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Record 2M people spend holidays at Rizal Park

A record two million people visited the Rizal Park, better known as Luneta, during the holiday season.

This was learned from National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) excutive director Penelope Belmonte who said the head counters in the park recorded the visitors covering the period of December 24 to January 1.
She noted the figures peaked during the New Year countdown held at the park, with at least 230,000 in attendance to watch the fireworks display and welcome 2018 by spending the night there and enjoying all the attractions that were offered for free.
These attractions included the giant Christmas tree, giant Belen, the palm tree with led lights and the Santa Claus Corner where kids were able to have their pictures taken with Santa and where Belmonte distributed gifts to some 15,000 children who were there on Christmas Eve.
As part of the park’s Christmas celebration, Belmonte ordered all the gated facilities to be free from admission. These included the classic attractions like the Diorama lights ‘n sounds, Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, Kanlungan ng Sining, Binhi ng Kalayaan, Orchidarium and the newest attraction which is the National Parks Museum and Archives.
These are on top of the famous Dancing Fountain and the Children’s Playground.
?Also under Belmonte’s stewardship, the restrooms can now be used free of charge.
Belmonte said the 230,000 people that were present in the park during the New Year countdown doubled the following day, January 1, causing heavy traffic in the area.
Meanwhile, the load of garbage collected averaged two to three truckloads during each collection which was made three times a day. The collection peaked at seven trucks per pickup on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
“We at the NPDC are very pleased that the public enjoyed all the new and old but enhanced attractions at the park,” Belmonte said.

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