February 02, 2022

4 Must-Visit Historic Spots in Calamba

Apart from its many hot springs, Calamba is home to many historical landmarks worth visiting if you happen to be in the area. Calamba is best known for being the birthplace of the Philippines' National Hero: Dr. Jose Rizal; in fact, several landmarks in the city are dedicated to him. There is so much to explore in Calamba, Laguna, apart from its resorts.

If you happen to pass by or if you happen to live in Suntrust Sentosa, you might want to drop by these historic spots in Calamba:

Calamba Claypot 

The Calamba Claypot or the Calambanga stands as one of the most noteworthy landmarks in Calamba. The construction of this giant piece began in 1937 and was completed in 1939, built to showcase the folktale of how the city got its name. It's a 12-meter high clay pot that has the names of the barangays of Calamba engraved on it. The Claypot is also Calamba's official symbol.

St. John the Baptist Parish

The St. John the Baptist Parish, otherwise known as Calamba Church, is best known for being the christening site of Dr. Jose Rizal. It is also Calamba's oldest Roman Catholic church managed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Pablo. The baptistery where Jose Rizal was baptized in 1861 is a National Historical Landmark certified by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

Rizal Shrine Calamba

Calamba's Rizal Shrine is undoubtedly one of the city's most famous historical landmarks. It is a replica of the original Spanish-Colonial-style house where Jose Rizal was born. It is a designated National Shrine under the proclamation of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. The shrine serves as a museum that has several exhibits about the childhood of the country's National Hero. It also has a gallery, library, and audio-visual room. Rizal Shrine is also the location of the remains of Francisco Rizal Mercado and Teodora Alonso Realonda, Jose Rizal's parents.

Rizal Monument in Calamba

The monument of Jose Rizal in Calamba was built to commemorate the hero's 150th birth anniversary. It was sculpted by Jonas Roces and is located in a park in front of Calamba City Hall. The figure is bronze and depicts Jose Rizal with a book in his right hand. The monument stands at 22ft which symbolizes the 22 dialects and languages Rizal mastered.

 

When you happen to be in Calamba or looking to live in the area, you might want to familiarize yourself with these historic landmarks. If you're settling in a subdivision like Sentosa, these landmarks are just a stone's throw away from your dream home, so you always have time to stop by and immerse yourself in Calamba's rich history. 

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