Rizal Park (Luneta) in Manila | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila
|Open:||Daily, 5am - 9pm|
|Address:||Roxas Blvd Ermita, Barangay 666, Zone 72, City of Manila, Metro Manila|
|Fee:||Free, with paid recreation areas|
Located in Manila City, the National Museum summarizes three facets of Filipino heritage: in culture, in art, and in natural history. Thus, the museum is divided into three sections: the National Art Gallery, the Museum of the Filipino People, and the Museum of Natural History. The National Art Gallery has 10 thematic galleries, housing masterpieces that shaped Philippine art. Two of its most priceless possessions are Juan Luna’s mural of the “Spoliarium” and the controversial “The Parisian Life”. The Museum of the Filipino People displays the living culture of the Filipino race through its indigenous tools, native musical instruments, archaeological artefacts, and historical wrecks. The Museum of Natural History exhibits the botanical, zoological, and geological diversity of the Philippines.
Baluarte de San Diego in Intramuros used to be a drowning chamber during the Spanish Period. It was built and designed by the Jesuit priest Antonio Sedeno in the late 1580s. Today, the baluarte is a bonsai garden that caters to tourists and social gatherings. Its main feature is the circular dungeon called Fort Nuestra Señora de Guia. Centuries ago, Baluarte de San Diego used to have a view of Manila Bay, and once served as a watchtower for incoming ships. It was intruded by the British Forces in 1762, and was later restored and fortified by the Spaniards. The baluarte was once again abandoned after it was damaged in the 1862 earthquake. It was completely destroyed in the Battle of Manila in 1945, and was restored from 1979 to 1992 for historical preservation.
Museo Pambata (Museum for Children) in Manila is a two-storey learning playground for children—and adults who wish to be a child once again. The ground floor is home to four thematic rooms. The Old Manila Room features a kiddie version of a Spanish Galleon Ship, the Binondo Church, and the Bahay na Bato. The Kalikasan Room introduces the children to the environment. The Children in the Global Village Room showcases various toys from all over the world. Similarly, the second floor bears four thematic rooms as well. The How Our Body Works Room is a crash course to the various human organs. The Marketplace is a hallway of stores and establishments. The Career Options Room is where kids could spark their imagination and draw about their dream careers. The I Love My Planet Earth Room displays exhibits on climate change and other environmental issues.
Things to do nearby
- Experience this fun and exciting Siklesa joy ride in Manila with Lost Juan and his gang!
- Activities include food tripping in Binondo, sightseeing in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Intramuros, spotting BGC's murals and art installations, and touring the world-class Mind Museum!
- Revisit your history lessons as you stroll along the Manila's streets from past to present
- Discover the Philippines' tragedies, tolerance, and triumphant recoveries from colonial influences
- Visit some of Manila's oldest structures in Escolta
- Indulge in authentic Filipino dishes at Seascape Village for lunch, Manila's Seafood Paluto Market.
- Make your own miniature Intramuros (cut and build) while you learn about its story.
Where to stay
Housed in an exquisitely restored national landmark, The Luneta Hotel Manila offers the finest boutique accommodations, superlative dining experiences and thoughtful personalized service.The building, reminiscent of the French Renaissance architecture, first opened in 1918 in one of Manila’s most legendary addresses. After years of faithful renovation, the hotel reopened with a collection of 27 guest rooms and suites close to the city’s shopping, dining and cultural attractions.The Luneta Hotel is reborn and invites you to experience the timeless Filipino elegance. With its refined and discreet service, it’s a quintessential Manila experience you will never forget.
Hotel Juliano is a family-run budget hotel located in the heart of Manila right beside the world renowned Manila Bay. At our hotel, you will experience familiar and personal service as the owners are truly hands-on to make sure that you have the best stay at our home. So come Explore Manila and Unwind at Hotel Juliano.
Overlooking the South Harbor, this iconic luxury hotel is an 11-minute walk from landscaped gardens in Rizal Park, and 2 km from both the National Museum of the Philippines and Fort Santiago.
Featuring marble bathrooms with TVs, tubs, and rainfall showerheads, the lavish rooms come with flat-screen TVs, minibars and tea and coffeemakers, as well as MP3 players and free Wi-Fi. Palatial suites add extra rooms, and 1 has a private lift and helipad access.
There are 4 swanky restaurants, including an opulent champagne room, along 3 bars, and a club lounge with butler service. There's also a pool, a spa and a fitness center.
Getting there and around
Roxas Blvd Ermita, Barangay 666, Zone 72, City of Manila, Metro ManilaGet directions