Who among you, reading my blog, have lived long enough to see Rizal Park change its many facets? Do you remember these shots?
Notice the American Flag on that pole? Gives you the age of this photo…
Post-World War II Ruins
Look for the Rizal Monument – when it was still not yet built!
Rado Flower Clock. I bet your any baby boomer can recognize this.
Slimy Relief Map.
Manila Orchidarium. My Grandma, a self-professed orchid lover, I bet can spend the whole day inside this.
Now, on its new administration (whose work we are watching very closely) it is but with great honor that I am of the few ones to see the latest improvements here. Proud to introduce to you – Rizal Park NOW.
One of the first improvements – Children’s Playground at the Rizal Park, where it is cheap, fun, and wholesome.
Revamp of the Rizal Park Signage.
The Reopening of the Dancing Fountain.
Some special occasions spent in the new Rizal Park – New Year’s Countdown, Chinese New Year’s Celebration, Feast of the Black Nazarene, and Valentine’s Day free concert.
Prospective design of the Noli Me Tangere Gardens featuring the Wilhelmsfeld fountain from Heidelberg, Germany. It is said that this is the actual fountain where Dr. Jose Rizal drank while finishing his first novel.
Prospective Design of the new Boardwalk and Relief Map of the Philippines which will serve as an educational portal of Philippine geography, history, and sociocivic matters. Very much HeKaSi? Heard that there will be LED screens around the walk and a cafe where people can sit, relax, and learn.
Added security is being addressed also by the NPDC. It is not an uncommon fact that crime rate is high around the area – so the Committee is exerting extra effort on adding security personnel around the area. Heard that they’re making the place a Wi-Fi hotspot there would be less apprehension in guarding your most-beloved gadgetry.
Some of the events this coming June:
June 12 – Independence Day
Pagbabago Murals & Sculptures Unveiling
Flower Clock by Hyundai
Final Presentation of Musical Dancing Fountain
June 19 – Rizal at 150
Noli Me Tangere Garden
Flag Raising & Floral Offering by 150,000 students & youth
Launching of Rizal Park Youth Volunteers Movement
Rizal Concert for the Youth
Rizal Artists in Rizal Park (With the Higantes Parade)
June 23 – July 24 – Varekai by Cirque de Soleil
With all the improvements and developments going on, we ask, why just now? But instead, I urge you to ask, is this going to last? The NPDC is just an entity, appointed to maintain the park.
Largely, the maintenance and beauty of the park rely on how we would utilize the park. Fifty four hectares is not easy to guard, clean, and look after to. We should do our part also to help in giving this facelift a rather lasting effect. After all, it is us who benefits from this, not others, why not care for it? And why not do it NOW?
Photos from the NPDC