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Manila: Paco Park, Paco Cemetery and St. Pancratius Chapel
From Lido Panciteria, we again walked towards the other end end of Ongpin where we momentarily visited the Taoist temple on Kipuja street since we were turned off by the arrogant sekyu of the place.
We rode a jeepney to take us to UN Avenue and hailed a cab since I don't remember where exactly was the cemetery (this is unplanned remember?) and shortly found out it's just a walking distance from there exactly at the corner of Padre Faura and General Luna.
The former cemetery, built in the early 19th century to accommodate the dead of a cholera epidemic of the time, with its two walled design, is now a charming venue for weddings and concerts. There's actually a wedding taking place inside the quiant Pancratius chapel when we arrived with the reception also with a garden setting cum the romantic multi-colored fountain at the center of the cemetery turned park.
St. Pancratius Chapel
the niches, mostly now empty
This place is of great historical importance due to the little known fact that Jose Rizal was buried surreptitiously here after his execution and his remains were only transferred to the present Rizal monument at the Luneta when the Americans came.
Another notable fact is that the remains of the 3 martyred priests: Burgos, Gomez and Zamorra, garrotted in 1872, were also secretly interred here.
How to get to Paco Cemetery, Manila:
The park can be reached on foot, a mere 400 meters or so, from Taft Ave coming from Padre Faura. The nearest LRT station is UN Avenue. Paco Park entrance fee is only PhP5.00. Taking pictures/photography is not allowed unless with special permit. Weddings at Paco Park, please get in touch with paco park administration by visiting their officieal website or calling contact number
From what I understand, during the 19th-century, those who died from communicable diseases, insurgents, or non-Catholics were not allowed a burial plot in the North Cemetery. They were relegated either to the Chinese or the Paco cemetery.