Saturday morning past 8 o’clock my phone beeped, I read the message “saan tayo ngayon?” I never expected someone will ask me where my destination for that day. I replied to my buddy “hindi ko alam” and she replied to me “ayaw ko masayang ang oras ko ngayong weekend”. Baka magtampo kung tanggihan ko kanyang request. I want a cheap travel and also educational, I texted my PTB friends who visited the Paco Park fortunately all of them replied to me and they taught me how to get there.
We met at U.N LRT station, there were also pedicabs offering their service going to Paco Park but we chose to walk because according to vendor that I asked near the stairs of LRT station it’s only 10-15mins if you will walk. When we arrived at the park there were large group of students visiting the park for educational tour, 4 buses all in all. The entrance fee is 10.00 each
During the Second World War, Japanese forces used Paco Park as a central supply and ammunition depot. The high thick adobe walls around the park were ideal for defensive positions of the Japanese. The park was converted into a national park in 1966 during the term of President Diosdado Macapagal. Paco Park’s grandeur was slowly restored after the war and since then has remained as a public park and promenade for many teenage sweethearts who could spend quiet moments along the park’s benches and private alcoves.
This dome and oval chapel had an altar that was originally white and gold, on each side of the altar are the repositories for the remain of governors and bishops.
The cemetery is circular in shape, with an inner circular fort that was the original cemetery and with the niches that were placed or located within the hollow walls.
On December 30, 1898, Philippine national hero Dr. José P. Rizal was interred at Paco Park after his execution at Bagumbayan. Paco Park is a 4,114.80 square metre recreational garden area and was once Manila’s municipal cemetery during the Spanish colonial period. It is located along General Luna St. and at the east end of Padre Faura Street in Paco district in the City of Manila, the Philippines.
Paco Park was originally planned as a municipal cemetery for the well-off and established aristocratic Spanish families who resided in the old Manila, or the city within the walls of Intramuros during the Spanish colonial era. Most of the wealthy families interred the remains of their loved ones inside the municipal cemetery in what was once the district of Dilao (former name for Paco).
I was surprised because the park’s well maintained and it has pleasant sitting area where you can relax for a while. The park also accepts wedding ceremony and prenup photoshoot.
Source of Info: Wikipedia
How to get there:
- Ride a LRT line 1 then get-off at the U.N station or Pedro Gil station because the street going to Paco park is in between of that 2 stations, asks the vendors where to find the Manila Science Highschool as your landmark at the Father Faura Street fallow the road at the end of the road you will see the signage of the Park.