Monday, September 24, 2012

Clifford Park in Davao City

Clifford Park

This wide and spacious corner of Claro M. Recto Street (old Claveria Street) and Roxas Avenue, fronting, in this photo, Ateneo de Davao, and Marco Polo Hotel, from where this photo was taken, is called Clifford Park. It was named in honor of a United States Army commander who was killed in action during the liberation of Davao in World War II.  

The Park is one of the two parks that consist the Freedom Park in the city; the other one is called Millennium Park which is located in the center island along the stretch of Roxas Avenue across Ateneo de Davao University.

In the Philippines, local governments are mandated to designate a Freedom Park where people can exercise their freedom of speech and expression in a peaceful gathering, rallies or protests; a venue where they can ventilate and be heard of the various issues and concerns of the city that confront them. 

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