Project Title & Location
The Trace of Dr. Jose P. Rizal's Last Walk
National Centennial Commision
Ortigas Center, Pasig
Mary Ann Arañas-Espina, Landscape Architect
- Project Validation
- Feasibility Study
- Landscaping Plan
A key project of the National Centennial Commission in commemorating the events in Philippine history during the years 1896-1898 is the Centennial Freedom Trail (CFT). The project weaves into a story several historically significant sites to showcase the Filipino's quest for freedom. The CFT is composed of 23 national trunk sites. Hundreds of provincial and municipal sites form the local branches of the trail. The development plans for each of the sites have two components: civil works, and the non-civil works for the socio-economic programs. Among the sites handled by PROS and its consultants, the trace of Dr. Jose P. Rizal's Last Walk is one of them.
Starting at the Rizal's Shrine at the Fort Santiago the trace of Rizal's last walk to his martyrdom Is marked on ground. An information booth, souvenir stalls, and a trail map are installed at the entrance of Fort Santiago. The trace of Rizal's last steps moves out towards Plaza de Roma, then right to Postigo Street. Before hitting Postigo Gate the route is diverted to Sta. Lucia Road because the original way out through the Postigo Gate is now tampered by new developments on the mound. This diverted route is still relevant because the road is where the Old Ateneo is originally located. Moving out to the Puerto de Sta. Lucia, the walk turns left along Bonifacio Drive until the intersection of Burgos Street is encountered. A short cross over will lead to the end of the walk at the Light & Sound statue of Rizal's martyrdom. The landscaping of the path include murals of Rizal's Ultimo Adios.