A historical urban park in Manila

My Facebook newsfeed is filled with “Forevermore” posts. Curious, I decided to start watching the Filipino tv show on TFC. And my, Enrique Gil is sooo good in acting and Lisa Soberano is so pretty. I think I want to have my hair perm-ed, inspired by her. 😉 My hair is curly, but not as refined as Lisa’s on the show. So… Maybe after that, I’ll meet someone as yummy as Enrique. hahaha Hashtag fangirling.

Anyway, I have more than a hundred episodes to watch. Taking a break, here’s another entry about one of the places I’ve visited in Manila. You see, the adventure last December did not stop at Manila Ocean Park. My sisters and I still had much time left during the day so I decided to take them to the place where our parents used to date. And then walk a little further to the Walled City of Intramuros.

3 sisters in Manila
3 sisters in Manila

Rizal Park, also known as Luneta Park, is a famous leisure spot in Manila. It plays an important part in history as several major events took place there. It was in Rizal Park where Dr. Jose Rizal, the national hero, and priests Gomez, Burgos and Zamora were executed during the Spanish colonial period. The closing Mass for the World Youth Day in 1995 attended by more than 5 million people was also held there.

Crossing the road from Manila Ocean Park complex to Luneta Park, you will see interesting statues like this huge carabao, the national animal of the country.

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The Dancing Rings
The Dancing Rings

And then there’s the monument of former President Elpidio Quirino not very far from the Quirino Grandstand.

Pres. Elpidio Quirino
Pres. Elpidio Quirino
Quirino Grandstand
Quirino Grandstand

It was end of the year when we were there, so there was a huge preparation in the middle of the plaza for the New Year’s Countdown.

The Soul Wave
The Soul Wave

Did you know that Kilometer Zero is also located within the park? Kilometer Zero serves as the starting point from which all roads in Manila are measured. 🙂

So, here’s the Rizal Monument which commemorates the national hero’s death on December 30, 1896.

Rizal Park
Rizal Park

If you’re lucky, then you will find some street performers like this: men and women dancing tinikling.

Performers dancing 'tinikling'
Street performers dancing ‘tinikling’

You can do a lot of fun activities in Rizal Park, and try some fantastic attractions there like the Children’s Playground, Chinese Garden, Concert at the Park, Japanese Garden, National Museum, National Library, and Orchidarium and Butterfly Pavilion.

My sisters with the huge statue of Lapu-lapu in the background
My sisters with the huge statue of Lapu-lapu in the background

Of course, there’s just having a picnic, strolling, jogging, painting, practicing yoga and other sports, and reading. 😛 So that’s it for now, folks! And please be careful when you go to any public place in Manila. This is not meant to scare you, but my golden necklace was snatched in Manila on the same day, just before we left. 😀 Manila is a wonderful place, but not for one with a weak heart. Just be alert, ok?

3 sisters in Manila
3 sisters in Manila

See you in my next post! ♥

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