STAY IN TRAFFIC-FREE MANILA THIS HOLY WEEK -- MAYOR ATIENZA

Metro Manila, April 16, 2003 - By Cecille Suerte Felipe (The Philippine Star 04/16/2003) If you don’t have money to take your family on an out-of-town trip this weekend, then you can go to any one of Manila’s several parks and playgrounds, Manila Mayor Lito Atienza said yesterday.

"People can attend Easter Mass in the morning and then go to any of the city’s parks with their own food and have a picnic. The parents could go on a leisurely stroll while their children play around the park," Atienza said.

Going to the park would be an enjoyable and affordable way to celebrate Easter Sunday, he added.

"Families, couples, or groups of people could take a stroll along the almost two-kilometer stretch of the Roxas Boulevard or sit on the seawall or park benches while watching the breathtaking Manila Bay sunset," Atienza said.

The Roxas Boulevard baywalk, which is drawing local and foreign tourists, is one of the areas developed by Atienza’s administration under the Buhayin ang Maynila program.

Aside from the baywalk, Atienza also had other parks developed — Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Plaza Moriones in Tondo, Plaza Noli in Sampaloc, Liwasang Bonifacio in the central Manila area, Plaza Hugo in Sta. Ana and Plaza Balagtas in Pandacan.

The Rajah Sulayman Park just across the baywalk, the Paraiso ng Batang Maynila at the corner of Adriatico and Pablo Ocampo streets, and Manila Zoo were also redeveloped by the city government.

"The city government redeveloped quite a number of parks, plazas and playgrounds for the enjoyment not only of the city residents but for people from all walks of life," Atienza said.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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