A few weeks ago, the NATIONAL PARK DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE under the leadership of Juliet Horfilla Villegas invited us for a tour of Luneta. At first I thought it's just an ordinary event. I later on realized that I haven't seen Luneta for months--at least in detail and I was surprised at the transformation it is undergoing.
A group of bloggers were taken through carriages and tram across this expansive park which is the largest public park in Asia.
Past the Childrens Playgroudn which was even featured in CNN for the effort of the committee in partnership with some students from the University of the Philippines to renovate it and make it more colorful and safe for children. If you have kids, this place is worth checking.
They also opened recently a light and show fountain which excites the visitors at night.
The said project is meant to celebrate the upcoming 150th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal . It will serve as an overview of all heritage sites within the country. The walkway was in its final phase of construction when we visited and officially opened in May 20.
All these are efforts of the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) in collaboration with the Department of Tourism--Office of Product and Research.
In the past, the NPDC, an attached agency of the department of tourism has been led by many prominent personalities including two first ladies. Today, its lead to greater heights by its Executive Director, Juliette Villegas, a veteran of the tourism industry.
She was personally there during the culmination of the tour where she explained to the bloggers in detail the master plan for Rizal Park, the historical background, the ongoing developments and projects as well as future plans. She eagerly answered the questions brought about by the bloggers concerning Rizal Park.
bloggers at the VIN55 restaurant during the media launch
Erratum: Thanks to one violent comment from a reader, I stand to be corrected--Rizal's first monument stands in Camarines Norte and not in CamSur.:my bad.D