Manila in the Philippines on the surface seems to be a collection of bustling districts with constant teeming crowds, but underneath lies a unique energy and joy promising a pleasurable stay with places like Malate, Ermita and Intramuros. The centre of this modern city is Makati, where an abundance of shopping, delicious food and exciting activities await you. Its unique vibe generated by the hordes of locals has long been alluring to visitors.

In the heart of Manila, you will find the famous Rizal Park. Located overlooking the Manila Bay, this urban park is very large and has a history dating back to the early 18th century. In addition to some Chinese and Japanese gardens, monuments, historical statues, a light and sound theatre, water pieces, fountains, an Orchidarium, stadium, restaurants, a museum and open spaces occupy the park.

One of the most famous sculptural landmarks in the Philippines, the Rizal Monument in this garden keeps the visitors to the park enthralled. Made up of bronze and granite, the monument is dedicated to Dr Jose Rizal whose execution evoked a revolution, motivating the people of the Philippines. Apart from his statue, a mausoleum housing his remains can be found near the spot where he was executed.

A statue of the country’s first freedom fighter, Lapu-Lapu is also here. And when it comes to the Chinese and Japanese gardens, they were built with the intention of promoting tolerance and friendship between the countries.

In the modern day, the park is a popular picnic spot among families and one of Manila’s major tourist attractions. In its open-air auditorium, orchestras, bands and other types of entertainment are freely provided adding a recreational value to the park. The park is in close proximity to the Manila Planetarium, Department of Tourism Building, the National Museum and the National Library of the Philippines. Overall, the park promises a lot to savour, whatever it is that impresses you.

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