Manila, Manila – by Mariella Tacho

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Rizal Monument

Rizal Park in Manila

The highlight of my summer vacation stay in Manila was my visit to Rizal Park. I think all Filipinos ought to see this place and spend some time admiring the artwork, examining the structures, and reliving the country’s history presented in the many exhibits. I entered the walled city called Intramuros with awe and great excitement. The towering walls appeared old, dark and looming and in some spots crumbling. There were splotches of green moss thriving in some places. The heat and humidity do a splendid job of eroding even the mightiest brick and mortar structures ever built by man. This fungi-action aging process became very clear as I entered the pavilion. The dank smell of mold and mildew assaulted my nose. I guess that was part of the draw… realism the place provides for the tourist and spectator to enjoy.

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Mi Ultimo Adios by Doctor Jose Rizal

Termite eaten wood framed the old pictures hanging on the walls. The black and white photographs themselves must have been taken with old daguerreotype. What stories of bygone days they tell. Their voices may be mute but they tell of the days when the Spaniard Conquistadors ruled the islands and demanded blind loyalty and allegiance to the King of Spain. I believe this is what got Dr Jose Rizal, our Philippine National Hero killed – his refusal to personally submit to Spanish subjugation – and his rallying cry to all the Filipino people to revolt. I almost became teary eyed when I saw his famous poem, Mi Ultimo Adios, presented on the wall.

Dr Jose Rizal

Re-enactment of the death of Dr Jose Rizal by Firing Squad

But this last photo reenacting the death of Dr Jose Rizal by firing squad is the most poignant of all the show photographs. I must have spent a couple of hours just reflecting on his personal sacrifice all because he wanted the Philippines to be free. All in all, I will always remember my visit to Rizal Park. What a high point it was to my vacation visit to the great city of Manila. Everybody should go visit Rizal Park. There is so much history, tradition, culture, and heritage to see.

38 thoughts on “Manila, Manila – by Mariella Tacho

  1. To Mariella, I am happy that you also enjoyed your summer vacation. I haven’t seen Intramuros and Rizal Park that’s why I’m excited and amazed about your story. I love to see the great arts about our national hero. Hope we could have our field trip there. And maybe someday we can help restore those artworks.

    kyle zyra
    sasai scholar…

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    • Kyle Zyra, like you posted your comment on your “My Summer Vacation” entry, you should first open Mariella’s Manila, Manila post and go down to the “Leave a comment” field and post your comment there. Do it and let me see if you are successful.

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    • Kyle Zyra, I want you to come back to the SAS Ai BLOG and re-read Mariella’s article. After you read it again, I want you to post your reaction to the following: 1) What is your initial reaction to Mariella’s presence in Manila? 2) What is Rizal Park? Why was it built? What for? 3) If you were to go to Rizal Park, what other sites would you look at?

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  2. I lIke Mariella’s summer vacation at manila because she go to the historical place at there the Rizal park where our national hero are there.I am very happy because she choose to go there instead of other places.Nice trip Ihope to go there.
    abigail-scholar

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    • Abigail Ponce please try to re-read Mariella’s article and come back to comment again only this time include more of your personal observations and reactions to her article.

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  3. I know that Mariella Tacho’s summer vacation is also memorable for her just like kyle’s vacation at Pugo La Union, that’s why I am very happy to both of you because you really enjoyed your own summer vacation.
    According to Mariella’s story ,Rizal park is really wonderful and historical you can also learn the culture and its history. I havent seen Rizal Park and intramurus that’s why when i had read your story about this fabulous places it convince me that i should also go there and visit those places so that I can also learn its history,and i also want to see the monument of our national hero Dr.Jose P Rizal.
    When I am reading about the story of mariella I already start to imagine and dreaming that someday i can also experience the different happenings as mariella had experienced in that places.
    I hope someday I will also see that places.So, I should always pray to make that dream became true.

    Geraldine Layco
    SASAI SCHOLAR

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    • Excellent observation DinDin Layco about Mariella’s vacation and Kyle Zyra’s Pugo experience. This tells me that you read both posts, commented on Kyle’s post and are now comparing the two. Your thoughts are organized and nicely expressed.

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  4. Likewise, i haven’t experience to drop by and see those historical places: the Intramuros and Rizal Park. And this story encourage me to have a visit in those tourists spots. Honestly, I’m not good in arts and I’m pretty sure that through those arts I will be inspired to create and make my own obra maestra.

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    • Karen Paola you must be a little tired. It seems to me that you could have spent more time expounding on the merits of Mariella’s post. Please explain further what you mean by “obra maestra”.

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  5. According to Mariella Tacho, her summer vacation was great. When I saw the picture of Rizal Park, I’m very inspired and amazed. I would like also to visit here because I haven’t seen the Rizal Park.
    Her vacation was very happy. Mariella Tacho also said that there was so much culture, history, culture, tradition and heritage to see. We can also learn many lessons about Dr. Jose Rizal. We know that Dr. Jose Rizal is our National Hero. Mariella Tacho enjoying her summer vacation and were the same. But, I would like also to visit some places and saw a wonderful places. I’m very happy also to our friend Mariella Tacho because she is happy all the time. Have a good day always. This place was wonderful and great.

    SASAi Scholar
    Krisha Teodosio

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    • Thank you Krisha Teodosio for reading and commenting on Mariella’s article. Your opening statement correctly references her article. Good job of commenting. Come back to the BLOG and post often.

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  6. History is a part of our lives. We should know the things that were happened at the past because it’s the reason why were now free from the Spaniards that traded our country in the name of greed. I’m so thankful to God that there were people He sends like Jose Rizal to save people from bad person and until now, He’s still sending people as an instrument to save, help, and lead the people to keep their faith to God. Mariella Tacho’s story is so interesting because it’s about our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. I know that she learned a lot from her vacation in Manila and she can apply these in her studies for the next school year. I want to say thank you for her story because I learn things from that. All of us can be a hero in our own little way like helping.

    Juzel Ann Macanas
    SASAi Scholar

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    • Juzel Macanas I like your opening statement in your comment to Mariella’s article. Indeed history is part of our lives. We make history by living and giving. Dr Rizal gave his life for his country.

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  7. I’m happy for you Mariela for having that great and exciting trip to Manila and able to see those things I haven’t seen yet.I wish I could go there too, someday..
    I’m so thankful for you for reminding me and reminding other people about all the sacrifices and pains felt by our own National hero Dr.Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado Y Alonso Realonda or mostly known as Dr.Jose P. Rizal.I know and you know that in school we are taking up lessons about Dr.Rizal and the school thought us all about him but there were things which I learned from your article that we should always remember,,that Dr.Jose Rizal sacrificed his life for us and for our country to be free.We should always remember that without him and without his love,his passion,and his care for us,we were not able to see and feel the freedom that we have today.So we must know how to love our country our fellow Filipinos and other people.

    Once again,thank you Mariela for this article, I know you had a good time in Manila specifically at the Rizal Park because you were able to write all those words..I want to go there too,someday.

    SASAI SCHOLAR
    Karen Laurente

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  8. Your summer vacation is very nice Mariella!
    I enjoyed watching the beautiful and memorable pictures that you had taken there! I’m so glad that you had already seen the most attractive spots of Manila. And even if I haven’t yet visit Rizal Park, I’am still happy because like Kyle you had also tell to me clearly all the important information about the place that you had seen.

    You know Mariella I’m so touched to your kindhearted because as you said you had spent a couple of hours just to reflect on the personal sacrifice to us by our National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal. In your story, I had learned that vacation is not only for fun because you can also learned a lot of information about the place you had seen. I learned that beautiful spots has a hidden memory and has a hidden information to be known. I had also learned that care cannot be only shown by saying good things and but also to do it in action. And last, always remember that there is no beautiful place other than our country….PHILIPPINES. So don’t be shy and don’t be afraid to say….. I’m proud to be PINOY!
    Thank you Mariella for this beautiful story that you had shared to us! And Thank you also for reminding me about the goodness of Dr. Jose Rizal.

    Everlyn Jamandra
    SASAI SCHOLAR

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  9. Luneta Park is one of the most beautiful places in our country that i want to visit. I want to visit Luneta Park because i knew that this place had many historical stories that have been part of our history. I remember our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal and his masterpiece that he used as his weapon in the colonists. I appreciated his bravery on how he protected our country.
    I am happy for mariella, for the unforgettable vacation that she had. I hope that I and my co-scholar could visit this wonderful place someday.

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  10. Excellent Mariella!!!!!!!! You reminded me a lot about the history of our country Philippines. You are really a good citizen of our own country. Imagine, you precisely chose Rizal’s landmarks despite its very old fashion. Even though we have a lot of attractive places her to visit, you didn’t hesitate to set your foot on Rizal Park. You know what, when I am reading your story, I felt a bit thrilling on myself for I was encouraged by you to visit that place. Hope I’d be there in my future years. Thanks for that wonderful article of yours.

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    • Phoebe thank you for commenting on Mariella’s article. You astutely observed that even though there are many “more glitsy” places to visit while in Manila, Mariella chose to visit Dr Jose Rizal’s memorial. Says a lot about Mariella as a scholar who is interested in learning more about the history of the country. Thank you for pointing this out to the readership.

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  11. Oh! Mariella! You briefly featured Rizal Landmarks. While I am busy reading your story,my spine is clattering because you caused too much excitement in myself. I want to explore that place and learn new things about the past. Compared to other places, Rizal’s landmarks were absolutely old fashionable but they simply remain the best. I wish I could visit and explore the whole Manila…

    SASAI SCHOLAR
    Michelle pera

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  12. Oh! Mariella! You briefly featured Rizal park. While I am busy reading your story, my spine is clattering because you caused too much excitement on myself. Compared to other places, Rizal Park is absolutely old fashionable but I’m pretty sure, it remains simply the best for us Filipinos. Although it is not modernly designed, it still shows the uniqueness of our country. In my opinion, we should never change its artistic old designs for it is part of our history otherwise if we transformed it to a new Rizal park with great modern arts, I’m pretty sure, it will be eradicated in the list of historical places. So we should preserve what we have. We should not intrude its arts. We should love Rizal park wholeheartedly.

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    • Old fashioned places have a charm of their own Michelle. Rizal Park commemorates our country’s historical high points. Yes it would be exciting to visit the place. Thank you for commenting.

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  13. I know that Mariella is an intelligent person, but I really admired the way she describes Rizal Park. We all know that Rizal Park was built in commemoration of our National Hero. So that our next generation could still see the place which become a part of Rizal’s life. If I were to visit Rizal Park I would like to see the Great Dungeon and the Footsteps of Rizal.

    kyle zyra
    sasai scholar…

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    • i agree Kyle that Mariella is bright. And so are the rest of the SAS Ai scholars – yourself included. Thank you for commenting on Mariella’s descriptive narrative. Indeed you would also want to see the places where Rizal was imprisoned and his footsteps immortalized by the indentations on the ground.

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  14. I had been to Rizal Park when I was about 4 years old and have a vague memory on how it looked like before compare to now. As I was reading her story, I felt as if I was with her taking that trip and experience. I was touched on how she described every little detail she had seen on her visit to these landmarks.

    We should be proud and must value these treasures because, it connects us from the past, to present and the future.

    Fegie Yvette Layco
    SASAi scholar

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  15. I wish i can visit Rizal park because there are a lot of historical event found in just what Mariella shared on her article. We all know that Dr. Jose P. Rizal is the Philippine national hero. He never used arms in fighting Spaniards who rudely ruled our country. Likewise he used his brain and wrote the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo to expose the ruling government of Spanish.

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    • Hello Jonel – good to see you here in the BLOG commenting. Indeed, Dr Jose Rizal proved that the pen is mightier than the sword. Thank you for your thoughtful post.

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  16. Honestly speaking, I love listening to the old stories of my grandparents about events in ancient times and I’m very inspired. I love also watching documentaries featuring the history of our country. Actually last night I had watched the documentary in titled “ang lihim ng lumang tulay” I learned that those bridges were not only used to cross other places but also a part of our history that reminds us that even in the ancient times Filipinos were truly creative and artistic.

    “Ang batang marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan, makakarating sa paroroonan.” True, indeed. And I believe that this is the reason why we must study history.

    Rizal Park, the appropriate place to study and remember the history of our own country. We must study our history to be able to relate the past to the present situation or to be able to remember all the sacrifices of our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal not only Him but also all the Filipinos who fought for our freedom.
    Our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, was honored not only as patriot and martyr but also the author of novels, plays and poems that are the chiefs jewels of our literature in Spanish. He wrote the famous novels Noli me Tangere and El Filibusterismo and that was the reason why we are now free from the cruel hands of the Spaniards.

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  17. listening and reading to the historical and cultural aspect of our country is an honor for me.The experience of mariella makes me proud of my own country .
    I had been relate it in my personal life .The sacrifices of Doctor Jose Rizal lead me to realized that if he do letting our country free,As a student I have also to do my part and it is by studying hard.
    like he said”Ang kabataan ang pagaasa ng bayan “.

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    • Thank you for dropping by and commenting Randy. I agree with you, “The children are the future of the country.” Or, “The future belongs to the children.” So with that I expect you to do your best not only for yourself, for your family, but also for the country.

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  18. I know that this generation of adolescence was full and around technology. I am one of them who addicted with that technology like cellphones, computers. We don’t even think that because of this gadgets, we don’t have time for our family and friends who are loving and caring for us. We don’t have enough time to study. We don’t have the time to look back from our own history either we are just accepting the influences they have given to us. I salute on you Mariella because you decided to spent yours vacation in historical places in manila than to stroll in malls and buildings somewhere out-there.

    My grandparents tell me stories about Rizal, Bonifacio and other Filipino heroes who sacrifices their own lives in order to save our country in the hands of colony. I admired you Mariella for your wonderful comment about our national hero’s landmark.

    I also want to go in Rizal Landmarks and search more about his own history.

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    • Rocel Ann how right you are in your observation. Techno-gadgets take away our attention. Most of the time we don’t even notice our loved ones who are around us because we are so into our own techno-gizmos. Our studies suffer as well. But for what price do we do these foolish things? Thanks for commenting on Mariella’s article. She did a great job.

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  19. In God’s will, I want also to go to Manila especially in Rizal Park to see the monument of our great brave hero Dr. Jose Rizal and in intramuros. I’am thankful to you Mariella because you share to us about your vacation that is all about Dr. Jose Rizal. I’m so proud of him because he sacrifice his life for the freedom of our country. I know that I can be a hero like him in my other way and we can be also a hero like him.

    sasaicristinaj.

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    • Hello Cristina – Thanks for coming by the BLOG and posting a comment. Wasn’t that a great vacation Mariella had in the city? And she took time to visit Rizal Park and file an excellent report on her vacation. Thanks for posting. Come back often and comment.

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