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491 R-8, Quiapo, Manila, 1001 Metro Manila, Philippines
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Francisco Balagtas Plaza

The Plaza Francisco Balagtas, or the Liwasang Balagtas in Pandacan, Manila, is an open park with a monument dedicated to Filipino playwright Francisco Balagtas, also known as Francisco Baltazar. Located in the historic district of Quiapo, the plaza is surrounded by a rich history, art, and literature. This plaza stands as a vibrant and culturally significant urban oasis that holds a special place in the city's landscape. 

Francisco Balagtas Plaza is celebrated for its commemoration of the literary legacy of Francisco Balagtas, often hailed as the "Prince of Filipino Poets." Born in Bigaa, Bulacan, in 1788, Balagtas is best known for his epic poem "Florante at Laura," a masterpiece that has left an indelible mark on Filipino literature and is required reading among elementary and high school students across the Philippines. 

The plaza pays homage to this literary luminary, providing a space where visitors can reflect on the profound impact of Balagtas' contributions to the cultural heritage of the Philippines. This tourist spot features a water fountain in front of a white obelisk, with a bust of the famous writer as the centerpiece. The image of his head is adorned with a crown of laurel leaves, signifying his contributions to enriching Philippine literature.

Beyond its cultural significance, Francisco Balagtas Plaza has become a gathering place for various events, festivals, and cultural activities. The open-air setting invites locals to join in community celebrations, fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie. The plaza serves as a venue for artistic performances, poetry readings, and other cultural events, contributing to the vibrant arts scene of Manila.

Recognized for its historical and cultural importance, Francisco Balagtas Plaza has garnered acclaim as a symbol of the enduring legacy of Filipino literature. Its central location in Quiapo, a district known for its historical landmarks and vibrant street life, ensures that the plaza remains a focal point for those seeking to connect with the rich cultural tapestry of Manila.

As visitors traverse the pathways of Francisco Balagtas Plaza, they are not only surrounded by the picturesque landscape but also immersed in the spirit of Filipino literary heritage. It stands as a testament to the enduring influence of Francisco Balagtas and serves as a dynamic space where the past and present converge, creating a haven for cultural appreciation and communal celebrations.

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How to get there

Transportation is easily accessible to reach Francisco Balagtaz Plaza in Pandacan Manila. You may take a ride or two if you are commuting by riding a jeepney and a tricycle. You can also take a train, with Quirino Station, Pedro Gil, and United Nations, as the nearest LRT station, and take a jeepney or tricycle to Francisco Balagtas Plaza. 

From Pedro Gil, walk to Escoda St., and you will find the Pandacan Transport Services and MPC, where you can ride a jeepney or e-Jeepney going to Pandacan. You may alight in Labores and take a tricycle to go to the plaza.

For hassle-free travel, you can hire a taxi to go to the plaza or book a ride from online platforms. You can also book Manila tours, including Francisco Balagtas Plaza, in the itinerary, so you can also explore nearby attractions.


Best time to visit

The best time to go to Manila is during the dry season from January to April, and during the Holiday season of September to December. Since Francisco Balagtas Plaza is a place to have a leisurely walk and rest, it's best to go here during the dry season. Make sure to bring bottled water, caps, and umbrellas, to avoid the extreme heat of the sun. 

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