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These Busy Metro Manila Neighborhoods Have Public Parks

Take a breather by staying in these Metro Manila neighborhoods that have access to lush parks and outdoor areas

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When looking for a home to invest in, it’s important to find a place that is in close proximity to where you work. But it is just as crucial to be close to a place where you can relax and spend quality time with your loved ones. Parks and gardens are perfect spots for this. Fortunately, here in the city, there are many gorgeous parks you can consider that are not only near business districts but also to great residential areas. Here are just some of them.

PASIG CITY

Capitol Commons Park

Aside from having a lovely outdoor setting, Capitol Commons Park is also close to many restaurants and stores. You can bring your pets here as well, and catch up on your exercise with some jogging.

Located in Camino Verde Rd., Pasig City

Entrance fee: None

Rave Rainforest Park

This 8-hectare park offers plenty of exciting experiences to visitors: from relaxing picnics, to wildlife exploration in the Botanical Garden, the Flower Park, and the Pasig Zoo, to physical activities like rappelling and zip-lining in the Adventure Park. The park is also comprised of a fitness center and tennis and basketball courts, as well as a playground for children.

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Located in F. Legaspi Ave. Maybunga, Pasig City

Entrance fee: Differs per attraction, but Pasig residents receive discounts

Nearby residencies include: The Royalton Tower by Capitol Commons (Meralco Ave. Cor. Shaw Boulevard, Pasig City); Portico by Alveo Land (Capt. Henry P. Javier Street, Oranbo, Pasig City); and The Sapphire Bloc (Sapphire Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City)

TAGUIG CITY

Kasalikasan Garden & BGC Greenway Linear Park

These two locations are adjacent gardens located behind some residential areas in BGC. One will notice the stunning amphitheatre-style appearance of Kasalikasan Garden, which is shrouded with large trees and natural light. On the other hand, BGC Greenway Linear Park is a great place for a run, as it is known as the longest urban park in Metro Manila.

Located at De Jesus Oval, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Entrance fee: None

Nearby residencies include: The Icon Residences (De Jesus Oval, Taguig); Avida Towers 34th Street (34th Street corner 11th Avenue and Lane T, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig); and Bellagio Towers (3 Forbestown Rd. Taguig)

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QUEZON CITY

Balara Filters Park

One of the oldest parks in the city, Balara Filters Park features vintage-style buildings and sculptures that will bring you back in time. The park also consists of a spacious picnic grove, three large swimming pools, a playground, and an amphitheatre.

Located at Katipunan Extension, Matandang Balara, Quezon City, Manila

Entrance fee: None

Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife

This park is most noted for being an incredible place to explore nature and wildlife in the Philippines. Aside from its diverse flora and fauna, there can also be found here a wildlife rescue center, a playground, cottages, picnic groves, and even a man-made lagoon, making it the perfect weekend hangout spot for friends and families alike.

Located at Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City

Entrance fee: Php8

Quezon Memorial Circle

Another well-known public park in Quezon City is Quezon Memorial Circle, which is where the shrine and museum of former President Manuel L. Quezon and First Lady Aurora Quezon are found. Other museums—one for memorabilia of President Quezon, another for artifacts about the history of Quezon City, and a newly-inaugurated one for cars of former presidents—are also located here. Modern additions have also been made to the park in the form of electric cars and a small amusement park, among others.

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Located at Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City

Entrance fee: Php20 for adults and children 3ft and above; children below 3ft, senior citizens, and PWDs enter for free

Nearby residencies include: Suntrust Capitol Plaza (Matalino St., Diliman, Quezon City); Avida Towers Vita (Along EDSA, Vertis North, Brgy. Vertis North, Quezon City); and Escalades East Tower (20th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City)

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