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A Day at Paco Park

Monday, August 31, 2015

I got tired of going to the mall and doing the same thing, so how do I make my day in this congested city a bit different? Paco Park came to mind so I grabbed my camera and headed to the park. It was around 9am and I'm already anticipating the traffic to be super heavy. You know the bumper to bumper kind with many stops and starts (drove me crazy!).
Took me about 45 mins to get to Paco Park from Makati. It's only about 4km from where I live and should only be about 15 mins drive. When I got there, I had the park to myself (no busloads of tourists! yay!) at least for the next 30 minutes.

St. Pancratius Chapel
Before Paco Park became a recreational garden, it was once the Municipal cemetery of Manila. It was originally constructed as a cemetery in 1807 due to the cholera epidemic. It was built exclusively for the city's affluent and aristocratic Spaniards.


Rich with decades of history, Paco Park is now a place for weddings. Yes you heard it right. Weddings. From a cemetery to a recreational park to a hip place to get hitched. With its towering trees and thick adobe walls, you can temporarily forget that you are in the most congested city in the Philippines.

Plumeria

Can anyone tell me what this is called?
If you are into classical concerts, you should not miss Paco Park Presents. It is held every Friday at 6pm. It is a regular public service project of the Department of Tourism. Too bad I didn't go there on a Friday afternoon. I remember watching "Concert at the Park" on tv when I was a kid. 

For instructions on how to get there, click here.

Entrance fee is only Php 10. They are open Monday to Sunday (except Wednesday) from 8am to 5pm.

Main Attractions:
1. Gomburza tomb
2. Rizal tomb
3. St. Pancratius Chapel


Pet Friendly Hotel in Tagaytay

This is a late post.
It's been two years since I made this trip and I only had the time to post this now (been too busy!). This was a really fun trip I took with my late persian cat  and my Poodle.
Vacationing with your pets is almost impossible with the limited number of pet friendly hotels in the Philippines. Good thing I found T House Tagaytay! We booked the Tranquility Garden room for 4 nights @ Php 4,700/night. They accept small pets for a fee of Php 750/night. Please call them first before booking and ask if your pet's breed/size is allowed. Do not forget to bring your pet's vaccination records with you upon checking in.

Photo source: www.thousetagaytay.com
While they allow you to bring your pet, you are required to put them in a crate when they are alone unattended inside the room and leashed when outside the room. As a responsible pet parent, you are also expected to clean up after your pet.

Mawmaw looking comfy
Mawmaw as I fondly call her, had a great time at T House! She immediately made herself comfortable and chose her spot.

Mawmaw at the courtyard

After checking in, we soon went out and explored the hotel's facilities. We learned that pets are only allowed in the courtyard, rock garden in pavilion, parking and parking hallway. 

Mimi looking happy

Pets are not allowed in the common areas like the lobby, sitting room, dining room, spa and pool area which is totally fine for me. 

Their salt water swimming pool and Jacuzzi is lovely and inviting!

Salt water swimming pool
We got a free breakfast and it's pretty good! Here's their menu:

Source: www.thousetagaytay.com

Source: www.thousetagaytay.com
T House Tagaytay is indeed a gem for pet lovers! 

 

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