Rizal Monument and Lapu-Lapu Monument

For the love of exploration, we walk into the busy grounds of Roxas Boulevard, Luneta Park and Intramuros. This happens for 5-days of which attending a seminar in the morning and 5-days of exploring Manila in the afternoon (5 PM-onward). This is a part of the 5-Days Manila Challenge.Image

Trivia about the Rizal Monument:

  • Kabalyeros de Rizal (Knights of Rizal), honor guards from the Philippine Marines stands 14-hour days watching.
  • It was designed by a Swiss sculptor Richard Kissling and his design is the Motto Stella or “Guiding Star”.
  • Unveiled on 1913 in the 17th Death Anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal
  • It is almost been a protocol to lay a wreath and to show respect for visiting dignitaries.
  • It is not merely the statue of the national hero, but also a burial site of his remains.
  • Known as Kilometer 0. It serves as the reference point to all places in the Philippines.

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Trivia About Lapu-Lapu and his Monument

  • Lapu-Lapu (Caliph Pulaka) is the earliest known chieftain of Mactan Island in the Philippines.
  • Lapu-Lapu is the first Philippine Hero.
  • Lapu-Lapu Monument or also known as the Statue of the Sentinel of Freedom
  •  It was a gift as appreciation and to honor the memory of freedom-loving Filipinos who helped during the Korean War from the people of Korea.

These monuments of our two greatest heroes are the constant reminders of the freedom we enjoy today. Maybe it’s time for you to paved a visit and show respect as well.