Category Archives: Around the Archipelago

Discover the hidden treasures and scenic spots beyond the 7107 pearls of the orient seas.

Luneta: The Heart of Manila

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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.

Aliwagwag Falls: Stairway to Heaven

Wondering that there’s still a waterfall that is much higher than the Maria Cristina of Iligan City? Presenting the pride of Cateel in the Province of Davao Oriental in the Island of Mindanao, The Aliwagwag Falls which is composed of 84 cascading waterfalls with an overall height of 1100 feet passing the Maria Cristina Falls with almost 300 feet only. Although it is not known by many people, Aliwagwag Falls is considered by hydraulic engineers as the highest waterfalls in the Philippines and regarded as one of the most beautiful falls in Mindanao. Truly a must see place to visit here in the Philippines.