PH Parks; Exploring the Beauty and History

Many parks in the Philippines have historical significance and developed to commemorate significant events, people, or places. For example, Rizal Park (Luneta Park) in Manila is named after the national hero of the Philippines, Jose Rizal, and is a popular tourist destination. As the cities in the Philippines continue to grow, the need for open spaces and recreational areas becomes more important. Parks provide a place for people to relax, exercise, and enjoy the outdoors, which can help improve their quality of life. They also play a crucial role in environmental conservation, providing green spaces that help reduce air and noise pollution and mitigate the effects of climate change. Parks became one of the attractions for tourists visiting the Philippines. With many offering scenic views, historical sites, and cultural experiences. Here are some of the romantic, family-friendly, and nature parks I went to that you may also want to visit:

The Luneta Park

Located in the heart of Manila, Luneta Park Rizal Park) is one of the most iconic landmarks in the Philippines. It is named after the national hero, Jose Rizal, who was executed on the site in 1896. The park offers a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of the city and is a popular spot for jogging, picnicking, and sightseeing. Visitors can explore the park’s many attractions, including the Rizal Monument, the National Museum of Anthropology, and the Japanese & Chinese Garden. Aside from Japanese & Chinese Garden, there are other different attractions inside 58 hectares park. This includes the Orchidarium and Pavillion, Senior Citizen Area, and Food Court.

The dancing fountain at Luneta Park is a relatively new addition since 2011 as part of the park’s efforts to improve its attractions and facilities. The fountain operates from 6 PM – 10 PM. The dancing fountain is located in the central lagoon of the park. It is also a popular spot for visitors to watch the water come to life in a dazzling display of color and movement. A lot of kids got excited (including my daughter) when the show started. Simple things like this really add up to an unforgettable memory and experience that everyone will bring. So serene and romantic!

It was actually my first time going here even though I have been living in metro manila for more than a decade now. I also like that there are vendors selling sorbetes. It is a cheap ice cream that some people call as dirty ice cream. Not because it is unsanitary, but because it is being sold in the streets. This is a great refreshment if you plan to walk around the heat in Luneta Park.

Quezon City Memorial Circle

Quezon City Memorial Circle is a park and national shrine located in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The park spans over 64 hectares and serves as a popular destination for recreation, sports, and history enthusiasts. The centerpiece of the park is the Quezon Memorial Shrine, a towering monument that honors the legacy of President Manuel Quezon. He is the founder of Quezon City and the second president of the Philippines. The monument features a 66-meter tall obelisk made of concrete, which is surrounded by several smaller structures and sculptures that represent different aspects of Philippine history and culture. Apart from the Quezon Memorial Shrine, the park is home to several other attractions, such as a botanical garden, a mini-forest, and a lagoon where visitors can rent paddleboats.

The park also features a sports complex. Including basketball courts, tennis courts, and a swimming pool, making it a popular spot for sports enthusiasts. It is not just a place for recreation but also serves as an important cultural and historical center. The park is home to several museums, including the Quezon City Experience Museum, which showcases the city’s history and culture. As well as the Presidential Car Museum, which displays the official vehicles of Philippine presidents.

I love that they also have a food area where people can buy Filipino comfort foods such as goto, mami, and different street foods. Taking a break from walking and touring the huge park, I decided to buy Sotanghon. Sotanghon noodle soup is a popular comfort food in the Philippines. It is a hot, light, and healthy meal consisting of thin, transparent noodles made from mung bean starch. Although it was not the best option to eat during the humid afternoon, it was delicious and satisfying!

Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center

Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center is a sprawling nature reserve located in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The park spans over 22 hectares and is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. Making it a must-visit destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The park is named after the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. He is a prominent political figure who fought for democracy and freedom in the Philippines. The park serves as a tribute to his legacy, with a monument dedicated to him standing at the park entrance. Upon entering the park, visitors are immediately immersed in a lush and green environment, with towering trees and shrubs lining the walking paths. The park features several nature trails, each showcasing different ecosystems, such as rainforests, wetlands, and grasslands.

Along the trails, visitors can spot various bird species, such as the Philippine eagle, as well as several mammal species, including monkeys, deer, and wild boars. The park also features several recreational facilities. Such as fishing and picnic areas, making it a great place for families to spend a day outdoors. The park also has a mini-zoo that houses various animals, including crocodiles, snakes, and turtles.

I didn’t expect the place to big this huge. Looking from the outside, you wouldn’t think that it offers so much beauty, space, and wildlife inside. This is my favorite among all these three. I just wish they give more space for the animals that are cramped in one part of the park. Those are just little hiccups but the rest of my experience felt surreal. I’d go back here again. Check this if you want to know more:

NINOY AQUINO PARKS & WILDLIFE CENTER: A Haven for Nature and Wildlife in Manila

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