Rizal Park, also known as Luneta Park, is a historical urban park in the Philippines. It is located in the city of Maynila, adjacent to the old walled city of Intramuros. This park is one of the largest urban parks in Asia, and one of the major tourist attractions of Manila these days.
Luneta Park is an important site in Philippine history. This place had witnessed the execution of Dr. José Rizal, Philippines national hero on December 30, 1896. The assassination of Rizal fanned the flames of the 1896 Philippine Revolution against the Kingdom of Spain. Today the area is officially called Rizal Park. The monument enshrining the remains of Dr. Jose Rizal serves as the park’s symbolic focal point. The Declaration of Philippine Independence from the United States was also held here on July 4, 1946. Big political rallies including those of Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aquino in 1986 that culminated in the EDSA Revolution were also held here. Just a few weeks ago, the emperor and empress of Japan visited this park to show their respect to the Filipino hero. After that well-televised visit of the emperor, I learned that Rizal made a visit to Japan while he was on his way to San Francisco. While he was in Japan, he wrote his family and said that he envisioned that in the future the Philippines would have more contact and relations with Japan.