The Bed Pepe Slept In
Posted by BCS on November 8, 2008
“There are two skulls on display at the Rizal Shrine, one is that of Jose Rizal when he was still a boy and the other when he’s already grown up.”
I have already lost count of the times I’ve heard of that joke… and that goes the same for the number of times I saw people believing in that joke (even if just for a brief moment until realization set in).
To begin with, there is no skull on display anywhere in Fort Santiago, and Rizal’s remains are now lying peacefully beneath the Rizal Monument in Rizal Park.
There was, however, an exhibit of Rizaliana furniture held at the Baluarte de Santa Barbara in Fort Santiago when I went there last October 4. I just don’t know if the exhibit is still running today.
Among the pieces of furniture on display was this bed which, according to the description placed on it, is the bed used by Rizal when he was just a boy (in their home in Calamba, Laguna).
The bed is fairly small, such that if I were to lie down on it, my lower legs would extend well beyond the footboard (and I’m just 5’7”).
And it’s BEAUTIFUL!
Though, unlike the joke I mentioned earlier, this is the only bed on display. How I wish there was another one, one that Rizal used when he was all grown up.