Saturday, September 15, 2007

kilometer zero


I’d been remiss for not posting this famous manila landmark, so I’m just presenting you now... Jose Rizal’s monument. As most of you know this monument is located at the heart of manila, at Rizal Park to be exact. The park was called Bagumbayan (new town) before then became Luneta (as what i still call this place) then named Rizal Park as a tribute to the national hero. The monument also serves as the point of origin or kilometer zero to all other cities in the Philippines.

It has been a must before to have your photo taken in front of this monument, i guess it still remains true with tourists, local or not. And it is almost protocol for visiting dignitaries to lay a wreath at the monument. This monument also serves as mausoleum that houses Jose Rizal's remains. And i think this is the only monument that is guarded 24/7 by soldiers. We used to shout and do antics just to grab those soldiers' attention to see if they would at least move a fraction but still haven't succeeded to this date.

5 comments:

Pinoy at Heart said...

Are you serious? Guarded 24-7, and they don't move? Ay naku

travelphilippines said...

haha yes i can remember doing things to distract them it didnt work.....

Sidney said...

Are you sure those soldiers are 24 hourson guard? Sometimes I don't see soldiers at all.

This little boy loves the attention !

bertN said...

How often are the guards changed? Is there a ceremonial changing of the guards every hour or two or more?

Anonymous said...

The Rizal Monument is not the kilometer zero for the Philippines. If you cross Roxas Boulevard from the direction of the monument, you will run into the marker itself on the other side.

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