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Metro Manila - Paco Park and Cemetery



Paco Park was once Manila’s municipal cemetery during the Spanish colonial period. Most of the wealthy families during that time interred the remains of their loved ones here. Tough it was originally planned as a municipal cemetery for the well-off and established upper-class Spanish families who resided in the old Manila, it was also used to bury victims of a cholera epidemic that swept across the city during that time.


Located along Gen. Luna St., it is a 4,114.80 square meter cemetery designed by Nicolas Ruiz. Its construction was completed in 1820, and probably one of the oldest cemeteries in our country.


It is consist of two circular walls containing three levels of niches with pathways on top of it. A Roman Catholic chapel was also built inside the walls of the Park and is dedicated to St. Pancratius. It is now under the care of the Vincentian fathers who also manage the nearby Adamson University.




Our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal was secretly interred here by the Spaniards after his execution in Bagumbayan in December 30, 1896. His remains were exhumed in 1912 and was laid beneath the monument at Luneta Park. It is also the final resting place of the three Filipino martyr priests, Mario Gomez, Jose Burgos and Jacinto Zamora, who were executed by the Spaniards in 1872 for their participation in an uprising against Spain.




Happened last February 6, 2011, it was only my first time to visit this park. Hehehe! This will now be included on my list of centuries-old cemeteries that I've visited around the Philippines.

You may also read my posts on Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery in Nagcarlan Laguna and the San Joaquin Campo Santo in San Joaquin Iloilo.



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29 comments :

MOKS™ said...

kaw na ang gala! hehehe daming pera, puro gala lang ah, magsama ka naman pare...hehehe libre mo...

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Moks - mura lang dyan... 10 pesos lang yata entrance... hehehe!!! thanks po...

Will said...

I haven't been here yet. Looking forward to walk through this historical place. :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Will - try it sir, it's a very nice place...

Will said...

I wouldn't think twice when it comes to travelling. Just waiting to win the lotto. LOL

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Will - why wait to win the Lotto? it's just here in Manila.. =D

halojin said...

hello kuya mervz now lang ulit napasyal dito hehe ^_^ adventurista tlga oh ^_^

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@halojin-onga eh... na miss ka na ng blog ko... hahaha!!! thanks!!!

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

I should revisit this park again =)

pusang kalye said...

really a nice place. kahit alam kong maraming nilibing dyan long time ago. I never felt afraid. :D

Renz said...

I am reading blog posts about this park and cemetery several times and I really wanted to see the place by myself. Siguro pag nagexplore kami sa manila, pipilitin kong magvisit dito :]
such a great place and amazing architecture!

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Pusang Kalye - yes indeed! ako din, di ako natakot...

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Renz - oh yes! puntahan mo 'to pag punta ng Manila... Thanks thanks!!! =D

Axl Powerhouse Production Inc, said...

yun oh bago nanaman ang theme niya.. galing... nakita ko na to sa fb mo daya mo di mo ko niyaya.... but i will try to go there soon pag ok na yung mga sked ko :D
thanks for some info :D

Ivan said...

nice.

Ivan said...

nice, have you seen the part of the wall with skulls? it's kinda creepy there if you'll go alone.

Cedric said...

I've been here once, I think. The place means a lot to me since dito kinasal ang parents ko. :) Thanks for sharing!

lakwatsera de primera said...

This is the second blog I read that features Paco Park just this year. It looks like an interesting place to visit. Mapuntahan na rin nga habang my time pa :)

Pinoy Boy Journals said...

i agree with lakwatsera de primera. read another story about this place. ako pang nakatira sa metro manila. tama, mapuntahan nga!!! iba ang ambiance!

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

an tagal ko ng d nakapunta d2, elementary pa ata ako tuwing nabakasyon kae ng Paco. mapuntahan nga. hehe

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Axl - hahaha!!! di lang mapakali sa theme... onga, matagal na kc ito, now ko lang na-blog... =D

@Ivan - nope, di ko yun napansin.. creepy nga kung ganun... hehehe!!!

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Cedric - wow! may connection nga kayo ng church sa park...

@Lakwatsera - yup! masarap mag spend lang ng time d2... tahimik... hihihi!

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Pinoy Boy - lapit ka lang pala eh... punta na!

@Pinaysolobackpacker - punta na! yung malayu nga keri mo eh... e2 ilang tumbling lang... hahaha!!! =D

GQ's Rambling Sensations said...

nagsimba kami ng sister ko dito once. madami nga din talagang magandang puntahan dito sa manila. tama ka mervs, ilang tumbling lang, andun na. makapag-tumbling nga sa Manila minsan para naman maiba, hehe

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@GQ - tama.... masarap din i-explore ang Manila... gow! tumbling lang po... hahaha!!!

Anonymous said...

what are the promotional activities of paco park?

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Anonymous - think there's a "Paco Park Presents" every Saturday, where they showcase a musical show... :)

Merilyn Tabares said...

Sir Mervz!

ask ko po kng what day and time open ung park? did you notice po ba?

Pinoy Adventurista said...

mga 8am cguro open na yan... hehehe!

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