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7 Garden Parks in Manila for a Different Kind of Valentine’s Date

Being in a relationship is not a walk in the park, but your date could be!

By: Patricia Marie Prado | January 27, 2018

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and before you know it you’re already out of time looking for the perfect date place for you and your special someone. The easy way to go is always a romantic dinner or a movie night. But instead of going the usual route, why not take the path less travelled this year and take your date in some of Metro Manila’s lushest parks?

With all the developments in the Metro, it might not be apparent but the city is actually filled with parks perfect for a romantic day out where you can appreciate Mother Nature and each other’s company. Still not convinced? Read on and see where you can plan the perfect V-day date for your beau.


1. Paco Park

Where: Belen, Paco, Metro Manila


romantic garden parks in Metro Manila 2018

Skip Luneta Park and go straight to Paco Park for a less crowded date with your beau. (Image: Romilyn Parra)


For those who live in Manila and are already tired of visiting Luneta Park, walk a little bit further and take your date to Paco Park instead. Originally built as a cemetery, today Paco Park is a beautiful garden park that has become a favorite location for dream weddings and prenuptial shoots.

Just by paying an entrance fee of PhP10, you can spend the whole day with your beau appreciating Paco Park’s beauty. Marvel at the niches on the park’s hallowed walls, pay respect at the former burial ground of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal and the famed GomBurZa, or take lots of pictures with the St. Pancratius Chapel as your background.




2. Kasalikasan Garden

Where: De Jesus Oval, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig


romantic garden parks in Metro Manila 2018

Be one with nature together with your partner at Kasalikasan. (Image: @sam.adarve)


If you’re not careful, you might miss this quaint park inside Bonifacio Global City called Kasalikasan Garden. Located along 4th Avenue and between 25th and 26th Street, Kasalikasan is a word play on “Kasali Ka sa Kalikasan” (You Are One with Nature) as the designer, Jerry Araos, wants the visitors of the park to have a break and commune with the environment.

For couples, Kasalikasan Garden can become a sweet escape from your heavy schedules especially if you work in BGC. You can also watch special events here as the park also has an amphitheater that houses various concerts and stage productions.


3. Washington Sycip Park

Where: Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati


romantic garden parks in Metro Manila 2018

Have a relaxing date night at Washington Sycip Park. (Image: Dennis Perez)


Couples who live in Makati also have a beautiful haven they can visit known as Washington Sycip Park. Named after famed accountant and businessman Washington Sycip, the small piece of land across the Greenbelt shopping center has become a favorite breather among Makati residents with its lush greenery, koi pond, and various sculptures.

Inside the park, you can also visit the Japanese Garden called Tsukuri-En (crane and turtle) that symbolizes long life, peace, and happiness. If you’re more of an active couple, you can also enjoy in Legazpi Park just beside Washington Sycip Park and have a game of frisbee or jog around the park before calling it a day.




4. Jaime C. Velasquez Park

Where: Toredillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City


romantic garden parks in Metro Manila 2018

Enjoy Salcedo Park’s weekend market and have an early morning date with your loved one. (Image: @xoxoxhin)


More popularly known as Salcedo Park, Jaime C. Velasquez Park gained popularity through the weekend market it hosts every Saturday. As early as 7:00 AM, the streets of the park become filled with vendors selling all kinds of products, from food, clothes, and bags to plants.

For a different kind of date, you and your beau can have an early morning stroll along Salcedo Park and shop to your hearts’ content. If you’re into art, you can also catch Art in the Park, an annual event when Salcedo Park becomes filled with various art pieces from different artists and galleries in Manila. Proceeds of the event also go to various causes.


5. Track 30th

Where: 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig


romantic garden parks in Metro Manila 2018

You and your partner can get fit together at Track 30th. (Image: @qcajperalta)


Another park perfect for couples who are into fitness is Track 30th along 30th Street in BGC. With a non-slip asphalt pavement colored in green, the park is dedicated for fitness enthusiasts and runners.

Aside from the running path, Track 30th also has various installations to help you get fit, such as a pull-up bar and a multi-purpose bamboo chair installation where you can do push-ups and sit-ups. There’s also a lawn where you can practice yoga or stretch before jogging. Couples can do an early morning or late night run around Track 30th as the park is open from 6:00 AM until 10:00 PM.


6. Terra 28th

Where: 28th Street, Bonifacion Global City, Taguig


romantic garden parks in Metro Manila 2018

Enjoy an afternoon of fun at Terra 28th. (Image: @qcajperalta)


Just across Track 30th, you can also find a nice park in the form of Terra 28th at the 28th Street in BGC. The park is more of a relaxed version of Track 30th as it is meant for families filled with interactive installations that pay homage to classic Filipino street games like piko (hopscotch), luksong baka (literally “jump over the cow”), and habulang taya (tag).

You and your special someone can unleash the kid in you and play with the installations or take photos with them. Just like Track 30th, the park is also open from 6:00 AM until 10:00 PM, so you can take a relaxing stroll in the afternoon if you want some downtime with your loved one.


7. Capitol Commons Park

Where: Camino Verde Rd, Pasig, Metro Manila


romantic garden parks in Metro Manila 2018

Relax at Capitol Commons Park after enjoying a good meal. (Image: Capitol Commons Facebook Page)


If you and your special someone works in Ortigas, you can have a dinner date at the thriving community of Capitol Commons where you can find restaurants like Black Olive Cerveceria, Artisan Emporium, or The Wholesome Table. After a sumptuous meal, you can have a romantic walk along Capitol Commons Park.

Located in front of the high-end Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons Park is a small piece of land with verdant lawns, benches, and a running path perfect for joggers. You and your significant other can buy a hot cup of coffee or chocolate and relax at one of the benches in the park while enjoying the cold breeze at night.


Regardless if it’s Valentine’s Day or not, give your romantic dates a spin by spending time at some of Metro Manila’s parks. Know of other parks perfect for a romantic stroll? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

romantic garden parks in Metro Manila 2018

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and before you know it you’re already out of time looking for the perfect date place for you and your special someone. The easy way to go is always a romantic dinner or a movie night. But instead of going the usual route, why not take the path less travelled this year and take your date in some of Metro Manila’s lushest parks?

With all the developments in the Metro, it might not be apparent but the city is actually filled with parks perfect for a romantic day out where you can appreciate Mother Nature and each other’s company. Still not convinced? Read on and see where you can plan the perfect V-day date for your beau.


1. Paco Park

Where: Belen, Paco, Metro Manila


romantic garden parks in Metro Manila 2018

Skip Luneta Park and go straight to Paco Park for a less crowded date with your beau. (Image: Romilyn Parra)


For those who live in Manila and are already tired of visiting Luneta Park, walk a little bit further and take your date to Paco Park instead. Originally built as a cemetery, today Paco Park is a beautiful garden park that has become a favorite location for dream weddings and prenuptial shoots.

Just by paying an entrance fee of PhP10, you can spend the whole day with your beau appreciating Paco Park’s beauty. Marvel at the niches on the park’s hallowed walls, pay respect at the former burial ground of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal and the famed GomBurZa, or take lots of pictures with the St. Pancratius Chapel as your background.




2. Kasalikasan Garden

Where: De Jesus Oval, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig


romantic garden parks in Metro Manila 2018

Be one with nature together with your partner at Kasalikasan. (Image: @sam.adarve)


If you’re not careful, you might miss this quaint park inside Bonifacio Global City called Kasalikasan Garden. Located along 4th Avenue and between 25th and 26th Street, Kasalikasan is a word play on “Kasali Ka sa Kalikasan” (You Are One with Nature) as the designer, Jerry Araos, wants the visitors of the park to have a break and commune with the environment.

For couples, Kasalikasan Garden can become a sweet escape from your heavy schedules especially if you work in BGC. You can also watch special events here as the park also has an amphitheater that houses various concerts and stage productions.


3. Washington Sycip Park

Where: Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati


romantic garden parks in Metro Manila 2018

Have a relaxing date night at Washington Sycip Park. (Image: Dennis Perez)


Couples who live in Makati also have a beautiful haven they can visit known as Washington Sycip Park. Named after famed accountant and businessman Washington Sycip, the small piece of land across the Greenbelt shopping center has become a favorite breather among Makati residents with its lush greenery, koi pond, and various sculptures.

Inside the park, you can also visit the Japanese Garden called Tsukuri-En (crane and turtle) that symbolizes long life, peace, and happiness. If you’re more of an active couple, you can also enjoy in Legazpi Park just beside Washington Sycip Park and have a game of frisbee or jog around the park before calling it a day.




4. Jaime C. Velasquez Park

Where: Toredillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City


romantic garden parks in Metro Manila 2018

Enjoy Salcedo Park’s weekend market and have an early morning date with your loved one. (Image: @xoxoxhin)


More popularly known as Salcedo Park, Jaime C. Velasquez Park gained popularity through the weekend market it hosts every Saturday. As early as 7:00 AM, the streets of the park become filled with vendors selling all kinds of products, from food, clothes, and bags to plants.

For a different kind of date, you and your beau can have an early morning stroll along Salcedo Park and shop to your hearts’ content. If you’re into art, you can also catch Art in the Park, an annual event when Salcedo Park becomes filled with various art pieces from different artists and galleries in Manila. Proceeds of the event also go to various causes.


5. Track 30th

Where: 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig


romantic garden parks in Metro Manila 2018

You and your partner can get fit together at Track 30th. (Image: @qcajperalta)


Another park perfect for couples who are into fitness is Track 30th along 30th Street in BGC. With a non-slip asphalt pavement colored in green, the park is dedicated for fitness enthusiasts and runners.

Aside from the running path, Track 30th also has various installations to help you get fit, such as a pull-up bar and a multi-purpose bamboo chair installation where you can do push-ups and sit-ups. There’s also a lawn where you can practice yoga or stretch before jogging. Couples can do an early morning or late night run around Track 30th as the park is open from 6:00 AM until 10:00 PM.


6. Terra 28th

Where: 28th Street, Bonifacion Global City, Taguig


romantic garden parks in Metro Manila 2018

Enjoy an afternoon of fun at Terra 28th. (Image: @qcajperalta)


Just across Track 30th, you can also find a nice park in the form of Terra 28th at the 28th Street in BGC. The park is more of a relaxed version of Track 30th as it is meant for families filled with interactive installations that pay homage to classic Filipino street games like piko (hopscotch), luksong baka (literally “jump over the cow”), and habulang taya (tag).

You and your special someone can unleash the kid in you and play with the installations or take photos with them. Just like Track 30th, the park is also open from 6:00 AM until 10:00 PM, so you can take a relaxing stroll in the afternoon if you want some downtime with your loved one.


7. Capitol Commons Park

Where: Camino Verde Rd, Pasig, Metro Manila


romantic garden parks in Metro Manila 2018

Relax at Capitol Commons Park after enjoying a good meal. (Image: Capitol Commons Facebook Page)


If you and your special someone works in Ortigas, you can have a dinner date at the thriving community of Capitol Commons where you can find restaurants like Black Olive Cerveceria, Artisan Emporium, or The Wholesome Table. After a sumptuous meal, you can have a romantic walk along Capitol Commons Park.

Located in front of the high-end Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons Park is a small piece of land with verdant lawns, benches, and a running path perfect for joggers. You and your significant other can buy a hot cup of coffee or chocolate and relax at one of the benches in the park while enjoying the cold breeze at night.


Regardless if it’s Valentine’s Day or not, give your romantic dates a spin by spending time at some of Metro Manila’s parks. Know of other parks perfect for a romantic stroll? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

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Patricia came from the field of business and accounting but is now pursuing her dreams of being a writer. She is a self-confessed introvert and is passionate about reading, travelling, writing, movies, coffee and God. When she's not writing, she loves discovering new coffee shops/cafe and doing TV-series marathons.

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