Popularly known as Luneta Park or simply Luneta, Rizal Park is Manila’s most iconic urban central park situated in Roxas Blvd in Malate. Especially dedicated to Jose Rizal- the Filipino nationalist and freedom fighter, the highlight of the park is the central Rizal Monument that houses the mortal remains of Jose Rizal. The monument is guarded by a pantheon of sentries and has a flagpole in the middle. Sprawling over 60 acres of land, the urban park is one of the largest green spaces in all of Asia which boasts of ornamental lawns, shining fountains, well groomed flower beds and paved walkways etc.
Considered to be an oasis of greenery in the middle of a cluttered and chaotic city, Rizal Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Metro Manila which is especially thronged in the morning and evening hours, and on public holidays. Formerly known as Bagumbayan at the time of Spanish colonization, the park was later dedicated to the Filipino freedom fighters and the name was changed to Rizal Park. Other than being a popular picnic spot, the park is also used to play games like badminton, chess, Stick fighting, kite flying etc.
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