Rizal Park (Luneta Park)

"Rizal Park is situated in the heart of the city of Manila, Philippines. It is at the northern end of Roxas Boulevard, overlooking Manila Bay.

Rizal Park's history began in the early 1700s during the Spanish rule. While Manila's social and business activities were confined within Intramuros, a small area just south of the walls was cleared to prevent sneak attacks from the patriotic natives. The area was shaped like a small moon (lunette) and thus was named Luneta. The Park was also called Bagumbayan (English: New Town) in Spanish colonial era, and later known as Luneta.

Luneta has been the site of some of the most significant moments in Philippine history. Among them are: the execution of José Rizal on December 30, 1896, whose execution made him a hero of the Philippine Revolution. (It was officially renamed Rizal Park in his memory.); the Declaration of Philippine Independence from American rule on June 12, 1946; and the political rallies of Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aquino in 1986.

The 0km marker across the monument also serves as the point of origin or Kilometre Zero to all other cities in the Philippines." - From Wikipedia

How to go to Luneta Park?

It's easy to reach Luneta, if you reach Taft Avenue, there are lots of passenger jeepneys going there. You may ride jeepneys going to Quiapo, Sta. Cruz, Divisoria as long as it will pass through Manila City Hall or Intramuros.

Luneta was one of the min attraction in the City of Manila. Having a large area of 58 hectares, you can enjoy touring the park. You can do different activities like jogging, biking, skating, picnic, aerobics, etc. You can also meet different group and clubs meet there for their gathering and do different kind of activities. Some people go there just to relax and feel the nature. You can stroll and enjoy around Luneta Park.

These are the following places you can visit around Luneta Park:

  • Chinese Garden
  • Japanese Garden
  • Orchidarium
  • Botanical Garden
  • Planetarium
  • Childen's Garden
  • Skating Rink
  • Quirino Grandstand
  • Manila Ocean Park
  • Department of Tourism
  • National Museum 
  • National Library

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