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Lights and Music Fountain at Luneta Park

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.

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It was already dark when we reached Luneta Park but as there are still Chinese tourists who just arrived at its facade.

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At night, the park glows with not bright lights but also sodium lamps that make the place more scenic but aside from that, there is a good chance to witness the light and music fountain show, like we did and witnessed.

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Just bring your mat or find a good bench and enjoy the fountain show with your loved ones for free. What I love about the show is  not just because its free but also it do feature original pinoy music (OPM) which I do really like and we did sing-a-long to.

It was great night to bond with my new found friends and we are also treated by Sir Rolan, that’s why.

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Why People Keep On Coming To Luneta Park?

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.

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:Image

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Why people keep on coming to Luneta Park?

For couples, this is a great place for a long walk and long talk. Talking to someone you love, holding hands, enjoying the sunshine… Quality time together makes a relationship last longer.

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For Nature-lovers, aside from the view of the park, its landscapes, gardens, horse-carriage, there are also 5-10 house for doves and pigeons. It was fun to watch them flying around and hearing their unique sound.

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Here is a native house that can be seen in the park premises. I am not quite sure if it’s an office or a house though. But definitely, it is beautiful. Some of the people take pictures of it as well and pose in front of it. As the old saying goes, “take nothing but pictures.”

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For people who enjoy history, they will love those statues found both sides of the central fountain. Their names were engrave in a metal plate and several information written on it about the hero or figure. It was fun reading and remembering the good works of our forefathers.

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For those who seems to love to capture photos, you will definitely enjoy this park. There are lots of renovations and landscaping done by the City of Manila local government to bring it back to life and regain its glorious days.

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For sports enthusiastic, the park is home to various matial arts groups. Every morning, especially on Sundays, Kali, Wushu, other practitioners can be seen at the Luneta. Various physical fitness groups doing aerobics here can also be seen on weekends. It was Tuesday and here is a group Tsinoy doing their arts.

Whatever type of person you are, you can definitely enjoy Luneta Park and the things it can offer to you. Simply drop by and see it, too.

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Carnival Ride at Luneta Park

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 1 Trial

ImageThe Viking (similar to Enchanted Kingdom’s Anchors Away and Vikings of Star City), a boat-carnival-ride that swings from left to right (vice versa) with approximate maximum of 40 passengers. I’ve always been a fun of scary rides, it feels good to sometimes scream my lungs out once in a while. Fifty (50) pesos per ride.

What seems funny though is that a lone lady (seems to be brave) sat beside me but when the ride starts, she was already trembling and she wants to get off. She asked me to hold her, she placed her head into my shoulder and just closed her eyes the entire ride. Well, I also screamed (the ride do scares me,too) but I smiled and giggled the entire time because of the lady seating beside me and seeing my other friends screaming and shutting theirs eyes as well.

Day 2 Trial

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IMG_6292 It was fun to have 2 other friends willingly go for a ride. We also did try another ride similar to the flying fiesta of Enchanted Kingdom. Thirty (30) pesos per ride.

But I reckon if you wish to try this ride, especially when you ate something. I was really dizzy after being  whirled in my non-moving seat when we only just had sundae (20 pesos) before that ride. I’m glad I didn’t throw up.

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5-Days Manila Challenge

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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.

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THE MARTYRDOM OF DR. JOSE P. RIZAL

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
For more photos and information about Rizal Park, kindly visit my Facebook page: MARTYRDOM OF RIZAL & 5-Days Manila Challenge
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A marker for the execution site.

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Rizal as a Doctor

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Rizal as a Student

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La Liga Filipina and the Propaganda Movement

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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.

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I AM FILIPINO ART EXHIBIT

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.

Who else would be proud of the Philippines? Of course, a Filipino himself.” 

It was my honor and a great privileged to share to the world this art gallery about I am Filipino. It was always been my dream to serve my country and fellow Filipinos, and today I feel that a piece of that dream is making sense in writing this post and continuing this blogroll about traveling Philippines. I am a Filipino and I am proud to be one.

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Here is a gallery of artwork found in the vicinity of Luneta Park. It caught my attention for the patriotic and inspiring verses in it.

The main frame says here, “Twelve (12) Filipino artists interpret in different mediums excerpts from the poem Alexander Lacson entitled “I AM FILIPINO.” Lacson hopes that the poem will develop in us and in our children a healthy sense of faith and love in Filipino, in ourselves as a people.”

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Are you proud of being a Filipino? What good had you brought to your country? Did it ever crossed your mind… Like the author’s message, let’s be all Filipinos and keep our hope, faith and love for a better Philippines, sa isip, sa salita at sa gawa.

Who is Alexander Lacson? A Filipino and know more…

I am Filipino

By Alexander L. Lacson
Author, National Bestselling Book
“12 Little Things Filipinos Can Do To Help Our Country”

I am Filipino, a child of the One God who is the Creator of all that is in our world and the universe.

I am Filipino. I am as perfect and as beautiful as my Creator planned and wanted me to be, for my God created me in His image, out of His perfect love.

I am Filipino, a beloved child of God, like everyone else in our world, and no less than the stars above and anyone else below. As such, I have equal right and claim to all the beauty and bounty that God provided in my country and in the world.

I am Filipino. My Creator planted and destined me on a specific spot on earth, where the sun always shines, in an archipelago of 7,107 beautiful islands, which the whole world calls the “Pearl of the Orient”.

I am Filipino. Pilipinas is the home God gave to me and my people. This is the land of my birth. This is the soil of my life. It shall be the resting place of my bones.

I am Filipino. The beauty and richness of my country lured many mighty powers of the world to invade our shores. So today, my blood is a mixture of the best and finest of the west and the east. My mind is an heir to all the great thoughts and values of the west, and the great virtues and principles of the east. My heart beats the romanticism of the west and the passion of the east.

I am Filipino. Today, my country is home to many tongues and cultures, to many colors and faiths. Today, my country is home to all types of peoples who come from various corners of the earth, and who try to live with each other, in an atmosphere of liberty and harmony.

I am Filipino. My Creator destined me to belong to a smaller part of humanity – the Filipino family. I am therefore a brethren, a kapatid, to anyone and everyone who is Filipino, whoever, wherever, and whatever he or she may be in our world.

I am Filipino. You will know me by the word “po” in my sentences. You will know my children by their “mano po”, our tradition of children paying respect and honor to their parents and elders. You will know me by my sunny smile that is always on my face. You will know me by the warmth of my hospitality. But most important of all, you will know me by my loving and caring heart when you are in need of my help, even if you are a stranger.

I am Filipino. I belong to the family of humanity. I am therefore a kapatid to all the men and women of our world. I am a brethren of all Christians, of all Muslims, of all Jews, of all Buddhists, of all Hindus, and all other peoples whose faiths lie somewhere else.

I am Filipino. I am who I am today because of the role God wants me to play.

I am Filipino. My Creator made me exactly the way I am, so I can sow God’s seeds of love in many parts of the world, so I can help humankind live more harmoniously as one family, so I can help the world become a better place for all humanity.

I am Filipino. God planted the seeds of beauty and greatness in me, for He truly wants me to great and beautiful, for God truly wants me to add more beauty and greatness to our world.

I am Filipino. I am a faithful child of God. And truly, the world is yet to see the full measure of the beauty and greatness of the Filipino. For truly, the world is yet to see what God can do to a child fully committed to Him.

I am Filipino. As a child of God, I am here, all too willing to lend my life, to help build a better country for my Filipino family, and a better world for all humanity.