Here’s my recount of the Parkfest PH 2016 that happened around May 28-29, 2016.
Parkfest PH 2016
Last May 28-29, 2016, it was when Parkfest PH happened. It was somehow an event to recognize our local and very much talented artists. They were there to share their talents with us through their art installations located almost in every inch of Nayong Pilipino.
My previous posts consists of snippets and photos that showed the good vibes that were radiating all over the place.
People of all ages and of different cultures were there to embrace and share the love and passion for the arts. Kids were there, doodling and scribbling and exploring the park. Parents were together with their kids appreciating the installations placed in the park and even joined in the scavenger art or race being held for two (2) days.
The entrance or the gateway to the park is filled with Kuya Ipe’s works. The signage paintings all over are all his. The big sign of Nayong Pilipino is no longer a tarp because of Kuya Ipe! He did it will all of his talent and without any guidelines, just freehand!
Also, there was a booth dedication for Kuya Ipe and Project Para Boss wherein it is a movement that aims to revive jeepney typography. It’s a local art that has slowly being ignored due to the digital age and modernization.
Yet, to my amazement, I had the chance to have my own signage so I paid Php 90 for one signage on an orange plate that contained a single word. However, I was not able to claim it and is still not in my hands but surely, if someone found it, it could enlighten him/her about jeepney typography.
The gate fee varied if you were going only for a day or two. Sam went for only a day and I purchased the two days since I know deep down, I’ll be back on its second day. They will give you tickets that would represent the amount you paid.
If you purchased a ticket valid for two days, they will give two tickets one valued at Php 30 and the other at Php 20 and the lady will sign it signifying its validity up to May 29. The guard will check it on the second day to avoid fraud. 😃
Day 1: May 28, 2016
So many things mesmerised our eyes, from installations to murals and to food and stores. This is where the pond where so many fish live. They would come near you whenever you give them food. I wanted to try feed them but Stephen had no interest to that.
This was the fifth station for the scavenger hunt slash amazing Parkfest race. On the second day, it’s my turn to be the station ranger or manager there. It was just simply mesmerizing and to be exact, the colors are just like our flag!
It’s so amazing to learn that they are from Bicol, just like me! This just amazes me that I get to share that oragon feel with them.
The artwork can be a puzzle to the eyes of the beholder. When you pass by it, you’ll know what I mean.
Clue: You see those when you eat along the street.
You will see this when you pass by the opposite side of the gazebo, near the nipa hut. The bamboos are painted with lyrics from OPM songs and hits from our artists.
When you pass by the chimes, try recognizing the song and the artist who sang it.
There was a chalk doodle time however, those got erased when it rained. Lucky for me, I was able to immortalize this butterfly.
These are some of the views you see near the hanging bridge and the fountain that looks like a historical site.
This is a random shot of the welcome board or canvas and I unintentionally capture a couple trying to capture a photo.
The butterflies are, of Iori Espiritu, ceramic. I didn’t realize that they were ceramic up until I came close to one and actually felt it. I also made a wish for the Philippines through the ribbon that were present.
But moving to another location, near the orchidarium!
Inside the tent, there were stalls that sold:
- artworks (e.g. postcards, stickers, prints, etc.)
- oblique pen holders
There was even sorbetes or dirty ice cream.
Paper cranes were hanging all over the tent and it reminded me of Common Room PH.
There were three Higantes representing the three major islands in the country. Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao were doodled and illustrated into the cloth. The Higantes looks like a mother, father and a child. So many talented artists shared their talents through the Higantes and some of the kids got scared (well, because of their size, basically).
And in truth, when we went in, we were not able to appreciate this magnificent installation but upon exit, my eyes were glued to it:
P.S. I brought cupcakes and brownies for the artists and my friends at the event. I just hope they got to taste it. But here’s proof that it’s yummy:
Day 2: May 29, 2016
From my previous posts (e.g. teasers and shares), I became an impromptu volunteer for the second day of Parkfest PH. It was the best decision ever for that day because I got to be assigned to a station where I would be assisting the ones participating in the race and also guiding them.
They dropped by and went around before going to Commune cafe for their workshop with Paolo Tugano and Kathryn Puyat.
Being near to the walkway leading to the playground, I was privileged enough to see these kids doodle and illustrate on the bricks:
The activities were not really exclusive for the youngsters, it was open for all ages. My heart was so happy when I saw families bonding during the Parkfest PH. I remember a certain family where they copied each other’s answers. I know that cheating is bad but it was just so cute. The look on their faces radiated good vibes!
This is the Project Para Boss. The sign with the “quasi-lawyer” is mine but I wasn’t able to claim it. 😢
Beside Kuya Ipe is Kate Quebrar, she’s part of KFK Collective. They were the ones who one in the Art BGC contest for murals. I won’t get tired of sharing that because I’m so proud of her and her team!
Back to being the volunteer for station five, I get to witness this:
After one or two takes, I told them that I could take their photos so they would be complete in their pictures.
On the other side of the park, there’s are bridge connecting to the gazebo wherein photographers held their exhibit. Yet, timing is essential for this photo:
Couples of different generations, I think.
In general, this was a fun event. Visiting Nayong Pilipino or just parks in general can be relaxing. Being with your families, friends or significant others or maybe just by yourself, would bring you relaxation. I’ve seen people going there by themselves and I feel that they were happy.
But, don’t forget to:
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ROBERT LEEJune 16, 2016 at 3:43 PM
Looks to me like a good place for a stroll on a cool afternoon? Nayong Pilipino, the last time I was there was live more than 3 decades ago! On a field trip. I seem to remember before, they have scaled down models of … the pyramid… others? Or am I talking about another place?
MariaJune 16, 2016 at 11:01 PM
I think the pyramid was part of the previous decors of the park? 🙂 Honestly, it’s my first time going there and it was just so serene. 🙂
Pia villamorJune 16, 2016 at 4:26 PM
I wanted to go to this!! I’m so bummed I missed out!. It’s really nice that they’re showcasing this place again. And i love how they’re tapping young local talents for events like these. Hope they have another soon…
MariaJune 16, 2016 at 11:02 PM
I really hope they do. You could still visit the park, the installations stayed behind and have been waiting for you. 🙂
Bettina BacaniJune 16, 2016 at 4:33 PM
I’ve been waiting for this post!! Yay! Grabe, it looks like there was really a lot happening and a lot of artists worked to turn it into what it was, tapos 30 lang entrance? It looked like a museum na open space! Really nice! Especially the jeep!!
MariaJune 16, 2016 at 11:03 PM
Thank you for patiently waiting, Bettina! 🙂 Yes, Php 30 entrance during the event but I think if you go there, it’ll be Php 50? Not sure though. Hope you could visit it and hope you enjoy! 🙂
BerlinJune 17, 2016 at 4:10 PM
I have such high respect to artists as one could see their dedication in their art work. Its just sad the entrance is so low considering the quality of their work.
Denice DiazJune 17, 2016 at 5:18 PM
I haven’t been there for a long long time. I think the last time I went there was when I was in grade school. Looks like a good afternoon activity for families. Will probably visit with E and Bunny.
Samantha Coronado (@followyouroad)June 17, 2016 at 9:44 PM
I’ve seen this on instagram and was very jealous! I’d love to see that black jeepney with my own eyes! BTW I also love your blog theme. Very neat and readable 🙂
Rowena Rose CondeJune 19, 2016 at 10:15 PM
This is cool! It’s been ages since I last step inside Nayong Pilipino. I love going to events like this. Sad I didn’t know that we have this in Nayong Pilipino
Xavier BJune 29, 2016 at 4:18 AM
You can see from the pictures that it’s so relaxing. I love this kind of place and this one looks so original. A mix between nature and art, it’s beautiful. I’d love to visit Parkfest once, I’ll keep the event’ in mind for when I’ll visit Philippines !