Punto de Disembarco

A historical tour in Dapitan is like following the foot trails of Rizal, from his arrival in the city up to his last settlement in Barangay Talisay, which is now called Rizal Shrine.

Punto de Disembarco is the point in Dapitan generally considered as the arrival site of Rizal. According to historical accounts, Rizal arrived here at seven o’clock in the evening of July 17, 1892 onboard a vessel called SS Cebu. The ship was manned by Captain Delgras and three artillery men.

With combat lights (farol de combate), they made their way to the nearby Casa Real through Sta. Cruz Street.

The monuments at Punto are the ultimate expression of glorifying the historic arrival of Rizal to begin his life in exile in Dapitan. Punto is an elevated semi-circular structure with an area of 1,500 square meters. The sculptures here are about ten feet tall and valued at P35 million.

Punto has aesthetic and functional purposes. At the elevated center are the life-size statues. The figures are those of Rizal, Delgras, the SS Cebu skipper and three artillery men weaving through the shallows on their way to Casa Real.

Both sides are promenade areas with bromite flooring, finished, and enclosed with artsy concrete balustrade with granite nails. The farther side also serves as a sunset viewing deck with 16 high posts. Added attractions are a mini waterfall and a tiny lagoon.

Tony Tuviera did the research on the molding and the specifications of the statues, including the farol de combate held and hats worn by the three men. He said they were based on historical descriptions. Even the face of Rizal was molded as close to his photos on the records.

Ronel Roces, former assistant of famed Filipino sculptor Napoleon Abueva, was the one who sculpted the structures.

The whole project is secured from the potentially devastating waves by a steel file and stone masonry riprap structure.

The historical landmark became possible through the funding from the local government of Dapitan, the province of Zamboanga del Norte, and donations from prominent personalities who valued the ideals, teachings, sacrifices, and courage of the national hero.

Punto broke grounds on December 29, 2009.