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September 27, 2012

National Arts Center - Haven for Young and Aspiring Artists


Established in 1976 as a haven for young and aspiring artists, the National Arts Center (NAC) is tucked away in mythical Mt. Makiling, Laguna. Its various buildings and facilities are scattered over 13.5 hectares of the Makiling Forest Reservation and also houses the Philippine High School for the Arts, a government-run secondary educational institution for gifted young artists. 

The NAC's unique location offers a perfect vacation hideaway and its laid-back and contemplative atmosphere sets the mood to relax, unwind and recharge one's energies. The view from the NAC, especially of Laguna de Bay, the largest freshwater lake in the country is especially breathtaking. 

Executive House
(Pugad Adarna)

The Executive House is composed of several interlinked structures enclosing a swimming pool and garden. Situated on top of a ridge, each of the venue's nine rooms has a veranda with a commanding view of Laguna de Bay, Mt. Makiling, nearby towns and on clear days, even the skyscrapers of Makati and Ortigas.
Ideal for family outings and intimate gatherings, the venue also has a kitchen and dining area / lounge which can also be turned into a function hall. All of the bedrooms are fully airconditioned with individual toilet and hot and cold shower. It has a total bed capacity of 34. Use of the pool is exclusive only to guests of the Executive House

Marvilla Cottages
(Pugad Aliguyon)

The Marvilla Cottages are a cluster of cottages linked by walkways. Each cottage has two rooms with varying bed capacities and a veranda where one could enjoy the view of the surrounding forest. Furnished with overhead fans, built-in closets, toilet and bath in each room, the cottages can accommodate up to 98 persons.
The venue is ideal for billeting participants of seminars, retreats, conventions and other activities involving large groups. Special packages for groups are available

 The Clubhouse has a large hall suitable for wedding receptions, seminars and conferences. Its solid appearance is complemented by the use of stones in its massive columns and hardwood all over, highlighting the rustic ambiance. The glassed-walled hall is surrounded by a veranda where guests may conduct group sessions, dine al fresco and enjoy the spectacular view of Laguna de Bay and the mountainside. It has a spacious kitchen and two-bedroom dormitory in its mezzanine, overlooking the parqueted hall. 

NAC Open-Air Theater
(Tanghalang Maria Makiling)

This is the NAC structure visible from the nearby towns. Its plateau-like location affords a 360 degree view of the outlying areas, including Crocodile Island, Talim Island, Crocodile Lake and on clear days, Mt. Banahaw and the mountains of Rizal.
The open-air theater / auditorium is ideal for concerts and conventions. It has a seating capacity of 1,800, including the concrete bleacher seats outside the theater.
Sightseers will find the spacious and tree-shaded grouds around the theater perfect for picnics. Evenings under the moon and stars are definitely enchanting, with twinkling electric lights as far as the eye can see adding to the magical experience. 

St. Marc's Chapel

Set amidst towering trees and lush forest vegetation, the Chapel is an ideal setting for meditation and contemplation. Without any wall, one can truly commune with nature, pray and reflect in this unique, one-of-a-kind place of worship.
Designed by National Artist Leandro Locsin, the Chapel features a Cross truly unique and striking in it's presentation. The outline of the crucified Christ was hollowed out from the concrete Cross, making the place an acceptable venue of worship even to non-Catholics. The well-maintained surroundings makes St. Marc's Chapel the perfect setting for a dream garden wedding.

For inquiries and reservations please call Theater Operations Department at Tel Nos. 832-1125 loc. 1404 - 1406 / 832-3704 / 832-3678 or email us at

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