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Right into the heart of the capital Manila lies Luneta Park or Rizal Park, which marks the Kilometer Zero of the Philippines and the northern tip of Roxas Boulevard, overlooking Manila Bay. Built in the early 1700s, the park was the site of some of the turning points in Philippine history such as the execution of the national hero Jose Rizal and the declaration of the Philippine independence from USA.

The Rizal Monument ca be found right in front of the park, which has become its famous symbol. The bronze statue, made in Switzerland and remodeled by national artist Juan Nakpil, is famously protected by the Kabalyeros de Rizal (Knights of Rizal) who do not move all-day or all-night long. It is also considered as the most-pictured site of the park.

Nowadays, the park is a favorite place for dating and for family picnics because of its spacious grassy lawns and open-air concert hall that features live entertainment and music. The park also has a chess plaza, a skating rink, fountains, and playgrounds. Every Sunday morning, Filipino martial artists use the park to practice eskrima, a traditional martial arts form.

The last time we were there was December of 2009, we were amazed by the big improvements of the park. Based on what we saw that time, I can say that the park is really well-maintained. Before, there was only Horse-drawn vehicles or calesas available for rent to tour the park, but now there's already a big and colorful Bus.

We plan of visiting Manila again this December together with our nieces and nephews, and the Luneta park is the number one spot on our list.

Address: Roxas Blvd., Manila
Directions: Luneta Park is located between Intramuros, Roxas Boulevard, TM Kalaw Avenue, and Taft Avenue.
Phone: +63 2 302 7381
Website: http://www.nationalparks.ph/

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  • Updated Sep 20, 2011
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