Nayong Pilipino, Rizal Park , Manila-Philippines
I got an opportunity to re-visit the famed Orchidarium within Rizal Park in which the author was a volunteer tour guide , events coordinator several years ago. I visited the park twice after it re-opened in 2013 – They gave a FREE entrance promo and another one when we have a group of foreign tourists from Singapore , while they were on the country .
The place used to be operated under the Clean and Green Foundation which was a pet project of then former first lady Mrs. Amelita ” Ming” Ramos in late 1992 . The place used to be a vacant parking space allotted to the Department of Finance before it was the National Park Development Committee (NPDC) the one in charge of Rizal Park had taken jurisdiction of the place .
The place was developed by the foundation and opened to the public in late 1994 with several man made waterfalls, butterfly area, mini aviary , hanging bridge, fishing facilities , rock wall climbing , an art gallery and a fine dining outlet ( Lush Life) operated by Barbaras.
The Clean and Green Foundation had a partnership with several plant societies like Philippine Orchid Society , Philippine Horticultural Society , Fern and Nature Society of the Philippines members who donated the initial collection of plants and orchids.
They used to charge an entrance fees of Php 100 general public , Php 50 students and seniors at P60. Additional fees: rock wall climbing at P50 and fishing at P25.
This was a restaurant ( Lush Life) and an art gallery several years ago .
Ifugao house- This area used to be covered with hundreds of terete vandas, mokaras, kagawaras before it closed down .
man made waterfall , rock climbing and concrete bridge
For the children and young adults, there is the Rocky Trail, which has a facility for sport wall-climbing. They can also go fishing at the Mystic Lagoon where bamboo poles can be rented.
wedding set-up by Hizon Catering
The place is a favorite place for pre-nuptial , weddings, photographers , students and young artists.
hanging bridge – was built mid-2008 and is popular among school children
I have also donated several clumps of sanggumays and fairy sanggumays in mid- 2008 before the Orchidarium closed-down for several years due to management issues .
colorful painted jeepney greets the visitor
The management of the place was initially offered to different NGO groups and plant societies but because of financial constraints and lack of resources , It was turned over to Nayong Pilipino sometime in 2012 .
The Orchidarium name was changed to Nayong Pilipino is a cultural theme park . Asie from the usual attractions like man-made lagoon and different plants. There are interesting display of Philippine attractions like Ifugao hut , kalesas and roving exhibition.
The place can be rented out for weddings, debuts, garden events, pictorials, photo shoot and events.
Address: Orchidarium Rizal Park, Ermita Metro Manila, Ermita, Manila
Update : As of October 15, 2016 – Entrance Fees: Adults Php 40 and Students Php 30
Operating Hours: Mon – Sun, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Contact numbers: 405-0279 (telefax); 405-0377 , 525-0601, 405-0198, 405-0309 Email address: email@example.com
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