Arroceros Forest Park
Arroceros Forest Park
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Thorek C
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ARROCEROS FOREST PARK: METRO MANILA'S LAST LUNG
4.0 of 5 bubblesMay 2023
Arroceros Forest Park is a riverside urban forest located in the heart of Manila, specifically at Antonio Villegas Street (former Calle Arroceros) in Ermita. It was developed in 1993. The 2.2-hectare (5.4-acre) park sits on the south bank of the Pasig River, at the foot of Quezon Bridge, and consists of secondary growth forest with 61 different tree varieties and 8,000 ornamental plants, providing a habitat for 10 different bird species. It also serves as a temporary resting place for people who want to avoid the scorching heat of the sun. Thus, it is being called The Last Lung of Metro Manila. On February 27, 2020, Mayor Isko Moreno signed City Ordinance No. 8607, or the Arroceros Forest Park Ordinance, designating the Arroceros Forest Park as a permanent forest park instead of as ordinary city property. Under this ordinance, cutting of trees, dumping of waste, and excavation is prohibited within the area. Alongside the ordinance, the mayor also revealed plans to allocate P1 million for the park's operations, to appoint "peace officers" to help in taking care of the park, and to expand the forest park as the highlight of a future green city in the Lawton area. The park has tiled pathways and concrete roads giving access to areas around the park. It also contains a fish pond and bridge, as well as a riverside walk. The park is a habitat of different bird species, such as the pied fantail, zebra dove,long-tailed shrike, Pacific swallow, yellow-vented bulbul and brown shrike.

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Thorek C
Pasay, Philippines662 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Arroceros Forest Park is a riverside urban forest located in the heart of Manila, specifically at Antonio Villegas Street (former Calle Arroceros) in Ermita. It was developed in 1993. The 2.2-hectare (5.4-acre) park sits on the south bank of the Pasig River, at the foot of Quezon Bridge, and consists of secondary growth forest with 61 different tree varieties and 8,000 ornamental plants, providing a habitat for 10 different bird species. It also serves as a temporary resting place for people who want to avoid the scorching heat of the sun. Thus, it is being called The Last Lung of Metro Manila.

On February 27, 2020, Mayor Isko Moreno signed City Ordinance No. 8607, or the Arroceros Forest Park Ordinance, designating the Arroceros Forest Park as a permanent forest park instead of as ordinary city property. Under this ordinance, cutting of trees, dumping of waste, and excavation is prohibited within the area. Alongside the ordinance, the mayor also revealed plans to allocate P1 million for the park's operations, to appoint "peace officers" to help in taking care of the park, and to expand the forest park as the highlight of a future green city in the Lawton area.

The park has tiled pathways and concrete roads giving access to areas around the park. It also contains a fish pond and bridge, as well as a riverside walk. The park is a habitat of different bird species, such as the pied fantail, zebra dove,long-tailed shrike, Pacific swallow, yellow-vented bulbul and brown shrike.
Written 29 May 2023
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Maloonitza
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Visited for a break from the chaos of Manila, the park is nice enough but very small, not worth travelling to if not nearby…also, forbidden to even take a water bottle in there, although the security guy did keep it for me…
Written 5 March 2023
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Czar Emmanuel
Manila, Philippines6,299 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
The local government of Manila did a great job renovating this old forest park and reopening it to the public. It is dubbed as "the last lung" of the city, with its more than 1567 trees from 81 species, providing around 32 types of birds with a natural habitat and nestling ground. The whole urban forest park sprawls on a 2.2-hectare lot, which used to be a Chinese settlement in the late 17th century. Today it's a very relaxing oasis where you can relax, enjoy the sound of nature, and breathe some fresh air while remaining in the city. There are elevated concrete pathways, lots of benches, a couple of bridges, a viewing deck along the Pasig River, fountains, etc. Entrance is free, but parking costs Php 50.
Written 19 June 2022
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sam107
Brooklyn, NY395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We unexpectedly walked up on this forest. My friend Lyn insisted she had to get in there. She asked. Next thing she knocked on the closed gate and someone opened. She signed the guest book and we were let in. I read some of the reviews where access seemed difficult. So I will make up for that by including some of the pictures I took. In the near future I will post video to my YouTube channel for those interested to see the inside. Link is on my profile.

It's a small area so you won't have to do a lot of walking. But there are several signs in there you will want to stop and read. And there is a bridge you can actually stand on to take pictures. Access is free.
Written 29 September 2019
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EndlessTravels
Greater Melbourne, Australia35,508 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017
Nice forest in a bustling metropolis. Hard to visit without permit but worth a look if you get opportunity
Written 22 January 2018
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MijnlieverdFH
Tagum City, Philippines4,206 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
In a city like Manila it is a welcoming sight to see some green portion to absorb the pollution in the air. This is one plus factor but the usability is limited entrance is barred unless there is an appointment.

I was able to view the whole area from the central train station near the city hall. it is really cool.
Written 5 August 2017
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Mordoquiojunelle
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013
This area is not accesible as a recreational area and you need to have an appointment with the deped office inside to get in.
Written 25 April 2014
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