|Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center|
Sit less... move more... explore!, my mantra this 2017. This is because I realized I'm not getting any younger that getting physically fit is a must. And one way of achieving it without getting bored is to go out and explore the city (am living in Quezon City) around me. One of the first place I explored is the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center.
Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC) is a 22 hectare zoological and botanical garden located in Diliman, Quezon City, very near Quezon City Memorial Circle (just across QCMC's North Avenue entrance). Aside from being a park, it serves as a temporary refuge for donated, abandoned, rescued and confiscated animals. Several government offices under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are located there, including the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB), an agency in-charge of the management, protection and conservation of protected areas and wildlife including those sheltered in NAPWC.
Anyway, if you're like me who wants to move more without spending more, Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center is one of the place to be. It's very near and it's cheap (only 8 Php entrance fee), a very good alternative than going to a gym. In NAPWC, you'll lose some extra pounds while exploring your very own city; you'll even learn something new that will raise your awareness of the environment.
|forest in the city|
Exercise: Walk/Jog around the Lagoon
As I mentioned earlier, NAPWC is a good place to do your walking and/or jogging. You can walk and jog here anytime of the day since the park is mostly shaded with trees. Walking around and exploring the park would take about three hours so imagine the calories you'll lose. I did it the first time I went there. The next time around, I did my walking/jogging just around the lagoon, circling around it at least two times.
|jogging/walking around this lagoon and taking photos, too :)|
Picnic/Play With Family/Friends
For QC dwellers, NAPWC is known as a picnic park. Many families go there especially those with young children. They play around, do some catching up (probably some gossiping, too... hehe), eat together and just sit and relax. Some even celebrates a family member's birthday. Cheap yet fun, right?
|a family celebrating a member's birthday|
|playing around with friends|
|pink-themed picnic :P|
|picnics pa more|
Walking around the park, I noticed several photo sessions here and there. I've also seen some groups shooting and directing some plays. Majority involves children dressed like a princess and/or using their (probably) favorite character's costume. I've also witnessed an on-going photography session with aspiring (I suppose, hehe) models. If you're a photography enthusiast, drop by NAPWC and be inspired by those photographers. You may even ask to join them, I just don't know if it's free.
|kid's in a photo session...|
|dressed like a little princess...|
|briefing before the photo session...|
|photographers in action...|
|heard the theme's about the sang'gres, you be the judge!|
|photographing the photographers ;)|
If you're on a budget but still would like to have that dreamed prenup photos and video to showcase on your wedding day, consider NAPWC as your photo shoot location. You and/or your photographer will surely find a nice spot to do it; you may even bring some props and kits to help with your theme. I've seen several couple doing it, just be creative.
Wildlife Rescue Center
As mentioned above, NAPWC is a refuge for donated, abandoned, rescued and confiscated animals. There is this particular section of the park dedicated for them, the Wildlife Rescue Center. It's a bit of a cramped area with cages all around that housed various animals - birds, snakes, wild cats, crocodiles and many others. Check them out and make your children be aware of those protected animals.
|Wildlife Rescue Center|
|caged chattering lory... aptly named,|
she (beautiful color so I assume a she's a 'she' hehe) never stopped chirping and chattering
not within the rescue center area but still caged
|caught him (I assume he's a 'he') munching on his food|
|Philippine Eagle: he (again, I assume he's a 'he') seems sad|
probably he wants to be free
|looking for a way to escape?!|
Haring Ibon: pambansang ibong ng Pilipinas
I wasn't able to enter the fishing village premise but I suppose you can rent the place for a special occasion. I saw it fully decorated with caterers/waiters waiting around to serve its guests. You may ask the park's administration, for a more accurate information about this one.
|The Fishing Village|
Gazebo and the Amphitheater
Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center is a photographer's haven. And the Gazebo is it's most photographed section, I suppose. A lot of people gathered there to do their selfies, some others (young and young once) in photo session with their photographers.
|where people do their selfies :P|
|the amphitheater: just don't know if it's for free|
saw teenagers practicing their dance steps here, though
|where selfies and photo sessions abound...|
|you can do some bamboo rafting in here, too|
The Aquatic House and the Serpentarium
In case you don't know, NAPWC also has this section for sharks and other marine life. It doesn't look well-maintained and with only a few fishes but if you want to introduce your children to marine life, then you may check out their aquatic house. It is located just beside the serpentarium.
|hammer head sharks and me ;)|
|the aquatic house...|
several snakes can be seen in here
If you and/or your family didn't bring some food, there are several food stalls and vendors inside NAPWC. Rice meals, noodles, dim sums, ice cream, chips and other junk foods - you'll find them there. For a rice meal, price ranges from 50 Php to 60 Php; noodles and other snacks are of course, cheaper. For a minimal amount, you'll never get hungry in this place.
|the food station, where I took my brunch :)|
|because me and my wallet's on a diet ;)|
Relaxing, Dating, Training, Meetings and a lot more
|relax with your daughter, on a hammock|
|Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center is a popular field trip destination|
even on a weekend, many buses arrived here transporting children for their field trip
|don't know who they are but it seems like they're here for a training|
|sleep under the canopy of trees|
|date with your special someone...|
fresh air, peaceful environment and most of all, free (almost!)
~ oo00oo ~
Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center
Diliman, Quezon City (near QC Circle)
Entrance Fee: 8 Php - adults; 5 Php - student/children
Parking Fee: 25 Php - bus; 15 Php - cars; 8 Php - tricycle/motorcycle
Operating Hours: Tuesday - Sunday; 7:00AM - 5:00PM