The Historical Land of Philippines
The Historical Land of the Philippines. In addition to being a country full of major tourist destinations, the Philippines has a very rich history and culture. To understand and blend in with the culture of the Philippines is a very beautiful experience. There are many historical places in the country which will make you feel like you grew up there listening to the old tales and fables. The best places to visit if you wish to understand the history of the Philippines are:
Rizal Park, also known as Luneta Park was previously known as Bagumbayan field. The park pays tribute to one of the greatest heroes of the country, Dr. Jose Rizal. On December 30, 1896, Rizal was executed by the Spanish military firing squad at the site where the park has been built. He was executed for spreading the idea of revolution against the Spanish rule. The place is sure to make you feel the pain and the struggle of the people who wanted to fight for independence.
Popular amongst tourists for its historical attractions, Corregidor is known as “the Rock”. After the Japanese invasion, Corregidor became the seat of the Philippine Commonwealth Government and the headquarters of the allied forces. The effect of the war is still evident in the damage of structures, buildings, and tunnels in the land. The place has seen the horrors of war that claimed a number of lives. A day spent here will definitely be cherished by the people who value freedom and peace.
Famous for its almost three-mile-long circuit of fortifications and stone walls that surrounds the entire district, Intramuros is known as the “Walled City” amongst the historians. Located in Manila, the historic core of the Philippines, the elements of the Spanish era can still be seen. Photographers and historians are sure to find Intramuros a place of great interest. It is a great and affordable place to visit the past in present times. The old churches and historical landmarks show great Spanish influence and are a must-see.
The EDSA Shrine is also known as Queen of Peace, the Shrine of Mary, and Our Lady of EDSA is a small church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila. It is located in Quezon City at the intersection of Ortigas Avenue and Epifanio de Los Santos Avenue.
The monument pays tribute to the first People Power Revolution and its peaceful outcome on December 15, 1989. The place witnessed the two demonstrations that were responsible for overthrowing the presidencies of Ferdinand Marcos and Joseph Estrada. The shrine sends a beautiful message that the fight for freedom can be done and achieved peacefully without any casualty.
Known as the Cradle of Democracy in the East, the Church is one of the most important buildings of the Philippines. Under the presidency of Pedro Paterno, the first Congress was held on September 15, 1898, during which the Church was the session hall of the Malolos Congress. Other major events that occurred here are the drafting of the Malolos Constitution (September 29, 1898, to January 21, 1899) and the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic (January 21, 1899).
The church showcases beautiful gothic architectural features such as rose windows, the curved facade, and the medieval bell tower. The ceiling is adorned with floral motifs and paintings of angels that decorate the interior of the church making it a must-visit the place.
Leyte Landing Memorial Park
The park pays a tribute to an important event in history which is the fulfillment of General McArthur’s promise to the Filipinos to return and help them win against the Japanese invaders. The site sparks inspirational memories of our beloved ancestors’ fight for freedom.
Located in Intramuros, Fort Santiago is a famous tourist attraction which constitutes a part of the city’s famous wall. The site sports a replica of Dr. Jose Rizal’s prison cell prior to his execution, which is its main attraction. There is also an imitation of old dungeons used to imprison convicts; who were tortured and executed in them. The rest of the fort is set up into a beautiful park.
Located in Mactan Island in Cebu, the Mactan Shrine was made in honor of Lapu-Lapu, Ferdinand Magellan, and the Battle of Mactan. The shrine was built on the very ground where the battle unfolded. The battle was between the Spaniards (led by Ferdinand Magellan) and the locals (led by Lapu-Lapu).
Located in Dapitan, Rizal Shrine is the place where Dr. Jose Rizal spent four years in exile. Dr. Rizal is considered a national hero for he spent those years serving and helping all Dapitanons.
Banaue Rice Terraces
Dated back to almost 2000 years, the rice terraces were the greatest achievement of the time. It was built by the locals by hand and some small equipment.
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