Today is our country’s Independence Day, and what better way to celebrate the Philippines’ freedom than by instilling some more national pride in yourself?
Manila has no shortage of tourist spots you can head to during the holiday that’ll make you proud to be Filipino—and the good news is they’re all accessible via the LRT-1! Here are the four stops you should check out on June 12 to feel that Pinoy Pride:
When you’re looking for a taste of history, you can’t go wrong with the Walled City. An easy ride from the Central LRT-1 station, Intramuros is a place where you can travel back in time and see how our heroes were made. If it’s your first time in Intramuros, going there and seeing the sights and museums would be enough; if you’re a seasoned visitor, though, the city’s got some events for you to check out this Independence Day.
2. Rizal Park
Rizal Park, also known as Luneta Park, is one of the most important places in Philippine history, deserving of a visit when you want to bask in the glory of our independence. A fast walk from the UN Avenue LRT-1 station, Rizal Park opens its arms to everyone whether they want to learn more or relax in its greenery.
3. Andres Bonifacio Monument
One of the more underrated historical spots in Manila, the highly-acclaimed Andres Bonifacio Monument is a key stop for those who want to feel proud of our fighting heritage. This goosebumps-inducing Guillermo Tolentino creation accessible from the Monumento LRT-1 station reaches high toward the sky, depicting Bonifacio’s famous “Cry of Balintawak” that sparked the Philippine Revolution.
4. National Museum of Fine Arts
The Filipino artist is truly one of a kind, and nowhere does the masters’ talent shine more than in our National Museum of Fine Art. All the great masterpieces are housed here, a quick walk from the Central LRT-1 station, from Luna’s Spoliarium to Amorsolo’s paintings to Jose Rizal’s sketches, and much, much more. If you haven’t visited the National Museum yet, there’s a lot of art treasures for you to discover.
Wherever you end up going on June 12, may it inspire you to feel proud to be Pinoy!
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