Pagbibigay Pugay Kay Rizal
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August 31st, 2008 – by: planisphere
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).
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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