Cultural parks offer a tour like no other.
Instead of an assortment of amusing rides at dizzying heights, a tour at a cultural park offers a glimpse of the past. Going on a cultural tour is a fun way of learning interesting facts and seeing replicas of famous landmarks in the country. For those looking for a way to reconnect to the country’s rich, historic and colourful roots, Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPF) at Clark Field Pampanga is the perfect spot.
From pre-colonial Philippines to the Spanish colonization, to the scenic landmarks of the country, to the country’s indigenous people, NPF is the perfect place to bring family and friends.
Here are just some of the activities to do.
1. Check out the Indigenous Tribes
Found at NPF are three of the most dominant tribes in the country namely the Ifugao, Kalinga, and Aeta. Each village-replica is stationed by a representative from indigenous people showcasing unique and beautiful woodcraft and woven cloth. Tribal dances passed from generation to generation will also surely amaze parkgoers.
2. Test Knowledge on Historical Facts
The Philippines is one of the countries in South-East Asia that has the most colorful history.
Each chapter in history has it’s own hero whose life and works molded the identity of the Filipinos and charted the country’s path. This is the perfect place to re-visit inspiring times and get to know influential heroes like Dr. Jose Rizal and Apolinario Mabini once again.
3. See Dances from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao
There is beauty and elegance in the olden ways and one of the best experiences one can have in the park is to witness the cultural dances such as the Tinikling, Pandanggo Sa Ilaw, and the Pagapir traditional fan dance.
The Tinikling, the most popular and honored Philippine national dance shows performers imitating the movement of the Tikling birds as these walk between grass stems, run over tree branches, or dodge bamboo traps set by rice farmers.
Pandanggo sa Ilaw, a folk dance from Mindoro enthralls as performers manage to balance candles atop their heads during the whole performance. Pag-apir dance of the Maranao showcases the graceful manipulation of the Aper (apir) or fan, and simultaneously emphasizes the small steps, or "kini-kini", which symbolizes the good manners and prominent family background of the ladies performing them.
4. Check Philippine artifacts
NPF houses two museums definitely worth a visit. Visitors may check out the Money Museum featuring the oldest and latest currency, and the Textile Museum featuring the oldest textiles in the country. There is also a malong demo in the textile museum where a guide teaches ten among the hundred ways of wearing this traditional cloth.
Families may enjoy the greenery of the park and have a picnic on the grounds. Everyone is also welcome to hear mass at the Barasoain church held 10:00am every Sunday. NPF is also pet-friendly so furry friends may tag along. Pre-nuptial, debut, and other photoshoots are also accommodated.
The NPF is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm Tuesdays to Sundays.