5-Days Manila Challenge


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).

Day 1: Luneta Park and the Viking Ride

Improved and renovated areas in the park draws attention to local and foreign tourist. The park was transformed into a must-see tourist destination. Aside from the renovated landscape of Rizal Shrine, there are other attractions place in the park such like Pinoy Thomas and friends (train), the gigantic Lapu-Lapu Monument, carnival rides, floating map of the Phil., et cetera.

We didn’t missed the chance to get our photo ops from these said attractions and we also did tried the Viking ride.

Day 2: Morning Walk and a Visit in The Martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal

I was so early for my seminar which is quite a surprise to me. The bus is not full with cramming passengers and I am comfortably seated in a train (LRT) that morning but then again when I check at my phone and see the date, it was (March 9) a national holiday and most have their holiday break. How I wish everyday would be like that morning… And since I arrived 1-hour early, I decided to pass by Luneta Park and take some good pictures and have an exercise (walking). Check out what I did that morning:

After our seminar, together again with my friends, we passed by Luneta again. Here is what we did:

Day 3: City Within Walls

After the seminar, we tried again walking along Roxas Boulevard and decided to continue walking to reach Intramuros. It was a long walk but with my girls being so energetic and so bubbly, it was certainly one great adventure.

Day 4: Children’s Playground at Luneta Park
After the seminar, we wanted to go home early for some tasks to be done for tomorrow’s seminar closing. But how do you stp your feet from finding its way to good and exciting places? 🙂

We ended up walking again in Luneta Park and saw the Children’s Playground… and said to each other, let’s just be quick. LOL! Here is our tour inside:

Day 5: Morning Rush and Lights and Music Fountain at Luneta Park

I have to be early to print out my lesson plan, and since I don’t have any idea where I could find one near the Pearl of the Orient Tower, I decided to get off LRT at Central Station and walk the busy streets of San Marcelino where during my college days we often do our research and rents computers.

The seminar graduation ended up almost 6:00 in the evening but still we wanted to walk around Manila, this time we had another companion- Sir Rolan.

It was fun walking around Manila. It what our mishaps, sweat and calorie burned, laughs, food trips, bonding, sharing of thoughts and stories that made our adventure perfect. It was only our first time together in going out, but it seems that we are just some old souls from the past who had the chance to meet again in this so called present. I summarize this as an awesome 5-Day Manila Challenge, and what made this a good adventure is that we all ended up gaining new perspective and new friends for keeps.



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.

day 2 aLuneta Park or also know as Rizal Park, is named after the Philippines’ National Hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal. It is located in the heart of the city of Manila and situated adjacent to Roxas Boulevard, Intramuros, United Nations Avenue, Philippine National Museum and Luneta Grand Stadium. It’s been known for it’s old name “Bagumbayan” or Nuevo Barrio Paseo de la Luneta.

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A masterpiece in bronze and granite designed by Swiss Dr. Richard Kissling.

The famous landmark for this park is the Rizal Monument (with bronze sculpture and granite-body) is among the most famous sculptural landmarks in the country. It is almost been a protocol to lay a wreath and to show respect for visiting dignitaries, and thus, honor guards from the Philippine Marines stands 14-hour days watching over monument for it is not merely the statue of the national hero, but also a burial site of his remains.


But aside from the monument, Rizal’s life and martyrdom is also been one of the attractions of the park for local and foreign visitors and with this, a deeper understanding of Dr. Jose Rizal’s life can be illustrated to all park goers. It situated at the left alley of the park facing Roxas Boulevard. Entrance Fee is twenty (20) pesos and ten (10) pesos for students, senior citizens and PWDs.


My Fatherland ador’d, that sadness to my sorrow lends,
Beloved Filipinas, hear now my last good-by!
I give thee all: parents and kindred and friends;
For I go where no slave before the oppressor bends,
Where faith can never kill, and God reigns e’er on high! ~ Jose P. Rizal

Upon entering the site, both engraved on the tiles is the “Mi ultimo Adios” and “My Last Farewell” written originally in Spanish by the hero himself at Fort Santiago on the eve of his assassination.


Things you should know about Gat Jose P. Rizal:

    • Who is Dr. José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonzo Realonda?
              Doctor           his profession (ophthalmologist) 
              Jose              San Jose, a festival season when he was born based on the calendar
              Protacio        based on the calendar, as well
              Rizal              based on his father’s last name,
                                    meaning “the green of young growth or green fields.”
              Mercado        means “market”
              Alonzo           based from his mother’s maiden name
              Realonda       came from his auntie (ninang)
              Pepe              nickname
              Laong Laan   pen name in La Solidaridad
  • What does Gat stands for? It is a title given to person who is regarded as a national hero, or to a person who has done greatness during his lifetime.
  • Rizal as a Discoverer: As an exile in Dapitan, he collected different kinds of species of animals which is named after him: Draco Rizali(Wandolleck), a specie of flying dragon, Rachophorous Rizali (Boetger), a hitherto unknown specie of toad and Apogonia Rizali (Heller), a small beetle.
  •  Founder: He founded La Liga Filipina, It involves those who wish to disrupt the oppression of the Spaniards, founded July 3, 1982 but last only 3 days for he is captured July 6, 1982.
  • Propaganda Movement Member:  A literary and cultural organization formed in 1872. Aiming for Legalization of Spanish and Filipino equality, abolition of the polo (labor service) and vandala (forced sale of local products to the government); freedom of speech, and recognition of human rights, et cetera.
  • Who killed Rizal? Rizal was killed by Filipino soldiers. Behind these soldiers were ranked Spanish soldiers who were pointing their riffles to the Filipino soldiers, if they will not shoot Rizal, they will be executed as well.
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A marker for the execution site.


Rizal as a Doctor


Rizal as a Student


La Liga Filipina and the Propaganda Movement


Here is a photo of me in the sculpture of Rizal and his mother. His mother telling a story about a moth who wants to go near the bright flames of a lamp.

Now this is my review:

I would like to congratulate the City of Manila for maintaining this historical site. It was a place rich of stories, sacrifices, love and hope for the nation and it was enlightening on my part to recall the life our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. It was a good review for the past history and Rizal subject I took more than six years ago.

I consider this as a place that reflects our never ending battle for sovereignty, freedom of expression, equality and recognition of human rights which the world should recognize. We are Filipinos and freedom is what we always fight for and worth-dying for.

A saying from Dr. Jose Rizal, “Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan” for if we don’t look back on what are forefathers had fought for, we can never enjoy the freedom we had today. This is highly recommend this to local and foreign tourist.