Friday, January 18, 2013

It is not my plan to visit Magsaysay Park. While walking along the street of Magsaysay, to wait for a bus going to Samal Island, I took the chance to take photos and simply walked inside the park. This city landmark was built in honor of the most-loved and revered president of the Philippines, Ramon Magsaysay who, in March 17, 1957, died in a plane crash in Mount Manunggal on Cebu Island while en route to Manila. He was the third President of the Republic of the Philippines.

At the center of the Park is the 25 meter long tri-pillar obelisk-like concrete tower that contains the life-size statue of President Magsaysay which serves as the main marker of the park.

Statue of Pres. Ramon Magsaysay

The monument was built through the efforts of the Davao Chapter of the Philippine Veterans Legion and was turned over to the City Government of Davao on July 31, 1960.

The Park features several amenities such as an a restaurant, a cooling station, several food kiosks, ornamental plants stalls, souvenir and handicraft stalls, a skating rink, a children's playground, an open-air chapel, and a secured parking area which is located south of the park.

Skating Rink
Souvenir Shop
Fishcado Grill and Seafood Restaurant
Fishcado is an open-air seafood restaurant that serves daily a variety of delectable fresh seafood dishes whose ingredients are sourced fresh in the local market.

Mini Park
The open-air Chapel of Nuestra  SeƱora  del Pilar
Near the entrance gate of the Park is the Pamathalaan Marker, a symbol of the Mindanaoans commitment to Pamathalaan or God-centered Governance designed by National Artist Napoleon Abueva. The project was funded by the Philippine Tourism Authority.

The Pamathalaan Marker

Magsaysay park is a relaxing place to spend extra time with friends and family.

How to get to Magsaysay Park

The Park is easily accessible from any point in the city by private or public transportation. It is located in the main street of Leon Garcia Street next to the Sta. Ana Wharf. The Park is open daily from 5am to 9pm. 



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