Visit to Nayong Pilipino -Clark

Nayong Pilipino -Clark  occupies about 5 hectares of the southeastern portion of the Clark Expo (formerly Expo Filipino) within Pampanga province. This site is between 1 hour and half to 1 and 1/2 hour drive north from Quezon City in Metro Manila. The distance is approximately 91 kilometer to 92 kilometers .

Maria Sinukuan statue

Our first visit at the old- Centennial expo site was on the later part of 1998- The area is larger but the landscape is still not mature at that time .  This was built as part of the Philippine National Centennial Exposition event . Site was intended as a showpiece during the commemoration of centennial anniversary of declaration of the Philippine Independence. Nearby features an amphitheater-type tent that can seat 35,000 people.

Malakas at si Maganda

Then, we revisited the site during the time of Ms. Charito Plans around 2007 . The last one was about 3 years ago , with a group of American tourists attending a conference . This is the fourth time to visit the site. The place also had interesting pocket gardens with Philippine popular characters based on myths , legends and folklore .

Barasoain church replica – This church was erected around 1998 funded by Agencia Cooperacion Espanola Internacional 

Barasoain Church was inaugurated during the visit of then King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain on February 13, 1998 , in commemoration of Philippine centennial of declaration of independence.

The theme park is divided into 15 different places .

Replica house of Dr. Jose P. Rizal in Calamba, Laguna and Gen. Emilio Aguinalo house 

Heroes Plaza – named after famous Philippine heroes and that plaza had several replica houses of Philippine heroes , Emilio Aguinaldo, Dr. Jose P. Rizal and Apolinario Mabini.

Obra Maestra of Mr. Rafael Maniago  ( theme Philippine kalesa painting) 

There is also a heroes gallery , stage area and administration office is located . There is an ongoing painting exhibit of Mr. Rafael Maniago at the second floor at the Administration office. The exhibited opened to the general public last December 7 and will run until the end of the Yuletide season.

Mr. Rafael Maniago was born in an impoverish Mexico , Pampanga. He is world reknown for his paintings

numismatic exhibition

There is also an ongoing numismatic and banknote exhibition at the Emilio Aguinaldo house – The exhibit showed the history timeline of Philippine coins, banknotes and pre-hispanic era. The collection is owned by a fellow stamp and coin collector Mr. Jorge H. Cuyugan

Kalinga Village 

Kalinga Village shows a typical village in Kalinga with several native huts , complete with rice terraces , stage area with wooden seats.

Orchidarium

The Nayong Pilipino Orchidarium had Philippine bred orchid hybrids named after Philippine presidents . There are also pocket gardens where one can appreciate native trees and plants.

Ifugao hut 

There are craftsmen and wood carvers from Ifugao which makes wonderful artistic wood crafts like statues , tissue holders, wooden mortal and pestle, chopping board and other items.

wood carvings

One can easily buy interesting wood carving from native tribes.

orchid hybrids mounted on drift woods

There are a couple of Philippine native orchid species like Dendrobium anosmum ( sanggumay ),  Cymbidium finlaysonianum , Vanda lamellata and Dendrobium crumenatum ( dove or pigeon orchid ) within the grounds .

Museo sa Nayon 

Museo sa Nayon houses different textiles made by different indigenous tribes of the country .

Salangi Restaurant 

Salangi Restaurant specializes on Kapampangan dishes like adobo , menudo among others . The restaurant had a second floor , ideal with rustic views of the place.

native cottage 

Those who wanted to experience a rustic bahay kubo with modern amenities , one can rent any of the bahay kubo within the Nayong Pilipino for a minimal fee – each bahay kubo had a capacity of between 4 to 6 people .

The place is also ideal for team building , debut , wedding and special event.

Cultural Shows

cultural performers

There are daily cultural performance held at the Nayong Pilipino – one is held around past 8:00am at the lagoon area and 11:15 am to 11:45am at the Centennial plaza fronting the Barasoain Church (except monday )

cultural performer inside the teatro

There is also a daily performance of rondalla , cultural shows at the Teatro every 2:00pm

A visit to Nayong Pilipino is worthwhile not only for balikbayans , tourists but for every Filipinos .

Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/NayongPilipinoOfficial/

Operational Hours : Tuesday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Contact Information :

(+63) 943-553-2414 , (+63) 906-117-9037 ,(+63) 927-287-0097 , (+63) 949-768-1893

Entrance Fees: 

General Public : Php 150 

Students and Senior Citizens :Php 120

Photography and Pre-Nuptial : Php 2,000 ( inclusive of 4 hours shoot with complimentary entrance for 5 PAX and use of holding area ) Php 300 per hour in excess – (Prices are subject to change without prior notice ) 

How to Commute 

Take any Bus to Baguio and Pangasinan with stop-over  at Dau, Mabalacat Pampanga. Victory Liner, Five Star, and Philtranco, on the other hand, have Manila-Dau route.

From Mabalacat Bus Terminal, walk towards McArthur Highway and wait for jeepneys to Main Gate Terminal. You can also take jeepneys to Angeles, get off at 1st street, and walk towards SM Clark. The Main gate terminal is just few meters before SM.

From the main gate, take route 1 jeepney and tell the driver to drop you off at Parkson Duty Free (Claro M Recto Highway cor. Centennial Road) then walk along Centennial Road to Clark Expo or Nayong Pilipino.

There are also occasional service shuttle from Clark Freeport Zone, Main Gate near SM City Clark- This was according to the staffs of the Nayong Pilipino .

Note : The author was invited by the new head of the Nayong Pilipino to visit the site , this is for some unsolicited advice and free consultation about the landscape, plants and orchids . I would like to thank Mr. JQ Quesada and Ms. Mich Aguilar -Ong , Sir Stephen from the Nayong Pilipino administration.

The author is not connected with the management of the theme park.

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3rd Anniversary of Fancy Chicken Show

Hardin ng mga Bulaklak, Quezon Memorial Circle – Quezon City

 

Philippine Bantam Fancier’s Association together with CALABARZON Bantam Association and Philippine Orchid Society presents to the general public the 3rd annual fancy and chicken show . It was quite hot and sunny afternoon when the all breed and bantam show was held .

ribbons , trophies and plaques

I arrived past 1:00pm and the judging for the all breed category is being conducted. It started a bit late as the bantam association waited the entries coming form different parts of CALABARZON areas.

members and judges

The 2-day event activities includes an all breed / open breed competition and Serama Breed competition . There were about 70 to 80 types of chicken that were entered in the first day of competition.

Mr. Pher Nunag and his chabo chicken breed

During the first day of competition held yesterday , I met Mr. Pher Nunag from Kabalen Bantam Society from San Fernando City , Pampanga.  He entered a couple of  Japanese bantam chicken or Chabo in the competition.

chabo chicken walking

He started taking care of bantam chicken breed in 2014, when he was attracted to some small breeds of chicken . Unlike the larger counterparts ,bantam chicken and chabo requires smaller space and less food. They are also adorable and cuddly . The chabo breed  has a large upright tail that often reaches over the bird’s head. The wings angle down, and to the back, along the sides.

 

I also met the association president Mr. Vilmo Silviderio and he is quite happy with the attendance and number of entries had increase several times.

small chicken breed

The Japanese bantam and similar breed are enjoying an increasing popularity mainly because it is an ideal bird for people who are fond of their lawns and gardens because they are not good diggers as their short legs stop them from damaging the ground.

I saw a small chicken breed that was part of the exhibit , i do not know if the small breed was entered in the competition or it was just intended for exhibition purposes.

 

 

 

 

Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Inc.Memorandum of Agreement with Pampanga State Agricultural College

Pampanga State Agricultural College, Magalang , Pampanga province -Philippines

Pampanga  State Agricultural College (PAC) occupies nearly 700 hectares of government agricultural lands in the town of Magalang, province of Pampanga. The campus is about 3.5 km east of the town proper of Magalang, and about 15 km due southwest is Angeles City and Clark Field Special Economic Zone. Farther southeast about 25 km lies the City of San Fernando, the capital of Pampanga.

PNPCSI  announcement of the 2nd International Symposium which appeared on March 24, 2013 ( Florum ) -official newsletter of the organization

 The college is strategically located in Central Luzon and with its proximity to Mount Arayat ( a key biodiversity area for endemic Philippine flora and fauna )  The Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Incorporated board and members decided to choose  this well-known institution to be the next venue of the 2nd International Symposium to be held from November 16 to 17, 2013 .

Dr. Antonio Manila -president of PNPCSI and Dr. Honorio M. Soriano, Jr of Pampanga Agricultural College signed the Memorandum of Agreement

This will enable students and faculties of the state university to actively participate in the symposium. Aside from the students and faculties  ,  Organizers are expecting between 250 to 300 participants coming from various colleges and universities from across the country not to mention foreign delegates from ASEAN member countries and the rest of the world.

L-Ms. Jo Quimpo -Vice President of PNPCSI signed the MOA agreement

History:

Established more than a century ago (1885), this state agricultural institution stands among the other public and private academic institutions in the province and in Central Luzon. The College, with its focus on Instruction, R&D, Extension-Training and Production, envisions itself to be a center of excellence for development in agriculture, science and industrial technology, and comprehensive education and training for global competitiveness.

ceremonial handshake between the two organizations

The College is a state institution of higher learning, fully chartered in 1974, by virtue of Republic Act No. 4576,”An Act Converting the Pampanga National Agricultural School in Magalang, Pampanga into Pampanga Agricultural College (PAC)”, and complemented by Republic Act No. 8292 also known as the “Higher Education Modernization Act of 1997”.

As the “agricultural” word attached in its name, it is mandated to offer agriculture and agriculture related curricular programs, not withstanding the offering of allied fields. PAC operates a single campus, which lies at the western slope of majestic Mount Arayat in the Municipality of Magalang, Pampanga some 15 kilometers east of Angeles City.

It started as an agricultural experiment station known as “Estacion Pecuaria” in 1885 and was later renamed “La Granja Modelo de Magalang“. Then it became Magalang Farm School, but was closed in 1898 due to revolution.

It resumed operations in 1918 with Hon. Frank T. Ebbsen as the first American principal through the efforts of Governor Honorio Ventura and Assemblyman Andres Luciano, together with American teacher Kilmer Moe. In 1921, the school began to offer curricula in both the intermediate and high school levels.

Likewise, PAC continuously undertakes agricultural research, production and extension-training activities aimed at enhancing the quality of higher education and countryside development. Equally vital is the promotion of excellence in education and its products for improved agricultural and rural development in Pampanga as well as for the entire region.

Principally established as an agricultural school, PAC became a state college in September 1974, and 30 years later, the College offers a total of 13 undergraduate courses (both allied and non-allied courses), 2-year computer courses, a two-year course in agricultural technology, maintains a laboratory high school, an agricultural science high school, and operates a graduate school for three masteral and three doctoral degrees.

PAMPANGA AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE
Magalang, Pampanga, Philippines
Tel No# (63)45-8660800

Website: http://www.pac.edu.ph/

Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Incorporated email : pnpcsiflorum@yahoo.com.ph

Top 5 reason to visit the 57th Manila International FAME 2013

SMX Convention Center, Pasay City , Metro Manila – Philippines

Department of Trade and Industry , Center of International Trade Expositions and Missions   ( CITEM ) together with  various government agencies and private sectors  stage the 57th Manila International FAME ( Furnishings and Apparel Manufacturers’ Exchange) at the SMX Convention Center , Pasay City , Metro Manila.

“Takesu Hanging Lamp” Katha – Eco-Design award designed by Mr. Wataru Sakuma- Manila International FAME 2013 awardee

Wataru Sakuma is a Philippine based Japanese designer with a strong background in the fine arts. He received a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in painting at Memphis college of Art in the United States. In 2004, Wataru joined Masa Ecological Development, Inc., a company produces handmade paper products utilizing various local agricultural waste materials.

Having garnered Katha Awards for his paper product designs in 2005, 2006 and 2009, he was invited to be one of the design consultants for MANILA FAME International in 2010. On October 2010 Wataru launched Kalikasan Crafts’ “ICARUS” lamp which awarded him another Katha award.

Website: http://www.watarusakuma.com/

Armina Arnaz collection

This bi-annual event is highly anticipated by  the local and international buyers and trade experts. Manila FAME 2013 is a trade show event presenting world class  Philippine craftsmanship in furniture, furnishings, decor, toys , gardening items and  fashion. It has become the world’s favorite sourcing hub for unique, outstanding design.

1.) Educational : Some schools and universities would require their students to visit the show . It is like going to field trip with on the spot lectures from different government agencies , NCCA,  DTI and on the spot demonstration on how to make fashion accessories, arts and craft  by some of the exhibitors. There are also organized tours to different art galleries, museums and historical sites organized by CITEM and DOT which they called ” Design Tours” which emphasized Culture and Architectural Landmarks, Manila Galleries and Art Houses and also CITEM -Hall 1 for exports  . The tour is for  buyers , visitors and students . For those interested contact dwpsecretariat@gmail.com

Flor- Sans Handicraft

Contact Person : Mr. Florentino M. Velasco- President

Address: Manila East Road, Paete , Laguna,Philippines

TEL : (6349) 557-2778
FAX : (6349) 557-0892
EMAIL: florsan@florsan.net
WEBSITE : http://www.florsan.net

2.) World Class Fashion Designs: this premier design and lifestyle event has attracted a stream of both local and international clientele.

Mr. Kenneth Cobonpue’s artistic woven in knots made from foam tubings .

Mr. Kenneth Cobonpue was  born, raised and based in Cebu. Among Cobonpue’s multitude of awards are Design Excellence Award and Design for Asia Award in 2005, Good Design Award ASEAN Design Collection for 2003 and 2004, Perlas Award for Outstanding Cebuano for 2004, Craftsmanship Award at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in 2001, among others.  Some of his Hollywood clientele are Ms. Lucy Liu ,  couple Mr.  Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and local celebrities like Ms. Kris Aquino .    This is my second time meeting  , the last one was during last year’s Manila International FAME 2012.  However due to to the large crowd that visited his booth during the opening date, i was only able to take some pictures of his exhibit which is restricted .

Website : http://www.kennethcobonpue.com/

Mr. JC Buendia collection

Mr. JC Buendia is a fashion design for about 26 years . Some of his  creations  are worn by Philippine celebrities, politicians and well to do family like Ms. Kris Aquino ,Mr. Franco Laurel , Ms. Maricel Soriano,  former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco -Aquino III among others.

Mr. Jun Rodino Artajo collection

Mr. Jun Rodino Artajo is based from Davao , a  fashion blogger  and an  active LOOKBOOK.nu user and photography is one of his passion  .  He is a fashion design instructor at the Philippine Women’s College of Davao.

His creation called Dreamweaver was selected as one of the top 50 (out of 2,500 entries ! ) to strut the ramp of Meguro Gajoen Hotel for the 49th Japan Fashion Design Contest last October 2011. Because of this achievements, he even became more popular outside the country .

handmade dolls

3.) Toys : World class toys are being exhibited and sold at the show. If you want to see and buy quality export item toys , This is the proper venue to buy these items. they are meticulously  crafted and designed. The only downside is that most of the exhibitors would seldom sell few items to walk-in buyers .  They cater bulk orders.

 

Parañaque Livelihood Resource Management Office (PLRMO)

These handcraft items and dolls were made by the people from Parañaque . The dolls are highly sought after by balikbayan and foreigners . The center handles the Tatak Parañaque , Gawang Parañaque   entrepreneurship program, offering livelihood training and capital for locals who wanted to start their local business featuring their culture.

Address: Simplicio Cruz Compound, San Isidro, Parañaque City, Metro Manila

Contact number: (+0632) 820-6527 to 28, 820-6877

Website : http://www.paranaque.gov.ph

Wood Classics Enterprise booth

Green Craft for Creative Environment Exhibit

4.) Native Handicrafts : This world class event would feature outstanding Philippine handicrafts like baskets, bags,eco-friendly items like items made from recycled items , discarded wood, plastics, paper , organic items and  accessories to the rest of the world. high quality fashion accessories like mother of pearls, puka shells , beads , carabao horns and bones are just some of the items that one can see and buy during the duration of the event.

Virgina bag designed  by Ms. Ann Ong ” Best Product Design “

Company : Imperial Nova Corporation

Address: Rm. 205 P & J Bldg., Pasig Blvd cor. E, Rodriguez Jr. Ave. Bagong Ilog,  4, Philippines

CEO: Mr. Jason Ong

Telephone Number : (632) 672-1839
FAX : (632) 672-1839
EMAIL: jasonong04@yahoo.com

5.) Katha Awards:  This is Philippine version of Design Award  .  This award  is highly anticipated by every exhibitors and trade show visitors . The panel of judges and their rigid scoring  make sure that only the BEST and Most artistically done pieces of items are awarded.

MCCA – Best Booth Display 

MCCA Industrial Corporation won the prestigious Katha ” Best Booth Display ”  Their booth  illustrates the most effective visual merchandising display during the event.

Company Name: MCCA Industrial Corporation

Location: Manibaug, Libutad, , Porac, Pampanga

President : Mr. Miguel Carlos C. Aguas

Telephone Numbers: (6345)961-3917/19

Fax: (6345)961-3917/19/963-4383

Type of Business: Toys, Souvenirs, Gifts, Jewelry and Decors

Organizer :Manila International FAME 2013

Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions
Golden Shell Pavilion, Roxas Boulevard cor.
Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Pasay City, 1300 Philippines
T_(632) 831-2201 to 09
F_ (632) 832-3965 / 834-0177
E_ info@citem.com.ph

Note: There is an entrance fee set by CITEM to the visiting public and Pre-registration to the event is highly encourage. There are photography restrictions in most exhibit areas due to copyright and intellectual property rights by the designers and companies . There is also dress code for those people who wish to come ( so dress appropriately semi-formal to business attire) . The author being a part-time contributor to a lifestyle magazine had to pre-register ) My heartfelt Thanks,  to all the exhibitors who accommodated me! 

Links:

Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions

:www.citem.com.ph/

Manila FAME: http://www.manilafame.com/

Subic- Triboa Mangrove Park

Triboa Bay Mangrove Park  is a two hectares  mangrove re-forestation project area that features different attractions that a lot of tourists in the area enjoy.

This destination is easy to find so even those who are new to the   place will not experience difficulties situating it. The park  is now managed by the same group who maintains the Subic Treetop Adventures.

Upon arriving at the park , the group was initially met by the tour guides and quickly brief the group on the history and importance of the place . There are signage which tell the importance of these mangrove areas.

The mangrove areas is also a perfect habitat for fingerlings , mud crabs, mud skippers and we even saw butete or puffer fish .

Mr. Jun Bagat our guide at the Triboa Mangrove Park

We were greeted by Mr. Jun Bagat – an aeta guide  . He also told our group that there are two aeta group classification  from the Zambales region which is divided into  Amianan group which is from the northern part of Zambales and Ambala group which comes the southern area and may even extent to the Tarlac and Pampanga  .

Ficus nota in fruits

He also told the importance of the Ficus nota which they could extract water . The local name of the tree is Tibig / Tebey as pronounced in their local Zambales aeta dialect .

Mangrove tree saplings and a scenic nipa hut

The forest Ecosystem meets the marine ecosystem at this point. The mangroves of Triboa also contains tannin compounds that can be extracted from the barks. Tannin is a soluble substances used in tanning hides and skins that are used in manufacturing leather crafts.

The mangroves re-planting project was just started sometime in 2008 . In this part of the bay,  mangroves saplings  are still young and being revitalized.

gravel filled pathways are planted with bird of the paradise  hybrids

 There are already erected bamboo catwalks and decks for you to enjoy the interesting growth patterns of these high tide-low tide species.

pandanus sp.

Their aerial roots  grow submersed in brackish water, establishing weird root networks.   Mr. Bonifacio Pasion and our tour guide , said that the mangrove species is predominantly Bakawang babae /  female mangrove or Rhizophora macrunota.

Nipa fruticans

This is locally called Nipa , Sasa ,Pawid, Anipa . The nipa palm is considered one of the most important economic crops that strive in the wetlands or brackish water condition . The leaves of the palm is use for thatching nipa huts, leaflets are used for making hats , baskets, raincoats , wrappings for suman, the midribs of the leaves are used for making walis tingting (  stick brooms), the petioles are used for firewood while its  fruits/ flower  are process into wine or vinegar .

group picture

Situated at Ilanin Forest Area in Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Tourists who will be coming from Manila  and Pasay City can ride in buses bound to Zambales or the City of Olongapo to reach the place.

From these destinations, there are a lot of taxis and jeepneys that can transport them directly to the Subic sightseeing spot.

                              Barringtonia acutangula  with inflorescence

The Himbabalod or Putat tree  is known to have curative and folkloric value . The bark to this tree is used of poisoning or baiting the fish .

Barringtonia acutangula  flowers or Putad -Tagalog , Putat – Tagalog, Pampango and Bikol dialect

variegated or mutant ( Calophyllum inophyllum )

This mutant variety if locally known as Bitaog or Bitaoy known to be indigenous from East Africa, Southern coast of India, Malesia to Australasia . This tree is also called ball nut tree. Now widespread in tropical regions of the world. In some areas,  the tree is used for construction of small boats.

Meanwhile, for individuals who will travel in private vehicles should take the San Fernando exit along North Luzon Expressway. From the exit, they will pass thru several towns in the province of Pampanga and Bataan before they reach Subic Bay Freeport Zone Expressway. From the expressways exit, there are signs that instruct people on how to reach the mangrove park.

Contact: (047)- 252-42-42 /252-41-23 /252-40-32

Entrance Fees: Php 250.00 per head inclusive of guided tour  / group discount may be availed