Wednesday, October 08, 2008

L = Luneta Park



Luneta Park

If there's one important place in Manila, it has got to be this - the Luneta Park. Marked as kilometer zero, this is where the remains of the Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal is laid to rest. Known before as the Bagumbayan, this is the place where he was executed because of rebelling with the Spanish forces through his novels, "Noli Me Tangere" and "El Filibusterismo" at a tender age of 35 years old.

See those two men in brown uniform? They are there to guard the monument 24/7. There are rotations, of course, but the time, I don't know. Anyway, no tourist is allowed to come near the monument, so people can only take pictures from afar. To be honest, it was just the third time that I visited the park - it's quite far from us, but the extensive grounds of the park are perfect for picnics and family get together. I am not sure of this anymore, but there's a skating rink (just roller skates and/or roller blades) nearby as well.

Shot August 09 of this year, this was the last stop of our heritage shoot / get together I had with my brother and some of the photo enthusiasts here in the Philippines that are part of the Litratong Pinoy meme. At that time, the president of Switzerland was here in the Philippines, hence the Swiss Flags.

*** Jenn ***

27 comments:

babooshka said...

I am learning about Manila from several bloggers. Fascinating place and here is an eaxmple as to why.

Adventure girl wanna be said...

Hi there, thanks for visiting my blog. I love your L pic. I also love your site. I love the background. I look forward to reading more.

Rinkly Rimes said...

Thanks for your comment. I feel I'm learning a lot about other cultures through blogging. Maybe school-children should do it!

richies said...

I would love to be able to visit the Philippines, but for now I will just get to know it through your pictures. Thanks for visiting my blog

Vicki said...

I love photos of monuments because I'd probably never get the chance to see them in person. Thanks for posting this one.

magiceye said...

that was very interesting. thank you.

Deslilas said...

I follow the stream, thank you for this interesting post and also for your visit to the so small village "Radonvilliers"..

MumbaiiteAnu said...

Beautiful monument. Today is a learning day, so many new 'L's.
Happy ABC Wednesday.
Thank you for visiting
My 'L' for LAUGHTER

Aileni said...

The site must mean a lot to your nation. The rest of the world knows little of the Spanish connection.

Liz said...

That's an impressive monument.

THanks for visiting.

Brian said...

Lovely post, and yes I will say Hello to Holly when I next message her, thanks for comments on my blog

Bibi said...

Great L posts. I am always sorry when people can't approach a monument. Guards should stop people from harming the monument, but not keep them at bay!

Anyway, I left a comment for you on my blog, so please check!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Gosh, that is quite the monument indeed!! Impressive photo!!
~Michele~
Mountain Retreat

Gordon said...

An interesting post. We do learn so much by visiting each other's blogs.

Sweeta said...

I missed that park. You know I've been there once long time ago in the 80's. Probably there's lot of improvement now! Thanks for the comment Jenn!

Share my point of view... said...

Sweet! That is a very fitting picture for your entry. Your blog makes a wonderful read and I cannot wait to read more of your posts.

Cheers!

Bear Naked said...

Very interesting and informative post.

Bear((( )))

John said...

Nice capture and intersting reading.

photowannabe said...

Thanks for the great information about Manilla and its history. Good choice for the letter L.

Jay said...

State Parks and monuments are always so impressive, aren't they? And the flags make it all very attractive somehow.

I'm surprised they guard it so well.

dulce said...

It was a good choice! Thanks for sharing!

earthlingorgeous said...

Thanks for being patriotic and showing to the world the historical places of our country. Awesome L post.

Neva said...

I am also seeing and learning alot about Manila...it looks lovely!

jesselyn said...

...buti ka pa naka punta kana dito.. ako lagi nalang dinadaan... huhuh.. gusto ko din magkaroon nang picture dyan...^.~

VP said...

Now here's part of the world I don't know much about. But thanks to ABC Wednesday I know a little more now :)

Thanks for your visit over at my place.

Dragonstar said...

It's wonderful to learn about the world through blogging - it makes the history and the geography come alive. Thank you so much.

Kim from Hiraeth said...

I enjoy learning new things through ABC Wednesday!

 
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