THE number of visitors who flocked to Luneta from Christmas eve up to the whole day of Christmas Day reached a record over 500,000.
This, according to National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) Director Penelope Belmonte, is a clear proof that Luneta continues to be the top favorite leisure spot specifically of the masses.
According to Belmonte, the figures were based on headcount done by crowd counters assigned for the purpose by the NPDC.
She said that the park fell short of expectation on December 24 where only about 15,000 people trooped to the said spot. This, she said, is due to the rains but when night fell, the crowds swelled fast as the rains had stopped and before the clock struck 12, increasing even more as the hours went on.
As of this writing, Belmonte said there are still a lot of people in Luneta, where families gathered to have picnics, visit the attractions or simply while their time away.
Streetsweepers assigned to keep the park clean had their hands full due to the ‘endless’ garbage collection, just like those detailed to maintain the public comfort rooms.
Fortunately, Belmonte said no untoward incident was reported before, during and after Christmas Day, even as coordination was made with the Philippine National Police (PNP) to help maintain peace and security in the area.
Apart from the Rizal Monument which is the foremost attraction in Luneta, among the special features in the said park are the dancing fountain which swayed to the beat of Christmas carols being played, accompanied by Christmas lights display, the Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, Kanlungan ng Sining or Artist’s Haven, the Noli me Tangere Garden, the Orchidarium and Butterfly Pavilion, the Lapu-Lapu monument and the Children’s Playground.