Rizal Monument (Calamba)

monument and statue of José Rizal in Calamba, Laguna, Philippines

The Rizal Monument in Calamba is a monument built to commemorate the national hero of the Philippines, Jose Rizal was born in the city of Calamba, It is a 6.7 metres (22 ft) statue sculpted by Jonas Roces and is located at The Plaza, a 6.7-hectare (17-acre).[2][3]

José Rizal Monument in Calamba
Bantayog ni José Rizal sa Calamba (Filipino)
Coordinates14°11′45″N 121°09′35″E / 14.1958°N 121.1597°E / 14.1958; 121.1597
LocationThe Plaza, Calamba, Laguna
DesignerJose Dionas "Jonas" F. Roces
MaterialBronze, Granite
Height43 feet (13 m) (total height)
Beginning dateDecember 2010
Completion dateApril 2011
Opening dateJune 19, 2011
Dedicated toJosé Rizal

The monument is located vicinity in the front of José Rizal Coliseum and the Calamba City Hall. Both landmarks where located in "The Plaza of Calamba".[4]



Detail of José Rizal's statue on the monument. There is also an official explanation of the meaning of the monument's details. The monument depicts Rizal in an overcoat holding a book, that has the title of his book "NOLI ME TÁNGERE" inscribed. This is contrary to the usual representation of the book as a symbol of both the inscribed novel and its sequel El Filibusterismo, as well as Rizal's annotation of Antonio de Morga's Sucesoss de las Islas Filipinas. The obelisk is usually taken to mean Rizal's masonic background while the three stars are said to stand for Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. The figures at the back of the monument, such as leaves and a pot, are said to symbolize the country's natural resources. The consensus is that the figures beside Rizal—a mother rearing her child and two young boys reading—signify family and education.


  1. "Museo ni Jose Rizal Calamba - National Historical Commission of the Philippines". Archived from the original on 2022-08-04. Retrieved 2022-10-21.
  2. "Jose Rizal's Tallest Monument in Calamba City". Archived from the original on 2022-10-21. Retrieved 2022-10-21.
  3. "Jose Rizal's Monument in Calamba, Laguna". 16 April 2018.
  4. "Context: Rizal Monument in Calamba". 24 August 2020.