Saturday, January 19, 2008

Nayong Pilipino at Clark

Nayong Pilipino in Clarkfield, Pampanga has now opened its doors to tourists and travelers for free. It is located at the former Clark Expo Pilipino comprising 3.5 hectares of colonial plaza and ancient island showcasing the country’s cultural and age-old traditions, heritage and lifestyles. The outdoor museum features tribal villages of Ifugao, Kalinga and Muslim communities as well as various landmarks and crafts of Luzon.

Among the structures located in the park is a replica of Barasoain Church and ancestral houses of Jose Rizal, Emilio Aguinaldo and Apolinario Mabini.

Here are some photos I have taken at Nayong Pilipino:



Replica of Barasoain Church



Kalinga Village



Replica Rice Terraces



Ifugao Village



Old Rotund Outdoor Amphitheater



Replica of Agunaldo's Ancestral Home



Grade Schoolers' Drawings



The Nayong Pilipino is now open to the public for free. It is a good place for children because they could have a taste of different cultures like that of Ifugao and Kalinga. Kids can mingle with the natives there and watch them weave or curve native products. They can even go and climb replicas of native huts.

At the moment, they only have one native restaurant serving native foods like Kilayin, Relyeno and Daing served in native plates. The park however has several cottages and tables for rent so visitors can bring their meals and have picnic at the park.

The place also conducts liturgical services as well as hold venues for conventions and seminars. For further inquiries, pls contact Nayong Pilipino sa Clark at (045) 599-7568 or 0916-733-6520 or e-mail at nayon_saclark@yahoo.com.

21 comments:

  1. Thanks for the info. I chastise myself for not even visiting Nayong Pilipino in Manila. Now they have one in Clark. It's really time that I go and visit :)

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  2. I've never visited Clark before. Only landed there and headed off to Manila straightaway. I did pass the housing areas and it was really peaceful; me thinks.

    :D

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  3. Looked like a nice place to visit. Thanks for sharing the info.

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  4. We had a field trip there way abck in elementary days.I dropped my chicken onto the lake!hahaha!

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  5. @ alex - i really like the drawings. gradeschoolers were asked to draw based on what they saw in the park. the results were really amazing.

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  6. @ bw - my dad was an ofw and i remember that we used to go to nayong pilipino in manila whenever we go to the airport. i was just in elementary school then but the place gave me some lasting memories.

    try visiting the place and the real ones if u have the time.

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  7. @ kyels - clark is a nice place. it was developed by the americans and now maintained by filipinos. its famous for duty freeshops and parks.

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  8. @ alicesg - thank you and i hope your enjoying the beautiful islands of my philippines.

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  9. @ anino - you must be referring to the one in manila. i have been there few times before and i think its close now because of the NAIA's expansion (not sure though). the one in clark is smaller and features landmarks of luzon at the moment.

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  10. Glad they make it freely accessible to the economically challenged kababayans. Who bankrolled this project and who picks up the bill for the daily maintenance costs? Just curious.

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  11. Been there. Maganda naman sya kaya lang kokonti pa makikita and it took us less than an hour to tour the place.

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  12. Thanks for the travel tip. Makes me long for the Philippines again.

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  13. Lagi kami sa Clark, pero hindi ko alam na merong Nayong Pilipino doon.

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  14. so dyan pala clark sya nalipat...puntahan ko yan oneof these days...plan ako pampanga road trip :P

    btw, please update your links to my blog to my new domain: Backpacking Philippines

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  15. @ bertn - i never asked but for what i have gathered, it is under the supervision of Clark Development Corporation and the Department of Tourism.

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  16. @ yeh - that's right but marami pa sila dinedevelop in the future.

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  17. @ thelastnoel - there is truly nothing like old pinas. hope u come back soon and enjoy home.

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  18. @ abad - kailan ko lang din nalaman eh. nakita ko lang sign nya ng mag shopping kami sa parksons duty free shop.

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  19. @ philippine dragonfly - y not go there in february. sa feb 10 may baloon festival pa doon.

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  20. nasa clark na pala ang nayong pilipino. naalala ko nung nasa pasay pa yan malapit sa airport, ilang beses din nag field trip ang school namin jan =)

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