in ,

Paco Park and Cemetery Manila: Everything you need to know

Paco Cemetery in Manila

St. Pancratius Chapel at the rear of Paco Park by Carlojoseph14 via Wikipedia CC

Exploring Paco Park and Cemetery Manila

Paco Park was built in 1820, and back then, the Paco Cemetery gave rest to the cholera epidemic victims. Ramon Solano y Lladeral, who was a Spanish Governor-General of the Philippines along with several bishops, and the historically known GomBurZa after the execution in 1872, was buried in the cemetery.

St. Pancratius Chapel at the rear of Paco Park by Carlojoseph14 via Wikipedia CC
St. Pancratius Chapel at the rear of Paco Park By Carlojoseph14 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

Paco Park was supposedly the municipal cemetery for wealthy Spanish families during the Spanish colonization period. The dead’s remains were buried in the cemetery located in the District of Dilao, the former name for Paco.

Paco Park and Cemetery photo by Angelyn Marquez via Wikipedia CC
Paco Park and Cemetery photo By Angelyn Marquez – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

But just a jeepney ride away from Intramuros is another oasis in Manila – the Paco Park and Cemetery. Paco Park was declared a National Park in 1966 and was dubbed the Philippines’ most beautiful park.

Bust of Jose Rizal inside Paco Cemetery by Ramon FVelasquez via Wikipedia CC
Bust of Jose Rizal inside Paco Cemetery By Ramon FVelasquez – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

The remains of Dr. Jose Rizal were originally buried in Paco Cemetery before it was interred again in Luneta Park in 2012.

Historical Marker of Paco Cemetery by IJVelas via Wikipedia CC
Historical Marker of Paco Cemetery By IJVelas – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

How to get there

Paco Park is just one jeepney ride away from Intramuros, another eye-catching scenery found in Manila.

To get there, you can ride a jeep, bus, or LRT 1. The earliest travel time is 26 minutes from Forever 21 to Paco Park by riding a UV then a jeep. Or if you are from Malate, Paranaque, just ride a UV then a jeep, and you will arrive at Paco Park in just 29 minutes.

Here is a summary of routes, modes of transport, and their corresponding travel time:

Point of OriginMode of TransportationTravel Time
San Dionisio, ParanaqueJeep > Bus78 minutes
MIA Road – Coastal, ParanaqueBus46 minutes
Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew, ParanaqueBus60 minutes
Fatima University Medical Center, ValenzuelaJeep > Jeep67 minutes
Tea Rock Cafe, Quezon CityJeep48 minutes
Avida Towers, ParanaqueJeep > Bus79 minutes
Malate, ParanaqueUV > Jeep29 minutes
D’ Cream, Makati CityJeep > Jeep68 minutes
CaviteX Las Pinas Toll Barrier, Las PinasBus63 minutes
Forever 21UV > Jeep26 minutes
Paco Park Cemetery Manila
Paco Park Cemetery Manila

Interesting Facts

  • The three priests, Fathers José A. Burgos, Mariano C. Gomez, and Jacinto R. Zamora, were buried in the park after the execution in 1872. They were the “martyrs” of the nation and later inspired Jose Rizal to forward his advocacies for independence.
  • Jose Rizal himself, the Philippine National Hero, was initially buried there, and his remains lay six-feet underground without a coffin.
  • At the main gate of Paco Park, a Latin text engraved, “Beati mortui qui in domino moriuntur” that can be translated to “Blessed are the dead who die in the grace of Lord.”
  • We mentioned that Paco was formerly known as Dilao, and it is because of the Amaryllis plants that surrounded the wondrous place.
  • Today, the park is an avenue for gatherings for weddings, prenups, photoshoots, and mini romantic dates. The Manila City government hosts concerts in the park, and it is open daily from 7:00AM – 5:00PM.
  • Fridays are for “Paco Park Presents,” where you can witness musical artists and chorales performing Filipino local and traditional music by the sunset.

Weddings at Paco Park

If you are a couple who wishes to do your wedding at an unconventional garden-like venue, the Chapel of St. Pancratius, located inside the romantic Paco Park, might be one option for you. It is managed by the Vincentian fathers of Adamson University. The ambiance of the place is endearing. The vintage exteriors, and the warm and cozy feel of the garden are perfect for taking pictures of a very intimate wedding. It is fully air-conditioned and can accommodate up to 100 people. It is simple yet elegant.

Prenup Shoot

With its vintage gate and walls with vines, as well as elegant structures that take you back in time, Paco Park is also the favorite spot and prenup shoot location. There is something magical, as many couples have remarked in this place. It is so intimate and solemn and so romantic that people love visiting it, spending their rest days from work, or taking a breather from their day-to-day stress.

Rizal Park and Paco Park Venue Rental Fees 

For couples who want a solemn wedding at St.Pancratius Chapel, you only have to coordinate with Adamson University for fees and terms. The rates range from 20,000 – to 50,000. There will be a payment schedule of Php 5,000 down payment, while the full payment should be paid one month before the scheduled wedding date.

 

Venue

 

Time

Rates
Basic charge 

Ingress/Egress

Cash bond

(Refundable)

Chinese Whole Garden6:00AM-6:00PMPhp 50,000/4 hoursPhp1,000/hourPhp 10,000
  Php12,500/additional hr.   
  Minimum of 4 hours   
 6:00PM-6:00AMPhp 60,000/4 hoursPhp1,000/hour 
  Php 15,000/additional   
  hr.   
  Minimum of 4 hours   
Japanese Whole Garden6:00AM-6:00PM

 

 

6:00PM-6:00AM

Php 16,000/4 hours Phpb 3,000/additional hr.

Minimum of 4 hours Php 18,000/4 hours Php 3,500/additional hr. Minimum of 4 hours

Php Php1,000/hour 1,000/hourPhp 10,000

 

 

Php 10,000

Kanlungan ng Sining6:00AM-6:00PM

 

6:00PM-6:00AM

Php 16,000/4 hours Php3,000/additional hr. Php 18,000/4 hours Php 3,500/additional hr. Minimum of 4 hoursPhp

 

 

Php

1,000/hour

 

 

1,000/hour

Php 10,000

 

 

Php 10,000

Open Air Auditorium Php 22,500/4 hours Php4,500/additional hr. Minimum of 4 hours

 

Rehearsal Fee: Php 2,250/hr Minimum of 1 hour

Php1,000/hourPhp 10,000
Paco Park Garden6:00AM-6:00PM

 

 

6:00PM-6:00AM

Php 16,000/4 hours Php 2,700/additional hr. Minimum of 4 hours Php 18,000/4 hours Php 3,600/additional hr.

Minimum of 4 hours

Php 10,000/day

 

 

Php 10,000/day

Php 10,000

 

 

Php 10,000

Paco Park Lounge Php 5,000/4 hours

Php 1,250/additional hr. Minimum of 4 hours

Php 1,000/hourPhp 10,000
Paco Park Enclosed Gardens

(Osorio 1,2 and 3)

 Php 10,000/4 hours

Php 2,500/additional hr. Minimum of 4 hours

Php 1,000/hourPhp 10,000

Best time to visit

Paco Park is open from 8 AM to 5 PM, from Tuesday to Sunday.

Entrance fee

There is a Php10 entrance fee to Paco Park.

Contact Info

St. Pancratius Chapel (Paco Park)
#959 San Marcelino St., Paco, Manila
Telephone: (02) 525-7853 | (02) 524-2022 loc. 101

Want more updates about new package tours and tourist spots in Manila, Philippines? Follow #TeamOutofTown, on FacebookTwitterInstagram, Bloglovin, and Pinterest for more travel ideas.

Also read:

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of Outoftownblog.com. He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

What do you think?

Comments

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre by LouiseGoggin via Flickr CC

Top 15 Best Things To Do in Sandakan, Malaysia

Forest Lodge Lofts for Rent in Baguio

DOT welcomes Baguio City’s opening to guests from Luzon starting Oct. 22