Saturday, August 1, 2015

A Tale of Two Parks

12 June 2015. Metro Manila.

Paco Park

What was once Manila's municipal cemetery for the affluent and established aristocratic Spanish families is now a lovely garden in the center of the busy metropolis. It was ordered that a cemetery be constructed due to the cholera outbreak. Circular in shape, the park consists of two walls, the inner wall which stood as the original cemetery, and the outer wall which was constructed to accommodate the growing population. A small Roman Catholic chapel adorns the park and was dedicated to Saint Pancratius.

The park was converted into a National Park in 1966, and its care was placed under the responsibility of the National Park's Development Committee. Since then, culture was given emphasis and the park was chosen as one of the venues for hosting cultural events, the most famous of which is Paco Park Presents that features the finest musical artists and chorales.

Luneta Park

It was our second time to visit the park but this time around, we merely visited the impressive fountain, and Zac whiled the time chasing after bubbles on the park's spacious grounds.

The Musical Dancing Fountain is said to be the biggest and most vibrant dancing fountain in the country. It provides entertainment for free to the park's visitors everyday, from 6 to 8 in the morning, and 6 to 10 in the evening from Monday to Thursday, and 6 to 12 midnight from Friday to Sunday.