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Paco Park entrance

Belen Circle, Paco, Manila

I’ve posted Paco Park related images twice already then. Here’s the entrance.  Wannabe brides can now imagine walking from that entrance to the chapel. A small pond seperates the few steps up there and the chapel by the way.

back to paco park

a building that has been under construction forever and Paco Park
Belen Circle, Paco, Manila

The last time I have posted a couple of Paco Park entries I wasn’t even in CDP yet. I think it is time to post another one. I think I really prefer mixing my sets a bit. It makes the series jump one district to the next, one city to another, which I find cute at the very least. It gets a bit complicated sometimes and eats up computer space when I keep sets for future reference instead of archiving them already to a disc or something. Hopefully I won’t post a single photograph more than once on different dates/entries.

I am going to Malate and Cubao this weekend and I am excited already.

from a midwifery school

Emilio Aguinaldo College
General Luna Street and Taft Avenue, Paco, Manila

Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) is one of the newer institutions of higher learning in Manila. Established as Marian School of Midwifery in 1973, it progressed into a college comprised of 16 schools, with an excellent track record – a consistent top performing institution in Criminology and other equally competitive programs such as Dentistry.

Along the way it dropped its generic name for a renowned one – Emilio Aguinaldo, the primary figure in the Philippine Revolution and the president of the Revolutionary Government of the First Philippine Republic.

EAC established partnerships with neighboring The Pearl Manila Hotel and Medical Center Manila to provide actual training to its students with a related major. Aside from the hotel and the hospital, EAC has superior facilities for a campus that occupies a relatively small area. It’s sports facilities and  cultural venues have actually held events in the local collegiate WNCAA and the regional 23rd Southeast Asian Games for Arnis and Wushu events.

A branch campus in Dasmariñas, Cavite was established by EAC around late 1970s. After years of operation this branch has been sold to De La Salle University and is now part of the DLSU System carrying the name De La Salle University – Dasmariñas.

the wedding chapel

Saint Pancratius Chapel, Paco Park
Belen Circle, Paco, Manila

There has been a mention of a chapel within Paco Park on an earlier post. It is this one. Saint Pancratius isn’t exactly the grandest chapel to hold a hopefully once-in-a-lifetime event like weddings. It is very small but others say that’s the reason it makes weddings more intimate. It’s not the most aesthetically pleasing thing. But others think the rugged and ancient feel of its exterior makes it more romantic. A dome with a more circular base certainly does it better most of the time.  But can one actually tell, besides, it makes this chapel more unique.

The only reason why I think Paco Park’s worth it is it has a huge garden full of local garden plants and flowers. The thick and dark circular walls, these ancient, artistic and morbid walls, surround this wonderful garden. It makes any celebration successfully private without sacrificing the view of the ‘great outdoors’. And since it’s conveniently located right smack in the middle of Manila’s southern half, annoying guests won’t have to complain about the location.


Paco Park
Belen Circle, Paco, Manila

Other sources say Paco Park is actually still within the district of Ermita (not within Paco’s). Since it’s Paco Park and not something else, let’s believe it’s in Paco. To try defining the boundaries of Manila’s districts is a little difficult. Aside from Pasig River, which  conveniently divides the 9 northern districts to the southern 8, there may be virtually no notable seperating entity at all. So far, I haven’t seen a map that clearly divides one from another and a political map, which would go well on the baranggay description in Wikipedia, isn’t available either.

Moving on with the today’s picture, it’s the famous Paco Park. To those who know less about the park other than its semi-landmark status and its function as the venue of the longest running televised performance show that is Concert at the Park, Paco Park may be any park but a memorial park. The thing is, it is. Or more appropriately, it was. When old Manila was technically speaking restricted to what was within the thick walls of Intramuros (which would be around late 1700) its municipal cemetery would be this one- Paco Park.

It mostly contained deceased members of the more affluent families and an outer ring was later installed to make room for more dead bodies. In 1882, it contained the victims of a cholera outbreak. Jose Rizal, the most famous National Hero had been to Paco Park as well immediately after his execution in Luneta. In 1912, Paco Park is no longer a cemetery. The dead bodies (or what remained from them) staying in Paco Park have been excavated by their relatives and transferred elsewhere.

Paco Park played a significant role for the Japanese side during the war as a central depot for its ammunitions. Its adobe walls prove beneficial for their defense. Coincidentaly, Paco, then known as Dilao, had always been Manila’s sort of Japantown even way before the war.

Now it’s just a park frequented by locals, student residents and tourists. But with the nice little chapel kept intact through ages, it’s a top spot for garden weddings. Nevermind the hollow walls which niches used to occupy, some couples actually think the idea is romantic.

Like nearby Adamson University, Paco Park’s affairs is managed by the VIncentians.