Luneta Park is a tribute to the Phil.national hero Dr.Jose P. Rizal.It is located in the heart of Manila, very close to Manila Hotel.Also popular for families to have picnics.It also has Chinese garden, Orchidarium and Butterfly Pavillion,light and sound presentation of the last days of Dr.J.Rizal.And also known for open air concerts.
The Luneta is a lung for Manila -- albeit one with emphysema. It is a large green space in the heart of downtown that provides a respite from the choking deisel fumes of the jeepneys and allows one to enjoy a bit of space. What you won't get it true fresh air -- there is none of that to be had in this city! If you visit the Luneta during the day, you'll find it to be much less crowded than the rest of the city, as you can see from the Tuesday morning picture here. However, if you visit after sundown -- especially on the weekend -- you'll find most spaces occupied by locals relaxing and picnicking among friends. Manila residents love to just hangout and this is the great downtown hangout spot. If you want to hang out, come here. If you just want to experience Manila hanging out, this is the place to be.
Among its attractions are the Rizal Memorial, a Chinese Garden (5 pesos), a fountain, clean public restrooms (2 pesos -- a fee that keeps out the beggars) and the adjacent National Museum (closed Mondays and Tuesdays, damn it!). But the primary reason most people come here is just to sit in the grass and socialize.
Relatively cheap but very good food at Lush Life Garden Bistro.
It's in the middle of a sanctuary in the center of the bustling metropolis.
Great for both small and big events like intimate dates, family gaterings, weddings, seminars because it's so private and peaceful.
Plus, you get to see the Orchidarium for free if you go to Lush Life.
Parking is a breeze.
It's just so sad that very few people know about this small gem.
The 58-hectare (143 acre) Rizal Park is named for Dr Jose Rizal, renowned Philippine anti-colonialist, writer and philosopher. The park is one of the largest in South East Asia, and is a green lung much used by the residents of Manila for recreation and entertainment. The park features numerous ornamental gardens, a chess plaza and a skating rink. In a pond on the east side of the park the Philippines archipelago has been recreated in miniature. There are also some museums and public buildings within the park, and after sunset a sound and light exhibit featuring the martyrdom of Dr Jose Rizal is to be seen. On Sundays there is a free concert in an open-air auditorium.
This 58 -hectare park, popularly known as Luneta, has come to be known as a must-see landmark of the Philippines' capital city.
Formerly refered as Bagumbayan, it is here at this place where the National Hero was shot to death.
Foreign dignitaries lay wreathes of flowers in front of Jose Rizal's bronze life-size statue. Guards are present by the statue's side 24/7.
1. Rizal's life story through a light and sound show open from 7 a.m., fee - P10
2. children's playground near T.M. Kalaw Avenue.
3. Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden, fee - P5
Considered as one of the largest parks in Southeast Asia, it has an area of 58 hectares which runs from Taft Avenue up to the walls of the famous Manila Bay. It was known as the Bagumbayan field during the Spanish era since this was where the Filipino-Moslems took refuge after the Spaniards occupied Intramuros in 1571. It was also called "Luneta," which means Little Moon. For 74 years, it was used as an executing ground by the Spaniards for Filipino rebels and mutineers. By 1902, Daniel Bumham, architect and city planner, chose Bagumbayan as the site of the proposed American government center. He designed a U-shaped composition of buildings, but only three were constructed: the Executive House, the Department of Tourism building, and the Department of Finance building. It acquired its present name Rizal National Park in dedication to the Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, whose mortal remains were interred in the cornershore of the Rizal Monument in 1912.
The dancing fountains are a sight to behold at night. The body of our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, lies here. An honor guard watches over him 24 hours a day.
Formerly a cemetery during the Spanish time built in 1820 by the Dominican Fathers. At the back of the chapel, Rizal the Philippine national hero was secretly buried after his execution. Later his remains were exhumed and were transferred to the Luneta.
Luneta Park is Manila's largest and it's an excellent place to wind down and escape Manila's treacherous traffic. The park gained prominence during the Spanish colonial period when the country's greatest hero was martyred here through firing squad. A monument of Rizal now stands there and it is guarded day and night.
Luneta also hosts an orchidarium, a Japanese and Chinese garden as well as a grandstand.
Chinese Gardens are found within Rizal Park. The Japanese Gardens are also found within Rizal Park, is authentic but in miniature. It was developed to promote friendship and mutual understanding between the Japanese and Filipino people.
The calesa or horse drawn carriage is fast disappearing from the streets of Manila. It used to be king of the road, but is often relagated to side streets these days. You'll have to haggle, especially if you look foreign. $2 should get you a 15 minutes ride anywhere.
Watch the changing of the guards at the Rizal monument. Not quite Buckingham, but if you are into people watching, you'll have a field day. Luneta is Everyman's Park. Towards sunset is the best time to go.
Rizal Park is in the midst of Manila's hustle and bustle of a concrete jungle stands Rizal Park. A tribute to the country's national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, it marks the spot where Rizal, accused by the Spanish authorities of leading the insurrection, was executed by a firing squad. Luneta (as it is commonly called) is a refuge for early morning jogger and tai-chi practitioners. At night, the park is transformed into a romantic rendezvous for lovers.
Apart from its grassy expanse, Luneta also features a planetarium, dozens of fountains, an amphitheatre, a children's playground, a skating rink and the Chinese and Japanese gardens.
Formerly Bagumbayan and now called Luneta or Rizal Park, this is where Jose Rizal, our national hero was put to death by firing squad.
It's safe to walk around during the day but at night, it isn't advisable.
Formerly a cementery during the Spanish time built in 1820 by the Dominican Fathers. At the black of the chapel, Rizal the Philippine ntional hero, was secretly buried after his execution. Later his remains exchumed and was transferred to the Luneta.
Not really a MUST must...but if in you're the area, a stroll through Rizal Park is an interesting experience.
Jose Rizal is, officially, the national hero of the Philippines. I could go on and on about this dubious honor conferred upon him by the occupying Americans, but suffice it to say that his death at the hands of the Spaniards was the spark that lit the revolutionary fuse. Rizal, to his credit, was an outstanding author and poet, and his writings are exemplary displays of talent that are still well-appreciated today. The site upon which his monument stands is near the spot where he was executed on December 30, 1896. Behind the monument is a long gallery of busts of local heroes. There's a light and sound show of the events leading up to Rizal's execution near the monument.