Considered as one-of-a-kind, Rizal Park also called as Luneta Park is one of the biggest and an ancient public park of Asia that is situated at the northern end of Roxas Boulevard, extending towards Manila bay (Philippines). The park is the home of many momentous landmarks of Philippines such as the statue of Jose Rizel.
A Filipino patriot, poet, writer and a national hero who was executed in December 1986 by the Spanish and the park was then renamed as Rizal Park to highly esteem his efforts and commitment with the country and now this landmark serves as the centre point of this recreational park.
His famous poem ‘Mi Ultimo Adios’ is engraved on a memorial slab and the locus is continuously been protected by the ritual soldiers called as Kabalyeros de Rizal ‘Knights of Rizal’ Luneta Park is a must-see place, always included in the list of those who visit Philippines and you can too take Manila flights for visiting this stunning area of historical significance.
Majorly the park is separated into three portions with the largest area of 40 acres allocated to the National Museum of Filipino People (the department of archaeology and anthropology) and the Department of Tourism (responsible for controlling a smooth and healthy tourism). Besides 22 hectare area extends towards the boulevard followed by an open land of 10 hectares.
The park also serves as one of the most astounding picnic resorts for the people on holidays and features an artificial scenic lake that displays a Filipino Relief map, in its centre. Apart from this the park also owns various orchestras, open air auditorium (Concert at the park) and also Manila Planetarium. You will love to see the Filipino, Eskrima and Kali martial art groups at Luneta practicing stick fighting in an amiable environment.
The most remarkable feature of the park is the Independence Flagpole that has the height of 351 feet, the highest one in Philippines and is standing with full zeal and zest. Right in front of the landmark of Rizel, on this historical spot, Philippines got independence in 1946 and in its close vicinity lies the Independence Grandstand designed by the great architecture Juan Arellano as a commemoration symbol. It was then replaced by a Quirino Grandstand in 1949 where all the Filipino presidents take oath for their missions and deliver inaugural speeches for the nation.
A fanciful garden-The Chinese Garden, reminding you of Peking with ornamented Chinese-design gates and with the carvings of twiddling dragons will truly mesmerize you and another garden-The Japanese Garden that was built for the promotion of a companionship between Philippines and Japan, a worth-watching place of Japanese oriented fields, bridges and lagoons is also located here.
One of the most alluring parts of the park is Orchidarium and Butterfly pavilion that was built in 1994, having an extensive collection of butterflies and orchids breeds and is admired as a best-loved spot for wedding functions. Along with all such tempting and appealing sites there are many other fascinating points of interest at this awe-inspiring park. So you should plan a visit for Manila once in your life time, for having the utmost fun at Rizal Park.