Historical Tour by A Friend
Manila Travel Blog› entry 16 of 21 › view all entries
March 8th, 2009 – by: planisphere
Anyway, I was satisfied after our visit to the Museums, as always.
After the visit, we decided to check Paco Park. It is another old Spanish cemetery with a small chapel. The place was originally planned as a cemetery for the aristocrats of Manila society during the Spanish 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. As the population continued to grow, a second outer wall was built with the thick adobe walls were hollowed as niches and the top of the walls were made into pathways for promenades.
However, during World War II in 1912, burial or interment at the Paco Park ceased. It had been the burial ground for several generations and descendants of those who were buried in the park had the remains of their ancestors transferred.
A Roman Catholic chapel with circular dome was built inside the walls of the Paco Park and it was dedicated to St Pancratius (a minor saint I guess). Today, this place is one of the choices of church for weddings and receptions for those who prefer a garden-like settings. The used-to-be circular cemetery simply gives an old and romantic ambiance.
After the Paco church, we headed to Aristocrat for some merienda. After finishing a bowl of chicken rice porridge and a glass of four seasons fruit shake, we headed to the nearby church, another old church, the Malate church. This church is distinct in a sense that it mixed Arabic element with baroque Cristiano style. The style is Mudejar, a blend of geometric arabesque in Catholic structure that are found in moor-influenced Spain.
A mass was on going during our visit, so we were not able to explore the interior of the church, but from the look of it, it was a simple with nothing special golden retablo and plain ceiling. :)
Then it was time to go home. It was a tiring day with Manila experiencing its tropical summer. A short exposure to sunlight tis time could be painful for some. Beaches are really calling me....:)
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