Luneta, Manila

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    Luneta Park At Night

    by Kellydhotbabe Written Nov 19, 2013

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    We recently visited last Sunday, November 17, 2013. There was plenty of people even at night and we were wondering what they were waiting for. Most families spreaded their mats around and having dinner picnic. Then the music started to play and the fountain started to strike colorful lights. It was an amazing dancing fountain show! Kids and adults were even dancing with the music! There was also an artificial falls nearby that also changes colors!

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    SHADY FOREST in the CITY, WELL, NOT EXACTLY

    by davidjo Written Aug 3, 2013
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    Just near Quirino Grandstand by Rizal Park there is a small shady park with a few seats scattered around, which is a lovely place to relax and get away from the heat of the sun. About 15 years ago Senator Loren Legarda launched the campaign to plant trees in urban areas as well as schools, government Centers, along the highway and churchyards. The program was called LUNTIANG PILIPINAS and so far over 2,000,000 trees have been planted in 33 provinces throughout the country, making the Filipino people more aware of the importance of the environment.
    Three cheers and well done!!

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    THE SUBLIME PARALYTIC

    by davidjo Updated Aug 1, 2013
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    Apolinario Mabini (1864-1903) served his country as the first Prime Minister back in 1899, and also known as 'the brains behind the revolution', but his enemies knew him as 'dark chamber of the president'. Unfortunately he suffered from some ailment which resulted in both his legs being paralysed. His statue stands near the Quirino Grandstand just after you have climbed the steps by the Centennial clock. He as born in Batangas, son of an illiterate peasant, then worked as a houseboy in return for board and lodgings. He saved his money from doing odd jobs and managed to attend school when he could afford it and finally earned a law degree at the University of Santo Tomas in 1894. He served General Aguinaldo during the Philippine American War and edited the first constitution. The Americans late exiled him to Guam because of his attitude , but they allowed him to return to Manila in 1903, but unfortunately died from Cholera in Manila the same year. His face used to be on the old 10 peso note.

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    SULTAN DIPATUAN KUDARAT (1581-1671)

    by davidjo Written Aug 1, 2013

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    You will find this statue of the strong leader of Maguindanao near Quirino Grandstand. He fought the Spanish and won, keeping them from taking his land and was also a direct descendant of Sharrif Kabungsuwan who was responsible for introducing Islam to the Philippines. He ruled over many parts of Mindanao and his descendants today are the Datus, a political force in the area.

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    THE CHIEF JUSTICE EXECUTED

    by davidjo Written Aug 1, 2013

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    CONTINUED......By the Japanese in May 1942, Jose Abad Santos refused to evacuate to the United States, preferring to stay in his homeland and deal with the Japanese.
    You can see his statue to the right after you have climbed the steps towards Quirino Grandstand.

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    THE BOY GENERAL

    by davidjo Written Aug 1, 2013

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    Known as the Boy General as Gregorio H Del Pilar (1875-99) , nephew of Marcelo H Del Pilar, who has a street named after him in Ermita, as he died young after being involved in the Philippine Revolution and the Philippine-American War. In his short military career he accepted the surrender of Spanish forces in his hometown of Bulacan. As soon as the sale of the Philippines from Spain to USA took place the Philippine -American War broke out (Feb 1899), and in December that year he was shot in the neck during the Battle of Tirad Pass. There were 60 Philippine soldiers trying to hold back 300 Americans while Emilio Aguinaldo escaped.

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    GRANDSTAND FOR A PRESIDENT

    by davidjo Updated Aug 1, 2013

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    Quirino Grandstand was built in 1949 on reclaimed land from Manila Bay where President Quirino was sworn in after his successful election campaign, and ever since then it is traditional that all newly elected presidents take the oath of office there. Many important events also take place there, especially in 1998 as the country celebrated 100 years of independence.

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    NATIONAL ANIMAL of the PHILIPPINES

    by davidjo Written Aug 1, 2013
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    By the steps leading to Quirino Grandstand you will see a statue of a water buffalo on either side, the national animal of the Philippines. The one on the left is a Carabao and the one on the right is a Tamaraw, otherwise known as the Mindanao Dwarf Buffalo. The carabao is a very important animal in the Philippines before tractors and plows were invented as they did all the work in the rice fields. The animal has to rest every few hours, and usually in a muddy pool.

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    THREE FACED BULOVA CLOCK

    by davidjo Written Aug 1, 2013
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    You will find this clock just as you climb the steps towards the Quirino Grandstand at the west end of Rizal Park. It is known as the Centenary Clock and was placed there in 1998 under the instructions of President Estrada to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Republic of the Philippines.

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    THE COUNTRY'S GREATEST HERO

    by davidjo Written Jul 31, 2013
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    In Rizal Park, Luneta you can find a memorial to perhaps the greatest Philippine hero, Jose Rizal. Rizal was shot to death by a firing squad of Filipino soldiers but there was a back up Squad of Spanish soldiers standing just behind in case the local soldiers failed to carry out the execution. Rizal actually was on the way to Cube via Spain when he was arrested in Barcelone and was sent back to Manila the same day. He was convicted for rebellion, sedition and conspiracy and sentenced to death.
    There is a light and sound Museum located behind his memorial which is worth a visit.
    This Execution Site or the Light and Sounds Museum (located at Rizal Park, near the Rizal Monument) is open to public daily except Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The regular entrance is only P10.00, and P50.00 during night shows.

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    RIZAL'S EXECUTION SITE

    JOSE RIZAL Y MERCADO, FILIPINO PHYSICIAN, PROPAGANDIST, WRITER, AND PATRIOT WAS EXECUTED WITHIN THESE HALLOWED GROUNDS AT EXACTLY 7:03 IN THE MORNING OF DECEMBER 30, 1800 BY AN EIGHT MAN SQUAD OF FILIPINO RIFLEMEN FROM THE 70TH INFRANTRY REGIMENT THE MAGALLANES OF THE SPANISH COLONIAL ARMY.THOSE WHO WITNESSED RIZAL'S PUBLIC EXECUTION INCLUDED LT. LUIS TAVIEL DE ANDRADE, HIS LEGAL OFFENDER DURING HIS TRIAL FOR ALLEGED TREASON AGAINST SPAIN, AND THE TWO JESUIT PRIESTS, FR. JOSE VILLACLARA, S.J. AND FR. ESTANISLAO MARCH, S.J. WHO ACCOMPANIED RIZAL DURING HIS FINAL WALK BEFORE HIS EXECUTION. RIZAL'S MARTYRDOM FANNED THE FLAMES OF THE FILIPINO REVOLUTION OF 1896 AND INSPIRED THE FILIPINOS IN THEIR RESOLUTE AND EPIC FIGHT FOR FREEDOM.

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    CRUEL DEATH BY GARROTE

    by davidjo Written Jul 31, 2013
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    A memorial stands in the honor of Father Burgos, Zamora and Gomez who were executed on this exact spot on 17th February 1872. The area is now called Luneta or Rizal Park but in those days it was known as Bagumbayan and you can find the memorial on the northern edge of the park. After a trial at Fort Santiago they were brought here so the dirty deed would be carried out. A Garrote was a metal collar that was tightened by a screw until the victim died. HOW CRUEL THEY WERE BACK THEN
    They were charged with inciting a revolution, but apparently it was not exactly true, the Spanish authorities just needed an excuse to get rid of them.

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    MURDERED BY HIS OWN AIDE

    by davidjo Written Jul 31, 2013
    died at the young age of 25

    While walking around the lagoon in Rizal Park you will come across a statue of Pantaleon Villegas {1873-1898) but who was he? Better known as Leon Kilat (Lightning Leo) he started life working in a drug store in Cebu, later a bakery and afterwards a circus where he joined in the Katipunan , a secret revolutionary organization against the Spanish. He led the revolt against the Spanish forces on Palm Sunday 1898 but was betrayed and stabbed and killed by his own aide a week later on Good Friday

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    PRESIDENT of the REPUBLIC of ZAMBOANGA

    by davidjo Written Jul 31, 2013
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    Vicente Alvarez (1862-1942), a heroic Philippine General who forced the last Spanish troops out of Zamboanga and leave the Philippines forever. You can see his statue around the lagoon in Rizal Park. He was born in Zamboanga but studied Military Studies in the Philippines and Spain. He made himself the first president of the Republic of Zamboanga before the Americans forced him out and he fled to Basilan.

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    PATRIOTIC REBELLION and POLITICAL ACTIVIST

    by davidjo Written Jul 31, 2013

    If you are a history buff you must wander around the lagoon in Rizal Park where many busts of famous Filipinos stand on pedestals. Gregorio Aglipay (1860-1940) became the first Filipino Supreme Bishop of the Philippine Independent Church. He incited rebellion among the Filipino clergy and was excommunicated by the Archbishop in 1899. He started life as an orphan in the tobacco fields of Ilocos Norte which resulted in his mistrust of the Spanish Government. He studied law but later entered the priesthood. He actually ran for the presidency of the Commonwealth of the Philippines but lost to Manuel Quezon and Sergio Osmena. The new church permitted priests to marry so he did just that at the age of 79, but died the year after.

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    WRITER, LAWYER and JOURNALIST

    by davidjo Written Jul 31, 2013

    You can see a statue of this famous man near the lagoon in Rizal Park so you might want to know something about him.
    Marcelo H Del Pilar (1850-96) was born in Buacan, 50 kms north of Manila. His father was elected mayor of his town on 3 occasions but Marcelo studied law and eventually started up the first bi-lingual newspaper, Diariong Tagalog in 1882. Later Pilar was about to be banished from the country due to his subversive activities but he fled to Spain before the judgement was given. In Barcelona he was the editor of La Solidaridad newspaper until he died of tuberculosis in 1896 at the young age of 46.

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