Have you been to Luneta Park lately?...

@aseretdd (13712)
Philippines
December 13, 2012 8:47pm CST
The first time i have been to Luneta was last September... wow... isn't that a shocker... i am 37 years old... a Philippine History teacher... i've been to different counties... but i just recently been to a must go place for all Philippine History teachers like me... I've passed by the place countless times... but last September was the first time for me to really walk there... see the shrine of Jose Rizal and all the must see places... and guess what... I LOVED IT... and i regret no going there before... so now... i will make it a point to go there once a year... and i will take my kids with me... and if ever i will organize a tour for my students... Luneta will make sure that we will visit the place... Have you been to Luneta?... did you like the experience?...
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@jeztrose (1406)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
I never been to luneta park ever since, because our city is far from there, i also didn't experience to go outside our city. But just like you we also have a place where every people in our city always visits. Our city hall is one of the perfect spot during the night, because it has its beautiful and colorful lights,fronting our city hall we have this called rizal park, well it is just a small park but it is really attractive and beautiful.
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
Wow... you have your very own Rizal Park... very impressive... didn't you have educational tours at your school?... i saw a lot of students there... and they were obviously on a school tour... but it is a good thing that you have a place to go to to meet up with friends and family... Thanks for the response...
@jeztrose (1406)
• Philippines
15 Dec 12
Yes we have rizal park there but it is too small compared there in manila.. ahaha but well it is still beautiful there during Christmas.Speaking of educational tour, yes we have but unfortunately we just have a tour around the city proper, i haven't experience to have a tour outside our city. I think it's because i am only enrolled in a public schools and we cannot afford to have an expensive tour.
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@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
16 Dec 12
When we had the tour last September... the students only paid 700 php... and 150 php was returned to them as their meal allowance during the tour... we went to Intramuros, San Agustine Church, National Museum, Paco Park, Luneta Park, and Mall of Asia... we the teachers organized the tour... we did not use any agency because we wanted the tour to be affordable to students...
@allen0187 (20932)
• Philippines
16 Dec 12
hi tere! been a while... what have you been up to? i remember reading your discussions and posts when i was starting here in mylot. anyway, nice to see you again. i always like it when i see familiar names that seem to have dropped off the radar. back to your topic, been to rizal park. use to pass by the place when i was studying but haven't really visited and toured the place like a tourist. anyway, reading your discussion, i've made up my mind to 'revisit' rizal park with my daughter in tow. in fact, i might take her on a nice trip to downtown manila and its famous landmarks so she has a sense of history about our capital city. seems like a good bonding moment for father and daughter.
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
16 Dec 12
hello allen... it has been years... i think... was kinda busy... so many things happened in my life... but now that i am a stay at home mother... i decided to go back to mylot... i did not really leave... i would log in once in a while but i did not participate in discussions... it is really great to be back... It is great to know that this discussion inspired you to take you daughter for a tour of the historic places in Manila... there are so many... and aside for Luneta Park... i fell in love with Paco Park... going there was like going back in during the time of the Spanish Regime... for sure your daughter will love it there too... Thanks for the response...
@allen0187 (20932)
• Philippines
17 Dec 12
wow! seems a lot has indeed happened to you tere. yeah, i've been meaning to take my daughter to a lot of places here in manila and then later on to the popular tourist spots in provinces. i don't want my daughter to grow up and not experience the beauty of the country. yeah, paco park is a nice place to go to as well. used to stay there a lot back in my high school and college days. i'm sure that a visit there will bring back fond memories. cheers and happy mylotting!!!
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@Shavkat (42488)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
I am proudly to be a Filipino, but I haven't tour around the scenic places of the Philippines. Like you, I had only visited Luneta last November. I had been a traveler from different state, it is recently visiting the great places of our country. I am starting to upload the photos in my blog, created a few months back.
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
15 Dec 12
Nice to know someone here in mylot who loves to travel... you can also start discussions about your recent travels... and post a photo or two... it would surely help promote our country... Thanks for the response...
@Shavkat (42488)
• Philippines
16 Dec 12
I did. I posted some of the photos in my blog site.
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@SIMPLYD (72479)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
It has been a long long time since i actually stepped in Luneta. That's because when i was in Manila, working i don't have the time to go there. But when we were just kids, my parents always take us there to stroll and eat at a restaurant. Sometimes, when i see our pictures from there, i wonder if the Japanese Garden is still there. I think, i will have to look at it in the net.
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@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
Our time there was limited so, i was not able to visit the different parts... but i saw the Chinese Garden... Quirino Grandstand... the Shirine of Jose Rizal... Park for Ferdinand Blumentritt, etc... it is quite clean there... and a lot of people were really enjoying themselves... Thanks for the response...
@SIMPLYD (72479)
• Philippines
15 Dec 12
It's nice to know that the Chinese Garden was still there. If ever i visit Manila again, i will surely go to Luneta, so i could see it as it is today.
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@jazzyme (113)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
The first and last time that I've been to Luneta was about 7 years ago.That was our college field trip.Me and my son went this day to Manila.We rode the LRT from Taft going to Blummentrit.My son loves watching all the places we've passed by.Today he saw LUneta or Rizal Park while the train stopped at one station.He shouted "wow,it's beautiful!"He loves dinosaur so he asked me to go down the train and visit the place but I told him that we will go there next time.If his father find time,we will have a family bonding at LUneta.
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
15 Dec 12
For sure you son will love Luneta Park... there are a lot of activities there for kids too... the Kalesa ride is just one... then the colorful fountain... the beautiful gardens... and many more... it is really a place for friends and family bonding... Thanks for the response...
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
I don't know why I am not visiting that place. I grew up here in Manila and haven't been there even once. Shame on me. But now that you mentioned it, I'll go there one of these days. I've been to La Mesa Eco Park and it's also beautiful there. You can take your students there because you can do lots of activities there.
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@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
It is like me living in Pampanga but never setting foot inside Paradise Ranch... but i plan to go there this summer with my family... i hope you get the time to visit Luneta Park... because it is such a nice place that we Filipinos can really be proud of... Thanks for the response...
@iamma3e (68)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
I've been to Luneta twice--when I was a kid and last year for a school assignment (the profile pic I'm using was taken at Luneta). I was amazed at the change. It looks like you're in a park somewhere in the West--that's how beautiful the change is. You really don't want to miss going to Luneta Park (or Rizal Park for others) if you live here in the Philippines or a tourist visiting the country.
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@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
I agree... Luneta Park is really close to becoming a world class park... There are still some aspects to improve on (like the stop lights that doesn't go red)... but it is something that we Filipinos can be proud of... Thanks for the response...
@Angelpink (4023)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
I have gone to Luneta but ages ago . Wow ! that is very good ! Historical places in is a good earning place for kids to know Phils. history. To see tangible things makes learning more emphatic and lasting. It too different if we will just imagine things we discussed in class earning will ne passing only but a different impact of those being talk are seen and held.
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@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
I agree... experiential learning is much more effective than just staying in the classroom and discussing places and events using only books... this is why i want to travel to places that i normally discuss to my students in the classroom... i feel i am more effective as a teacher if i "Walked the Walk"... Thanks for the response...
@xtedaxcvg (3191)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
I haven't been officially to Luneta Park. I always pass by the place when we're going to places like SM MOA, Star City, or Roxas Boulevard. I guess we'll schedule a visit there next year so that we can appreciate one of our country's tourist location.
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@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
That was the case with me... i didn't even know that it was walking distance away form the US embassy... how silly of me... if i have known earlier... i would have visited the place as early as February of this year... Thanks for the response...
@jenny1015 (13395)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
I have been there so many times. I think the first time I was there was when I was about 4 years old. I had a picture with my brother on that place. My family and I had a picnic. During my elementary and College days, my classmates and I also went back there as it was part of the school's activity. The last time I came there was in 2002. I was already married then and my parents want to let my 3 kids see the place.
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@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
Seems like you have a lot of fond memories that happened in Luneta Park... i find the place magical... the whole vibe of the events that happened there in the past really has an effect on people... i would go back there with my kids... for sure they will appreciate Luneta Park... Thanks for the response...
@neelia27 (897)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
i love luneta park.. ever since i was a kid my family and i will go there once in a while to stroll and just to relax and enjoy the view.. and now that i have my own family we still go there together with my baby.. we just enjoy laying in the grass just staring in the sky.. and even eating street foods like mango and chicharon.. this Christmas we are planning to go there..
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@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
You are lucky to be able to go to Luneta Park that often... it is such a historical place and really an ideal place for those who prefer nature rather than malls... i would go there every weekend with my family... if only it is just one jeep away from where i live... Thanks for the response...
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
Hello aseretdd, the last time that i was in luneta was back in february were we took our balikbayan relatives to the place. it has changed a lot, but not all scenes there are active, some are in renovation. there's too many people there that setup picnics and even some people sleep.but the most likeable thing to watch was the fountain it was really a nice scene for me
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@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
I was not able to see the fountain... they told me that the place is even more beautiful at night because of the different fountain lights... well... next time i will make sure to watch that show... i think they call it "Lights and Sounds"... Thanks for the response...
@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
Although I still remember going there when I was still a kid by my father. Those were the days when malls are not that popular destination of many people and parks where still a fave place to go when visiting Manila. But lately, I admit not to have this place visited a frequent as I used to be when I was a kid. I think the lure of the malls are more attractive to many people these days. My last visit was last year at Christmas Eve when me and my family checked in a hotel near that place. We tried to walk by night there and noticed there are lots of people still having their Christmas Eve there.
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@rog0322 (2834)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
14 Dec 12
Hi, Too far, down south I can only see it on pictures. I remember it was called Bagumbayan Field if my memory serves me right. It was the place where they shot the great Dr. Jose Rizal by a firing squad after a mock trial, I'd like to stand in the exact place someday, from the viewpoint of the shooters of course. Why they changed the name to Luneta, I don't know, would be a good research topic.
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@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
Yes, i was called Bagumbayan during the Spanish Period... it was where heroes like Jose Rizal and the GOMBURZA were executed... I also do not know why they changed it to Luneta... never occurred to me find out... now that is my next research topic... Thanks for the response...
@bluespygirl (2112)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
I haven't been to Luneta Park lately because I live in the province far from the main city. My dad always like to bring us to parks than malls when we were younger so I had been to Luneta. It is indeed a different experience because the place is historical. I wonder if it is still clean to visit? I mean, does the park still maintain its cleanliness?
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
14 Dec 12
The place was very clean when we went there... i think they are now maintaining the place because everything looked well maintained... there are a lot of trash cans and security personnel were roaming around... i love looking at the calesa with passengers... and the statues of the different heroes is quite impressive... Thanks for the response...