Rizal Park

For the longest time, I’ve been wanting to travel and explore the world outside of my comfort zone. But because of other priorities in my life, I’ve pushed “travel” at the bottom of my list. Sometimes work start piling up, house chores and responsibilities, commitments to family  — there just aren’t enough time for an adventure. Aside from time constraints, travel fund is also an issue.

But the itch on my feet never went away. I’ve been wanting to just pack my bag and go wherever my feet (and budget) takes me. The longing to explore is always there. Going to the mall every weekend did nothing to quench my thirst for adventure. Boredom also took its tool on me.

It was only recently that I give in for my desire to travel. I think its already about time to feed my wanderlust. And where could be the perfect place to start my adventures than at Kilometre Zero (Km 0)?

The KM 0 marker located at Luneta Park.

Km 0 is located at Rizal Park. This is a particular location use to measure road distances on the island of Luzon and the rest of the Philippines.

This is also where my adventures begin.

Across the KM 0 is the Rizal monument. The bronze-and-granite Rizal monument is among the most famous sculptural landmarks in the country. It is almost protocol for visiting dignitaries to lay a wreath at the monument. Located on the monument is not merely the statue of the national hero, but also his remains.

Dr. Jose Rizal Monument with the infamous Torre de Manila photobomber.
The Rizal Monument Marker

Located along Roxas Boulevard in Manila, Rizal Park is a massive complex of gardens, manicured lawns, fountain, and Philippine Heroes’ markers.

It is best to go there in the afternoon or early evening to avoid the scorching sun. The sprawling area is ideal for unwinding, picnic, or simply bonding moment with family and friends. Visitors are allowed to bring food inside the park. Alternatively, you can just buy at the many food stalls that doted the park.

Other tourist travellers sites and landmarks worth visiting within the park are Japanese garden, Chinese garden, Children’s playground, Quirino Grandstand, Harbor View and Manila Ocean Park.

My son, Neo, just wandering at Luneta Park.

How to get there?

You can take the LRT line 1 and alight at the United Nations Station. Luneta Park is just a few steps away from the exit area of the station. You can also ride public utility jeep and disembark at the Kalaw street and walk straight ahead.

Entrance Fee to the park is free.


 

Desk Warrior Adventurer: Lawrence Corpuz

Renz is a full time graphic artist, part-time adventurer, novice blogger, and an amateur photographer. He is everything but tourist when he is traveling away from home.

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