Rizal Park © Maynard Rabanal
Rizal Park is named for the Philippine writer, philosopher and anti-colonialist Dr Jose Rizal, whose execution in 1896 sparked the Philippine Revolution. The country held its Declaration of Philippine Independence from American rule in the park in 1946, remaining a symbol of national pride and independence. It's also one of the largest parks in Southeast Asia, and features a chess plaza, a skating rink, a children's playground, an aquarium, a planetarium and many ornamental gardens. Visitors will also find some museums and a miniature Philippine archipelago. A sound and light exhibit of Dr Jose Rizal's martyrdom is displayed after sunset. Sundays involve a free concert in the open-air auditorium.