Old Nayong Pilipino

Satellite image of the original Nayong Pilipino in Pasay City.

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.

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October 26, 2007
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  1. bambit wrote on April 7, 2008 @ 05:12PM

    The Nayong Pilipino is still open, and open for free to joggers and exercise enthusiasts. Of course the old glory is no more, nothing is left but the Vigan House and the Mayon Volcano, and part of the Banaue Rice terraces. The Visayas and Mindanao areas are gone. A part of the park has been turned into an airsoft wargames area, and the place will soon be torn down to make way for the expanding international airports.

    There is a new Nayong Pilipino to be built on the reclamation area on manila bay, but nothing can replace the 30 year-old trees and vegetation that will soon be bulldozed in the name of progress.

  2. Eugene wrote on April 10, 2008 @ 02:01AM

    @bambit, I think that new Nayong Pilipino you’re talking about is actually an entertainment complex. The real new Nayong Pilipino is in Clark, Pampanga.

  3. april wrote on November 8, 2008 @ 01:05AM

    yah its open of joggers etc but its not nayong pilipino anymore… how can you call it nayong pilipino when everything in it is gone… yes nayong pilipino is now in clarkfield,pampanga… but the replica of the mayon volcano and chocolate hills etc is gone… they only have replica of national heroes houses, different phil cultures, replica of intramuros etc… they also offer cottages for overnyt stay…

  4. bambit wrote on January 29, 2009 @ 01:28AM

    If you have a facebook account and care about the original Nayong Pilipino in Pasay, please visit the link i have above or this one:

    http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=120272480563

    it is a group i put up in facebook to remember what once was a cultural landmark for students and families.

    We should not let it die such a dishonorable death.

  5. you know me? wrote on November 20, 2009 @ 07:44AM

    kahit ano pa sbhin ng iba!wala parin tatalo sa old Nayong Pilipino!doon ako lumaki and i love dat place so much…
    Pero bkit meron mga taong hindi marunong magpahalaga?

  6. Juan dela Cruz wrote on May 16, 2011 @ 10:24PM

    it was destroyed by greedy politicians, period

  7. nica ronquillo wrote on December 11, 2017 @ 07:50AM

    NAyon Pilipino.

    lugar kung saan ako lumaki,pundasyon ng mga pinangarap namin magkakababata. tanawin na humubog, kaalaman na, nabuo mula sa mga ibat ibang kasaysayan. ilan na nga ba ang umupo at naging administrasyon dito? ilang proyekto na rin ang nag bunga gamit ang mga makasaysayan lugar, santa cruzan ng mga bigating artista noon na,nakasama ko pa mula ave maria. chocolait hills,mayon, banaue rice terraces, na di mo pwedeng gawan ng kahit anung replika.

    NAyon pilipino ,isang Alaala na saming kabataan at ibang empleyado na di kailanman makakalimutan. lugar kung saan ang buong pilipinas,at mga istorya ng kapanahunan,prutas, bulaklak,palaisdaan at kapaskuhan na sobrang pinilahan noon sa gate 2. Sa Nayon Pilipino ko nasilayan.

    kaya naman,nag hangad ako na mag reunion sa dec 16, 2017 kita kits mga taga nayon at ka rancho, sama sama natin balikan ang makasaysayan nung tayo ay mga bata pa,salamat din sa kanta ng kanlungan at lalong naging maganda ang alaala ng Nayon Pilipino.

    Reunion
    Topical Village,Gen Trias.Cavite

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