Rizal Park was built to commemorate the spirit and life of novelist and doctor Jose Rizal who was shot under suspicion of treason against the then ruling Spanish government on the 30th of December, 1986. Dr. Jose Rizal was shot just meters away from where now stands a bronze monument in the center of the park.
At this bronze monument, you will find ceremonial guards on duty all through the day. They are called ‘Kabalyeros de Rizal’ or can be translated to ‘Knights of Rizal’. A Spanish poem written by the late national hero is engraved to the back of the monument, along with other language translations called “The Last Farewell”. This poem was written by Dr. Rizal while he was in prison in Fort Santiago.
Today this park is an oasis in the middle of the bustling city of Manila, where locals and tourists alike gather to enjoy the natural surroundings by playing games, practicing martial arts, early morning or late evening jogging or to simply have a picnic with family and friends. Rizal Park also features a host of restaurants, hawkers, Chinese and Japanese gardens, fountains, museums, statues and a light and sound theatre. Bands, orchestras and other entertainers often use the park’s open air auditorium for live shows and entertainment. Find the National Museum of the Filipino People and National Library within the grassy lawns of Rizal Park, along with the Orchidarium and Butterfly Pavilion and a Planetarium for educational value.
The Rizal Park is located in the heart of Manila and spans over 60 hectares. It overlooks the famous and scenic Manila Bay and is bound to capture your heart with its romantic sunsets. Be welcomed by the warmth and vitality of Rizal Park when you stay at a serviced residence in Makati Citylike Ascott Makati for the perfect blend of comfort, luxury and style.