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.
It was very creepy to walk around here... i felt i was on a movie set of a horror flick..but it was amazing to see the histroical building untouched.. plus it still functioning today.. there was a wedding going on inside..
Paco Park is a recreational garden area and was once Manila’s 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. 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. A Roman Catholic chapel was built inside the walls of the Paco Park. Philippine national hero Dr. José P. Rizal was interred at Paco Park after his execution at Bagumbayan. Every Friday by sunset, "Paco Park Presents" feature the finest musical artists and chorales, local and guests performers for an evening of classical and traditional Filipino music.
Jose Burgos, Mariano Gomez and Jacinto Zamora, the three priests who were executed by garrote by the colonists in 1875 for there involvement with the Cavite Mutiny. In 1998 bones were discovered in the Paco Park Cemetery that are believes to have belonged to one of the priests. The shrine in Paco Park was unveiled by President Fidel Ramos on the 123rd anniversary of the tragic event. As you enter Paco Park you will see the memorial on the right. All three priests were implicated in the mutiny but basically it was just an excuse to get rid of Father Burgos.
The mutiny occurred when the authorities decided to tax the Filipino soldiers who had been exempt up to that date. Later all the Filipino soldiers were sent into exile on the southern island of Mindanao.
Paco Park is just a 5 minute walk from the Padre Faura exit of Robinson's Shopping Mall in Ermita. There is a small entrance charge which was 10 pesos i think, but it is quite a pleasant place to sit and relax for a while. The park was originally a cemetery for the better off aristocrats during the Spanish colonial times The cemetery was originally round with the niches for the dead 5 high and eventually a second outer wall had to be constructed to accommodate more bodies and the tops of the walls were made into walkways. The famous Hero Jose Rizal was interred there after his execution in 1898.
In 1912 the cemetery stopped interment and many of the relatives of the dead transferred their remains to somewhere else. During the war the Japanese used the park as a supply depot. At one end of the park you can find Paco Church which is very small and not open when we visited.
During the late afternoon you can see school children practicing their dance moves here, or young couple sitting in shady areas.
A small national park and church in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Manila.This place was a cemetry previously and still has a strange feel to it.A few peso's for entry between 8 am to 5pm.