While in Manila, I had the opportunity to visit Fort Santiago where Jose Rizal, national hero of the Philippines was executed.
So why was Jose Rizal such a big deal in the Philippines? Very good question. This blog post will attempt to educate you on a bit of Filipino history!
So everybody, history time!
Philippines used to be a colony of the Spanish empire, from 1521 – 1898. That’s a whopping 377 years of control under the Spanish. The Philippine Revolution then begun in August 1896 with hopes of ending Spanish Reign.
Dr Jose Rizal was one of the Filipinos that started this revolution with hopes to attain freedom and control of the country. However, unlike most revolutionists he did not want to fight and cause bloodshed. Instead he fought the Spanish empire through his writing of how the Spanish Government was manipulating his people. – myhero.com
Dr. Jose Rizal was executed on December 30.
24 hours before his execution, he was held in a cell in Fort Santiago. When I visited Fort Santiago I saw the footprints which illustrated his final walk. I snapped some photos to share:
The last picture is of me posing with a security guard. Not sure why my tour guide (totally was a waste of money) forced me to take this photo, was quite awkward……anyways…I digress..back to Dr. Jose Rizal.
His final plea during the execution was to be able to face the firing squad, but the commander would not let that happen. Instead, when the shots were fired, Rizal forced his face towards the sun and said the words “consummatum est” which means, “It is finished”.
That’ some sad stuff right there.
On a lighter note, walking through Fort Santiago was a treat.
But it was also hell. Why?
Because this was a walk of death:
It was damn hot, and the walk from the entrance to the ticket booth was just too much for Choi to bear. But Choi is a man, so he soldiered on.
His local tour guide (which you don’t need to hire for the godzillionth time) then educated me on how Fort Santiago is a place of many deaths. Er, so I am visiting a death site right?
Damn that’s quite scary.
Aside from all the sad and scary stories, this fort provided a lot of nice photo ops:
Final words: Fort Santiago, great historical site with an eerie past.
Written from Manila, Conrad Hilton on September 18, 2017