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Dapitan City Government Center
|Nickname(s): Shrine City of the Philippines; Historic City of the South; Amusement Capital of the South; Rizal City of the South|
|Motto: Abante Kaayo Dapitanon (Forward More Dapitanon)|
Map of Zamboanga del Norte with Dapitan highlighted
|Region||Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX)|
|Province||Zamboanga del Norte|
|Legislative district||1st District, Zamboanga del Norte|
|• Mayor||Rosalina G. Jalosjos|
|• Total||390.53 km2 (150.78 sq mi)|
|• Density||200/km2 (510/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||3rd class|
Dapitan, officially the City of Dapitan (Subanon: Gembagel G'benwa Dapitan/Bagbenwa Dapitan; Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Dapitan; Chavacano/Spanish: Ciudad de Dapitan), is a third-class city in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines on the island of Mindanao. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 77,441 inhabitants.
It is historically significant as the place where José Rizal was exiled by the Spaniards for his revolutionary activities. He is considered a national hero, and this is known as the "Shrine City in the Philippines." The city is also home to Fantasyland, the first amusement park in the Visayas-Mindanao region.
The beginnings of the settlement now known as the city of Dapitan predates the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores on the island of Mindanao. The Subanens, a nomadic tribe of Indo-Malayan stock, were the earliest known settlers who lived along river banks or "suba", from which word they received their present tribal identity as Subanen. However, it is believed that the timid Subanens were forced to move further into the hinterlands of the Zamboanga peninsula out of fear that pirates may seek shelter during foul weather in the natural harbors of Dapitan’s irregular coastlines. They are now mainly found in the mountainous areas of Zamboanga del Sur and Misamis Occidental.
Early cartographers of the Philippines showed Dapitan’s location in their maps of Mindanao using a variety of names by which they had known the settlement, such as “Dapito” in Kaerius’ map of 1598, “Dapite” in Dudley’s map of 1646, “Dapyto” in Sanson’s map of 1652, and “Dapitan” in Moll’s map of the East Indies of 1729 and in Murillo Velarde’s map of 1734.
There are two versions of how Dapitan got its name. The first, from an account attributed to Fr. Urdaneta, infers that the name evolved from the original reference to it as "Daquepitan", which later became "Dacpitan" and finally "Dapitan" to make it easier to pronounce.
The second version, which is more widely accepted according to folklore, says that the name derives from the Cebuano word “Dapit”, which means “to invite”. Local tradition tells of the early settlers from Panglao in Bohol who were invited over by Datu Pagbuaya, the acknowledged founder of Dapitan, to join him in "Dakung Yuta", or literally the big land that is Mindanao. The invitation or pag-dapit that he extended to Boholanos is said to be how Dapitan got its name.
Various historical accounts also indicate that trading voyages and commercial relations existed with the nascent but thriving settlement of Dapitan. This interaction with traders from the different cultures in the region may have had some influence on the cultural evolution of Dapitan itself. The influence of the Spaniards, the Americans, the Japanese, and the different Visayan ethnolinguistic groups that settled here could not also be discounted in their contributions toward the evolution and emergence of a distinctly Dapitanon culture.
On June 22, 1963, President Diosdado Macapagal signed R.A. 3811 which converted Dapitan into a chartered city. It is officially renowned as the “Shrine City of the Philippines.”
The earliest settlers of Dapitan were the Subanens, a nomadic tribe of Indonesian stock known to have settled and lived along the banks of the river or “suba” out of which their present day tribal identity originated.
|Population census of Dapitan|
- Bagting (urban)
- Banonong (urban)
- Cawa-cawa (urban)
- Dawo (urban)
- Linabo (urban)
- Maria Cristina
- Maria Uray
- Potol (urban)
- San Francisco
- San Nicolas
- San Pedro
- San Vicente
- Santa Cruz (urban)
- Santo Niño
- Sicayab Bocana
- Talisay (Urban)
Taguilon is home to the Dakak Park and Beach Resort. It is a producer of coconut and agar (based on sea weed) as well as a fishing port. The pier in Taguilon is a secondary/alternate port to the main passenger/cargo port in Dapitan City. Additionally, during severe storms at sea, ferries and other ships find shelter in the Taguilon cove. One can find the mount Lalab overlooking the islets of Silinog and part of Balyangaw.
Talisay is a seaside barangay where José Rizal spent four years in exile. A park and shrine honoring the Philippine national hero can be found in the José Rizal Memorial Protected Landscape, a protected area declared in 2000, located in the old Rizal farm site in the barangay.
Places of interest
- Liwasan ng Dapitan (Dapitan City Plaza)
- Dapitan City Plaza (“Liwasan ng Dapitan”) also known as the City Square is the plaza which Dr. Jose P. Rizal beautified and developed during his exile. With the assistance of Spanish Politico-Military Governor of Dapitan, Gov. Ricardo Carnicero, Rizal made the Dapitan City Plaza comparable to the ones he saw in Europe. It has an area of one (1) hectare more or less. This was developed by Dr. Jose P. Rizal with the help of Gov. Ricardo Carnicero, a politico military of Dapitan City.
- Casa Real
- Dr. Jose P. Rizal stayed here in Casa Real with Governor Ricardo Carnicero from his arrival until he moved to Rizal Shrine at barangay Talisay on March 1893. The looks of Casa Real is the same as the old City Hall with bamboo on each side, the upper portion is made up of woods. A replica of Case Real will soon rise near its marker.
- Punto del Desembarco de Rizal
- The site where Rizal disembarked from the steamer "Cebu" in 1565 with the arrival of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi. A 20-foot cross was erected to symbolize the propagation of Christianity in the locality of Dapitan.
- Rizal Park and Shrine
- This is a major historical landmark of Dapitan City. In August 1892, Dr. Jose P. Rizal together with Gov. Carnicero and a spaniard living in Dipolog, luckily won a lotto bet which financially enabled Dr. Rizal to buy a 10 hectares piece of land from Lucia Pagbangon. In March 1893, Rizal then transferred to this place in barangay Talisay. Later on, his mother Doña Teodora Alonso, his sisters, and some relatives from Calamba, Laguna came and lived with him in Talisay until 1896. The National Historical Commission of the Philippines affected Republic Act No. 4363 which was approved on June 19, 1965. The Rizal Shrine was then declared as one of the National Shrines through Presidential Decree No. 105 issued by the late president Ferdinand E. Marcos on January 24, 1973.
- St. James the Greater Church
- This church was built in 1871 in honor of St. James the Greater, Dapita's patron saint. The design of the interior walls is more or less 1 meter thick and still original except for the furnishing. The altar and the interior hane undergone several renovations. Inside is a historical spot where Dr. Jose P. Rizal, Philippines' National Hero, stood while hearing mass every sunday. At the mezzanine is the priceless heritage organ that bears a year in the making - year 1827 at the choir loft. It was brought to Dapitan by the Agustinian Recollect fathers. A german made with European pipes. It is a manual pipe organ.
List of cultural properties of Dapitan
|Dapitan City Health Office and Police Office||A very old built structure housing the city health office and police office||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Gov. Guading Adasa Street||
|Pablo Page Ancestral House||Pablo Page and Petra Bajamunde Ancestral House. This is also used as a commercial food establishment||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Justice Florentino Saguin Street||
|Laput-Ancheta Ancestral House||This is said to be a century old house.||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Jose Rizal Avenue||
|Aseniero Ancestral House||An ancestral house owned by the Asenieros||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Jose Rizal Avenue||
|Old Commission on Election Office||This is the abandoned office of the ComElec||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Mi Retiro Street||
|Junio Ancestral House||An ancestral house owned by the Junios located right behind the St. James the Greater Church||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Leonor Rivera Street||
|Bajamunde Ancestral House||An ancestral house owned by the late Gregorio Bajamunde - one of the prominent families in Dapitan||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Manuel L. Quezon Avenue||
|Aseniero-Adraimcem Ancestral House||An ancestral house owned by the late Mariano Aseniero and Floria Adraimcem||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Doña Trinidad Rizal Street||
|Dionisio Chiong Ancestral House||An ancestral house owned by the late Dionisio Chiong. Today, it is being used as a pharmacy.||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Justice Florentino Saguin Street||
|Aniano Adasa Ancestral House||An ancestral house owned by the late Aniano Adasa. Today, it houses the local tourism office of Dapitan City.||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Josephine Bracken Street||
|Tomboc Ancestral House||An ancestral house owned by the Tombocs possibly built in the 1900s||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Andres Bonifacio Avenue||
|Dondoyano Ancestral House||An ancestral house owned by the Dondoyanos possibly built in the 1940s||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Andres Bonifacio Avenue||
|Hamoy Ancestral House||An ancestral house owned by the Hamoys possibly built in the 1940s||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Andres Bonifacio Avenue||
|Saldon Ancestral House||An ancestral house owned by the late Benjamin Saldon built in 1951||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Andres Bonifacio Avenue||
|Padao Ancestral House||An ancestral house owned by the late Ebar Padao built in the 1910s||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Andres Bonifacio Avenue||
|Office of the Sangguniang Panglungsod||Sangguniang Panglungsod of Dapitan City||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Corner Justice Florentino Saguin and Ipil-Dipolog Hwy||
|Singco Ancestral House||House built by Tolentino Singco in the 1950s||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Jose Rizal Avenue||
|Dalman Ancestral House||Heritage house owned by the Dalmans||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Corner Gov. Guading Adasa Street and Justice Florentino Saguin Street||
|Adriatico Ancestral House||Heritage house built by Ester Adriatico in the 1920s||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Jose Rizal Avenue||
|Hamoy Ancestral House||Heritage house owned by the Hamoys. Possibly built in the 1900s||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Mi Retiro Street||
|Caidic House||Heritage house built by Gaspar Caidic||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||El Filibusterismo Street||
|Acaylar House||Heritage house built by Cadios Acaylar in the 1950s||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Corner Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo Street||
|Cuartero House||Heritage house built by Tomas Cuartero in the 1940s||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||F. Blumentritt Street||
|Otchotorina House||Heritage house owned by Otchotorinas built in the 1950s||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Jose Rizal Avenue||
|Elumbaring House||Heritage house owned by the Elumbarings||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||El Filibusterismo Street||
|Bajamunde Ancestral House||Heritage house built by Lorenzo Bajamunde in 1945||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Jose Rizal Avenue||
|Dalman House||Heritage house currently owned by Ruby Dalman. Possibly built in the 1940s||Zamboanga del Norte||Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte||Mi Retiro Street||
Dapitan City has launched a diversified fiesta celebration of its Patron St. James or Señor Santiago for the locals through a three-in-one affair, combining religious, cultural and sports events in its Kinabayo Festival 2009.
The Kinabayo Festival kicks off July 16 and culminates on July 31 with various events taking place within the Shrine City of the Philippines.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Dapitan is twinned with:
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