Paco Park

Paco Park, Manila

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This former cemetery is now a manicured park and venue for fairs and concerts featuring local artists and musicians.
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Citygal12456
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia76 contributions
Simply beautiful
Dec 2019 • Family
Beautiful park cemetery with a small chapel and a nice fountain. A popular venue for weddings. It is well maintained.
Written 6 September 2020
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texasaero
Warren, MI113 contributions
Very beautiful sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of Manila.
Feb 2020
The park is really a cemetary with a chapel on one end encircled by a pair of walls. Within the walls are interred remains of city figures, religious orders, and some historical national figures. It is well cared for. Within the walls are many different flora. Perfect for wedding pictures which is what Manila residents use it for. A short walk from Taft Ave and the LRT. Also a short walk to Paco Market. Buy some food and eat it here. The surrounding neighborhood is family oriented. No loud music like Rizal Park. Just a serene and calming atmosphere. On weekends, its a little busy.
Written 10 April 2020
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D’Gatsby
Quezon City, Philippines18 contributions
Events at Paco Park
Dec 2019 • Couples
It was relatively easy to book and coordinate with the Park Administration for a Corporate Event at Paco Park. The venue is unique, historical, romantic, and elegant. The fountain is beautiful at night. Bookings for the Chapel is separate. Perfect for musical or outdoor theatre event. We brought our own caterer. Make sure you inspect the toilets. Bring your own amenities because the administration does not provide that. If they did, they would get more bookings for the venue.
Written 2 February 2020
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Panamalor
Montreal, Canada81 contributions
Oasis in the city
Dec 2019 • Couples
Not much to say. It’s a nice little park in the middle of the Manila jungle. Free, coit, and clean. Nice trees and flowers :)
Written 18 December 2019
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sarah s
Perth, Australia97 contributions
A secret hideaway in a busy city
Aug 2018 • Family
Paco Park is in old town, Manila, and it is steeped in history. Surrounded by thick high walls, it is like stepping into a secret garden and the sounds of outside fade away. Walk around the pathways and listen to the birds singing and take in the serenity. Be sure to show respect to the history here, and leave only footprints. Take your time to read the plaques. If you are visiting the Philippines, spending time in Manila and are interested in its history, then make this part of your experience. Pack a picnic, take water to drink and sit under the beautiful ancient trees for a while. It goes without saying that you need to take care of your personal belongings in this area of town. In the carpark, there are a lot of beggars and pickpockets. Once inside the walls, you should be okay.
Written 24 July 2019
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leah
Mandaluyong, Philippines763 contributions
cute park where you can have a bit of solitude amid city bustle
Apr 2019 • Family
Manila is noisy and hectic - and that can really be stressful. Paco Park is an easy escape from all that.

You can use public transport or just book a Grab - this place is easy to find. Lots of trees and greenery, and even more peace and quiet. I love cemeteries, and this one is prettier than most. Nothing eerie during the day, but maybe at night it's a different story,

A souvenir from the Spanish period, this place is replete with historical significance. The famous martyred priest Gomburza are entombed here somewhere (no special marker to commemorate the sacrifice of these priests whose deaths inspired the Philippine Revolution against Spain).

Another martyr, our National Hero Jose P. Rizal was also laid to not so peaceful rest here for a time. And countless others who suffered ignominious deaths of an epidemic and wars are laid in the surrounding circular walls of the park. Strangely though it's not something that's frightening, just overwhelmingly sad. All those lives lost - and most never even touched ours.

There's a tiny but interesting church inside. It was closed for repairs when we visited. As well as the wall walk which were crumbling in places - hence the very needed repairs. Which is a good thing since we have a reason to come back!

To the City of Manila, please maintain this place. You have already lost so many historical places because of neglect. Please don't add Paco Park to that sorry list.
Written 18 June 2019
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doctorfoxtrot
Taguig City, Philippines7,481 contributions
Not just a small park
May 2019 • Family
It may seem like just a small park to many , including myself . Later I realised how historically significant it is. Aside from housing the air conditioned St Pancratius chapel , it is where the remains of the martyred heroes the 3 priests of Gomburza are. There is a marker for that. Also for a few years , this is where the remains of the local national hero Dr Jose Rizal remains were interred. There is also a marker for that. Other than that , there is a nice fountain good for background photo ops.
Written 6 May 2019
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Jona D
Dumaguete City, Philippines106 contributions
Under renovation
Apr 2019 • Family
The place is under renovation when we got there and no one else was around. But it was still great, it was like we have the park all to ourselves except for the construction workers.
Written 5 May 2019
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steve b
RUGBY ENGLAND17 contributions
nice and quiet
Mar 2019 • Solo
hard to believe your in the middle of manila while exploring this small but historic and beautiful park
Written 13 April 2019
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Dan Brown
Maryborough, Australia26 contributions
nice walk
Sep 2018
good to relax, quiet inside the walls, a sanctuary compared to the hustle and bustle out side the walls
Written 18 February 2019
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