It was a hot and sunny day when we visited Rizal Park. I just finished some errands from my high school so I’m free the rest of the afternoon. My sister, who accompanied me, agreed to go check Rizal Park out. It’s not like I haven’t been there before but I haven’t been to Rizal Park out of my own volition. It’s always about schoolwork or such.

We rode a jeepney headed down south. Then decided for a pit stop at Quiapo Church.

We only stayed there for several minutes just to take some shots. When we decided to go inside the church to take some photos, we were stopped by devotees (or probably vendors) stating it’s prohibited to take photos. I wonder why? Is it stated in the law that we can’t take photos inside a church?

Anyway, we continued on with our journey and rode another jeepney going to the pier. I’m not sure if we rode the right route (or if we’re just plainly stupid) but we ended up past our stop and at the same time at the other end of the park. I’m not really good with directions or streets so that explains it. 😆

We first went to Jose Rizal’s Monument. It was a long walk but bearable. We basically just walked and walked throughout the tour.

I don’t know if my memory is just failing me, but I think I remember way way back that they don’t have some barrier at the front of the monument. Or is it just my wishful thinking? What disappoints me is that you can’t really take a photo near the guards and monument itself or actually read the scripts found where the potted plants are. My sister photographed one of those and the message reads:

Ibig ko’y lagi nang makarinig ng pintas sa akin, pagka’t nakukuhang pabutihin nito ang mga may hangad magpakabuti.

I don’t want to ruin it’s message so I’m not going to attempt to translate it in any way.  😛

Next stop is the Diorama of Rizal’s Martyrdom. It has an entrance fee which is not that expensive but is still not worth the small and poorly maintained attraction.

As you can see in the photo. It has those blue tiled area where I think water should be. As I believe, it’s also the reason why they constructed a little bridge over it. I also think they placed some fountain of some sort along the pathway but since there is no water there is no use for the fountain.

Now let’s go inside:

At the foot where Rizal’s executed statue stands states:

Sa mismong pook na ito si Dr. Jose P. Rizal ay pinatay sa pamamagitan ng firing squad sa ganap na ika-7:03 N.U., ika-30 ng Disyembre 1986.

On this very site Dr. Jose P. Rizal was executed by a firing squad at 7:03 A.M., 30 December 1986.

It’s nice to see places dedicated for our national history. The sad thing about it is not everyone appreciates it and also the government is not really putting much effort in preserving it. 🙁

Oh well. I guess that’s reality here.

PS. And another sad thing, I totally forgot about my Rizal@150 Passport. I wasn’t able to have my passport stamped. Let’s see next time.