Sunday, June 3, 2012

Rizal Park: Manila’s Urban Oasis for Family and Tourist


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Rizal Park is one of the major tourist attractions in Manila. This is where most Filipino families enjoy their weekends or holidays for picnic, unwinding, socializing, and also a good place for students to rehearse  their play and other academic activities.


Located along Manila Bay, Rizal Park has been the site of the most significant moments in Philippine History.  Inaugurations of the Presidents of the Philippines at the Quirino Grandstand, religious and political rallies, and the 1995 World Youth Day presided by Pope John Paul II which is the first time in Asian country to host the event.
 
During my adolescent time, Me and my family use to go here every Sunday where we only rode via bicycle from an old place in Caloocan towards Roxas Boulevard where south bound lane closes every Sundays from 6am to 9am to give way for bikers and runners. After 9am we go to Rizal Park to rest and spend our picnic before we rode back home.



Chinese Garden

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Ornate with an old Chinese-style gate flanked by seemingly swirling dragons to greet visitors entering the park which has small lake, pagodas and gazebos that are decorated with mythical figures. Located at the Rizal Park, Chinese Garden is the favorite place for family get together, academic rehearsal for students, and for lovers alike spending time quietly and savoring the serene atmosphere. This is also a better place to meditate, relax, and do Tai-chi.



Diorama of Jose Rizal’s Martyrdom

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Contrary to the popular beliefs that Rizal was executed at the spot where the Rizal Monument was located which is commonly seen by walking at the park or even when passing by Roxas Boulevard. Look at the left when facing the Monument because there was an enclosed park called Diorama of Jose Rizal’s Martyrdom where you will see a life size bronze sculpture of  Rizal’s last hour. This is the exact place where Rizal was executed by the Spanish civil guards in December 30, 1890.

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Before you enter the park you can read 3 language translations of the famous poem written by Rizal at his last hour, the Mi Ultimo Adios in Spanish (which is the original language written by Rizal), My Last Farewell in English, and the Huling Paalam in Filipino. Enjoy Rizal’s last minute history which marked the greatest event in the Philippine history by watching the Light and Sound presentation in the evening featuring a multimedia dramatization of the last poignant minutes of the life of Jose Rizal, the country’s national hero.