For those foreign nationals who read this blog, including my friend Honza of Czech Republic, Rizal Park is the most visited park in Metro Manila. It is named after the Philippines’ National Hero, Jose Rizal. This is where the iconic Rizal Monument is located (which houses the remains of Rizal) and this is where he was executed (by firing squad) on December 30, 1896.
Today, Rizal Park remains to be one of the most visited place in the Philippines. In fact, it’s almost a custom for visiting dignitaries to lay a wreath at Rizal’s monument. Also, it’s a place of picnic and sports activities in Manila.
Last Sunday, I visited Rizal Park along with Quiapo Church and Intramuros. Almost nothing was changed since my last visit in 2004, except for the Children’s Playground (I’ll post the pictures tomorrow). Check out my pictures of Rizal Park and its nearby buildings:
The Manila Hotel
Entrance to Manila Ocean Park
San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila
Quirino Grandstand grounds
“Kalabaw” (Water Buffalo), the National Animal of the Philippines
Lapu-Lapu Monument a.k.a. the Statue of the Sentinel of Freedom
Department of Tourism (DOT)
Relief Map of the Philippines Marker (apparently, a Ferdinand Marcos project)
Negros Island (Relief Map of the Philippines)
The marker in front of Taft Avenue