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Historical Places In The Philippines


The Philippines is not just an island but a country rich in history, where the people enjoy it different level, some as tourists spot and for some, places to discover the historical origins.

Paco Park

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This is a recreational garden which was originally named as Cementerio General de Dilao.  It was built by Dominicans during Spanish colonial period (1521 to 1898). This was used as the graveyard for rich family members of Spaniards,. Paco Park is also known as Dilao or Dilaw which is the Tagalog word for the color yellow, because of the Amaryllis plants that were once bountiful on this district.

Fort Santiago

One of the oldest Spanish fortress in the Philippines, it was built in 1571 by Spaniards strategically located near the mouth of the Pasig River just near Manila Bay, it was also used as prison by Japanese during WW2 and soon afterwards became US Army’s headquarters during American colonization.

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Rizal Shrine

An average of 270,000 tourists visit this shrine annually.  It was built to honor Dr. Jose Rizal, Philippine’s National Hero, it houseshis works, collections, memorabilias and books.  It was actually just a replica of the original ancestral house of Rizal’s family since, the old house was destroyed during WW2.

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According to the National Historical Institute (NHI), “It was in that house that the boy (Jose Rizal) was shaped and molded and who would eventually become the finest expression of his race.”

Malacañang Palace

This is situated in the old Manila district of San Miguel, and serves as the official residence of the President of the Philippines.

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Edsa Shrine
Edsa Shrine or Mary Queen of Peace is located at the crossroads of Epifanio de los Santos (EDSA) Avenue and Ortigas Avenue in Quezon City.

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The shrine was established on December 15, 1989 dedicated to the late first woman president, Corazon “Cory” Aquino,, who fought to end the dictatorship during the presidency of Ferdinand Marco, in a peaceful and prayerful revolt which is famously called the People Power Revolution.


Author: Expatch Editorial Team



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