Saturday, March 8, 2008

Manila Ocean Park - Mere spectacle or worthy cause?

A park as big and spectacular as manila ocean park invites criticism from some quarters. Is it a step towards helping educate the masses on environmental preservation or is it in itself, a form of exploitation? The partnership forged by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund, not the World Wrestling Federation) with Manila Ocean Park may have raised not a few eyebrows. But the latest issue of WWF's newsletter shed light on the organization's decision. As a WWF member, I feel compelled to share this snippet with this blog's readers. 

The Philippines is after all, an important part of the Coral Triangle (with Malaysia, Indonesia and the Pacific islands), the most productive source of marine biodiversity in the world and home to the largest number of marine species in the world. Aquariums and oceanariums like Manila Ocean Park are in a unique position to provide conservation in a genuinely integrated way.A nd for young people of the world's cities, zoos and aquariums are often the first contact with nature. Public awareness campaigns and communications programs are crucial to letting the public aware that nature is both utilitarian and aesthetic. Information taken from wwf's biota, jan-feb 2008 issue


escape said...

thanks for the info. i always visit this site because of good pictures and nice articles.

Sidney said...

I would agree IF the entrance was free for kids under the age of 10.

lagal[og] said...

thanks dong. i hope i would be able to balance the information and fun in the posts.

sidney, that's a good idea. will broach it to my kakilala sa mop.

Lantaw said...

bai, do they server shark's fin soup there? hehe just kidding. will definitely visit the place one of these days..

lagal[og] said...

bai, it's absolutely the last place to order shark's fin :-) pwede siguro, human naman i-hunt ng shark, gawing human feed. naku, either way, magagalit sakin nyan ang wwf.

word of caution lang, one of my bosses tried to see the mop last sunday and had to turn back because of the sheer number of people trying to get in.


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