Monday, July 16, 2012

The Secret of Paco Park

If you are looking for a silent sanctuary amidst the busy life of Metro Manila, Paco Park is a good place to be. 
The facade of Paco Church
The Paco church (also known as the Saint Pancratius Chapel )within the park is one of the structures built during the Spanish regime which was completed in 1820. The church is very small. It can accommodate only around 100 people; however, it is ideal for intimate weddings. It is a small domed church of Romanesque architecture.

The Paco park is actually a former municipal cemetery for the wealthy and established aristocratic Spanish families. The Paco church and the park with its olden day cemetery is reminiscent of the rich yet dark past of the country under colonial regimes.

Interesting Fact

Did you know that the remains of Jose Rizal was initially interred in this place and not in Luneta Park?

Yes, on December 30, 1896, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, was secretly interred in Paco Park after his execution in Bagumbayan (Luneta). See the marker stone below...

In the year 1966, the park was converted into a national park during the term of President Diosdado Macapagal.

How to Get There

  • If you are from Taft, you can take the Pedro Gil Street going to Sta. Ana route. When you reach Paz Street, take a left, you will see Paco Church to your left.
  • If you are commuting from Manila, take a jeepney passing through Taft Avenue. Get off in Escoda Street and walk to Paco Park.
  • The most simple and the easiest way is to take a cab. This however is the most expensive option.
Contact Information

St. Pancratius Chapel
959 San Marcelino St. Paco, Mla
c/o St. Vincent de Paul Parish
525.7853 or 524.2022 loc 119


  1. Thanks to this post. I've just knew when I read your post that JPR's remains initially interred here.:-).

    1. Hehe. Me too sir! I've learned about the secret only when I visited the place. Now we know. High five! :D
      Thank you for dropping by.


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