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A Day at Rizal Park a.k.a Luneta Park in Manila Philippines

July 28, 2017
Rizal Park

Rizal Park

When you visit Manila, it’s an absolute MUST to visit Rizal Park (aka Luneta), one of the largest urban parks in Asia. The park is spread out over 40 acres of gardens, lawns, ponds, cafes, museums and monuments. It’s also one of the highest rated parks in Asia According to Agoda Travelers and one of the best places to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life. Like Central Park in New York, Luneta is the perfect place to take an atmospheric stroll, picnic, exercise, or relax in beautiful scenery. (Word has it, this is also where Melody’s grandparents spent most of their time together when they first started dating).

Rizal Park

(Here you will find a dancing musical fountain which lights up in color during the evening)

Pay heed to history

This blog post would not be complete without noting the historical significance behind Rizal Park. The execution of national hero Jose Rizal on December 30, 1896, prompted the beginning of the Philippine Revolution during the Spanish colonial era.  The area was named Rizal Park in his honor.

A 46m flagpole stands tall in front of Rizal Monument, a symbolic focal point. Here you will see two sentries in full regalia, guarding the monument which contains the hero’s mortal remains.

The Declaration of Philippine Independence from the US was also held here on July 4, 1946 as were later political rallies by Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aguino, which culminated in the EDSA Revolution. There are many more events held here that are worth looking into.

Rizal Park Monument

– Photos at Rizal Park –

Statue of the Sentinel of Freedom

Statue of the Sentinel of Freedom or ‘Lapu Lapu’

Lapu Lapu Statue

National Museum of Natural History Manila

(National Museum of Natural History)

Relief Map Rizal Park

(Visualize the Philippine archipelago with a giant raised-relief map)

National Museum of Anthropology

(National Museum of Anthropology)

‘Seeds of Freedom’ Statue (Binhi ng Kalayaan) by renowned Filipino Sculptor Ed Castrillo

Take a tour of Luneta in a Kalesa (horse drawn carriage which was introduced to the Philippines in the 18th Century by the Spanish)

Things to do in Manila

Gallery of Heroes

(Pay tribute to the brave Filipinos in the Gallery of Heroes)

Stand beneath the tallest flag pole in Southeast Asia

(‘La Madre Filipina’ statue)

The Masonic Memorial Clock in Luneta – dedicated to the Freemasons of the Philippines

Whether you’ve visited Rizal Park a thousand times or you are visiting for the first time, whatever the case may be, explore or retun to Rizal Park for it’s historical significance.  If you’ve been here before, you may discover something new. If you’ve never been to Luneta before, it might be worth it to do a little research before you go. We’re so glad we did.

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  • Reply
    Janice Orr
    July 29, 2017 at 3:34 am

    This is my favorite MelodyandTrevor Philippines’ blog so far! Love the added “color” of background and history. Makes this place come alive. It is exactly what I would be looking for if traveling to the Philippines and looking for those “special” places not to miss. Keep it up!

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