Celebrating 150 years of Rizal through Traveling

Here in PinoyTravelr, we’re celebrating 150 years of Rizal by listing here the sites we have recently visited that are included in the Rizal at 150 Heritage Trail.

1. Rizal Park and Rizal monument

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The Rizal monument is a bronze sculpture by a Swiss sculptor (Richard Kissling). Anyway, there was actually a design competition for the monument and Kissling’s entry landed in second place. Read more about this in Wikipedia. Be sure to ride the tranvia jeepney in Rizal Park. It’s a fun experience if done with family or friends. 😀 Fare for each person is 50 pesos.

2. Rizal Execution Site

Rizal and the Firing Squad

Rizal was executed here in December 30, 1896. The Rizal Execution Site is just located beside the Rizal Park. If you’re already there, be sure to visit it.

3. Paco Park

Paco Park

After Rizal was executed in Luneta (formerly known as Bagumbayan), he was later interred at Paco Park [via Wikipedia]. Today, Paco Park has been a famous venue for weddings and a venue for engagement shoots. Paco Park has an entrance fee of 5 pesos.

4. Molo Church

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The Molo Church is one of the places that Rizal was visited when he was in Iloilo. During that time, he was on his way back from Manila after his exile from Dapitan. He went there to meet with this friend Raymundo Melliza [via The News Today].

5. Fort San Pedro

Fort San Pedro Facade 2

The SS Panay, the steamship that he took on his way to Manila, has stopped over at Fort San Pedro, Cebu City so that they can get more coal and also some more passengers [via The Philippine Daily Inquirer] The entrance fee here costs 30 pesos for adults.

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PTB blog carnival logoThis is an entry to the PTB (Pinoy Travel Bloggers) Blog Carnival in commemoration of the 150th birthday of Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Our theme for June 2011 is “Rizal and Travel”. This blog carnival is hosted by Ivan Henares.

Feeling Like a Kid Again in Universal Studios Singapore

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I was feeling like a child again when we went to Universal Studios last September 2010 in Singapore. I’ve been to Universal Studios Japan in 2001 but Singapore’s is much smaller. Universal Studios in Singapore is located at the Resorts World Sentosa.

Once you enter Universal Studios, you can already get a map of the entire place which will help you locate all the rides and attractions in the area. Here’s one tip, buy your tickets online and make sure it’s a weekday because it’s much cheaper and for convenience. We went there on a Thursday and only paid SGD66 per adult. There’s what they call the Universal Express (costs SGD30 on top of your entrance fee), which is their priority lane on rides and attractions. I suggest that you get this only if you will be going there on weekend. It’s a waste of money if there’s no long queue! You can buy the tickets here.

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Fish Feeding in Nuvali, Laguna

I’ve heard so many things about Nuvali, Ayala Land’s development which focuses on evo-living, but it was only 3 weeks ago when I actually witnessed how wonderful this place is. Thanks to the invitation of Jayce Perlas, me and other media practitioners had a half day food tripping tour in Nuvali.

Aside from the food tasting bonanza that we did, my most favorite part of the whole tour was the fish feeding. Nuvali has a man-made lake which has various purposes. You can enjoy fish feeding in lake at the Solenad, the shopping and dining district in Nuvali. Fish feeding is free but you have to buy the fish feeds from them. It costs Php 15 per small bag. As you can see in the video above, the Japanese Kois enjoyed the feeds that visitors feed them. They’re actually a lot, I can’t really say how many they are, but there are gigantic Kois. Many say that Kois can live up to a century and I could just imagine that if it’s already the next century, the Kois in this lake can actually take over the entire province! Haha, just kidding.

FYI, you do not need to be a resident of Nuvali to enjoy the amenities and restaurants there. For more information about Nuvali, please visit their website at www.nuvalievoliving.com.

Baker’s Hill: Local Theme Park in Puerto Princesa City

Baker's Hill

Baker’s Hill is known to have delicious baked goodies such as Chocolate Crinkles, Hopia, Brownies and many more but aside from that, it is also known to be a theme park for Puerto Princesa citizens and tourists as well. Baker’s Hill is like a kiddie wonderland filled with fiberglass sculptures adapted from popular Disney characters. This will certainly make you feel that you’re in Disneyland, but without the gigantic and flashy carnival rides. The place is great for families because there is a playground wherein kids can just be themselves and adults can be kids again.

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The Grim Past of Plaza Cuartel

Plaza Cuartel entrance

Plaza Cuartel, located just a few meters away from Immaculate Conception Cathedral, has a dark past. During the World War II, 143 American soldiers were burned inside the tunnel by Japanese soldiers. Eleven soldiers were able to escape from Plaza Cuartel. In 1997, Plaza Cuartel was transformed into a leisure park after it was occupied by the National Police.

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Butterfly Garden in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

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Puerto Princesa is lucky to become a haven of different species of butterflies in South East Asia. The Butterfly Garden is located in Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa. It’s a small garden filled with beautiful butterflies in their natural habitat where lots of plants and flowers where butterflies can frolic onto. There are also some dragonflies there that mix with butterflies. It’s really a magical place and made me thought of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. The facade is very simple but when you’re inside, it’s like you’re taken away to a fairy-tale like place and can make you forget the outside world for a while.

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