Plaza Rizal is a popular local meeting place in Tagbilaran City, which is also considered as the cultural center of the city capital.
Plaza Rizal on J. Torralba Street stands between the Capitol Building and St. Joseph’s Cathedral, which is the typical arrangement of towns from the Spanish period.
In a typical Spanish town plan, such as Tagbilaran, the main door of the church is directly aligned with the main door of the capitol building which is situated across the plaza. This type of arrangement supposedly allows the Spanish religious personnel and the military personnel to spy on each other, especially regarding anomalies being committed by the other group.
The open space of Plaza Rizal was first laid out in 1860 and has since been an attraction for people who want to spend some idle time or take a short break while touring the city. Wooden benches sit under the trees around the plaza, providing a good spot where people can watch the pigeons that roam around the park.
Flags of different nations were installed at the plaza by the Tagbilaran Lion’s Club. It’s customary to raise the flag of a particular country at Plaza Rizal on its national day as a way of honoring the occasion. Some of the flags on the plaza were donated by the respective countries themselves.
As a cultural center, Plaza Rizal is usually the venue of celebrations during the Ubi Festival every January. This festival features ubi or purple yam, which is Bohol’s most famous agricultural export. During the festival, the plaza becomes a busy site with exhibits, contests, and a motorcade around the city.
Plaza Rizal is very near some of the most important places in Bohol: it is 1.5 kilometers away from the Port of Tagbilaran; 2.9 kilometers from Tagbilaran Airport; and 8.4 kilometers from Panglao Island.