Rizal Monument, Manila

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The Rizal Monument (original title: Motto Stella, Latin, "guiding star") is a memorial in Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines built to commemorate the executed Filipino nationalist, José Rizal. The monument consists of a standing bronze sculpture of Rizal, with an obelisk, set on a stone base within which his remains are interred. A plaque on the pedestal's front reads: "To the memory of José Rizal, patriot and martyr, executed on Bagumbayan Field December Thirtieth 1896. This monument is dedicated by the people of the Philippine Islands."

The perimeter of the monument is guarded continuously by the Philippine Marine Corps’ Marine Security and Escort Group, the changing of the guard having become a daily ritual. About 100 m (330 ft) north-northwest of the monument is the exact location where Rizal was executed, marked by life-size dioramas depicting his final moments.

An exact replica of the Rizal Monument can be found in Madrid, Spain at the junction of Avenida de Las Islas Filipinas and Calle Santander.
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  • It is the main attraction of the Luneta Park. During my visit, there were several people waiting for their chance to take pictures in front of this monument. I enjoyed taking pictures of this...  more »
  • Mention the name 'Jose Rizal' and most in Philippines will know him as a major national hero who was executed. This obelisk is only slightly interesting to most foreigners but of far more...  more »
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  • I give it only a 3 star because of all the exhibits that were worth seeing when we visited it were closed. We didn't get to see any of the beautiful gardens. The place is filled with people and is a beautiful place to go for a walk during the day.
  • National park is now in a better sttae than how it was in the 90s. It's worth a visit. All playgrounds are now free, museums are free, and it is better serviced by staff. I didn't expect it can get this good. My memories of it has not been very enticing as a park.

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