December 02, 2015

Hidden Treasure in the Manila: Paco Park and Cemetery

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  • When we think of a tourist spot in Manila, Intramuros is often the first thing that comes to our mind. It is Manila’s oldest district, offering an enjoyable and educational trip that brings us back to history – from riding a kalesa or viewing of antique houses from 18th century to visiting old churches like San Agustin Church and The Manila Cathedral, which became more popular due to the recent Papal Visit.


    But just a jeepney ride away from Intramuros is another oasis in Manila – the Paco Park and Cemetery. The Paco Park was declared as a National Park in 1966 and was dubbed as the most beautiful park in the Philippines. The remains of Dr. Jose Rizal were originally buried in Paco Cemetery before it was interred again to Luneta Park in 2012.


    Managed by Adamson University’s priests, the park is starting to become a popular choice for weddings and pictorial location because of its exceptional Spanish features. A tall vintage gate and a mini walled fence are just some of the characteristics that make St.Pancratius Chapel (a.k.a. Paco Park chapel) a perfect venue for a solemn wedding. For those considering having the St.Pancatius Chapel as your wedding venue, coordinate with Adamson University for fees and terms.


    Today, Paco Park serves as a site for regular concerts arranged by Manila City government. The park is open daily from 7:00AM – 5:00PM. Pay a fee of P10.00 and enjoy an unlimited stay at the park.


    Text and Photos By: Beth Javines

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