Eight vehicles jumped off Davao City to travel all the way to Manila for the Petron TriAction Performance Run. Fueled by the latest innovations in diesel by Petron, the vehicles stopped over the Shrine City of Dapitan in Zamboanga del Norte. Dapitan is a small and unassuming city packed with a lot of history and the riders took this opportunity to have a quick tour at the famous Rizal Shrine where our national hero took exile from 1892 until 1896.
The José Rizal Memorial Protected Landscape, also known as the Rizal Park and Shrine, is a protected landscape and memorial to the Philippines’ national hero. The protected area was established in 1940 as the Rizal National Park covering an initial area of 10 hectares (25 acres) through Proclamation No. 616 signed by President Manuel Luis Quezon. In 2000, it was enlarged to its present size of 439 hectares (1,080 acres) with a buffer zone of 15 hectares (37 acres) and was declared a protected landscape under the National Integrated Protected Areas System through Proclamation No. 279.
Participants of the TriAction Performance Run had a glimpse of the simple yet very productive life of Jose Rizal in Barangay Talisay, Dapitan City. The area has several casas that housed our national hero, his fiance Josephine Bracken, his students, and guests. The Casa Residencia or the main house of Rizal is the largest among the houses in the shrine. On the facade of Casa Residencia is a gigantic Baluno tree. It took six riders of the TriAction Performance run to circle around the tree. Smaller houses such as the Casa Redonda (Round House), Casa Cuadrada (Square House), Casitas de Salud (Health Houses), Cocina, and Casa Redonda Pequena (Hexagonal Shed) were all replicated and constructed the same way they were done during the time of Jose Rizal.
On the other side of the shrine is the Mi Retiro Rock, a heart-shaped rock with a staircase going up. It is said that this is where Jose Rizal wrote his longest poem, Mi Retiro. Formerly, the rock was called “Batong Lumayag” because it appears to be floating if seen from afar. The Petron team had an official photo taken on top of the Mi Retiro Rock. After the tour, the team refueled at the nearby Petron Station in Dapitan City proper and later on proceeded to catch a barge going to Dumaguete City for the next leg of the TriAction Run.
The Petron TriAction Performance Run aims to put the efficiency and power of Petron fuels to the test. Activities like this also promote tourism in the tourist spots that they pass by such as Dapitan City. In just a very short period of time, the participants were able to appreciate the modest yet productive life of our national hero during the time he was exiled in Dapitan City.