Coordinates: 14°46′3″N 121°3′34″E / 14.76750°N 121.05944°E / 14.76750; 121.05944

Glorieta Park
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Glorieta Park in Barangay 187, Tala, Caloocan
TypeUrban park
LocationCaloocan, Philippines
Operated byLocal Government of Caloocan
StatusOpened

Glorieta Park, sometimes spelled Glorietta Park, is an urban park in Caloocan, northern Metro Manila, the Philippines. It is situated at the border between the villages of Barangay 187 and Barangay 188 (Zone 16, District I) in the former Tala Estate in North Caloocan close to the boundary with San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. The park is one of three city-owned parks in Caloocan under the management of the Caloocan Parks Administration Services, the others being the Buena Park and Sports Complex in South Caloocan and the Caloocan Amparo Nature Park in eastern Tala, North Caloocan.[1]

The park occupies the central section of the former 808-hectare (2,000-acre) friar estate known as Hacienda Tala in the old municipality of Novaliches. This estate was purchased by the Philippine Commonwealth government under President Manuel Luis Quezon in 1938 for use as a leper colony to decongest and eventually replace the San Lazaro Hospital for Hansenites in Manila.[2] The Central Luzon Leprosarium, built in 1940, was eventually reduced to an area of 130 hectares (320 acres) in 1971 through Proclamation No. 843 issued by President Ferdinand Marcos which set aside 50 hectares (120 acres) for the National Housing Authority (Philippines), 20 hectares (49 acres) for the Caloocan local government for use as a civic center containing its city hall, public high school, stadia and park to be located at its geographic center, 10 hectares (25 acres) for the Department of Social Welfare and Development bordering the planned civic center, and the remaining 589 hectares (1,460 acres) for housing and resettlement sites to be administered by the People's Homesite and Housing Corporation.[3][4]

Glorieta Park is at the junction of Uyguanco Avenue and Langit Road and is the largest open space and recreation area in Barangay 187. It features a children's playground and the Glorieta Multi-Purpose Gymnasium, a covered court formerly known as the Glorieta Kiosk.[5] The Our Lady of Holy Rosary Parish Church borders the park to the north. It is also the location of the Tala Health Center, the Tala Post Office, the Tala United Methodist Church and Holy Rosary College. The barangay hall of Barangay 187 lies immediately to the east on Uyguanco Avenue. It is accessible from the Caloocan districts of Camarin and Bagong Silang on the south and west via the Zabarte/Old Zabarte Road and Langit Road, and from Novaliches, Greater Lagro and Fairview on the east and southeast via Quirino Highway and Uyguanco Avenue.

In February 2012, as part of the city's 50th anniversary, the Caloocan city government under Mayor Enrico Echiverri hosted a mass wedding at the Glorieta Park wherein a total of 1,510 couples were wed in an attempt to beat India's Guinness record for holding the world's largest mass wedding.[6][7]

In October 2015, Mayor Oscar Malapitan formally inaugurated the 568.75-square-metre (6,122.0 sq ft) Glorieta Amphitheater within the park which has a seating capacity of 1,500 and which will serveas a venue to showcase the talents and skills of Caloocanians.[8] The amphitheater, which cost ₱35 million to build, was approved in the 2014 Caloocan City Supplemental Budget No. 14 under its Sangguniang Panlungsod Ordinance No. 0541.[9]

Under the Caloocan City Comprehensive Development Plan 2017–2019, the Caloocan local government plans to construct additional sports facilities within the park, as well as a lagoon and fountain at the left and right side of the covered court, and a perimeter fence with lamp posts. The plan also includes the installation of a permanent front and back door access to the park for VIP use.[1]

Gallery

  • The Glorieta Multi-Purpose Gymnasium
    The Glorieta Multi-Purpose Gymnasium
  • Children's playground
    Children's playground
  • Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish Church
    Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish Church

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Caloocan City Comprehensive Development Plan 2017–2019" (PDF). City Government of Caloocan. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Leprosy in the Philippines". Department of Science and Technology. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  3. ^ "About DJNRMH". Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Proclamation No. 843, s. 1971". Official Gazette (Philippines). Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Barangay Profile". Local Government of Barangay Tala (187). Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Caloocan eyes Guinness World Record for most number of couples in mass wedding". Spot.ph. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  7. ^ Botial, J. (14 February 2012). "Caloocan wants record for largest mass wedding". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  8. ^ "New Caloocani amphitheater to be inaugurated tomorrow". City Government of Caloocan. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Tender Detail". Tender Tiger. Retrieved 19 March 2018.