Another welcome break for teachers and students as we embarked on an educational trip last September to PARADISE RANCH, a refreshing nature and conservation park just inside the sub-zone of Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. While the field trip’s goal is essentially to learn and experience, it also served as a fun bonding activity for everyone. The formative years is the best time to garner as much memories of school educational tours as one could.
PARADISE RANCH is a 30-hectare recreational farmstead founded by Erik D. Gomez in an effort to provide jobs for the folks in Sacobia Valley who were ravaged by the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. The acreage also seeks to promote environmental protection and preservation.
TCAPS availed of the Ranch’s day-visit-package featuring a guided tour to its major attractions such as Zoocobia, Walk-Thru Aviary, Toon Town, Farm Ville, Animal Feeding and a whole lot more plus an added visit to Nayong Pilipino, a historic and cultural amusement park also at the Freeport Zone.
Bus rides from the humdrum of the city are always a great escape. We had a grand and relaxing ride! Our special thanks to Sir Arnel of HUNNYPOT Tours and of course, our friendly tour guide Kuya Boy!
Touchdown Paradise Ranch
Teacher Liza (right) trying out the Aeta Tribesmen’s cultural dance steps
After a 30-minute Tribal Show, visitors are called upon to join some fun dance challenge. Here, our very own KC Mabiasen (Gr. 3) was named Ms. PARADISE RANCH after her winning dance steps imitating the “monkey-dance-movement” as performed by an Aeta entertainer.
KC Mabiasen – Ms. Paradise Ranch
Aeta Tribal Dance troupe blowing the lid off to the tune of SHAKIRA’s “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)”
TCAPS faculty with the tribal dancers
Teacher Carol with the lads and lassies at the quiet gardens of Paradise Ranch.
Toon Town, Paradise Ranch. Basically a garden with replicas of cartoon characters.
Ancient beasts at the Dino Park Kingdom
“Statue of Liberty”
Entrance of Zoocobia Fun Zoo
Zoocobia Fun Zoo
Slide for Life / Giant Slide
Garden Maze at Zoocobia Fun Zoo
Zoocobia is perched on the forested foothills of Paradise Ranch. Aside from viewing assorted types of animals, visitors are to have a different kind of educational and interactional experience with a near-at-hand viewing and at the same time animal-feeding intimacy. An unforgettable zoological acquaintance perfect for our young tourists.
Paradise Ranch’s Farm Ville is the real-life experience outside of that online computer game. Here, visitors not only get to feed the animals but also harvest some vegetables, fruits and crops.
Parents and children alike had fun feeding the largest and flightless bird with grains
Midget or pygmy horses. Or more commonly known as “miniature horses”
Alpacas. A domesticated species of South American camelid.
Binturong. Another name for Bear Cat. Commonly found in Sumatra, Java, Borneo,Palawan and other Southeast Asian land.
Mj and Oj having a grand time feeding Kalahari domestic goats (Capra Hircus). Commonly found in the moist mountains of Africa
Animal and Bone and Skin Museum
Paradise Ranch Walk-Thru Aviary.
The Brahminy Kite. Also known as the Red-backed Sea-eagle in Australia. A medium sized bird of prey.
Sleeping Grass Owl
The Philippine Eagle-Owl is a vulnerable species of bird belonging to the Strigidae Family. It feeds on rats and meat and commonly found in the forests of Catanduanes, Samar and Bohol.
Feeling the cold and scaly form of a giant boa.
Next stop on Outbound Tour — “Nayong Pilipino..”