Paco

When one thinks of Manila, Paco usually isn’t the first place that comes to mind. Paco, formerly known as Dilao (“yellow”), was said to be founded by Spanish missionaries as early as the 16th century. It wasn’t until the 19th century that the name was changed to Paco de Dilao. The Japanese have also made their mark on the place, as they established their own enclave there and participated in rebellions against Spain. Paco Park, formerly Manila’s municipal cemetery, was built during the Spanish colonial period and was used by the Japanese as a supply and ammunition depot back in World War II.

For those who take a keen interest in Philippine history, the Paco Park Cemetery is also where the bones of Jose Burgos, Mariano Gomez, and Jacinto Zamora — also known as the GOMBURZA priests executed by the Spaniards — are buried. A shrine is also located in Paco Park in memory of their unjust execution. The Paco Park as a whole is enjoyed by the public and is a must-see not only for history buffs, but also those who want to look at the architecture or simply enjoy a nice walk around. A visit to the San Fernando de Dilao Church can also be found here, known for its interior and a Baroque-styled altar, said to be similar to Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

Today, Paco appears to be just one of the many busy districts in Manila, yet it also has a lot of notable restaurants that the foodie would love. Check out Pho Hoa, The Old Spaghetti House, Tokyo Tokyo, Yvan Navy, and Le Delicieux Patisserie & Cafe. A good number of these places can be found in Robinsons Otis, making it convenient for the tourist who likes to shop. Plenty of hotels are also found within the area. The most notable hotel, the Oasis Paco Park Hotel, consistently gets good reviews and is known for its affordability, taking pride in its reputation as “Manila’s Best Value Hotel”.

Top Rated Restaurants in Paco Browse All

  1. My Kitchen by Chef Chris
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    131 Reviews View
  2. Pepper Lunch
    4.5 Stars
    Japanese
    24 Reviews View
  3. Jamba Juice
    4.5 Stars
    Juice
    61 Reviews View
  4. Café Breton
    4.5 Stars
    Café
    37 Reviews View
  5. La Cocina de Tita Moning
    4.5 Stars
    Spanish
    32 Reviews View
  6. Tim Ho Wan
    4.5 Stars
    Chinese
    19 Reviews View
  7. T.G.I. Friday's
    4.5 Stars
    American
    27 Reviews View
  8. Casa Roces
    4.0 Stars
    Fusion
    80 Reviews View
  9. Assad's Café
    4.5 Stars
    Indian
    14 Reviews View
  10. Hizon's Cakes & Pastries
    4.5 Stars
    Cake Shop
    23 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Paco Browse All

  1. Eurotel Pedro Gil
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  2. M Chereville Hotel
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  3. The Pearl Manila Hotel
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  4. Pearl Lane Hotel
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  5. Casa Bocobo Hotel
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  6. Oasis Park Hotel
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  7. Regency Grand Suites
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  8. Coco's Garden Guestroom
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  9. Manila Pavilion Hotel & Casino
    3.5 Stars
    Hotel
    6 Reviews View
  10. Leez Inn
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View

Top Rated Places in Paco Browse All

  1. My Kitchen by Chef Chris
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    131 Reviews View
  2. National Museum of the Philippines
    4.5 Stars
    Museum
    58 Reviews View
  3. Pepper Lunch
    4.5 Stars
    Japanese
    24 Reviews View
  4. Jamba Juice
    4.5 Stars
    Juice
    61 Reviews View
  5. Café Breton
    4.5 Stars
    Café
    37 Reviews View
  6. La Cocina de Tita Moning
    4.5 Stars
    Spanish
    32 Reviews View
  7. Tim Ho Wan
    4.5 Stars
    Chinese
    19 Reviews View
  8. T.G.I. Friday's
    4.5 Stars
    American
    27 Reviews View
  9. Casa Roces
    4.0 Stars
    Fusion
    80 Reviews View
  10. Assad's Café
    4.5 Stars
    Indian
    14 Reviews View

Popular Areas in Paco

  1. Robinsons Otis

    Robinsons Otis

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