|Paco Park (It must also be wonderful if the fountain is on.)|
I was with my mom, walking along a familiar path. I have been to this place some eleven years ago. Eleven years is a long time, and I had a hard time recalling how that place looked during that time, and which direction did I take. Given that I have a poor sense of direction, even if it was just a month ago, for sure I will forget.
We walked, until we reached a place that was so quaint that it seemed to not belong in the street that we traversed. The moment we set foot on the gate on that rustic wall, it seemed as if we entered a portal that brought us to the Hispanic times. The silence in the place and the fact that we were the only people inside somewhat affirmed my belief that we have entered another dimension. I imagine people somewhere inside that walled isolation walking in their baro't saya and barong Tagalog.
|the portal to another dimension|
|I soon found out that we were not alone.|
|St. Pancratius Chapel inside Paco Park|
|A classic beauty fits the classic grandeur.|
|I love this archway and the Spanish colonial architecture.|
|FYI - posted outside St. Pancratius Chapel|
|view of the park from St. Pancratius Chapel|
|burial site of Gomburza|
|an old tree befitting an old place|
Location: San Marcelino St., Paco, Manila
Entrance Fee: P5/head
Schedule of mass at St. Pancratius Chapel (inside Paco Park):
- Sundays and Holidays (10:00 AM and 11:00 AM/5:00 PM and 6:00 PM)
- every 12th day of the month (9:00 AM)
* Paco Park Presents (a concert in the park) is held every Friday afternoon.