Payag Ni Rudwen is a park that perfectly blends being a people’s destination and taking care of nature as well. The authentic beauty of their promotion of nature-based tourism is something so remarkable, and it is a must visit. The enriching experience you’re going to have here opens up the discovery of the various cultural treasures that make Merida, Leyte what it is today.
The Carabao Sled “Kangga” Statue
The Carabao Sled “Kangga” Statue is one of the standout attractions in Payag Ni Rudwen. This pays tribute to the national animal of the Philippines, the carabao. Symbolizing strength, perseverance, and hard work, the Philippines aligns its identity with this animal, as well as to acknowledge the significance of farmers who are majority of the workers in the country especially in rural areas. The Kangga statue holds a special place in the local community’s heart, serving as the beast of burden for farmers.
This is what welcomes visitors the moment they step into the park. Some people take pictures with it by riding the carabao as farmers would to toil land.
Chicken Rooster Cottage Statues
Adding to the roster of Payag Ni Rudwen’s large animal statues are their chicken rooster statues. Two chickens meet together head to head as they would during a sabong.
This experience is a combination of adventure and the allure of authentic rural life. Here, you can truly appreciate the simplicity of warmth of traditional Filipino elements.
Eco Food Park
Keeping up with their theme of Filipino culture, their food park is of course filled with Filipino cuisine. Their menu consists of adobong manok, lechon manok, kalderetang kanding, sinugbang panga, and a lot more. These servings come in big platters, ensuring a happy stomach after your exploration.
They also serve native crops such as balanghoy sa latik, anagon (sweet corn), and kamote. Everything here will truly make you appreciate what we have as a country so much more.
Payag Ni Rudwen does so much to showcase Leyte’s cultural and natural heritage, and the Philippines’ at large. The unique charms of the attractions they have here are unparalleled, and will make you think about your introduction to our country in Kindergarten when they taught us the basics. There is so much more to see here, and it’s best for you to go see it yourself!
- Entrance fee: ₱30 per adult; ₱30 per child
- Opening hours: 7AM to 5PM daily
- Corkage fee: None
- Contact numbers: 0985 299 8002
- Email address: [email protected]
- Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MeridaAgritourism
HOW TO GET THERE?
Exact location: Mat-e, Merida, Leyte, Philippines
BY BUS: N/A
BY CAR: Navigate with Waze or Google Maps and set your destination to “Payag Ni Rudwen.”