The long wait is finally over! The famous interactive theme park will officially open its doors to the kids of Manila on August 7, 2015. KidZania Manila is located at Park Triangle in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Kidzania is an edutainment theme park where kids can role-play as adults. Manila is the 20th Kidzania venue around the world and the first of its kind in the Philippines. It was originally introduced in Santa Fe, Mexico in 1990. Javier Lopez, KidZania CEO – An 8, 000 square meters enclosed city, KidZania Manila gives children between the ages of 4 to 14 a taste of the working world in a fun and educational […]
Rediscover this forgotten gem in Antipolo. Declared as a National Park in the ’90s, Hinulugang Taktak in Antipolo City was almost forgotten by tourists and local citizens alike. – Hinulugang Taktak reopened earlier this year. – Just a little bit of a background story: in the old days there was a popular song in town that represented the beauty of the waterfalls. Unfortunately, as pollution was rampant in areas around the falls, it eventually lost its charm. By 2000, the government proclaimed the park as a Protected Landscape and just last year, it was redeveloped to bring back its beauty and serve its purpose once again. Now, locals and tourists […]
If you’re looking for a pleasant place to spend a lazy afternoon in, check out Exploreum at the SM Mall of Asia! – Exploreum promotes hands-on learning of science concepts through their fun and interactive displays. = Formerly known as the SM Science Center, the fully-renovated Exploreum is fit for kids and kids-at-heart who are eager to discover new things about the universe, the Earth, and its inhabitants. With more than 100 interactive exhibits housed in 8 major galleries, visitors are sure to enjoy Exploreum’s brand of edutainment, or education through entertainment. – Be amazed by Exploreum’s Science on a Sphere, the only one of its kind in the country. […]
(Photo by Phey Palma via Flckr) – An island in Nasugbu has puzzled many for it appear as two land masses floating in the surface of the sea, only to find out that they are but one island when seen at close range. Deceived, people have given this place the name Twin Island, with no ‘s’. Together with Fortune Island, Twin Island is a perfect island host for activities including snorkeling, swimming, diving and island hopping. A natural paradise having a landscape untouched by man that is seldom seen from other tourist destinations, it is one of those must add-ons to your itinerary in a Batangas trip. Twin Island is […]
CALARUEGA’s Transfiguration Chapel . Often thought as a Tagaytay destination because of its two hour proximity from Manila, Caleruega is an unforgettable retreat place in Nasugbu, located on top a hill near KC Hillcrest Hotel and Golf Club. It has bear witness to a lot of weddings and other special occasions, generally regarded as a sanctuary for pilgrims in search of peace. Named after a town in Spain, Caleruega is the birthplace of St. Dominic de Guzman. The place is a tribute to the father of the Order of Preachers, as requested by the Filipino Dominicans. The Cenakulum is the first thing that would greet the visitors. It is the […]
Nasugbu seems to have all the good things. If one is not in the mood for a refined afternoon of golfing, sunbathing or swimming, one can play a dirty game: Mt. Batulao is the challenge you are looking for. . IN ALL GRANDEUR. Mt. Batulao in the morning . Reaching the peak of Mt. Batulao is no easy task. It has trekking courses ranging from beginner treks to the most advanced. You get to choose what to hike or climb – whatever floats your mountain gear. What awaits at the top is a good, clean break from the traffic and pollution of Manila. Add to that unfamiliar cool climate and […]
– This park located in the heart of Quezon City is more than what meets the eye. A lush park with artificial ponds, small aquariums and even a manmade lagoon, the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Rescue Center is a botanical garden, public park and wildlife conservation center in one. In addition to that, it also has facilities that almost make it a zoo. Animals suffering from illnesses of injuries are taken here to recuperate. They also receive animals rescued from illegal sales and black market raids. Originally named Quezon Memorial National Park, it was renamed in honor of the late Mr. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino. Admission fee is cheap at P5.00 […]
– Did you know that we have our very own forest that can give the Kyoto Bamboo Forest a run for its money? Bohol’s manmade forest can be found in the borders of Bilar and Loboc. It is a 2-kilometer stretch of thick mahogany trees and is really one fascinating spot. The road to the Bilar Manmade Forest is often deserted. Only the sound of chirping birds and the swaying leaves can be heard. Some find it best to be on a motorbike and pass through the Bilar Manmade Forest to get the feel of the countryside. Others take a quick detour here from either the Chocolate Hills or the […]
Photo from El Nido Resorts – You’ve gone to Puerto Princesa. You’ve gone to Coron. Now, complete the stretch by traveling to El Nido! Getting there. El Nido is 6 hours away from Puerto Princesa. If you are on a budget, planning the trip with a bunch of your favorite friends can help you cut costs. Hiring vans and boats might be a challenge if you’re going on your own. Accommodation. Reaching El Nido can already be a bit pricey, so don’t go for the fancy hotels and resorts. Just choose a resort with the nicest beach front in Nacpan or Maremegmeg and voila! You’re all set! Island hopping. This […]
Photo from Wikipedia One of the many attractions that drives tourist to the province of Bohol is this cute and cuddly creature. The Philippine Tarsier is seen in different parts of the country, but Bohol is most known to house the world’s smallest primate. With their distinctly huge, round eyes, long tail and cute tiny ears, one wouldn’t miss the Philippine Tarsier when they see it hugging trees and looking sleepy most of the time. Tagged as one of our country’s endangered species, Bohol built numerous conservatories where they take care and breed the Philippine Tarsier. Don’t miss going to one of these tarsier conservatories in Bohol when you take […]
Photo by Darwin Dumaraos via flckr – To reach the Taal Volcano, there are packages offered wherein a bunker boat can take you to it as it passes by the Taal Lake and a horseback riding trip awaits you at the foot of the volcano. The sun can be harsh, especially during the Philippine summer, so going to the crater in the morning is best. An arranged bunker boat finishes sailing for about 30 minutes and arrives at a wharf on the sandbank. One must register, pay the transportation charge and get ready for a horseback riding trip. It takes also around thirty minutes to get to the top. There […]
In Bohol, people eat and take a river tour in style. . Photo from Tripadvisor.com . Take the Loboc River Cruise and enjoy lunch on a floating diner while you listen to the relaxing splash of the water and the welcoming songs of Boholanos. This river in Bohol is known to be one of the cleanest rivers in the country. Tourists take an hour-long cruise along the river while enjoying food, drinks and music. Local musicians play native and novelty music. There are days when guests can request songs, too. The cruise will stop in the middle of the river for souvenir shopping and some native dancing. Once the cruise […]
How do you spend a day outdoors but have the same conveniences a mall has to offer? A short drive out of the city can take you to the perfect place: NUVALI in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Accessible through several exits along the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), NUVALI may seem like a normal shopping complex from afar. However, once there, you’ll find that aside from shopping, there are many more activities you and the rest of your family can do. Here are Philippine Primer’s top picks: RIDE a mini-train or a mini-car. Kids can drive their own mini-cars or ride a colorful train around the complex. – FEED koi fish. […]
Does Flipper ring a bell? Or who among you have seen and cried over the Dolphin Tale? In the Philippines, some places, such as the Ocean Adventure and the Manila Ocean Park, are known to have been holding dolphin shows. Kids can interact and swim with the dolphins and watch them do some tricks that are not common to animals…but never in the vast open sea. – Photo from Panglao.se – Enter dolphin watching in Bohol. This is one of the popular tourist activities, aside from island hopping and the countryside tour. Tourists have the option to rent a boat just for this activity or have this part of a […]
This summer, let that adventurer out to explore! We don’t usually associate the terms “peace and quiet” with “excitement and adventure”. Usually, these terms will make us think of two different destinations. But that just might be because we don’t usually think about the Batad Rice Terraces. Located in the province of Ifugao, this UNESCO World Heritage site is arguably one of the best places to go to in the Philippines for backpackers or people who would like to become backpackers. What’s perfect about it is that it’s not too difficult to get to, and yet it’s remote enough that the only way to get to it is by foot. […]
When we think of a tourist spot in Manila, Intramuros is often the first thing that comes to our mind. It is Manila’s oldest district, offering an enjoyable and educational trip that brings us back to history – from riding a kalesa or viewing of antique houses from 18th century to visiting old churches like San Agustin Church and The Manila Cathedral, which became more popular due to the recent Papal Visit. But just a jeepney ride away from Intramuros is another oasis in Manila – the Paco Park and Cemetery. The Paco Park was declared as a National Park in 1966 and was dubbed as the most beautiful park […]
Museo Pambata was founded purposely for child welfare to promote education and guarantee children’s right to life. There are seven rooms in the place with different themes: “environment”, “Manila in the past”, “children of the world”, “I love the earth”, “future work”, “market” and my body. Events such as the “Ukiyo-e Exhibition” also take place. Other facilities such as library, gift shop, and multi-purpose hall are also available. ① Children are enjoying their fire fighter dress up =② Children acting as “tinderas” in a sari-sari store
It’s holiday! The perfect time for outings. Manila Ocean Park is one if the right spots to bond with your family. It is a large oceanarium overlooking fishes in different species but they also offer other amusements such as the sea lion show, jellyfish exhibit, Penguin, fish spa, and facilities such as restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops. ①a wonderful jellyfish show making a space like atmosphere ② the perfect outing spot for your family
SM skating rink is located at the center of the Mall of Asia (MOA). With its full-fledged rink that has been designed based on the international Olympic standard, one can surely enjoy skating all day. Furthermore, assistance for beginners is also accessible. They also offer package services for those who want to take skating lessons. Artificial snow also falls from the ceiling making children and even adults more excited.
There are many accessible places in MOA that one will surely enjoy. One of it is the SM cinema. It is known to have the largest IMAX theatre and plenty of seats with a total of 590. They are also popular for using the latest 3D technology. There is also a small theatre of 30 seats, a private cinema called the Director’s club. There is what they call the 8-kan digital theatre having 450 seats where the latest movies are screened.
If you want to see the city’s wonderful view, MOA is one place to go. it has a large Ferris wheel, about 55 m from the ground, where one can view the sea and the city. During the approximately 10 minute tour, you can enjoy a wonderful view with the use of the 360 panorama. You can also see the famous Manila Bay Sunset. It is recommended for couples especially those romantic ones. The 36 gondola cars are also air conditioned, boarding a maximum of 6 people.
The Selecta Kids Universe is a 5-storey high-end play area for children. It somehow lives up to the “universe” part because it is probably the most gigantic playground for kids. There a lot of interactive games, learning and playing things for children of all ages! The gaming and playing equipment is quite extensive! There is also a snack area where kids can take a break. They can eat ice creams at The Creamery which is sponsored by Selecta. They also have shops inside to buy toys! The parents can safely leave their kids here for awhile while they go shopping or buy groceries. The staff will take care and look […]
With enhanced facilities, a variety of exhibitions, game corners, a museum shop, and cafe, The Mind Museum will surely satisfy the intellectual curiosity of children and adults alike. The robot Aedi (Idea spelled backwards) welcomes you to The Mind Museum The Mind Museum is a world class Science museum in Manila that provides extraordinary educational experience and engage children to be more interactive. The Mind Museum consists of five galleries: the Story of Atom, Earth, Life, Universe and Technology. The 250 interactive exhibits are designed to enrich people’s knowledge. The tour around the area will take you to an amazing journey about science discovery. The museum area is 5,000 sqm. […]
Active Fun is one of the best amusement parks in Fort Bonifacio where children and parents could bond. There are a lot of other playgrounds for children here in the Philippines; but it is said that the scale here is different. A lot of parents say that it is like having an indoor playground for their children. The place is very spacious where many children can move and play around. The park can also be used as a party place for your children’s birthday. Various package services that includes meals are also available. Active Fun is truly a place where children can be active and at the same time have […]