The Philippines is an absolutely fantastic place to take a vacation. The country's unique sights and exotic and storied culture make it the consummate tourist destination, particularly for history buffs.

Revisit a dark history at the Paco Park cemetery

The Philippines is an absolutely fantastic place to take a vacation. The country's unique sights and exotic and storied culture make it the consummate tourist destination, particularly for history buffs.

Paco Park, located in the Paco district in the capital city of Manila, is a recreational garden area open to the public. One of the main features of the park is the cemetery that was used to inter victims of a widespread cholera outbreak that occurred in the region during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The park/cemetery is a short five minute walk from some of the best shopping Manila has to offer at the Robinson's Shopping Mall in Ermita. There is a charge of about 10 pesos to enter the park - which is a very small amount by any currency exchange rate - which offers a great place to relax or partake in exercise or other recreational activities.

The Paco Park cemetery was constructed by Dominican priests in the early 19th century during the Spanish colonial period. It was used primarily for the interment of wealthy aristocrats and high-society types who had fallen victim to the cholera outbreak of that time.

Although no one has been buried at the park for well over 100 years, it is still a very popular tourist attraction. Four Filipino priests were martyred in the late 1800s and subsequently buried at the cemetery. These priests became posthumous symbols of Philippine pride and they have become forever associated with Paco Park.

A small Roman Catholic church stands at the center of the park as a monumental dedication to St. Pancratius. The altar therein holds the remains of a number of bishops and governors who were prominent during the Spanish times.

Despite the somewhat macabre aesthetic and reputation that the cemetery has simply for being a cemetery, Paco Park is a very popular location for music concerts, family gatherings, and even weddings. it has been regarded as one of the most romantic spots in Manila and visitors are always encouraged by locals to visit the park.

A trip to the Philippines is an exotic getaway for most people who make it their choice for a vacation. If you plan on doing so anytime soon, be sure to include Paco Park as part of your trip itinerary for a taste of the history and culture of the Philippines and its people.

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