Saturday, March 1, 2008

Manila Ocean Park - The Philippines' next big destination

Call it good karma. putting in my photo contributions for the interactive kiosks of the Manila Ocean Park got me an invite for the partners' night yesterday evening for a sneak preview of the Philippine's next big aquatic destination. I thought I would stay for an hour or so but Ironwulf and I ended up shooting and marvelling and shooting for like four hours. 

The open area where the freshwater fishes are kept is a work in progress. The plants are in place but will need the next few months to fill up the spaces beautifully. Leading to the 360 degree surround screen where a documentary continually plays, one can't help but be awed. Now, entering the tunnel aquarium was absolutely a wow! experience. Instantly, I was a kid again.I  can't help but be proud that most of the fishes featured are endemic to the Philippines. It's a fantastic way of acquainting our kids (and kids at heart) of the richness of our seas and oceans. It's also a wonderful way to educate the masses on environmental protection. Each area was labeled in Filipino, which was a nice touch. And the image featured above, the dome that changes color after every few seconds, is of Filipino design.

The aquarium displays are like 60-70% completed. The commercial areas (mall, fish spa where cleaner fishes will clean your feet) are yet to be completed. But once done, I can only imagine the droves of people who would go there to also admire a lovely view of the Manila Bay, near where the Macapagal Harbor and Manila Hotel are located. Many thanks to Ma'am Des for facilitating our invite and personally touring us through the different installations. Sa uulitin po! 

INFO: Manila Ocean Park had its soft opening today, March 1. Location: behind Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park; very near the U.S. embassy and Museo Pambata • Admission prices: P400/adults (around US$10), P350/kids. Manila residents get a 10% discount. Open from 11am-9pm daily, there's parking for around a hundred cars within the compound. Alternative parking near my favorite hang-out, Harbor View Restaurant. • Got this from Ironwulf's site, for info, please call (632) 567.7777 or visit www.manilaoceanpark.com

12 comments:

estan said...

this seems to be a must go place this month. pre, okay lang magtake ng photos with a DSLR? di naman siguro strict?

Ferdz said...

really enjoyed the place! Salamat sa pagimbita. Truly brings out the kid in you.

It's great we now have something like this to make a lot of people more aware or the importance of our marine life and environment.

lagal[og] said...

bai estan, no problems with dslrs, even tripods. just no speedlights or flash so as not to disturb the fishes. i suggest you reserve by calling ahead. i heard booked daw for weeks.

bai ferdz, salamat din sa pagpaunlak at the last minute. i share your views na kelangan natin ng ganito so people would become more aware of the environment. besides, this would make a good tool for education kesa mag-malling lagi ang mga kids, they would be better off enjoying this park. sa uulitin!

Sidney said...

It is great we will have this in Manila. But P400/adults & P350/kids is way too expensive for the average family. Imagine you go there with a family of five. Add your transportation costs and a snack...
Once the hype is over I think they will need to lower their ticket prices or they will not survive. I don't know if there are enough (foreign) tourists around.

lagal[og] said...

that's somehow true sidney. i think one of their strategies would be school and tourist bookings.

rocky_1972 said...

This is a beautiful blog. I found it thru Donna of DPP. I love the pictures and your entries.

lagal[og] said...

rocky, salamat sa pagdalaw at pagiwan ng comment. nakakatuwa naman. nadagdagan ng readers itong abang blog na ito :-) dalaw ka uli!

lagal[og] said...

rocky, salamat sa pagdalaw at pagiwan ng comment. nakakatuwa naman. nadagdagan ng readers itong abang blog na ito :-) dalaw ka uli!

Erick said...

ayus to! lapit lang sa amin.

lagal[og] said...

onga eh. inggit ako, halos lakarin lang ito from your place. and you even get a 10% discount :-D

Loyva said...

Hi oggie! Was able to visit the park with my family just this afternoon. Marami pang issues na dapat asikasuhin. Medyo inefficient pa ang system. But I'm sure aayos din in a few months. BTW, I re-published the location and contact info of the park from your blog entry. Hope that's ok. Thanks in advance!

lagal[og] said...

hi loyva! guess it's a case of newly-opened establishment syndrome :-) i'm visiting again but probably by midyear when the rest of the complex is hopefully up.

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