Bahay ni Joe

My family moved to Calamba Laguna immediately after my 6th grade graduation.

During exams, my high school friends and I usually stay in the shrine’s garden in between test schedules. I was reminiscing those high school days as I strolled along the shrine.

Here are recent photos of the Rizal Shrine in Calamba, Laguna. This is a replica Jose Rizal’s birthplace – his parent’s house.

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I am delighted to see that the formerly empty gallery is now filled with paintings by Calambenos. Here’s one of my favofites:
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I found his famous quotation under the walkway from Rizal’s well going to the stairs.

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