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Counter-protest: Pro-Duterte crowd arrives at anti-Martial Law rally in Luneta

Sep 21, 2018 - 6:30 PM

More than an hour before the start of the anti-Martial Law activity in Luneta, administration supporters, wearing red shirts, are bussed in to hold their own rally nearby

RED SHIRT CROWD. President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters rally at the Luneta Grandstand to counter the anti-Martial Law gathering at the nearby Rizal Monument on September 21, 2018, the 46th anniversary of the Declaration of Martail Law. All photos by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

Got no time to go out of town? Go visit Rizal Park!

Dec 30, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Luneta has gone through a lot of changes lately

DSWD drive shows 'right and responsible way' to help homeless families

Dec 28, 2017 - 8:31 PM

#HelptheHomelessPH campaign seeks to make the public understand why homeless people stay in the streets and to redirect their perception about giving alms on the streets

raise public awareness on the real plight of homeless families

IN PHOTOS: PH sends off 60,000 security personnel for ASEAN Summit

Nov 05, 2017 - 2:05 PM

The Philippine government is 'ready and equipped' for the summit

De Lima slams Duterte in two September 21 protests

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:24 PM

Despite her detention, Senator Leila de Lima participates in the biggest opposition gatherings so far under President Rodrigo Duterte

Luneta protesters urge Duterte to stop killings, halt return to dictatorship

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:58 AM

The loudest and most repeated call at the Luneta was for President Rodrigo Duterte to end the drug war and assure Filipinos he will not expand coverage of martial law

TAKING A STAND. Protesters at Luneta sing the Filipino version of '€œDo You Hear the People Sing?' from Les Miserables. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Sept 21 protest organizers to Duterte: Why limit space for rally?

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:52 PM

According to the Movement Against Tyranny, the space assigned by the National Parks Development Committee to the group can only accommodate a maximum number of 5,000 people. The group expects tens of thousands to join its activity.

LIMITED SPACE? The area assigned to the Movement Against Tyranny protest can only accommodate a maximum number of 5,000 individuals.

Schedule: November 25 rallies vs Marcos

Nov 22, 2016 - 7:52 PM

UPDATED The rally is organized by the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses in Malacañang together with youth and student organizations

INFOGRAPHIC: PH Independence Day 2016 activities, services

Jun 11, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Check out the free activities and government services on Sunday June 12 as Filipinos commemorate Independence Day

Sculptor Eduardo Castrillo dies at 73

May 20, 2016 - 2:33 PM

Eduardo Castrillo was the artist behind the People Power monument in EDSA and more iconic sculptures around the country

EDUARDO CASTRILLO. The Filipino sculptor behind iconic pieces like the People's Power Monument in EDSA, the 'Martyrdom of Dr Jose P Rizal' in Luneta Park, the Andres Bonifacio Monument near the City Hall of Manila, and more, has died. Photo from eduardocastrillo.com

High hopes for Archer and Delta’s last run

Feb 11, 2016 - 9:42 PM

Cheer on DLSU and cars from other Philippine schools by watching the Shell Eco Marathon from March 3 to 6 at the Luneta Park Circuit

Rizal’s descendant holds protest against Torre de Manila

Jan 02, 2016 - 12:19 AM

Isaac Reyes a descendant of the Rizal family calls the controversial Torre de Manila a national disgrace and supports the campaign for its demolition

NATIONAL DISGRACE. Isaac Reyes, a descendant of the Rizal family, holds signs calling for the demolition of the Torre de Manila, which he describes as a 'national disgrace'. Image courtesy of Isaac Reyes

SC justices hit Torre de Manila petitioners for bypassing 'slow' courts

Jul 21, 2015 - 7:39 PM

High Court Associate Justice Leonen tells petitioners It s unfair that you ask relief from the Supreme Court bypassing all our stated rules because your case is very very special

The Supreme Court (SC) hears the oral argument against Torre de Manila filed by the Knights of Rizal on July 21, 2015 Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com

Ambulances, medical booths in Manila on Independence Day

Jun 11, 2015 - 3:18 PM

Health Secretary Janette Garin gives 7 tips for people who will join Independence Day activities

Bring your own raincoats, come early for Luneta Mass

Jan 17, 2015 - 5:22 PM

The sole entry point for the public along Orosa Street will open at 6 am and close by 1:30 pm Some 700 000 attendees will pass through this gate

Airlifts and emergencies: Keeping people safe in a papal visit

Jan 15, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Things don’t always go to plan when an overeager crowd welcomes a widely popular religious leader

Pope John Paul II – and his security team –wade through the crowd during his 1995 visit to the Philippines. AFP file photo

FAST FACTS: Rizal Park

Jan 12, 2015 - 1:00 AM

Pope Francis is the third pope to say Mass at one of Manila s historical park

RIZAL PARK. Pope Francis' concluding mass will be held at the Rizal Park. Image courtesy of WikiCommons

Papal chair, altar table to have 'Filipino touch'

Jan 06, 2015 - 9:30 AM

The designs are intended to reflect the Filipino character says Fr Alex Bautista

Where to stay during Pope Francis' Manila visit

Dec 25, 2014 - 1:05 PM

Are you headed to Manila to see Pope Francis? Check this list compiled by Rappler for places you can stay in during the papal visit

SC asked to order Torre de Manila demolition

Sep 12, 2014 - 9:07 PM

The Knights of Rizal says the tower s zoning violations and affront to the Rizal Monument are enough reasons to stop construction

Celebrating the centenary of the Rizal monument

Dec 30, 2013 - 10:04 PM

A web essay on the origin and enduring legacy of the Rizal monument

Aquino leads Rizal Day rites in Tarlac

Dec 30, 2013 - 9:25 AM

VP Binay graces the simultaneous commemoration of Rizal s 117th death anniversary at Luneta Park in Manila

NHCP backs off from Torre de Manila issue

Nov 06, 2013 - 12:54 PM

The National Historical Commission now approves of the controversial Torre de Manila project that threatens to mar the Rizal Shrine sightline

NO TO CONDO. Petitioners who want the construction of DMCI Homes' Torre de Manila refer to the condominium as 'Terror de Manila.' Image from 'NO to DMCI's "Terror de Manila"' Facebook page

Manila councilor opposes 'Terror de Manila' condo

Oct 12, 2013 - 11:22 AM

Despite an order from the Manila City Council to desist from construction DMCI Homes continues to build a high rise condominium across Rizal Park

NO TO CONDO. Petitioners who want the construction of DMCI Homes' Torre de Manila refer to the condominium as 'Terror de Manila.' Image from 'NO to DMCI's "Terror de Manila"' Facebook page

Photo wRap: Pope, Miley Cyrus, *NSYNC, pork

Sep 04, 2013 - 6:10 PM

Let’s take a look at some of the most memorable moments of the past month

Paseo de Manila tourism zone to rise in Luneta Park

Aug 31, 2013 - 7:45 AM

The country s national park agency has bigger plans to redevelop the People s Park

PASEO DE MANILA. The proposed plan shows new buildings with rooftop gardens rising in the side of Luneta Park with the Quirino Grand Stand and Manila Ocean Park. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

#MillionPeopleMarch lauded as eco-friendly protest

Aug 27, 2013 - 1:48 PM

The rally has set the bar high for future protests say environmentalists

CLEAN RALLY. Environmentalists thanked protesters and organizers for ensuring the cleanliness of Luneta Park after the August 26 rally. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Tagle joins rally, prays for heroism

Aug 26, 2013 - 12:41 PM

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle tells protesters that integrity should prevail in all sectors of society

PRAYERS: Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle joins protesters in Luneta. EPA/Dennis Sabangan

TIMELINE: The road to the Million People March

Aug 25, 2013 - 10:59 PM

Events and issues that led to the online and ground mobilization for the Million People March against the pork barrel on Monday August 26

All systems go for Million People March

Aug 24, 2013 - 3:44 PM

The social media powered movement crosses over to the physical world to let supporters collaborate in person for the August 26 rally

COORDINATION. Organizers of the anti-pork barrel rally on August 26 in Luneta meet with the Manila Police District to finalize plans. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Scroll down history lane: Rizal's last days

Dec 30, 2012 - 12:47 PM

On December 30 2012 the Philippines commemorates the centennial of the re interment of Rizal’s remains in Rizal Park

Screen grab from gov.ph