Luneta Park, bubuksan ngayong holiday season pero bawal ang concert at salu-salo

Robie de Guzman   •   December 2, 2020   •   330

MANILA, Philippines – Bahagi na ng tradisyon ng maraming Pilipino ang pagbisita at pagsasalu-salo sa Luneta Park o Rizal Park sa lungsod na ito tuwing holiday season.

Kaya ngayong Disyembre, plano ng National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) na buksan ang parke.

Subalit dahil sa umiiral pa ring banta ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), sinabi ng komite na lilimitahan lang ang oras na bukas ang parke pati na ang bilang ng mga taong maaaring pumasok dito.

Ayon sa NPDC, sa halip na karaniwang 24 oras, limitado lang mula alas-5 hanggang alas-7 ng umaga at alas-4 hanggang alas-9 ng gabi bubuksan ang parke para sa mga bisita at nais mag-ehersisyo.

Ipatutupad ito simula Disyembre 3.

Limitado lang din ang bilang ng mga indibidual na maaaring papasukin sa liwasan sa loob ng mga nasabing oras.

“Paglabas nung mga iba, at saka lang makakapasok yung next naman na in-line para hindi sila sabay-sabay na nandoon. So, parang siguro ideally para lang safe at saka madaling i-manage yung mga tao, mga 500 at a time yung talagang nandoon sa Central section,” ang pahayag ni Cecille Romero, ang Executive Director ng NPDC.

Ipagbabawal din ang pagdadala ng pagkain o pagkakaroon ng salu-salo. Mahigpit ring ipatutupad ang health protocols gaya ng pagsusuot ng face mask, pagsusulat sa health declaration form, at pagkuha ng body temperature bago pumasok sa loob ng pasilidad.

“Yun lang, bawal pa rin kasi kumain inside kasi if you eat, tatanggalin mo yung mask and then, siyempre parang yun na yung source of, di ba, I mean, according to DOH din naman, it’s the source of transmission if you remove the mask. So, talagang until now, no picnics, no eating allowed inside the park,” ang wika ni Romero.

Online lang din muna ang pagdaraos ng taunang concert at wala ring gagawing fireworks display sa holiday season.

May mga inilatag ring gabay sa loob ng parke upang maipatupad ang social distancing at maiwasan ang pagdidikit-dikt ng mga tao. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Mayor Isko orders arrest of those who will throw garbage indiscriminately

Maris Federez   •   December 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines— One day before the New Year’s Eve, City Mayor Isko Moreno appealed to those who will spend the revelry at the Luneta Park to keep the place clean and sanitary.

And with the appeal comes the warning that those who will be caught leaving or throwing garbage indiscriminately will be arrested and will face serious charges.

This, after the local chief executive saw the dismal state of the park with tons of trash thrown indiscriminately after people gathered in the area on December 25.

Moreno said that keeping the park clean is part of the country’s manifestation of respect for the place where the shrine of the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, is located.

“Dumating sila malinis, umalis silang malinis. Kung nabubuhay lang si Rizal baka pinagsisipa sila noon,” Moreno said in jest.

In the city’s commemoration of the 123rd death anniversary of Rizal, Moreno said people must emulate the national hero’s concern for his fellowmen that led to the freedom that the present generation is enjoying.

He stressed that this can be shown through abiding by rules and law, particularly in throwing garbage in designated receptacles.

With this, Moreno underscored that the local government will strictly enforce the law in the city.

“We might arrest people doing littering on December 31. So kung gusto nyong magbagong taon sa kulungan magtapon ho kayo ng basura. Kung ayaw nyo naman malulugod naman kami. Ilagay nyo lang sa tamang lalagyan,” Moreno said. — (from the report of Bernard Dadis) /mbmf

Holiday visitors leave truckloads of trash at Luneta Park

Robie de Guzman   •   December 25, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Around eight truckloads of trash were collected at Rizal (Luneta) Park on Wednesday after thousands of individuals visited the facility to bond with family and friends during the holiday season.

The National Parks Development Committee estimated that at least 65,000 people trooped to Rizal Park on December 24.

Authorities said most of the trash collected were single-use plastics, bottles, boxes and left over food that were thrown on the park grounds despite the garbage bins placed around the facility.

Earlier in the day, street sweepers were seen cleaning the park grounds.

The park development committee noted the reduced number of visitors on December 25 due to the inclement weather.

However, they expect this to increase in the coming hours due to a free concert to be held in the open air auditorium on Wednesday night. –RRD (from the report of Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Luneta Park still in Filipinos’ holiday bucket list

Marje Pelayo   •   December 25, 2018

Luneta Park

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos are known for having close family ties and spending the holidays with loved ones is definitely a priority.

This time of the year when budget is tight, some Filipinos preferred to enjoy the festive atmosphere in Luneta or Rizal Park.

Hundreds of families camped out in the area where they enjoyed the musical dancing fountain at the central lagoon as well as light and fire exhibits.

According to record from the National Parks Development Committee Security Office, at least 3,000 individuals have come to Luneta Park since Monday night.

This is lower, however, than the visitor population last year.

Authorities said the rainy weather may have contributed to the slowing down of visitor arrivals in the park.

Nevertheless, visitors like Jean Mata said they wouldn’t allow the rain to spoil their family bonding.

Jean and her family travelled all the way from Malolos, Bulacan to spend time together in Rizal Park.

 “Okay na okay; nakaka-enjoy po dito, masyadong maraming view na magaganda…Kasi parang tradisyon na sa amin simula maliliit pa kami,” she said.

Park goers said they noticed significant improvements in Rizal Park.

Sweepers can be seen around maintaining the cleanliness of the surroundings and public toilets are properly maintained.

“Marami pong kalat pero mayroon naman pong metro aide,” observed Sylvia Española

“Mas improved na ang portable ngayon kaysa dati. Noong nakaraang taon talagang hindi mo siya makakayanan na pasukin. Ngayon, maganda na siya. Tapos  ang basura, okay naman, nililinis nila agad,” added Jean.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director General Guillermo Eleazar made rounds in Rizal Park to personally check on the peace and order in the area.

“Nakikita natin na talagang ang kaligayahan ng mga tao ay pagiging kontento sa buhay; at tayo naman, nakakatulong tayo doon sa panatilihin natin na tahimik at maayos itong mga bagay na pinapasyalan nila,” Eleazar assured.

Rizal Park remains open until evening of December 26. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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