It’s no surprise that Manila is known to be a complete concrete jungle, but in this highly urbanized city, there are still remaining green-spaces and relaxation areas you could hang out and visit. Here are the 6 parks in or near Manila that you shouldn’t miss while you’re on your short Manila visit. Check out this list before locking in your itineraries.
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Rizal Park or Luneta Park
The most famous of all the Philippine parks, there are a lot of names attributed to this park, Bagumbayan, Luneta and of course, Rizal Park. The park is located near Intramuros or the Walled City, along Roxas Boulevard, which has Manila Bay on the opposite side. Rizal Park is one of the largest urban parks in Asia, it also holds the National Museum Complex, which includes the National Museum for Fine Arts, Anthropology and Natural History.
This park is also a huge part of Philippine History because its the location of the execution of the Philippine’s National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal which happened on December 30, 1896. Originally named Bagumbayan, it was later changed to Rizal Park & declared a National Park was on December 19, 1955.
La Mesa Eco Park
The next park we’ll be visiting would be in a nearby city, La Mesa Ecopark is a public park in Quezon City. The park is around 33 hectares which is just around the perimeter of the La Mesa Watershed Reservation. Interesting fact, this reservation is the source of water supply for most of Metro Manila.
The park offers a lot of amenities for its visitors. There are hiking trails, mountain biking, horseback riding, rappelling, zip-lining and fishing. The entrance fee per person costs around Php 30, and the amenities have varying costs you could check at the venue.
Visiting the La Mesa Eco Park will surely be a great experience, as evidenced by the annual visitor rate of 280,000 people. Check out the most popular day of the week on flights to Manila in the chart below and plan your trip accordingly.
People’s Park in the Sky
Heading south of Manila, you could check out Tagaytay’s views and of course, People’s Park in the Sky. This public park stands at the peak of Mt. Gozales. It is a historic park commissioned by President Marcos for the planned visit of President Ronal Reagen. The visit was later cancelled & it was then that the park’s development was abandoned, left with the façade of a ruined castle.
The park is open from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM daily. The park also has the Shrine of Our Lady Mother of Fair Love in its vicinities, as well as Doppler Weather radar station. Jeepney rides are available for those who want to visit but already have weak knees to go uphill, as it’s quite a steep climb.
Also, from the south is the NUVALI park. It was developed by the Ayala land to be the country’s first and largest eco-city. Its development focused on the idea of sustainability across 2,290 hectares for various uses: residential, commercial and reactional spaces. The area currently holds more than 50,000 trees with 86% native species.
The park offers a lot of leisurely activities, along with the shopping mall located in the park itself. Mountain bike trails are one of the popular type of activity enjoyed in the park. There is also Camp N which a common team building venue for companies. If you’re just looking for an afternoon chill, the lakeside view is also a recreational area for you to hang out with friends or family.
All the way from the North would be the Baguio Burnham Park. Located in the city center of Baguio City, this park offers a different view from the previous parks mentioned in this list. From the common trees often seen in the other parks, Baguio offers a plethora of Pine Trees. This park got its name from its architect and city planner, Daniel Burham.
The 32-hectare park offers twelve distinct areas inside. These are the following: Athletic Bowl, Burnham Lagoon, Children’s Playground, Igorot Garden, Japanese Peace Tower, Melvin Jones Grandstand, Orchidarium, Picnic Grove, Pine Trees of the World, Rose Garden, Skating Rink, and Sunshine Park.
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