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Rizal Park
Luneta Park
Rizal Park Front View.jpg
The Rizal Monument in Rizal Park
Type Urban Park
Location Roxas Boulevard, Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Area 58 hectares (140 acres)
Created 1820
Administered by National Parks Development Committee
Plants 3,497 trees (2015)
Species 112 tree species (2015)

Rizal Park (Filipino: Liwasang Rizal, Spanish: Parque Rizal), also known as Luneta Park or simply Luneta, is a historical urban park in the Philippines. It was formerly known as Bagumbayan in the era of colonialism under the Spaniards. Rizal Park is located along Roxas Boulevard, Manila, adjacent to the old walled city of Intramuros, it is one of the largest urban parks in Asia. It has been a favorite leisure spot, and is frequented on Sundays and national holidays. Rizal Park is one of the major tourist attractions of Manila.

Actual site where Jose Rizal was executed
Actual site where Jose Rizal was executed.

Situated by the Manila Bay, it is an important site in Philippine history. The execution of Filipino patriot José Rizal on December 30, 1896 fanned the flames of the 1896 Philippine Revolution against the Kingdom of Spain. The area was officially renamed Rizal Park in his honor, and the monument enshrining his remains serves as the park's symbolic focal point. The Declaration of Philippine Independence from the United States was held here on July 4, 1946 as were later political rallies including those of Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aquino in 1986 that culminated in the EDSA Revolution.

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