Guagua public park inaugurated

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

GUAGUA, PAMPANGA -- The Manuel P. Santiago Park, which has been redesigned by the Municipal Government here after recent road elevation works have left it perennially inundated for a couple of years, was formally inaugurated on Tuesday.

The park has been re-elevated and designed reportedly at a budget of P3,002,050. Some P1 million came from the Provincial Government of Pampanga.

The park now features a new fountain system, lighting, landscaping and newly restored monuments.


It was formerly a common town plaza before it was turned into a commemorative park in the early 1900s.

It was named Plaza Burgos in honor of Filipino mestizo secular priest Jose Burgos, who was executed during the Spanish regime.

The park was designed to honor the heroes of the Philippine Revolution during the Spanish colonization and later housed the remains and the monument of local hero Andres Goseco.

Designers of the park reportedly drew inspiration from the much older Plaza Burgos in Vigan City.

The park features two monuments on both sides with the monument of Burgos facing the town church while the monument of Jose Rizal faces the major entry road into the town plaza.

Marble commemorative markers with inscriptions in Spanish are placed along the sides of the monuments honoring those who gave their lives for the country's liberty. The poblacion, where the park is located, was named after the plaza.

The park was later re-named in honor of Guagua's most celebrated mayor -- Manuel P. Santiago. The plaza has been a silent witness to the colorful history of the town and is a favorite meeting place of locals who frequent the nearby public market.

Governor Lilia Pineda, along with Mayor Dante Torres, Board Members Tonton Torres and Salvador Dimson, and local officials led the inauguration of the renovated park.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 28, 2014.

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