Monday, August 23, 2010

Clark's Nayong Pilipino: JRCLS Philippines Chapter Anniversary Venue

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

We visited Nayong Pilipino Clark Expo as part of the closing activity for the Second Anniversary celebration of the J.Reuben Clark Law Society Philippines Chapter last August 21,2010.

"Nayong Pilipino Clark Expo" is a theme park which features the Philippines' diverse and unique culture and tourist spots in a miniature-version. It is the same concept as that of the defunct Nayong Pilipino near the Manila airports but only located in Clark, Pampanga inside the former US Air base converted into a freeport zone.

After some picture - taking at the gate,we proceeded to check first Emilio Aguinaldo's House just to see how the replica of his house compares with the "real Mc Coy",which Law Society members visited last year during the First Anniversary celebrations in Cavite.

Within the section of the Heritage Houses is the Pampanga house with furnishings depicting the way of life of the Kapangpangan or those living in the river bed (or pampang) as the origin of Pampanga province,the venue for the Law Society closing activity.

Our next stop was at the beautiful structure recreating the historic Barasoain Church (the original Barasoain church in Malolos, Bulacan, Philippines) where we learned that many historic events and revolutionary movements occurred at this place.

The central part of Nayong Pilipino is where you’ll find the Colonial Plaza area which depicts Spanish-styled promenade centers similar to the parks in the Vigan region with its gazebo structure.

On our way to the Kalinga Area section of the park, we passed by the Lagoon area which is the amusement area that features activities such as boating, fishing and playing bubble balloons.

The Kalinga Village (showcasing Kalinga, the landlocked province in the northernmost part of the Cordillera Region)allows us to take a peek into the mountainous, rugged terrain, dramatic river valleys, and wonderfully, lush-green forests and rich Kalingan way of life.

We then went to the Torogan House (can't find the picture!)which is the ancestral home of the Sultan or Datu, the village chief in Maranao, Southern Philippines and posed along the stairways like our "major, major" beauty queen,Maria Venus Raj who made it to the Top 5 and crowned as 4th Runner Up awhile ago because of her "major,major" answer to the Q and A.

Our last stop was the Ifugao Village (featuring typical Ifugao houses called "Ulog"), a depiction of the province in Northern Luzon. The world-famous Banaue Rice Terraces are the main tourist attraction in the province and replicated here.There was, however, a rice harvest recently, so the replica did not come close with the "real Mc coy".

Nayong Pilipino Clark Expo is open from Monday to Sunday, from 8:am until 6:00pm with P20.00 entrance fee for children and P30 for college students & adults and a parking fee of P20.00 and P50.00 for cars and coasters respectively.

1 comment:

  1. Need to add this on our list of where to go in Pampanga beside Sandbox, Poracay and etc.


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