Friday, June 29, 2007

paco park

Paco Park was once a cemetery during the Spanish period and was constructed in the late 18th century and was used to inter victims of the cholera epidemic which ravaged Manila in 1822. The cemetery stopped interment and burial in 1912 (don’t know why) and in 1966 it was converted into a national park.. This beautiful chapel was built inside the walls of the Paco Park and it was dedicated to St. Pancratius.

The cemetery is circular in shape with an inner circular fort that was the original cemetery and with the niches (three level of built-in-vaults) that were placed or located within the hollow walls. Originally the niches cost Php 20 for a 3-year renewable lease (no one was allowed to own the niches). The remains of our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, was interred here after his execution at Bagumbayan (now Rizal Park) on December 30, 1896.

During the WWII, Japanese forces used Paco Park as a central supply and ammunition depot. The high thick adobe walls around the park was ideal for defensive positions of the Japanese. Paco Park’s grandeur was slowly restored after the war and since then has remained as a public park and promenade for many teen age sweethearts who could spend quiet moments along the park’s benches and private alcoves.


Olivier said...

beau parc, les photos sont belles et merci pour la le├žon d'histoire. je te souhaite un bon weekend

beautiful park, the photographs are beautiful and thank you for the lesson for history. I wish you a good weekend

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Nice photo and park.

To response to your comment on my site, college is FREE in Manila????

WOW! Schools are so expensive here, even state (government) schools. It is getting out of hand.

Bergson said...

beautiful historical report in photograph

Anonymous said...

A beautiful post.

The photos are very good.

Reading your story about the park was very interesting.

If posts are rated 1 to 10 and 10 is the highest, I would give you a 9.5 on this post. Not perfect but damn close.

Abraham Lincoln
Tiger Swallowtail

Steve Buser said...

Thanks for the tour.

Fabrizio ikol22 said...

I love to read your captions so detailed and I love so much the photos too !

Ackworth Born said...

What a lovely place it must be to wander through

pusa said...

thank you all for visitng and having the time to give me comments, really appreciate it

olivier thank you for your visits and comments and have a good weekend too

ming - yes we do have free education, we just have to make sure to get good grades

abraham, i m so flattered and overwhelmed that you gave such a good rate! thank you very much

fabrizio - thank you so much i love your blog as well (this is a mutual admiration society now :)

NorthBayPhoto said...

A beautiful park and wonderful information on your blog.

As for the Shads, nothing like cockroaches when they land on you. Actually you can't feel 1 land on you (maybe a bit of a tickle) but it's the fact you can see all of them flying and you know they might land on you. They try to land on light coloured clothing, so they land more on your clothes than on your skin.

Thanks for visiting my North Bay blog.

Anonymous said...

Huweee!~ Memories. Sa Paco kasi ako tumira dati. Apat na taon ako du'n. Marami-rami din akong memories diyan sa Paco Park. Nalibot ko na siya makailang beses na.

Sarap nga tumambay diyan.

pusa said...

jake i wonder kun sino ang kasama mo... si ex ba =)

Rhina said...

nice work! thanks! =)

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