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Address: Manila, Philippines

Latitude: 14.5833333

Longitude: 120.9666667

Time Zone: Philippine Time

Categories: Activities, Culture, Attraction

Tags: Family, Tourist-free, Cultural

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Rizal Park (also known as Luneta Park) is an urban and historical park located in the northern end of Roxas Boulevard, alongside Manila Bay, in the heart of the city of Manila, Philippines.The bronze-and-granite Rizal monument is among the most famous sculptural landmarks in the country. It is almost protocol for visiting dignitaries to lay a wreath at the monument. Located on the monument is not merely the statue of the national hero, but also his remains.In Rizal's birth centenary year in 1961, a stainless steel pylon was superimposed over the granite obelisk, increasing the structure's height from 12.7 meters to 30.5 meters. The remodeling undertaken by the Jose Rizal National Centennial Commission (JRNCC) was widely criticized. Many found the gleaming modern steel shaft incompatible with the somber granite base. Moreover, the latter seemed to dwarf the much smaller Rizal figure. Others simply dislike the idea of tampering with a popular and traditional image.The Independence Flagpole, standing at 107 metres (351 ft), is the highest flagpole in the Philippines. On this spot in front of Rizal Monument, at 9:15am July 4, 1946, the full independence of the Republic of the Philippines (or the Second Philippine Republic) was proclaimed as authorized by the United States President Harry S. Truman. Next to the flagpole, a grand Independence Grandstand, designed by architect Juan Arellano, was built just for the occasion.The park is a local spot for families to have picnics on Sundays and holidays and one of the major tourist attractions of Manila. It has a small man-made lake with a relief map of the Philippine archipelago in the middle. The park has recreational value as well as bands, orchestras and other forms of entertainment are provided for free in the open-air auditorium, aptly called "Concert at the Park". Other famous attractions include Department of Tourism Building, the National Museum of the Philippines and the Manila Planetarium.
LUNETA PARK is one of the most historical place in the PHILIPPINES , This is the place where our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal was killed by the spaniards. here you can find the beautiful chinese garden, and the beautiful ocean park manila bay at the back of grandstand....
a park where the monument of the most beloved and revered national hero Jose Rizal stood...this is a park in Manila where everyone can visit and have outdoor fun for the whole family and friends...even tours for school children so that they too can see and feel a taste of history...picnics in its lush garden and trees, walking or jogging or bicycling you can do there as well...so come and visit this historical place...it's fun and free but you need to be responsible also in picking up your own "trash", don't litter this historic park...
Rizal Park's history began in the early 1700s during the Spanish rule. While Manila's social and business activities were confined within Intramuros, a small area just south of the walls was cleared to prevent sneak attacks from the patriotic natives. The area was shaped like a small moon (lunette) and thus was named Luneta. The Park was also called Bagumbayan (English: New Town) in Spanish colonial era, and later known as Luneta.

Luneta has been the site of some of the most significant moments in Philippine history . Among them are the execution of José Rizal on December 30, 1896, whose execution made him a hero of the Philippine Revolution. (It was officially renamed Rizal Park in his memory.); the Declaration of Philippine Independence from American rule on June 12, 1946; and the political rallies of Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aquino in 1986.

The 0km marker across the monument also serves as the point of origin or Kilometre Zero to all other cities in the Philippines.
Located in the capital city, Manila, the Luneta Park was built as a tribute to the greatest hero of the Philippines, Dr. Jose Rizal. Earlier known as Bagumbayan Field, the Luneta Park is one of the leading historical places of the Philippines. This was the historical site where Dr. Rizal was executed by a Spanish military firing squad on 30 December, 1896 because he had spread the ideals of revolution against Spanish rule.

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