For a person like me who has lived in Manila all of her life, Rizal Park, or Luneta as it is also known, is a place that I’m used to seeing almost everyday. As a kid, I used to have field trips here. During my college days, I went here with a couple of friends to shoot for one of our classes. I also have fond memories here that’s unrelated to school, that is, of my dad teaching me how to ride a bike, and then an electronic scooter (if memory serves me right, we were shooed away by the guard haha). Some years back, my mom and I would also come here to jog, or well, just to walk around. These days though we don’t really stop by Luneta, we still usually pass it by on our way to other places like Manila Hotel, malls within the vicinity, or even the airport just to name a few.
Some days ago, feeling a sense of nostalgia, and the fact that we had no plans for the day, we made a brief stop to Rizal Park.
Luneta is actually one of the largest urban parks in Asia. It’s really close to Manila Bay, and it’s one of the most important historical landmarks that you can find in Manila. The remains of José Rizal is enshrined in the monument.
With that building in the back, it’s hard to take a good shot without it. Hopefully they do something about it soon! They keep on saying that they will, but lo and behold, the building is still there, a sight for sore eyes.
A sort of decent shot. 🙂
From another angle. It was quite gloomy when we visited, in fact, it looked as though it was going to rain.
Anyway, Rizal Park has witnessed a lot of historical moments for the Philippines. This was where the Philippine Independence from the US was declared on July 4, 1946. This was also the place where political rallies by both parties of Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aquino in 1986 was held, which ended up in the famous EDSA Revolution.
There are also areas like the Chinese Garden that you can go into for a small fee (around 15-20 pesos, roughly around US $0.299-$0.40). Will hopefully get to explore these areas soon and blog about it! 🙂
During our short visit, we also spotted this colourful tram which you can ride for a small fee. I think it just takes you around the park.
Look at that cutie! There are various Valentine-themed displays that were present in Luneta when we visited.
Luneta/Rizal Park is located at Roxas Blvd Ermita, Barangay 666 Zone 72, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines.