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Rizal Park / Luneta (local & abroad)

Initially called 'Bagumbayan' (literally: "new town"), Luneta is so-called because of the half-moon shape of the park situated in front of Manila Bay. Back in the day the original park was the area where the Rizal Tomb & Monument (near the very spot where National Hero Dr. Josť P. Rizal was shot by a Spanish colonial firing squad) now stands ... Anything fronting the monument right now like Roxas (formerly "Dewey") Boulevard is basically reclaimed land area added during the US Commonwealth 'Manifest Destiny' ek ek Period ... :-p

The park is popular with families and tourists who like to jog, have a picnic, and basically enjoy the sights and sounds. The famous Manila Bay sunset is not to be missed and is best enjoyed while relaxing along the boardwalk seawall or if you're lucky while getting a good table at the Seafood Restaurant located just behind the Luneta Grandstand.

This is also the place where Pope John Paul II achieved a world record for the "The Largest Papal Audience" back in January 1995 during his farewell and closing mass for the 10th World Youth Day celebrations held in the Philippines that year - yep, all 4 million + of them (including yours truly)! ;-)

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I highly recommend that you view the award-winning "Josť Rizal" movie (in Tagalog, with English subtitles) as directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Rizal_(film) to learn more about the man behind the park and monument.

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'Namamasyal sa Luneta'
'Namamasyal sa Luneta'
Park Bench
Park Bench
'Kanlungan ng Sining' (Artists' Haven)
'Kanlungan ng Sining' (Artists' Haven)
Snack Hut
Snack Hut
Popcorn Vendor
Popcorn Vendor
Manila Bay Sunset
Manila Bay Sunset
La Madre Filipina / Rizal National Monument
"La Madre Filipina" / "Rizal National Monument"
Araaaay ...!
Araaaay ...!
Independence Flag / Flagpole
Independence Flag / Flagpole
Binhi ng Kalayaan Statue (back view)
"Binhi ng Kalayaan" Statue (back view)
Rizal National Monument
Rizal National Monument
DSC09193.JPG
DSC09193.JPG
DSC09198.JPG
DSC09198.JPG
DSC09201.JPG
DSC09201.JPG
DSC09211.JPG
DSC09211.JPG
'Kalesa'
'Kalesa'
Intramuros Fireworks
Intramuros Fireworks
Children's Playground
Children's Playground
Japanese Garden entrance
Japanese Garden entrance
Chinese Garden entrance
Chinese Garden entrance
Sculpture
Sculpture
GOMBURZA Marker
GOMBURZA Marker
Rizal Park / Luneta
Rizal Park / Luneta
Japanese investors as tourists for-the-day
Japanese investors as tourists for-the-day
'Kalesa'
'Kalesa'
Garden Statue
Garden Statue
Snack Hut
Snack Hut
Rock Garden
Rock Garden
Rock Garden
Rock Garden
Luneta-2008-135.JPG
Luneta-2008-135.JPG
WOW Luneta!
"WOW Luneta!"
3 Stages of Cultural Development
3 Stages of Cultural Development
Birdhouse
Birdhouse
Lady, can you spare a few pesos ...?
Lady, can you spare a few pesos ...?
'Kalesa'
'Kalesa'
'Kalesa'
'Kalesa'
'Kalesa' at sunset
'Kalesa' at sunset
Snack Hut
Snack Hut
Relaxing while enjoying the park features
Relaxing while enjoying the park features
Bliss in the Park
Bliss in the Park
Photographer
Photographer
GOMBURZA execution site marker
GOMBURZA execution site marker
Rizal: Tomb and National Monument
Rizal: Tomb and National Monument
Newly-cleaned monument
Newly-cleaned monument
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