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Jose Rizal, our National Hero, lived in Calamba City only 19 km from Los Banos


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The office of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS), UP Open  University located in Los Banos, Laguna is 19 kilometers away from Calamba City, the place where our national hero, Jose Rizal, spent his childhood years.

Typical of a Spanish-inspired town planning, Jose Rizal’s  house is situated right at the heart of Calamba city, along San Juan Avenue, and just across the street is  the  St. John the Baptist  Catholic Church . At  the back of his house is the old City Hall and fronting it is the Old Plaza.

Today, our national hero’s home is called “Jose Rizal Shrine and Museum”. Destroyed in World War II, the present shrine is  a replica of the house  where the young Jose was born on  19 June 1861.  He was baptized and named Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado by his parents Francisco Mercado and Teodora Alonzo. 

The Shrine  is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Entrance is free, but donation is accepted to maintain the place. The ground floor holds exhibits, manuscripts and drawings of Jose Rizal. The second floor showcases the family living quarters. 

Students of FMDS, UP Open University  would definitely enjoy visiting this place, a part of our history as a nation. As a prelude to the visit, you may wish to visit in virtually at 


FMDS Comprehensive Exam Date Schedule 1st semester 2017-2018

Diploma in Social Work

Human Behavior & Social Environment (October 24, 2017)

Social Welfare Policies and Research (October 26, 2017)


Master of Social Work

Human Behavior & Social Environment

Social Welfare Policies and Research

(October 24, 2017)

Social Work Profession and Practice

Social Agency , Leadership and Management

(October 26, 2017)

Area of Specialization (October 28, 2017)


Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management

General Field (October 27, 2017)

Major Field (October 28, 2017)


Master of Public Management

General Field (November 6, 2017)

Public Policy and Program Administration (November 8, 2017)

Local Government and Regional Administration(LGRA) & Voluntary Sector Management (VSM) (November 10, 2017)


Master of Arts in Nursing (January 9 and 11, 2018)


Master of ASEAN Studies (January 12, 2018)


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