I remember going to the original Nayong Pilipino located beside one of the runways of Ninoy Aquino International Airport a couple of times for field trips when I was in Grade School. This public park, whose name literally means “Philippine Village,” aims to showcase the various tourist spots in the Philippines, miniature style. It’s like getting a taste of the whole Philippines without actually traveling. Hmmm… come to think of it, that’s what we’re doing right now here in Vista Pinas with Google Maps! Cool!
The 46-hectare theme park is composed of six areas, which represent the Tagalog, Bicol, Visayas, Cordillera, Ilocos, and the Mindanao-Sulu regions. The centerpiece attractions of each region are miniature versions of the Aguinaldo Shrine, Mayon Volcano with the Cagsawa Ruins, Magellan’s Cross, Banaue Rice Terraces, a Spanish Vigan house, and Maranao-Samal-Tausug houses respectively.
If you’re a bit up to date, you should know that the park’s administration had abandoned this park and has relocated to the Centennial Expo in Clark, Pampanga. You can read all about it from our sister blog, the Pinoy.Travel.Blog. I’m not sure what will happen to the Pasay City property, but I hear conflicting plans of using the land to expand NAIA’s runways and taxiways, or to convert it to something else.
I’ve also heard of a plan to move the park to the reclaimed area near the SM Mall of Asia, but this is apparently a plan of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), the government agency that runs the various Casino Filipinos, into the “Bagong Nayong Pilipino” (New Philippine Village), a Las Vegas- or Macau-like gaming and entertainment center. (See these Google search results to learn more.)
Anyway, you might want to see this YouTube video to see how the park looked like back in 2001.