Rizal Park In Manila, Philippines

                                Photo: Rizal Park in Manila


Popularly known as Luneta, this sixty hectares oasis in the center of the city has flowers, fountains, lawns and music, attracting thousands of strollers and lovebirds in the late afternoon and evening. If you are there at 5.00am, you can catch the first eager Chinese doing their tai chi. On Sundays during the afternoon, you can watch Filipino martial arts displays or watch the free concert at the park at the open-air Auditorium in the evening. It is interesting to watch the changing of the guard at the famous tourist attraction of Rizal Memorial, located at the bay end of the park, which is not far from where the national hero Dr Jose Rizal was executed by the Spaniards on 30th December 1896. The dramatic execution squad scene is the subject of a group of brass statues near the Memorial and forms the centerpiece of a Light and Sound Show (6.30pm-7.30pm) based on the execution.


On either side of the open-air auditorium and Planetarium are the beautiful Chinese and Japanese Gardens. If you walk towards Taft Avenue, you will come to to the Valencia Circle, which is surrounded by (clockwise) the Orchidarium and Butterfly Pavilion, the National Museum of the Filipino People, a topographical model of the Philippines, a children's playground and the Department of Tourism.


Across Roxas Blvd (towards the water) are the parade grounds and the Quirino Grandstand. Nearby is a row of restaurants, from which diners can enjoy views of the bay and during the weekends, locals loved to walk or simply take a stroll in the relaxing atmosphere found here.




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