Pampanga: Nayong Pilipino Part 1 – Colonial Plaza

The Nayong Pilipino in Clark, Pampanga is a theme park which showcases Philippine’s culture, history and popular attractions. We’ll find replicas of huts, utensils and weapons that Filipinos were using before the Spanish occupation. We’ll also see miniature versions of historical buildings and nature wonders which exhibits our country’s beauty. There are cultural shows as well which features folk-dances.

Nayong Pilipino Logo

Nayong Pilipino Clark Expo in Clark Pampanga

Nayong Pilipino used to be located in Pasay City, Metro Manila. The site had to be closed because it needs to be used as an extension of the airport. I never got the chance to visit it when I was a kid but I saw an old picture of it taken by my mom. The picture shows a miniature Mayon volcano. I spent more than two hours searching for that picture in our old photo chest so I can scan and upload it — but no luck.

Nayong Pilipino Map

Nayong Pilipino Theme Park Map

This theme park is divided to two sections, the Colonial Plaza and the Pre-Colonial Plaza. This post will cover the Colonial Plaza only but there’s another post that will cover the Pre-Colonial Plaza. Its entrance fee is P50.00 for adult, P30.00 for children and parking fee is P20.00.

 

Spanish-Inspired Colonial Plaza

 

This theme park has several structures depicting the Spanish classic era. The Spanish occupation which lasted for 300 years left many traces of their culture and arts in the Philippines. These are clearly displayed in old building/houses styles, traditions, attires, beliefs etc. A short walk in this plaza lets you escape the modern world and enjoy a journey back in time.

Spanish inspired colonial plaza

Spanish Themed Plaza

Spanish Plaza Souvenir Shop

Spanish Themed Plaza Souvenir Shop

 

Barasoain Church

 

The real Barasoain Church which was built in 1630 is located in Malolos City, Bulacan. It got its name from a place in Spain called Barasoain which missionaries said to look very similar to where the church was built. During the Philippine Revolution, this church housed the Filipino revolutionaries who called the church “baras ng suwail” which means “dungeon of the defiant”. Several important events related to the establishment of the new government took place in this church.

Barasoain Church

Barasoain Church Replica

 

Dr. Jose Rizal House

 

Dr. Jose Rizal’s house is an ancestral house of the Philippine’s national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. Dr. Jose Rizal is known for his nationalistic writings which inspired the Philippine revolution. He proved that the pen is mightier than the sword (or guns) and was a proponent of a non-violent revolution. He was sentenced to death by the Spanish government and was executed in December 30, 1896.

Rizal Shrine and Aguinaldo Shrine in Clark Pampanga Philppines

Dr. Jose Rizal House and Aguinaldo Shrine (behind)

 

Aguinaldo Shrine

 

The Aguinaldo Shrine is a historical mansion where the Philippine independence was declared in June 12, 1898. This is an ancestral house of the revolutionary Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo who is the first and youngest (29 years old) Philippine president. The real shrine is located in Kawit, Cavite.

 

Chinese Bridge

 

Based on the Nayong Pilipino map, this bridge is a Chinese Bridge. What is it doing in a Spanish themed park? May seem odd at first but the Philippines has the oldest Chinatown in the world. Binondo’s Chinatown was established in 1594 which is just 71 years after Magellan’s landing in the Philippines.

Chinese Bridge Replica in Clark Pampanga Philippines

Chinese Bridge

Binondo was already a hub of Chinese commerce in the Philippines even before the Spanish came. This makes it the perfect bridge to connect the pre-colonial section and colonial section of this theme park. Perhaps it’s also there to recognize the important role of the Chinese community before and during the Spanish occupation.

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12 Responses to Pampanga: Nayong Pilipino Part 1 – Colonial Plaza

  1. Justin T. says:

    We were just there a few days ago. They really should do more improvements to this park so one day it would be a great tourist destination. We missed the Dr. Rizal’s house in the park. We’ve been to his house though in Calamba, Laguna. Well, Nayong Pilipino management should make their signs bigger so you know what you’re looking at. If Americans made this park it would have big signs that would be hard to miss. When we went there, there is not much to see inside those buildings they created to duplicate the real places that are scattered all over the Philippines. A few artifacts displayed in those buildings would make the park a more interesting and informative place instead of having just a shell of a building. There were also several sections of the park that were closed off to the public when we got there. They really should complete the park so all areas are accessible to all and also to wheelchair-bound people. Those narrow broken up blocks of concrete do not make it easy for people on wheelchair to go on them. *Sigh*

    I like the trivia that you posted about us having the oldest Chinatown in the world. I didn’t know that. Here is my blog about our trip to Nayong Pilipino:
    http://phinoyesque.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/nayong-pilipino-clark-freeport-zone/

    By the way, did you go to the Dinosaurs Island which is not too far from Nayong Pilipino? I blogged about that too.

    • Hi Justin,

      I agree 100% about the improvements. A lot of things can be added to this park which showcases our country’s beauty and uniqueness. The old Nayong Pilipino used to have a miniature Mayon Volcano. Maybe they can add things like miniature chocolate hills, hundred islands, intramuros, etc.

      Our visit here was way back in 2011 and the dinosaur island opened on August 2012. Maybe we’ll check it out in our next visit to Clark.

  2. Justin T. says:

    I didn’t notice that you have a two-parter on your trip to Nayong Pilipino. Way to go! Yours is a very thorough (read: informative) blog! So I mentioned your blog in my blog of our trip there.
    http://phinoyesque.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/nayong-pilipino-clark-freeport-zone/

    Keep on blogging!

    • Thanks for linking my blog Justin. It’s nice to know that you found my blog post very informative and thorough. I’ll make sure to be more detailed in my upcoming posts.

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  4. Heather says:

    I personally think this particular blog post , “Nayong
    Pilipino, Clark Pampanga – Colonial Plaza”, truly interesting plus the blog post was
    a terrific read. Thanks-Winston

  5. abegail says:

    pwede po ba pa lagyan ng pic na wlang tao assngment lng po nmn

  6. Maxinne says:

    I have a question
    3 Antique / Folk Art made by Philippine Ethnic Group?

  7. Michelle Anigan says:

    Hi, just want to ask how to get there in NAYON PILIPINO CLARK, My friend and I planning to go there soon. Hope you will able to help me. Thanks!

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