Iloilo Tree Park: A Preview

The Iloilo City Government takes pride in its proposed Iloilo City Tree Park, envisioned to boost tourism and serve as an avenue for artists to showcase their talent. In its social media page, Iloilo City Tree Park Network Project bared its plans, including the installation of world-class architecture.

“The Iloilo Tree Park vies of becoming an avenue for world-class architecture, design, and environmental conservation model that may lead the city to its greater,” excerpts from the post of the Iloilo City Tree Park Network Project.

The three-hectare Iloilo Tree Park, to be erected in Brgy. Lanit in Jaro, is just one of the initiatives of the local government in establishing the Tree Park Networks. The cumulative initiative will entail massive tree planting all over the metropolis.

“Our 3-hectare Iloilo Tree Park Development Project is in the works in Brgy. Lanit, Jaro which is part of the interconnected network of greening projects. Isa ini sa akon ginaduso nga sustainable project sa idalom sang akon W.H.E.E.L.S. for Inclusive Development. Kaupod sa United Architects of the Philippines Bahandi Chapter, yari ang pinaka-latest nga plano para sa pagsulong sa aton ciudad sa kauswagan,” statement of Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Trenas regarding the project.

The tree park will have the following, as illustrated by the United Architects of the Philippines Bahandi Chapter.

Dagyang Amphitheater. Dagyang, a Hiligaynon word for dance and rooted in Dinagyang, a religious and cultural event in Iloilo City. The amphitheater will highlight a unique stage depicting a germinating seed about to sprout.

Handumanan. Handumanan means ‘remembrance’ in Hiligaynon. And it will serve as a market display for local and indigenous products – products that highlight Iloilo and its culture.

Gawang. Gawang will serve as a gateway made of tensile materials, forming arcade and grid lines that incorporate biophilic design.

Banglid. Banglid, in Ilonggo vernacular, is a mound or sloped portion of land and will serve as a rainwater catchment.

Talaytay. Talaytay is a combination of two vernacular terms: taytay-meaning bridge or link and latay which means to walk through. Talaytay is a combination of elevated boardwalks, gravel pathways, concrete slabs, and leaf-patterned bricks.

Dungganon Pavilion. A pavilion is merely a decoration to enhance user experience. The Iloilo Tree Park development will feature canopy sculptures showcasing Iloilo’s rich culture and heritage.

Daw-on Center. Daw- on, rooted in the llonggo vernacular ‘daho’, is a hand gesture that means to give. Moreover, daw-on is a hand gesture that means to receive. The concept is derived from a fruit-bearing tree and will symbolize the identity of the local community.
Pangabuhi-an Center. The Iloilo Tree Park, apart from improving connectivity between nature and people, will also support culture, sustainability, and livelihood for the community.

Other projects in line with the Iloilo City Tree Park Network include the Hinactacan Eco Park in La Paz and the Beach Forest in Boulevard, Molo in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region Office VI and other partners.


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