Rizal Park

September 22, 2010

Rizal Park has been the place of some of the most significant moments in Philippine history . Among them are the execution of José Rizal on December 30, 1896, whose execution created him a hero of the Philippine Revolution. It was formally renamed “Rizal Park” in his memory ; the Declaration of Philippine Independence from American rule on July 4, 1946: the political rallies of Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aquino in 1986; and the 11-hour hostage crisis on August 23, 2010. Rizal Park’s history began in the early 18th century during the Spanish rule. While Manila’s social & business activities were confined within Intramuros, a small area just south of the walls was cleared to prevent sneak attacks from the patriotic natives. The area was shaped like a small moon (lunette) and thus was named Luneta. The Park was also called Bagumbayan in Spanish colonial era, and later known as Luneta.


Rizal Park is an urban park settled in the heart of the city of Manila, Philippines. It is at the northern end of Roxas Boulevard, overlooking Manila Bay. The 0 km marker across the monument also serves as the point of origin or Kilometre Zero to all other cities in the Philippines.

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