Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Manila: A Late Afternoon Stroll at Rizal Park

The first time I went to Manila was more than two decades ago when I was still in high school. It was a vacation to a family friend somewhere in Batangas. I could hardly recall the places we visited during that time but one thing I could still remember was when we dropped by Rizal Park right after we were fetched from the airport. 

Rizal Park is more popularly known as Luneta. It is the execution site of National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal on December 30, 1896, an event that led to the 1898 Philippine Revolution against the Kingdom of Spain. Because history is written all over the place, it became a major tourist attraction in the City of Manila.

During my work-related stay in Manila which lasted for almost a month, I would often frequent the park to run around its loop. Its proximity to Intramuros where our company’s dorm is located made Rizal Park a convenient choice as my running route.

One lazy Saturday afternoon, I made plans to take photos of the Manila Bay sunset along Roxas Boulevard. However, a photowalk on top of the Intramuros walls took a huge chunk of my time. Realizing I have no more time to catch the sunset at the bay I decided to just take advantage of the remaining daylight at Rizal Park.

Since it was a weekend, there were plenty of people hanging around the park.  The fountain show already started when I arrived though the lights that would accompany its movements were still not switched on.

 I walked towards the Rizal Monument and took some shots with the setting sun on its background.

I then crossed Roxas Boulevard and walked towards Quirino Grandstand. There I saw some kids with their parents enjoying the late afternoon by flying kites. I was delighted to see this quaint scenery amid the busy metropolis.

As it was getting dark, I walked back to Rizal Park and was just in time for the start of the Dancing Fountain show. With Sugarfree music blaring on the background, the fountain became sprays of lights with explosive colors. Water gushed to as high as 88 feet and swayed and spout in sync with the music. The free show was both entertaining and captivating and definitely entertained the crowd that gathered around the lagoon. 

Travel Tips:

1.In going to Luneta, take any jeepney bound for Quiapo, Sta. Cruz or Divisoria that will pass by Manila City Hall. Just to be sure, ask the driver  if it will pass by Luneta Park.

2.There are mini-stores selling snack items inside the park. There is also a canteen which serve affordable meals.

3. The free fountain show schedule is every 6 AM to 8 AM from Mondays to Sundays, 6 PM to 10 PM from Mondays to Thursdays and 6 PM to 12 AM from Fridays to Sundays. 

4. As with any other crowded places, always be aware of your personal belongings.   
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  2. may dancing fountain nb this sept sa luneta?


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