1100 Diliman, Quezon City
+63 (02)924-6031 to 35
09 May 2010
When I set up this little photo walk with friends who are also into photography, I chose to take pictures at this park because a few days before, I got to see pictures posted by another photo buddy. I figured, it's been years since I last visited this park, so might as well re-visit the place.
The Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center traces its roots back in 1954 as part of the Quezon Memorial Park. Several changes have been made and was re-opened in 1983 as Lungsod ng Kabataan Recreational Park. In 1986, the park was re-named as Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in honor of the late senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino. It covers about 22.7 hectares, and is a great place for families and friends to visit, as entrance fee is only p10 per person.
Entering the park, guests can already see big cages for the birds. Near the cages were plates giving the name (and scientific name) for easy identification.
Further along the park, there was this building, which I thought at first was a headquarters for the park's staff. Walking near, I realized it was a place for marine animals. I felt the fishies were actually quite lonely where they're at because the area looked abandoned and there was no proper lighting.
The park is also home to some land animals, and aside from the animals we already saw, the park also had a "Wildlife Rescue Center" where they keep animals - birds, land animals, and reptiles - that were rescued from poachers. Some animals were also turned over by people who wanted to preserve the life of these endangered species. The animals were kept here to be taken cared of before they are released to the wild.
* There were actually more animals in the park, I just chose three pictures per category.
Roaming around the park checking the animals, our feet and legs felt a little tired, so we walked further to the lagoon to rest. Actually, we didn't really sit down and rest as the lagoon looked pretty, we couldn't help but keep on taking pictures.
That day, being Mother's Day, there were a lot of groups and families picnicking. One of the good things about this park is that families not only get to enjoy the beauty of nature, they could also enjoy each other's company sharing stories and foods.
There were benches near the lagoon, and there were large open areas with grasses where people can just put a blanket, but there were also some huts for rent.
Seeing groups of people enjoying food made us feel a little hungry as it was already lunch time. Thinking we already have enough pictures from the place, we found a place to buy some refreshments and went on ahead to find a restaurant for us to eat lunch at. I wasn't able to see the peacock and I wasn't able to come near the cottages by the lagoon, but it was okay... I can certainly go back here anytime I want.
The Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Rescue Center is located near the Elliptical Road in Quezon City. They have two gates - one along Quezon Avenue and one along North Avenue.