Paco Park: An Aristocratic Elegance of Arts and Culture

| February 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

The timeless and captivating historical grandeur of the Philippines have remarkably revealed some of its most unforgettable geographical landmarks in this country, which has beautifully metamorphosed its mesmerizing image into something that is worth knowing after a thousand years or more. Of course, historical landmarks are the exemplary living witnesses of how this democratic nation had victoriously triumphed in all obstacles and challenges that it had been through since time immemorial. Since then, Paco Park in Manila is one of the noblest and most remembered tourist attractions of the Philippines.

One of the historic features of Paco Park.

One of the historic features of Paco Park.

It is actually a recreational orchard that approximately measures about 4,114.80 meters. Prior to its splendid transformation, it was a former cemetery of the municipality during the 333 Spanish Occupation of the Filipinos. Geographically , it is located along the busy street of General Luna before its critical renovation after its red-letter establishment in those years. Based from the original plan of its genius architects and engineers, Paco Park was the exclusive graveyard of the most affluent social classes during the Spanish Era. Commonly, these people are considered as the ancient and legitimate residents of the so-called Old Manila. In addition, the grandiose inner premises of this park were built during the 18th century. But, these were finally finished in utmost perfection after several decades of hard work and immeasurable sincerity. Formerly, the historic it was simply christened as Dilao. Due to the sudden outbreak of cholera, this noteworthy tourist attraction was converted into a cemetery for both the underprivileged and the rich members of the society. Descriptively, the dazzling park has a circular design as far as its inner fort is concerned. Moreover, the niches of this fascinating park were purposely placed in the hollow sections of the graveyard. As the demographics of Manila had unprecedentedly reached its peak, a second exterior wall was constructed with thick and sturdy materials. These architectural necessities were placed in the attractively- crafted niches and on the uppermost part of the structure’s walls.In turn, some of these components were made as passageways for prestigious promenades in those defining and colorful moments of Philippine history.

Aside from these significant makeovers, there was also a Roman Catholic Church which was situated inside the walls of Paco Park. According to the colorful pages of Philippine history, this was the sacred place where the national hero of the Filipinos was interred, following his bitter execution on the 30th day of December, 1898, in Bagumbayan. However, these rituals were stopped as years passed by. During World War II, this park in Paco Manila was used by the tyrant forces of Japanese as a well-equipped central station for their modernized military armaments. Meanwhile, the thick adobes which were somewhat elevated were utilized as defensive fortresses against external threats. Before the declaration of Manila’s Liberation, there were many trenches and pillboxes which were excavated around the strict parameters of this priceless gem of Manila. These destructive explosives were sophisticatedly coupled with high-powered guns, which have specifications of 75 millimeters. These ammunitions were especially meant to defend those ancient fortifications against the 148th Infantry Regiment of the First Battalion of the United States Army, in cooperation with the Philippine Commonwealth Army. In the ‘60s, it was converted into one of the famous national parks of the Philippines. This momentous event took place during the incumbency of former president Diosdado Macapagal. Therefore, this glamorous park was slowly revitalized in time. From then on, it has remained as an exhilarating recreational haven for the general public.

A refreshing panoramic view of Paco Park.

A refreshing panoramic view of Paco Park.

On the nostalgic side, it served as the fanciful meeting place for teenage lovers. Its private benches and its other relaxing features make this amusement park more romantic for everyone, despite of its previous architectural framework. The Bagong Lipunan Era of ex-president Ferdinand Marcos had extravagantly made it as one of the Philippines’ finest cultural rendezvous. Furthermore, First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos had untiringly promoted this integral facet of social and cultural revolution the best way that she can. To fully accomplish this monumental goal, the Park of Paco Manila had once become the ideal venue of some cultural events and presentations during the Marcos regime.

Incidentally, on February 29, 1980, the former Press and Cultural Attaché of the Embassy in the Federal Republic of Germany to the Philippines in the person of Dr Christoph Jessen, alongside with the incomparable brilliance of Teodoro Valencia had spearheaded a series of concerts in the mystifying atmosphere of Paco Park Manila. In nature and in form, these were all classical performances of the world-famous German and Filipino musicians in commemoration of the Philippine-German Month. Hence, these sequel of events were dubbed as Paco Park Presents. In brief, these magnificent shows had illustriously highlighted the unique and mutual exchanges of impressive artistic talents notwithstanding the diverse and huge cultural differences between these two countries. As a result, this most cherished legacy of this park was well-taken cared of when this tourist spot was lovingly placed under the caring mantle of the National Park Development Committees of the Philippines. Consequently, it has further strengthened the bilateral relationships between the Philippines and Germany which had become one of the best and stoic foundations of Philippine Arts and Culture for more than a decade.

Currently, it is regularly opened to the public from Mondays to Sundays except during Wednesdays. Their hours of public admission start at 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Among its soothing and incredible masterpieces are those chorals from the foreign counterparts of the Philippines and those traditional music pieces which fervently demonstrated the undying nationalistic ideals of Filipino artists. Last but not the least, it is in the same manner a very serene and suitable wedding venue for those soon to be wed couples who are earnestly searching for a wedding ambiance which creatively preserves the untainted Filipino culture; when it comes to marital beliefs and orientations.

Admission

For those foreign and local travelers who would like to experience the astonishing and breathtaking atmosphere of this must see Philippine attraction there is no admission fee required. Although there are some websites that say that there is a minimal charge of Php 5.00. So, the best thing to do is to call them at 302-70-79 in order to verify every pertinent detail you wish to know with regards to this very relevant piece of information.

Location

Its exact physical address along Belen Street, San Marcelino Ermita, Manila.

How to Get There

Getting there at Paco Park Manila is very much convenient regardless of course, from where you are. Here are the three easiest ways that you must remember. First, if you are from Taft Avenue in Manila you can ride any mode of transportation from Pedro Gil all the way to Sta. Ana. When you have already reached a street named as Paz, turn left. There, you will immediately see Paco Church to your left side. Once you are there, simply ask those locals in the area as to how you can leisurely get to your final destination.

Moreover, it can be accessibly reached from Manila by taking a jeep which will travel along the busy street of Taft Avenue. Then, stop at Escoda Street and walk straight ahead to this very interesting point of interest. Nevertheless, if you want your sojourn to be a bit hassle-free ride a taxi of your choice. But, better make sure that you have an adequate budget to do so.

There is no other way to animatedly describe the humble beginnings of Paco Park. Ultimately, it is one splendid tourist attractions that vividly encompasses the cultural felicity of the Philippines. Unbelievably, it has envisaged the globally competitive and artistic talents of the Filipinos in all the integrated aspects of Philippine visual arts. Indeed, this country is a gigantic name in the world and dynamics of Philippine Tourism which can never be rivaled nor contested in any other way.

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