From the Paradise Ranch and Zoocobia Fun Zoo, next on our itinerary was the more evocative Nayong Pilipino complex. Here we took a quick look at the “Philippines” laid out in one vast recreational area. Nayong Pilipino is a 45-acre amusement/theme park made up of replicas of landmarks and structures that depict Philippine culture and history. At the very least, TCAPS students get to have a more candid experience of all things Filipino outside the classroom walls. Some of the park’s notable features include National Hero Jose Rizal’s House, Emilio Aguinaldo’s Residence, the Apolinario Mabini House, Ifugao Village, the Barasoain Church, Lapu-Lapu Monument, a Historic Train, Spanish Colonial Plaza and some novelty shops.
A visit to Nayong Pilipino is like a trip into a warp zone wherein one can have a tour into the annals of Philippine history.
“Barasoain Church” – The seat of the First Philippine Republic
The incomplex, one-room designed Ifugao hut.
At the facade of an Ifugao hut.
Nayong Pilipino Rondalla Group. Another special treat to visitors is a presentation of Filipino’s time-worn music and dances.
“Sayaw sa Sombrero”
“Sambi sa Malong” — a Maranao dance that exhibits the “malong”, a simple tubular yet highly functional piece of cloth.
“Tinikling” - One of the most popular and well-known of the traditional Philippine dances.
“Kadang-kadang” – a peculiar dance using bamboo stilts with stepladder. Actually a traditional Filipino game played outdoor converted into a dance.
“Cariñosa” — a Philippine dance of Hispanic origin from the Maria Clara suite of Philippine folk dance.
Oh Creamline… enjoying some scoops! What better way to replenish after a day of explorations.
The Children’s Ark Preparatory School believes that taking students into a new environment not only gives them a learning experience but also provides the experience of traveling in a group and teaches them to be mindful of the more significant places and the stories behind them.