Luneta: The Heart of Manila


A historical site in the Philippines. Rizal Park or better known as Luneta is an urban part located in the heart of the city of Manila. Despite from having many high malls and establishments rising in the city, but still Luneta is considered by many as a favorite spot for unwinding, socializing, an urban oasis for family picnics on Sundays and holidays.

The park was named after the Philippines’ National Hero; Dr. Jose Rizal where he also executed by a firing squad in 1900’s. It was also called “Luneta,” which means Little Moon. Luneta is considered to be the largest man-made park in Asia with an area of  58 hectares.

In Luneta, you’ll find Quirino Grandstand, the Chinese and Japanese Gardens, the main office of the Department of Tourism, the National Museum, National Library, Orchidarium, Planetarium, Butterfly Pavilion, an open air auditorium and a chess plaza.

One good trivia here is that the flagpole located in front of the Rizal monument is the kilometre zero which means it is the starting point for all measurements in distances in the Philippines.


Posted on January 1, 2013, in Around the Archipelago and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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