6 reasons to bring the fam to Manila Ocean Park

One of the happier news that we received lately is that the metro has moved down its COVID-19 alert level status, resulting to the further loosening of restrictions.

This new alert level has allowed leisure and entertainment businesses such as theaters, theme parks and other tourist attractions to open up and accept visitors once again.

More importantly, this means that after a year and a half of being stuck at home, the kiddos can now venture out and explore a bit of the world outside again.

As parents, you are surely on the lookout for a place to take the kiddos to give them a welcome break from the stress of online classes and the monotony of staying at home, while creating a special moment for the family to spend time together and create special memories outside of home.

Well, here are six reasons why Manila Ocean Park is your best bet for your family outing:

1. The people behind Manila Ocean Park are excited to see you again.

After more than a year of being away from their exhibits, outlets and shows, the staff of country’s first world-class marine theme park and premiere educational entertainment destination are happy to be back doing what they love.

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MOP VP for Sales and Marketing Mary Joyce Tarroza and Media Relations Manager Reden Ramones join us for a photo opp.
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Your friendly neighborhood unnie bloggers getting started on our Manila Ocean Park adventure.

During a chat with me and my fellow bloggers, MOP VP for Sales and Marketing Joyce Tarroza and Media Relations Manager Reden Ramones, relayed how Manila Ocean Park’s personnel have looked forward to the reopening.

“We are incredibly thrilled to finally be able to open Manila Ocean Park to the public again, return team members to work, and welcome guests back to enjoy our amazing and educational attractions,” added Mary Joyce.

2. It has reopened 6 well-loved indoor attractions.

With its return to operations, Manila Ocean Park has reopened six classic and fun-filled indoor attractions that appeal to young and old alike.

Oceanarium, for example, is home to over 270 species of marine creatures. Here, the family can walk through a 25-meter long curved walkway tunnel that gives visitors the feeling of being surrounded by sharks, stingrays, eels and other sea creatures swimming overhead.

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Marveling at marine creatures
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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a manta ray!
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Big fish in a big pond… err, aquarium.
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Little fishie playing hide ‘n seek
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🎶Just keep swimming…
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Swimming, swimming… 🎶

The Jellies Exhibit, on the other hand, takes the family away to a wonderland of transparent jellyfishes that gracefully float and glide about accompanied by multimedia effects and music. This fantastic display has earned these creatures the moniker “The Dancing Sea Fairies.”

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Jellybeans in the City with the Jellies.
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Dancing sea fairies
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Jellyfishes in the City, yeah, I went there!
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Jellyfish duet

The more adventurous visitors can explore the World of Creepy Crawlies where they can encounter bugs, frogs, spiders and worms and other creatures not for the faint of heart.

The Penguin Exhibit, the first penguin park in the country, lets visitors get up close and personal with Humboldt penguins (also known as Peruvian penguins or Patranca).

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Look at the penguins from Peru!
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This penguin is showing off for the audience.
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Humboldt Penguins are social animals.
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They are curious creatures, too!

At the Christmas Village, the kids and adults can relive the magic and spirit of the holiday season.

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Feeling the holiday vibe.
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Hello, Santa!
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Winter Wonderland
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Winter Wonderland, too!

Lastly, at the Super Toy Collection, kids of all ages can view the most extensive display of toys inspired by Pinoy childhood superheroes.

With these fascinating points of interest in the park, the family will have lots to explore and discover.

3. You can catch the South American sea lions in action.

The fun doesn’t stop indoors, either.

Step out to the Sea Lion Show and catch these large but adorable creatures perform breathtaking tricks.

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Sea lions from South America
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“Watch my next trick!”
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“Am I pretty?”
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“Mwah!”

You might even get a kiss from one!

4. The family can enjoy a gastronomic journey al fresco

All that fun and excitement are sure to work up an appetite so plop down at the dining area near the Sea Lion Show and feast on on the newly refreshed Asian fusion menu from Chef Ranuka Hettiarachchi.

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You may also opt to head down to Garden Dining by White Moon Bar where the kids can explore the greenery while the grownups relax with a drink or two.

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Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Check out my previous experience here.

Can’t get enough of these culinary creations? You can also have these scrumptious dishes delivered to your home. More on that here.

5. Protocols are still in place to keep your family safe

What welcome news it was to hear that kids 17 years old and below, regardless of their vaccination status, are now allowed inside the park, as long as they’re accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.

Your family can rest easy knowing that your continued well-being is a top priority at Manila Ocean Park.

In line with the guidelines from the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and the regulations from Philippine government, the theme park is operating at 30% capacity.

Enhanced health and safety measures are also being implemented in accordance with the Minimum Public Health Standards to promote physical distancing, enhanced cleanliness and reduced contact.

Of course, these measures can only be effective with the cooperation of guests so please keep these in mind during your visit:

  • Secure your Safety Pass by scanning the QR code at the entrance.
  • Submit to health and temperature checks and, for adults, present your vaccination card and ID prior to entering.
  • Wear your face masks and face shields at all times.
  • Keep at least one meter apart. Markers and reminders have been placed in several spots to guide you.
  • Wash and sanitize your hands frequently.

6. You can take advantage of amazing deals

Until November 21, kids below 17 years old accompanied by a fully vaccinated adults are accepted inside the park according to the IATF guidelines.

The city government of Manila also set the age cap for adult visitors at 65 years old.

So now is the best time to bring the whole family to Manila Ocean Park, especially with these amazing limited-time deals exclusively available at the park’s website until December 19, 2021.

  • Ocean Escapade (Php499 – formerly Php2,300) which provides access to the 6 reopened attractions at almost 80% discount from the original ticket price.
  • 2+1 Flash Sale Promo. Buy 2 Ocean Escapade vouchers priced at Php595 and get 1 for free. That’s Php1,190 for 3 tickets already!

So not only can you bring the whole fam in for a lot of fun and adventure, you get to enjoy great savings, too!

Book your tickets now, folks!

Manila Ocean Park is located inside Luneta Park in Manila.

For inquiries, call (+632) 7238-6100 or follow Manila Ocean Park on Facebook and Instagram.

Disclosure: Complimentary tickets and refreshments were provided by the park in exchange for this feature.

Green space musings at Paradizoo Theme Farm in Mendez, Cavite

Life in the city can feel somewhat stifling: modern life enables you to do so much but most of them require you to be sedentary, cocooned in air-conditioned rooms with your eyes glued to device screens, or traversing the drab concrete jungle.

Sometimes, we just crave for a bit of green space, areas with verdant life that refreshes the mind, body and soul.  Several studies have already cited the health and social benefits of green spaces, which include stress reduction, enhanced mood and improved social interactions.

Just outside the metro in Mendez, Cavite, one can find Paradizoo, one of Zoomanity Group‘s theme parks.  Here you can find green spaces in abundance, with 12-hectares of land that offers a combination of Paradize and Zoo that makes each visit uniquely relaxing and entertaining.

Paradizoo, Tagaytay

Paradizoo, Tagaytay

Inside the park, your eyes are treated to wide expanses of greenery with attractions such as:

Vegetable Garden.  Paradizoo employs best faming practices, particularly in vermiculture, bokashi soil, hydrophonics and composting, to produce fresh and organic vegetables.

Flower Garden. Horticulturists and lovers of decorative plants will love the sheer variety of colors and shapes of flowers to be found here.

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Paradizoo, Tagaytay

Paradizoo, Tagaytay

Meditation Garden.  A quiet and peaceful place where one can relax and reflect, this is a boon to busy professionals who want to unload themselves from the cares of city life for a while.

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Paradizoo, Tagaytay

Paradizoo, Tagaytay

Families will also welcome the opportunity to enjoy some time playing in the great outdoors with activities such as:

Archery Attack.  An instructor will teach you the proper way to aim at and hit targets, which you can later use when doing mock battles with your companions.

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Paradizoo, Tagaytay

Farm Frenzy.  Meet and cuddle up (and let out your inner Disney Princess, hehehe!) as you meet new animal friends like rabbits, hamsters, birds, goats and other critters.

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Paradizoo, Tagaytay

Plant Me Home.  Want to take a bit of the greenery home with you?  In this area, you can select flowers and vegetables from garden plots that you can buy and bring home.

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Paradizoo, Tagaytay

Fun Z Bubble.  Roll across the fields with the kids in this fun and exhilarating activity.

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And when you’re parched or famished from all the exercise and outdoor activities, drop by the Paradizoo Cafe for some well-deserved snacking.  You can also check out the cool souvenirs that you can buy and bring home with you.

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Paradizoo, Tagaytay

Paradizoo, Tagaytay

Paradizoo, Tagaytay

As much as I love the city, it’s sometimes important to take a break from it for a while and get some respite in amidst the sunshine and greenery. Afterwards, I feel like I’m ready to face life in the city again, refreshed and re-energized.

Paradizoo is located along the Mendez-Tagaytay Road in Mendez, Cavite, open daily from 8am to 5pm.

To commute going there, ride a bus to Tagaytay City or at Olivarez terminal.  Afterwards, then ride any jeepney or bus to Mendez and inform the driver to drop you off to Maglabe Drive.  Lastly, take a trycicle ride to Paradizoo.

Rates:

  • Adult: Php199
  • Child (3 feet to 4 feet): Php149
  • Children below 3 feet free of charge

Click here to buy tickets to Paradizoo.

For queries, call +62 046 413 1244 or +63 02 847 0413.

Disclosure: Together with fellow bloggers, I was invited by the Zoomanity Group to tour and experience the attractions at the Paradizoo Theme Farm.  The tour was sponsored by the company and was not paid for by the attendees including myself.