Considered as one of the largest parks in Southeast Asia. It has an area of 58 hectares which runs from Taft Avenue up to the walls of the famous Manila Bay. Known as the Bagumbayan field during the Spanish era since this was where the Filipino-Moslems took refuge after the Spaniards occupied Intramuros in 1571. It was also called "Luneta" which means "Little Moon". For 74 years, it was used as an execution ground by the Spaniards for Filipino rebels and mutineers. By 1902, Daniel Burnham, architect and city planner chose Bagumbayan as the site of proposed American government center. He designed a U-shaped composition of building, but only three were constructed. These are the Executive House, the Department of Tourism building and the Department of Finance building. It acquired its present "Rizal National Park" in dedication to the Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal whose mortal remains were interred din the cornerstone of the Rizal Monument in 1912.How to get there
Coming from the south of Manila, take any Taft Avenue-bound jeepney. Get off right at the park. From Quiapo, one can take a PUJ bound for T.M. Kalaw St. via Taft Avenue and get off right at the park. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes.