Parks / Plazas Category

Rizal Park in Rosemeadow, New South Wales, Australia

June 19, 2018

Today is the 157th birthday of Dr. José Rizal and in his honor, I am featuring Rizal Park in Rosemeadow, which is a suburb of Sydney, Australia under the jurisdiction of the City of Campbelltown. On October 26, 2012, no less than President Benigno Aquino III led the unveiling of... (read more)

Shrine of the National Flag

May 28, 2018

Today, May 28, is the National Flag Day and it is the day that everybody in the Philippines is encouraged to display the flag of the Philippines until June 12, the anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence. The reason why May 28 is the National Flag Day is because... (read more)

Rizal Park in Wilhelmsfeld, Germany

April 25, 2014

Almost 5 years ago, I first blogged about the German town of Wilhelmsfeld when I featured José-Rizal-Straße, the first street outside the Philippines named after José Rizal. Wilhelmsfeld, which is about half an hour away from the more famous city of Heidelberg, was where Rizal spent a few months in... (read more)

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

February 27, 2014

I’ve previously featured two sights in Bagac, Bataan and these are the Friendship Tower and Montemar Beach Resort. I’m now going to feature another sight from this town and this is the popular Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (official website, Wikipedia). Named after José “Gerry” Acuzar, owner and chair of the... (read more)

Rizal’s Relief Map of Mindanao

February 10, 2014

I guess that many Filipinos know that José Rizal was once banished by the Spanish colonial government to Dapitan, Zamboanga in 1892. In fact, I think Dapitan is probably the best-known town associated with Rizal, even more so than Rizal’s hometown of Calamba. What I think most people don’t know... (read more)

Pasig Rainforest Park

June 10, 2010

I’ve featured the La Mesa Ecopark here in Vista Pinas years ago and it’s one of the very few forest-setting public parks in Metro Manila. Well, another such park is Pasig City’s Rainforest Park and this one is probably a better destination for those who think the La Mesa park... (read more)

Capilay Spring Park

February 6, 2010

Siquijor hasn’t been featured yet here in Vista Pinas, so let’s rectify the situation by visiting the Capilay Spring Park, one of the famous tourist attractions on this mystical island province. This spring park is located in downtown San Juan, on the southwest coast of the island. Photo from the... (read more)

People’s Park (Davao)

September 18, 2009

If Tagaytay has its People’s Park (in the sky), so too does Davao City. My friend Joyce suggested that I feature Davao’s People’s Park and so that’s what I’m doing now. Actually, what you’re seeing right now in the satellite image thumbnail in Google Maps is the old PTA Grounds. (I... (read more)

Wright Park

August 27, 2009

The first thing that comes to mind when Baguio’s Wright Park is mentioned is horseback and pony riding. I can’t remember when I last rode on a horse in Wright Park but I think it was during the 80s when I was still a kid. Now that I’m grown up,... (read more)

People’s Park in the Sky

May 24, 2009

Last Saturday, May 16, I, together with other OpenStreetMap contributors, went to Tagaytay City for a mapping party (check out my fellow mapper’s blog post about it to learn more). The area assigned for my team to map was the eastern portion which includes the People’s Park in the Sky.... (read more)

Plaza Divisoria / Golden Friendship Park

February 22, 2009

I’m not really sure if there’s any connection between Cagayan de Oro’s Plaza Divisoria and the Divisoria market area in Manila, but its official name, the Golden Friendship Park, is much more apt since Cagayan de Oro’s nickname is the City of Golden Friendship. Plaza Divisoria is actually just a small... (read more)

Ramon Magsaysay Park

January 15, 2009

I’m no expert in Davao City and I’ve never been there (I’d love to visit it someday) but I think that the Ramon Magsaysay Park is the premiere public park in the city, akin to Manila’s Rizal Park. Well, I think at least before the new People’s Park was opened... (read more)

Gaston Park

November 23, 2008

I think we can consider Gaston Park to be the center of the City of Cagayan de Oro. It functions as the equivalent of the town plaza since to the northwest stands the City Hall and to the southwest is the Saint Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral, which is the seat of... (read more)

Panaad Park and Stadium

July 21, 2008

The Panaad Park and Stadium is one of the most modern sports complex in the Philippines and it is found in Bacolod City. This 25-hectare sports complex has been the site of the Mens’ Football Event of the 2005 SEA Games as well as the location of the qualifying tournament... (read more)

Hinulugang Taktak

May 2, 2008

Antipolo City in Rizal has a folk song called “Tayo Na Sa Antipolo” and the chorus goes like this: Tayo na sa Antipolo At doon maligo tayo Sa batis na kung tawagin ay Hi, hi, Hinulugang Taktak At doon tayo kumain Ng mangga, suman, kasoy, at balimbing Kaya’t magmadali ka At tayo’y tutuloy na sa Antipolo English translation: Let’s... (read more)

Pinaglabanan Shrine

February 21, 2008

The Pinaglabanan Shrine in San Juan City, Metro Manila commemorates the very first battle of the Katipunan against the Spanish colonial government during the Philippine Revolution. This is the Battle of San Juan del Monte also known as the Battle of Pinaglabanan. Pinaglabanan is Tagalog for “place of battle” or... (read more)

Bacolod Public Plaza

December 28, 2007

One of the several notable landmarks in Bacolod City is the Bacolod Public Plaza, which is found very near the city hall and right across the San Sebastian Cathedral. The plaza is a trapezoidal park with a belt of trees all around the periphery and a gazeebo/bandstand at the center.... (read more)

Albay Park and Wildlife

November 22, 2007

Nestled between Lignon Hill and the Legazpi Airport in Albay is the Albay Park and Wildlife. This is Legazpi City’s only zoo and, according to it’s official webpage, is home to more than 400 birds, mammals, and reptiles. Some specific animals are the Philippine Hawk Eagle, bleeding-heart pigeons, brown boobies,... (read more)

Old Nayong Pilipino

October 26, 2007

I remember going to the original Nayong Pilipino located beside one of the runways of Ninoy Aquino International Airport a couple of times for field trips when I was in Grade School. This public park, whose name literally means “Philippine Village,” aims to showcase the various tourist spots in the... (read more)

Mines View Park

September 28, 2007

The Mines View Park in Baguio City is one of the more popular tourist attractions in the City of Pines, though definitely nowhere near as popular as Burnham Park in the city center. Mines View Park is named that way because it gives the visitor a view of the locations... (read more)

Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village

September 19, 2007

It’s hard to describe what the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village really is. It’s a botanical garden. It’s a resort. It’s a mini Nayong Mindanao. It’s a mountain park and picnic area. Whatever it is, the Gardens of Malasag is a major tourist attraction of Cagayan de Oro City, nestled... (read more)

La Mesa Ecopark

September 11, 2007

Want to go on a picnic in a forest setting without leaving Metro Manila? Well, you should seriously check out the La Mesa Ecopark, which is within the La Mesa Dam watershed in Novaliches, Quezon City. Officially named as the La Mesa Watershed Resort and Ecological Park, the ecopark provides... (read more)

Philippine Relief Map at Rizal Park

July 11, 2007

Some of you may not know this, but at the extreme eastern end of Rizal Park in Manila lies a gigantic relief map of the Philippines. I believe that this is the largest relief map of the Philippines anywhere. I couldn’t find any information on the Web, but using Google... (read more)

Burnham Park

June 25, 2006

No first-time visit to Baguio City will be complete without going to Burnham Park at the very center of the city. To the northwest is the City Hall and off to the northeast is the famous Session Road. Standing imposingly on a hill to the east is SM City Baguio. Named... (read more)

U.P. Diliman Academic Oval

June 22, 2006

Our first featured sight from the new satellite images is the Academic Oval of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. (Okay, so I’m a proud alumnus.) The Acad Oval consists of the Osmeña, Roxas, and Ma. Regidor avenues and it surrounds The Oblation, Quezon Hall (aka Admin), the U.P. Lagoon,... (read more)

Dr. José Rizal Park in Seattle

June 17, 2006

Dedicated to José Rizal in 1979 is the Dr. José Rizal Park on Beacon Hill in Seattle, Washington. To the northwest of the park is the massive junction between Interstates 5 and 90 and across 12th Avenue to the east is the headquarters of Internet giant The park is a... (read more)

Bayanihan Park

February 28, 2006

The Bayanihan Park is located in the heart of Angeles City in Pampanga. At the western end stands the main entrance to the Clark Special Economic Zone (marked by the large white circular structure). To the south of the park is the infamous red-light district of the city. And the park... (read more)