Friday, March 29, 2013

Paco Park

     Me and my boyfriend visited this old cemetery for the well-off and aristocrat during the Spanish colonial era which is now called Paco Park.  It was built in the late 18th century and was used as a burial site for the victims of cholera epidemic.

     I love how the cemetery was constructed in fortress like walls and circular shape.  The walls are thick to house niches and wide enough so you can walk on top of it. 

     St. Pancratius Chapel was also built inside the park.  Until today, it is a favorite for weddings because of its garden, fortress and big fountain.

     It was during this visit I learned that Dr. Jose Rizal was buried here after his execution at Bagumbayan.  Even the three Filipino priests Mario Gomez, Jose Burgos and Jacinto Zamora, who were executed by Spaniards in 1872 for the Cavite Mutiny were buried on this ground.

     It is interesting to walk around the park if you like history and quiet surroundings.  Though it’s small, the trip can be finished in less than an hour. 

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