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Lego Pilipinas Tara Na Exhibit

Brick by plastic brick, the whole archipelago of the Philippines was represented in all its Lego glory by Jig Manaloto and the Philippine Bricksters. They were inspired to create a local version of the LEGO Brickstructures that features famed landmarks all around the globe, but their finished product was even more mind-boggling, they Lego-fied the whole of the Philippines!

Lego Pilipinas Tara Na Exhibit Palawan
THE UNDERGROUND RIVER IN PUERTO PRINCESA

Delightful is the word as I checked the miniaturized version of our country. I was astounded by the creativity of the builders that made this possible—turning colorful plastic blocks into landmark designs that echo the Philippines’ heritage.

Lego Pilipinas Tara Na Exhibit BatanesLego Pilipinas Tara Na Exhibit Ilocos
THE LIGHTHOUSE IN BATANES AND THE PAOAY CHURCH IN ILOCOS

I started circling the Philippine Lego Land from the topmost part of the country. From the lighthouse of Batanes, I went down to the UNESCO World Heritage Church of Paoay, then into the nearby giants of Bangui Windmills, and finally, to the historic streets of Vigan City.

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INTRAMUROS AND RIZAL PARK IN MANILA

I traced the walls of Fort Santiago in Manila and arrived at Jose Rizal’s shrine in Luneta, dropping down on the Mall of Asia, before heading onwards.

Lego Pilipinas Tara Na Exhibit Boracay
POSH HOTELS IN BORACAY

Lego Pilipinas Tara Na Exhibit Palawan
CROCODILE FARM IN PUERTO PRINCESA

Lego Pilipinas Tara Na Exhibit El Nido
EL NIDO’S LUXURIOUS RESORTS

I then visited the island of Mindoro for some beach adventure, leapfrogging to the grand hotels of Boracay, the posh huts of El Nido and into Puerto Princesa for more fun in the sun. I then rode a boat into Palawan’s New Seven Wonders of the Natures finalist, the Underground River, and checked the action at the Crocodile Farm.

Lego Pilipinas Tara Na Exhibit CebuLego Pilipinas Tara Na Exhibit Bohol
MAGELLAN’S CROSS IN CEBU AND THE CHOCOLATE HILLS IN BOHOL

I visited Iloilo’s Museo Iloilo, attended the colorful Masskara Festival in Bacolod, and then it was time for Cebu and it’s iconic Magellan’s Cross. A few Lego bricks later and I was hopping across the Chocolate Hills of Bohol and into Mindanao.

Lego Pilipinas Tara Na Exhibit Zamboanga
VINTA BOATS IN ZAMBOANGA

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THE ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL IN ZAMBOANGA AND SINTANKAI HOUSES IN TAWI-TAWI

I sailed on colorful vintas and visited Zamboanga’s St. James Cathedral, then glided across Lake Sebu and hopped to Tawi-Tawi’s Sitankai Houses.

Lego Pilipinas Tara Na Exhibit Iligan
THE MAJESTIC MARIA CRISTINA FALLS IN ILIGAN CITY

Lego Pilipinas Tara Na Exhibit Kadayawan
EVEN FESTIVALS ARE REPRESENTED IN THE LEGO EXHIBIT

Sailing to Davao, I attended the Kadayawan Festival and tried to look for the Philippine Eagle. After lounging around the Pearl Farm and hiking to majestic Maria Cristina Falls, it was time to go back to Visayas.

Lego Pilipinas Tara Na Exhibit Leyte
GENERAL MACARTHUR’S LANDING SITE IN LEYTE

Lego Pilipinas Tara Na Exhibit Leyte
THE SAN JUANICO BRIDGE IN SAMAR AND LEYTE

Lego Pilipinas Tara Na Exhibit Albay
THE MAJESTIC CONE OF MAYON VOLCANO

First on the itinerary was MacArthur’s Landing Memorial in Leyte. I then crossed the longest bridge in the country, the San Juanico Bridge, and travelled all the way to majestic Mayon Volcano. I swam with Sorsogon’s massive butanding whale sharks before proceeding to Camsur’s Capitol.

Lego Pilipinas Tara Na Exhibit Ifugao
A CLOSE UP OF IFUGAO’S RICE TERRACES

Ferrying through the waters of the Philippine Sea, and I was back in Luzon, finishing my countrywide tour by climbing the stone stairs of the Banaue Rice Terraces.

Whew! What a ride eh? I was able to zip through the whole Philippines in less than half an hour!

Lego Pilipinas Tara Na Exhibit MOA
THE SPRAWLING EXHIBIT AT SM MALL OF ASIA

Sadly, I was only able to check the exhibit on its very last day at the Mall of Asia. Hopefully Lego Pilipinas could also have a run on other venues. It’s an excellent and playful way of promoting tourism and patriotism to today’s kids and the young at hearts. Lego Pilipinas! Tara Na, indeed!

Lego Pilipinas Tara Na Exhibit MOA
AN AMAZING LEGO MASTERPIECE, LEGO PILIPINAS, TARA NA

 

 

Lego Pilipinas, Tara Na
Address: SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Exhibit Dates: August 18 to August 27, 2011
Open Hours: Mall Hours
Entrance Fee: Free
GPS Coordinates Map: 14.535295, 120.982071






Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, September 1, 2011

24 comments:

  1. balitaan mo kami sir kung magkakaroon pa sila ng ibang venue.. :)

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    1. Sorry for the super delayed response, ngayon lang ulit nahukay sa inbox hehe. Nakapunta na kayo dito right? :)

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  2. ang ganda ano! ang galing ng lego

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  3. I really wanted to check this out pero di kinaya ng sked. =(

    I'm still anxiously waiting for your Batanes series!!!!!!! :D

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  4. biglang na miss ko tuloy maglaro ng lego, ang mahal na kasi ngayon grabe! galing nung first photo, parang animated ayun pala lego, galing!

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    1. Siguro dahil sa black bars? Ang mahal nga ng Lego! :D

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  5. ang ganda! very creative! sana magkaroon ng ganito na permanent... very nice way of representing the different tourist spots that we have.

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  6. waaaaaaaaaaaaa... i miss Lego building! ang cute ng mga yellow people sa Lego.. Kainis ung smiles nila eh! Ahahahahaha... Ganda nito! Super like the vinta.. super galing ng Lego tour mo Christian..

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    1. Ang alam ko inuulit ulit to eh, just not sure of the schedule

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  8. I miss lego building with my nephew in hawaii.

    SPECTACULAR!!!

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    1. Thanks Robert, pangarap ko nung bata ako ang lego :)

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  9. Wow! We have an annual pass to Legoland here and they have a Lego City which featured the popular places here in the UK ( i featured it pero syempre di dramatic ang mga pics, hehe) but seeing the Philippines is a totally different level. I hope they make a permanent exhibit para naman mapakita ko sa chikiting ko! Thanks Christian for sharing this! =)

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    1. Oo nga, hope they make it as a permanent exhibit. Sakto sana to sa mga airports natin :)

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  10. Nakakamangha naman... Ganda... :)
    Tagal siguro ginawa nyan no?

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    1. Sa tingin ko it took months to finish everything

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  11. Thanks for featuring us on your blog. =)

    No news yet if and when this will be displayed elsewhere, but I hope so because it took about four months to build from the planning and prototypes to the rebuilds, final versions, and ingress at MOA.

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