including the hotel, has since been destroyed during WWII. It regained its popularity as a shopping destination in the 90s thanks to the numerous redevelopments in the area.

    Das Centralhotel an der Friedrichstrasse is shown here in its original glory.
    (Image source: de.wikimedia.commons)
    This photo shows a function room inside Central-Hotel.
    (Image source: de.wikimedia.commons)
    This image shows a section of modern Friedrichstrasse. Monthly apartment rental rates are in the 1,050 euros/Php54,000 range.
    (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)
    5. 3-storey apartment in Heidelberg
    Lutwigsplatz No. 12 Grebangasse
    Heidelberg, Germany

    Rizal loved the town of Heidelberg so much that he penned a poem dedicated to the picturesque, romantic German town titled “To the Flowers of Heidelberg.” It was also said that the poem was a form of Rizal’s prayer for the Philippines, which was already struggling from Spanish rule.

    This is a dated image of Rizal’s Lutwigsplatz apartment, which is near Alte Universitat, Germany’s oldest university.
    (Image source: Philippine Daily Inquirer)
    Rizal’s Lutwigsplatz apartment, with the first floor now converted into a bookstore.
    (Image source: penelopevflores.blogspot.com)
    6. A house and lot for rent in Wilhemsfeld
    Wilhemsfeld Vicarage
    José Rizal Strasse, Wilhemsfeld

    Rizal chanced upon and became fast friends with a local pastor named Reverend Karl Ullmer. Ullmer recommended Rizal to stay with his family in the vicarage so the latter can get immersed in German culture and master the language.

    The house and lot was where Rizal wrote the last few chapters of Noli Me Tangere, and most likely, the chapter where Crisostomo Ibarra recounted to his love Maria Clara about his experience in Germany.

    According to a tour guide, the second floor’s third window on the right with the closed shutters is where Rizal wrapped up Noli me Tangere.
    (Image and story source: penelopevflores.blogspot.com)
    7. A Brussels boarding house
    Rue Philippe Champagne 38
    Brussels, Belgium

    Brussels perhaps is an important chapter in Rizal’s life. According to historians, it is in the confines of an apartment he shared with Jose Albert where he feverishly revised the finished manuscript for printing of one of his famous novels, El Filibusterismo.

    This is a photo of 1890 Brussels. Apartment buildings then are rectangular box-types, with triangle roofing.
    (Image source: fineartamerica.com)
    Rizal’s Brussels apartment building has since been reconstructed for a modern look.
    (Image source: Flickr/stoicpassion.com)
    8. No. 2, Rednaxela Terrace
    D’ Aguilar Street, 5,
    Central District, Hong Kong

    The Hong Kong apartment became home to Rizal and his family from December 1891 to June 1892. He also opened his eye clinic, which ran from 2pm to 6pm.

    Did you know? Rednaxela Terrace is supposedly Alexander Terrace, of which the name should be after the owner of the surrounding property. When the property name was registered, the clerk assigned to it spelled it backwards.
    (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)
    9. Casa Residencia in Talisay
    Dapitan Bay, Zamboanga del Norte

    Rizal was exiled in Dapitan after being implicated with rebellion activities against Spanish rule and for the publication of Noli me Tangere. In Dapitan, Rizal saw himself a major influence in the lives of the townsfolk. He built a school, a hospital and a water supply system, and taught key people new methods in horticulture and farming.

    Rizal’s estate in Talisay has since been turned into a memorial protected landscape. The current law covers the hilly peninsula facing Dapitan Bay at 439 hectares (1,080 acres) with a buffer zone of 15 hectares (37 acres).
    (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)
    10. A prison cell in a citadel
    Fort Santiago
    Intramuros, Manila

    Rizal was arrested and sent to Fort Santiago for his association with theKatipunan. While in prison, he wrote a manifesto insisting that in order for Filipinos to achieve true freedom, education and achievement of a national identity should happen.

    Before his execution on December 30, 1896, Rizal reportedly wrote and hid in his prison cell final letters and instructions to his family and closest friends, including paper consisting his last poem titled Mi Ultimo Adios.

    Fort Santiago remains to be one of Manila’s long-standing historical sites. A section of the fort is alloted in dedication of Rizal.
    (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)
    11. Rizal Shrine
    Luneta Park
    Roxas Boulevard, Ermita, Manila

    Rizal’s remains, which was initially buried at Paco Cemetery, were later exhumed and transferred to the hero’s mother’s house in Binondo, and then finally to a spot of what would turn out to be that famous marker in Luneta National Park. The marker has since been guarded by ceremonial soldiers of Philippine Marine Corps’ Marine Security and Group continuously.

    This is a before and after photo of the Rizal monument at Luneta Park.
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