Nayong Pilipino built from scratch during Marcos administration
Nayong Pilipino was built from scratch in 1969 under the Marcos regime through the patronage of former First Lady Imelda Marcos. It is on its fourth product cycle in almost 50 years. A 32-acre theme park which is about 10-minute drive from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), formerly known as Manila International Airport, that features scaled-down replicas of the country’s top tourist destinations such as Mayon Volcano, the Banaue Rice Terraces and the Chocolate Hills.
It also highlights Filipino creativity in arts and crafts. But after 32 years of operation, Asia’s first theme park was forced to close its doors in 2001 and was removed from its original site near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport I. In 2006 President Gloria M Arroyo gave Nayong Pilipino a new home in Clark as a major attraction of the Centennial Expo. In March 2012, the Aquino administration breathed new life into Nayong Pilipino with a new Memorandum of Agreement between Clark Development Corporation and the Nayong Piilpino Foundation.