Pagbibigay Pugay Kay Rizal

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I have to see Anna. I very good friend from Singapore, another pinoy who worked in Singapore when I was still there. She is heading to Beijing for a sort of "permanent" job and she has to stay in Manila for a few weeks to iron out her papers.

Anyway, we met first at Galleria Mall. We had lunch at Friday's. Then we decided to stay longer at the mall since it's too hot outside, around 34 to 35 C that day. We had Mojito first to cool us down, then I had Long Island , she had her margarita. Fast forward, we were tipsy when we left the mall.

She said she wanted to pay homage to Rizal. I thought it was a joke. Nah, an hour later, we were at Luneta park (or Rizal Park).
Statue of Rizal
Rizal is the most revered person in the Philippines. He is our National hero. This park is where he was executed. His death sparked the revolution that gave our archipelago freedom from Spain.

Anyway, the part is not so green, lacking trees and privacy. This is packed with locals to temporarily escape the clamour of the city. Though there are lot's of things to see in this part. Well of course, the statue of Rizal is the most prominent if not the most important feature of the place. Then there's this small pond at the middle, then a sculpture of another local hero, Lapu-lapu. He was the one who killed Magellan. Cool eh?

There's a planitarium, a chinese garden and a memorial to Rizal depicting his execution. His last poem, Mi Ultimo Adios was also carved on a marble in three different languages - Spanish (original), English and Filipino.

Then on some lucky sundays, there's concert at the park. And it's for free.

Though beware of some scalawags, pickpockets...
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Statue of Rizal
Statue of Rizal
Statue of Rizal
Statue of Rizal
Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak N…
Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak …
Sari-sari Store
Sari-sari Store
Old Filipino House
Old Filipino House
Department Of Tourism
Department Of Tourism
Chieftain Lapu-lapu
Chieftain Lapu-lapu
National Museum
National Museum
Orchidarium
Orchidarium
Callesa
Callesa
Gumburza Place of Execution
Gumburza Place of Execution
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photo by: Deats