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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Paco Park, Manila

It’s almost the end of the year and I have tons of pictures waiting to be uploaded and share. I got so busy with the entire Christmas celebration that I ended up exhausted and tired at the end of the day.

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Among these unpublished pictures on my hard drive are the pictures of Paco Park in the City of Manila. It’s where the remains of our National Hero, Jose Rizal, was first laid to rest before being transferred to his monument in Rizal Park.

It was known as Paco Cemetery before and the marker on the entrance reads:

Paco Cemetery

Completed shortly previous to the cholera epidemic of 1820. Nine of the niches were donated by the City of Manila in grateful acknowledgment of the services of the Dominicans to the victims of cholera. The mausoleum of Governor General Ramon Solano y Lladeral is inside the mortuary chapel. The remains of the Filipino leader, Dr. Jose Rizal y Mercado were interred here from December 30, 1896 to December 29, 1912.

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Behind the chapel, lies the site where Dr. Jose Rizal was first buried. The marker reads:

Jose Rizal

Executed 30 December 1896. Interred secretly in this spot by the authorities on the same day. Guarded for fifteen days by the Guardia Civil Veterana. Remains exhumed 17 August 1898. Placed in an urn made by Teodoro Romualdo de Jesus. Deposited in the house of his mother in Estraude Street, Binondo and on 30 December 1912 laid beneath his monument at the Luneta.

I’ve always wanted to visit this famous landmark and that feeling was rekindled when this site was featured on The Amazing Race Philippines. It became the starting line of the race.

I was able to visit this famous site during the Metro Manila Leg of the Canon PhotoMarathon held December 8, 2012. It was a very nice experience. Today, the Paco Park is a famous venue for weddings and pre-nuptial shoots. I sure hope that my next visit to this site is for a client that would believe in my photography skills and is willing to pay.

Wish me luck!

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The mausoleum which also serves as the wedding venue. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take pictures of the interior

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Paco Park is definitely an ideal place for wedding because of it’s history and the serene atmosphere of the place

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