It was a beautiful afternoon to be out.

I have been living in Metro Manila for so long but I have never gone to Luneta. I was just always “passing by”. Last week while “passing by” Luneta , we decided to make a stop for an afternoon stroll in anticipation of the Philippine Independence Day.

Rizal Park, also known as Luneta National Park or simply Luneta, is a historical urban park in the Philippines. Located along Roxas Boulevard, Manila, adjacent to the old walled city of Intramuros, it is one of the largest urban parks in Asia. Wikipedia

There were peddlers of picnic mats for rent and food carts with snacks along with a taho guy, didn’t see a dirty ice cream vendor that time though. Families were strewn across the grassy areas, some taking afternoon naps. Teenagers were flying their kites. Toy peddlers were selling makeshift birds that flew a few feet high, making my kids giggle. 

Can we get one, mommy?

The sound of the fountains wooshing was very soothing. 

A small jeepney-train hybrid was making its rounds for Php50 per head/ride. My son absolutely loved it and wanted a ride but sunset was nearing so we opted out.

There was a small crowd at Jose Rizal’s shrine so we took a photo of it from the side. I thought it was a better view, capturing the flag and the monument.

Happy Philippine Independence Day!

How did you and your family spend this holiday?

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