Dancing Fountain at Rizal Park
Rizal Park and Intramuros are undergoing a facelift, which are expected to restore the status of the two sites as major tourist destinations in Manila. A musical dancing fountain measuring 20 by 40 metres has been erected by the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) at Rizal Park, which became an instant favorite among visitors.
About half a million tourists visited the dancing fountain at Luneta on Christmas day (December 25, 2010) alone, according to news reports. The NPDC has also strengthened Rizal Park’s security force, which now consists of 10 policemen and 60 guards working in shifts for 24 hours. Four security cameras were also installed in the park.
Tourism officials are also planning to restore the centuries-old, Walled City of Intramuros in Ermita, Manila, after renovations at the historic Rizal Park landmark is completed by the first quarter of 2011.
Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim said they will next focus on the overhaul of Intramuros once work at Rizal Park is already finished.
The Department of Tourism seeks to enlist the help of public donors and non government organisations (NGOs) in restoring the 64-hectare former Spanish fortress.