Peñaranda Park


Strategically located in the center of the Old Albay District in Legazpi City, the Peñaranda Park is one of the largest recreational places found in Albay.

Also known as Freedom Park, the Peñaranda Park is a plaza devoted to the first Governor of Albay, Jose Ma. Peñaranda, who served from 1834-1840. Developed based on Spanish style, it is placed nearby a wide variety of establishments.

The Legazpi City Hall and Provincial Capitol are among the administrative institutions found in the area of Peñaranda Park. The Cathedral of St. Gregory the Great can be found on the west while the Divine Word College of Legazpi can be found on the east.

Gov Jose M. Penaranda

Gov Jose M. Penaranda

Convention facilities such as the Albay Astrodome and Tourist Information Office can be found on the north while fastfoods and some of the city’s finest restaurants are a couple of hundred meters going east, along the busy Rizal Avenue – Quick ‘N Hearty, La Mia Tazza, Small Talk, Chilli Pepper’s, Biggs, and Jolibee, to name a few.

On one side of the park is a big stage where crowd-gathering events such as concerts, festivals, rallies and meetings takes place occasionally. A statue of Govenor Jose Ma. Peñaranda can be found in the area near the Albay Provincial Capitol. The monument was finished by J.B. Caedo on April 28, 2002. On the side of the statue is a small cannon and meters away is the historic Liberty Bell, a donation from the United States of America commemorating the freedom of the city from the control of Japanese domination at the end of the World War II.

The 5000 square meters Peñaranda Park serves as playground to elementary and high-school students after school. It’s also a dating place for lovers and a picnic area for families. There’s a great view of Mt. Mayon on a clear day in the open area of the park. Recent developments include landscaping, fountains, lights and ornamental plants which surround the park to give strollers a better ambiance and sense of peace when they are in the place.

The Peñaranda Park is a short 8-10 minutes tricycle ride (P10-P15) from Legazpi Airport and 20-minute jeepney (P8) ride from Legazpi Port. The best time to visit the place are early morning, late afternoon and evening.

Albay Astrodome

Albay Astrodome

Albay Provincial Capitol

Albay Provincial Capitol

Gov Penaranda and Cannon

Gov Penaranda and Cannon

Legazpi City Hall

Legazpi City Hall

Legazpi Liberty Bell

Legazpi Liberty Bell

Mark, Lisa and Sam at Penaranda Park

Mark, Lisa and Sam at Penaranda Park

Open Area

Open Area

Penaranda Park and City Hall from afar

Penaranda Park and City Hall from afar

Stage

Stage

Stairs

Stairs

Statue, Cannon Flag Pole, Liberty Bell

Statue, Cannon Flag Pole, Liberty Bell

Students playing at the Liberty bell after class

Students playing at the Liberty bell after class

View of Mt. Mayon

View of Mt. Mayon

Going to the Open Area

Going to the Open Area


This page is last updated on Jul 4, 2011 @ 8:42 pm
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