Manila: Kilometer 0

Located just in front of the Rizal Monument in Luneta Park in the city of Manila, Kilometer 0 is the beginning of every traveler's adventure.

Also called a zero mile marker or control station, Kilometer 0 is usually a particular location (usually placed in the nation's capital city) where distances are traditionally measured. These markers also serves as a starting point when measuring a distance of a specific place. For example Baguio City in the province of Benguet is located 243.4 kilometers northwest of kilometer 0 in Manila. Some people would even consider the marker as the heart of the Philippines.
The new Kilometer 0 marker
The old Kilometer 0 marker
My adventure began here
The Kilometer 0 of the Republic of the Philippines is found just across the street from the Rizal monument. The marker is made from marble with a silver ball placed on top of it. When you check out its coordinates in the net, you'd find out that the marker is located in 14°34'52"N   120°58'34"E.


The Kilometer 0 marker reminds me of the famous Millarium Aureum  or the Golden Milestone of Rome. As they say "All roads lead to Rome."
... with my family just near the marker
Thank you TRIPOD!
My wife posing for the camera

I had the chance to visit the marker during Mother's Day this year, when my wife and I decided to bring our baby to Luneta Park (actually our real goal was to test our newly purchased stroller). I was really enthusiastic about having a picture taken beside the marker because I was using it as a reference in my previous blogs. It would also be better if I blog about it to educate my local and foreign friends about the importance of that specific spot in the Philippines. So if you have time, visit the site and surely, you'll have the right to brag that you've been to the heart of the Philippines!

That's Luneta Shrine across the road
Looks Like:
The Millarium Aureum

Minus:
The roads leading to Rome.

Getting there:

The marker is already in Manila, taxis are the best way to reach the spots because buses and jeepneys are prohibited from passing by the road in front of the marker. You could also ride the LRT and board down at United Nations (UN) station. From there walk towards Luneta Park and cross several streets until you reach the Rizal Monument. The marker is just across the street from there.

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