More than 200 years old, Paco Park in Manila has a rich and colorful history.
Built in 1807 as a cemetery for Spanish aristocrats, it was expanded in the 1820s to accommodate victims of a cholera epidemic in the city.
For some time, it also housed the remains of martyred priests GomBurZa as well as the first resting place of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal who was secretly buried there by Spanish authorities in secret to confuse Filipino revolutionaries.
The last burial took place in 1912. In 1966, Paco Park was declared a National Cultural Treasure and the circular-shaped promenade has since been a popular spot for outdoor weddings and receptions and attracts around 200,000 visitors annually.