Thursday, July 1, 2010

Skywatch#37 Paco Park, Manila

I vaguely remembered Paco Park as the place where our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, was initially interred. Only a handful knew, which included his immediately family, where he was taken after being executed by the Spanish government in 1896. But I recognized Paco Park's pathways easily in the movie entitled Miss You Like Crazy starring local actors John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo.

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This is St. Pancratius Chapel inside Paco Park in Manila. Paco Park was used originally as a municipal cemetery. Built in 1700s, it is circular in shape with the inner circle as the original cemetery. The niches were placed within its hollowed walls. A second circular wall was added and more niches were placed within its hollowed adobe walls as the population grew. The top of the walls were used as pathways or promenades. Its use was stopped in the early 1900s and the niches transferred to other cemeteries by the owners.

Nowadays, the park is mostly used for different occasions like mini concerts, weddings and parties.


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6 comments:

J Bar July 1, 2010 at 4:02 PM  

Interesting.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Sylvia K July 1, 2010 at 4:10 PM  

Lovely place and what an interesting history! Great post for the day, Marites! Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

AL July 1, 2010 at 6:21 PM  

Yeah I remember that place, a very historical one and a very romantic place for weddings.

Luna Miranda July 1, 2010 at 10:38 PM  

it's been ages since i was at Paco Park. it was a friend's wedding, the chapel is beautiful.

Irene July 2, 2010 at 12:59 PM  

Lovely place!

Erwin, Antwerp, BE July 2, 2010 at 3:32 PM  

Great story and picture. The tomb reminds me of a Roman tomb with windows of another era.

Erwin

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