On the northern side of Rizal Park you can have a massage at the Healing Hand Reflexology Massage and Services. This is in a real good location after you have been exploring Intramuros and Rizal Park by foot. Massage ranges from 150 to 250 pesos.
The statue shows two Filipino Soldiers helping a wounded Korean Soldier during the Korean conflict in the early 50's. The contingent from the Philippines consisted of 7,500 troops, the fourth largest under the UN command. You will find this statue and plaque ion the northern side of Rizal Park, Luneta.
The Soul Waves memorial was erected in Luneta Park in 2010, commemorating the 60th anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Philippines and Korea. The waves symbolise the love of freedom and hope that the sacred shores will protect the countries against oppression.
Unfortunately the Orchidarium was closed for repairs while we visited it this time but we had been there before where there is a good selection of orchids for flower lovers. It is also a pleasant place to relax in for an hour or so. The garden is pretty and many workers come here for their lunch break, or young couples hoping to be alone for a little while. The Orchidarium should be open by September 2013 and is located on the north side of Rizal Park.
There is a good program of concerts and other musical events that take place in Rizal Park. Many take place in the Quirino Grandstand but the events are posted on boards at several locations in the park. The musical events are usually free and the ones that take place in Quirino Grandstand are quite often broadcast live on TV
Binhi ng Ka;ayaan means 'Seeds of Freedom' which is the name of this sculpture in Rizal Park. The sculpture is made of bronze featuring a Filipino man, a Filipina lady and a child and you will find it opposite the pond which has the relief map of the Philippine Islands.
There are three plaques on the front, one in Tagalog and the other in English.
The Wisdom Walk is located in a covered walkway in the Chinese Gardens at Rizal Park. It is called this as there are sayings of Confucius on plaques attached to the posts supporting the roof (maybe as many as 50). His sayings are in Tagalog, English and Chinese, and offers good advice to everyone who visits, but most locals were young couples who were sitting around grabbing a moment of peace together.
The Chinese Garden is located in Rizal park and is a wonderful place to sit in the shade for a while. There is a pond and several Chinese structures as well as some beautiful trees and plants.
Pay the entrance fee (20 pesos if i remember correctly) and enter through the Chinese Gate that is carved with dragons and you will be surprised at this lovely garden that could be in the middle of Beijing. As you circumnavigate the gardens you will come across gazebos and pagodas with typical red columns.
Formerly called Bagumbayan (New Town) during the Spanish times, Luneta Park got its present name since it was in the shape of a half-moon or a lunette ...also known as rizal park in honor of jose rizal ...a national hero ...its like the central park version of manila
Right into the heart of the capital Manila lies Luneta Park or Rizal Park, which marks the Kilometer Zero of the Philippines and the northern tip of Roxas Boulevard, overlooking Manila Bay. Built in the early 1700s, the park was the site of some of the turning points in Philippine history such as the execution of the national hero Jose Rizal and the declaration of the Philippine independence from USA.
The Rizal Monument ca be found right in front of the park, which has become its famous symbol. The bronze statue, made in Switzerland and remodeled by national artist Juan Nakpil, is famously protected by the Kabalyeros de Rizal (Knights of Rizal) who do not move all-day or all-night long. It is also considered as the most-pictured site of the park.
Nowadays, the park is a favorite place for dating and for family picnics because of its spacious grassy lawns and open-air concert hall that features live entertainment and music. The park also has a chess plaza, a skating rink, fountains, and playgrounds. Every Sunday morning, Filipino martial artists use the park to practice eskrima, a traditional martial arts form.
The last time we were there was December of 2009, we were amazed by the big improvements of the park. Based on what we saw that time, I can say that the park is really well-maintained. Before, there was only Horse-drawn vehicles or calesas available for rent to tour the park, but now there's already a big and colorful Bus.
We plan of visiting Manila again this December together with our nieces and nephews, and the Luneta park is the number one spot on our list.
I have pictures of myself as a three-year-old enjoying the slides at Luneta Park (considered the Philippines' National Park)--- and I actually have very early memories of waking up early so that my parents could bring myself and my sister (VTer Jumpingwithnorman) to Luneta, now also known as Rizal Park.
This park has been here since Spanish colonial times and this is where the people gathered and even watched executions, like the famous one which killed our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal on December 30, 1896. His hands were tied and his back was to the gunfire, but when the shots were fired, he turned around to face his executioners! There is now a group of brass statues that form the centerpiece of a Light and Sound Show (630 Pm – 730 PM). Also see the changing of the guards at the memorial to Rizal.
Best time to visit Luneta is at about 5AM (wake up, Sunshine!), just before sunrise, when you will see these people practicing the art of Tai Chi (that slow-moving style of Chinese exercise). It’s nice to jog in the park with the honking of the jeepneys on the road, and everybody is just starting their day. There is also less smog during the early morning and you still smell the wetness of the grass.
On Sunday afternoons, there can be Filipino martial arts exhibitions, and sometimes free concerts at the Park Auditorium. You can also enjoy the nice botanical gardens in the Park itself – the Chinee and Japanese gardens. There is even a Planetarium!
Evenings are for young couples dating in the park, and if you are hungry, there are several nearby restaurants.
Park Location: along Padre Faura, Ermita, Manila
Chinese Garden was built to promote friendship and tolerance between China & the Philippines. Situated on the middle of Rizal Park, a mininal entrance fee of P5 is required to enter the premises. It is a place worth seeing. Inside one can see a lagoon & corridor designed like the one found in the Summer Palace in Beijing. Even the gate is designed like the ones found in Chinatown. This place is frequented by dating couples searching for privacy.
Rizal Park is a real oasis in the centre of the city and is popularly known as Luneta Park. There are flowers, fountains, wide lawns and, of course plenty of music attracting thousands of strolling Filipinos every day in the late afternoon and evening. You can see Chinese doing taichi in the early morning hours. Sunday is family day, with a chance to listen to the free concert at 5pm, the Concert at the Park. On New Year's Day there are great celebrations here.
Japanese Garden is found in the middle section of Rizal Park or Luneta. It is built to promote friendship and tolerance between Japan & the Philippines. Inside can be found a lagoon & a bridge. It's nice to take a pleasant walk around the garden. Plenty of couples frequented the place for dating. Minimal entrance fee of P5 is required to enter the garden.
Strolling in THE LUNETA park on Sundays. Also watch the honor guard at the Rizal Memorial in the Park. There are often concerts and other performances. The NATIONAL MUSEUM is at the edge of the park.
Great place to watch people and see Filipinos at leisure. There is an outdoor roller skating rink (may still be under repair) that is very popular.