Brick by brick, the whole archipelago of the Philippines was represented in all its Lego glory by the Philippine Bricksters and Jig Manaloto who were inspired to do a local version of the LEGO Brickstructures that features famed landmarks around the globe.
Delightful is the word as I checked out the miniaturized version of our country. I am astounded by the creativity of the builders that made this possible, turning colorful plastic blocks into landmark designs that echo the Filipino heritage.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, and into the nearby giant Windmills of Bangui and into the historic streets of Vigan.
I traced the walls of Fort Santiago in Manila and arrived at Jose Rizal’s shrine in Luneta, dropping down the Mall of Asia, before heading on.
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 Underground River and checked the action at the Crocodile Farm.
I visited Iloilo’s Museo Iloilo, attended the colorful Masskara Festival in Bacolod, and then it was time for Cebu and Magellan’s Cross. A few lego bricks later and I was hopping across the Chocolate Hills of Bohol and into Mindanao.
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. 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.
First on the list of itinerary was Douglas MacArthur’s Landing site in Leyte. I then crossed the longest bridge in the country, the San Juanico, and travelled all the way to majestic Mayon Volcano. I swam with Sorsogon’s massive Butandings before proceeding to Camsur’s Capitol.
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!
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 is an excellent and playful way of promoting tourism and patriotism to today’s kids and the young at hearts.
Lego Pilipinas! Tara Na indeed!