People's Park in the Sky
|People's Park in the Sky|
|Location||Mount Sungay in Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines|
|Status||Open to public|
The park was converted from an incomplete mansion, known as the Palace in the Sky. It was built during the Marcos era to host the visit of US President Ronald Reagan. Work stopped when Reagan canceled his visit. The incomplete scaffolding of the mansion remained intact. It has been described as a monument to Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos' "lifestyle built on greed, excess and arrogance" and has been seen as an example of the couple's "edifice complex."
The Shrine of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love and a doppler weather radar station maintained by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is also within the park.
Imelda Marcos decided to build a mansion on top of Mount Gonzales, which was at that time land owned by the government. The summit before was used by the Bureau of Air Transport as a radar station. Construction of the Palace in the Sky began in 1981. The construction of the mansion was a tedious one as roads were built for supplies to reach the top of the 2,500 ft Mount Gonzales. The mountain was leveled by bulldozers and farmers living on the mountainside were asked to relocate. Construction of the mansion was hastened when US President Ronald Reagan announced his intention to visit the Philippines in November 1983. It was reported that the Marcos administration planned to accommodate Reagan at the Palace in the Sky.
Post-People Power Revolution critics of the Marcos administration described the unfinished mansion as a symbol of the Marcos administration's excess. It has also been described as "one of the best monuments... to a lifestyle built on greed, excess and arrogance."
Shrine of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love
The Shrine of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love is located within the People's Park in the Sky. The shrine was installed on December 15, 1974 with the installation of the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the child Jesus by Hernan D. Reyes, aided by four high school students and two workers. During the construction of the Palace in the Sky in 1981, workers were unable to blast a huge rock containing the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary with several dynamite blasts. The rock was left intact, after the discovery of the image.
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