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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
    St. Pancratius Chapel

    paco cemetery
    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

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    posted by GingGoy @ 7:25 PM,


    At Dec 14, 2006, 7:11:00 PM, Blogger Debie said...

    I didn't know that Jose Rizal was first buried in that cemetery,cause I don't really pay attention during our Social Studies class. Thanks for the info.

    Btw, nice shots.:)

    At Dec 15, 2006, 3:44:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    beautiful place...nice bw classic shots:-))

    At Dec 15, 2006, 6:47:00 AM, Blogger Señor Enrique said...

    This another place I'd like to visit!

    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.

    Very nice shots, Tito!

    At Dec 15, 2006, 6:49:00 AM, Blogger Señor Enrique said...

    Ooops, I meant those who died from communicable diseases or were deemed enemies of the state (insurgents or non Catholics)....

    At Dec 15, 2006, 12:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    nice shot, bagay na bagay yung BW sa lugar, it made your compositions very interesting.

    di pa ako nakapasyal dyan, mapuntahan nga :)

    At Dec 16, 2006, 2:53:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    You should be doing your own tours by now! Cguro there a room for more walkers like yourself. Hehe. Magandang sideline din yan pag weekends

    At Dec 16, 2006, 3:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Beautiful, beautiful shots. If only I can take shots like these.

    Cheers! Will visit this place soon. :-)


    At Dec 19, 2006, 3:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I love these shots. I love the black and white :) Keep it up!

    At Apr 8, 2007, 1:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Paco Cemetery was owned by the Dominican Order and it was a Catholic Cemetery during Rizal's time.

    At Apr 11, 2007, 11:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Gotta love the old building!



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