Nayong Pilipino in Pampanga Is a Theme Park of Philippine History, Culture, and Heritage
The greatest Philippine natural and man-made wonders come together in one village theme park in Pampanga.
With over 15 areas, museums, and activities to discover, Nayong Pilipino aims to educate children and tourists about the history that continues to shape the Filipino nation.
Nayong Pilipino is a government-initiated theme park featuring replicas of notable natural wonders and heritage houses in the country.
Nayong Pilipino directly translates to Philippine Village, and that is essentially what the park is about. A day at the park will take you to a unique experience to learn the culture, heritage, natural wonders, and history of the country.
Instead of human replicas, Nayong Pilipino is composed of imitations of both natural and man-made wonders that can be seen in the Philippines. These include smaller versions of the Rice Terraces in Banaue, Mt. Tabon in Palawan, the National Hero Jose Rizal’s house, and the Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan.
The Replica of Banaue Rice Terraces, one of the Wonders of the World located in Mountain Province of Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya.
The replica of 79-year old Barasoain Church in Malolos Bulacan, which used to be the seat of the Revolutionary Congress in 1898.
Aside from the infrastructures, there are also native villages within the Nayong Pilipino namely the Kalinga, Ifugao, and Aeta with natives who can explain and demonstrate their way of life.
The Kalinga Village represents the Kalinga indigenous culture located in Cordillera Administrative Region, Northern Luzon.
Nayong Pilipino also has the Aeta Village.
All the attractions and performances are made to be family-friendly, fun, as well as educational. This is not your usual theme park as it is a place to showcase the best of Philippine heritage.
Moreover, the Nayong Pilipino staff is composed of dancers and musicians who perform traditional Filipino social dances. Guests are also welcome to learn and join the dancers.
Dancers perform Tinikling, a Filipino folk dance that imitates the Buff-banded rail or tikling bird, walking over bamboo traps on rice fields.
There are daily cultural shows at the Amphitheatre, the Teatro, the Heroes Plaza, and around the Lagoon. Nayong Pilipino also has two museums that feature cultural artifacts.
The Museo ng Nayon (Museum of the Village) currently holds traditional Filipino fabrics, clothing, headdress, and weaving.
The entrance fee only costs Php 150 for Adult, Php 100 for Kids from 4 to 12 yrs old, and Php 120 for Senior Citizens. The rate is valid for a whole day pass with access to all shows and activities.
The park is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday to Sunday. It also accepts private non-commercial photoshoots for Php 2,000 for 4 hours.
Nayong Pilipino is a place for students and foreigners to learn about the Filipino culture.
As a government initiative, Nayong Pilipino has other projects around the country aiming to preserve cultural sites and parks. They are on a mission to tell the unique Filipino history and culture since their first park opened in Pasay City in 1972. Aside from touring, the park is also open for private functions and reservations.
Address: Nayong Pilipino, 2010 Centennial Road, Clark Field Mabalacat Pampanga
Contact number: 0910-722-8973/ 0967-672-6836
Accepts JCB Card: No
Business hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday; Closed on Monday
Rates: Php 150 Adult; Php 100 Kids (4-12 yrs old); Php 120 Senior
This also appears on Philippine Primer Japanese Magazine’s November 2018 issue.