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Rizal Park | Luneta Park All you need to know

The Rizal Park water fountain and music are just amazing... Fun to watch and perfect for a couple or family.
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The Rizal Park water fountain and music are just amazing… Fun to watch and perfect for a couple or family.

Rizal Park, still widely known as ‘Luneta Park‘ (which was its name until the 1950s), spreads out over 60 hectares of open lawns, gardens, ponds, paved walks, and wooded areas. Rizal Park houses monuments to the pantheon of famous Filipino heroes.

As the well-known spot where the hero José Rizal was executed, the park holds great historical significance. At the Rizal Park Visitors Centre, you can obtain a detailed map showing almost 40 sights of significant within the park.

Rizal Park Luneta Park aerial shot

Rizal Park | Luneta Park All you need to know

Metro Manila is crying out for more good public parks. Rizal Park is one of the few large parks where you can leisurely stroll in Manila.

The park is named after the national hero, writer, artist, and political activist,  Dr. Jose Rizal. In addition, there is also an Arts theatre where different groups perform free of charge.

February is known as the “Art” Month and so, during that month you can enjoy many great folkloric groups, classical ballet and even modern dance shows all for free. All it will cost you is your time.

Rizal Park is where you will find the Rizal Monument. This monument is fronted by a 46m flagpole and guarded by sentries in full regalia. This is, reportedly where Dr. Jose Rizals remains are buried and the monument stands proudly as a symbol of Filipino nationhood.

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Rizal Park - Luneta Park

Many years ago Rizal Park was dry, dirty, and not well maintained for a national monument. But, not anymore! The grass is green, there are well-tended flowers and, when we were there, most mornings at 5:30 AM there is a “Zomba” group of close to 100 people dancing their way to good health.

To one side of the monument is where Rizal was executed. There is a black granite wall at the entrance, inscribed with Rizal’s ‘Mi Ultimo Adios’ (My Last Farewell) with eight, life-size bronze statues recreating the last moments of Rizals’ Life.

On the other side of the monument, toward Kalaw Ave, is a fountain shipped all the way from Heidelberg, Germany, where Rizal spent time studying at university.

Next is the Central Lagoon found in the center of the park. This lagoon contains busts of Filipino heroes and martyrs. The fountain in the center of the lagoon erupts in colorful explosions each evening.

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