TRAVEL | ZOOBIC “NIGHT” SAFARI 2018

It’s Zooper Zummer once again and of course, we are launching the only theme park activity at night which received a nice raved from the patrons.

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Stay awake, hear your heartbeat pounding, blood in your veins rushing as the rising excitement heightened in the night’s summer breeze. Zoobic Safari brings back the much awaited “Night Safari”, packed with more thrill and excitement. Discover your braver side and tour around this exotic sanctuary at night, the first of its kind in the Philippines.

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Gear up your nocturnal senses and prepare for a series of roaring nights of fun in visiting Zoobic Safari’sclassic attractions, Serpentarium; a wild encounter with snakes, lizards and iguanas, Zoobic Park, a walk-through petting zoo, Tiger Safari, an enclosed safari jeep ride that will take you to the tigers’ natural habitat, Croco Loco, a crocodile lair where you will have a chance to feed them. Take a walk together with the greyhounds and follow the night trail in Greyhound Walk.. Enjoy a different and bolder show specially prepared for the night’s entertainment; expect an explosive presentation that will surely growl your mind away.

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Anticipate a wilder quest as Zoobic Safari offers you its latest feral attraction, the Lion Safari on a day adventure. Witness these ferocious Kings of the Jungle up close and more intimidating.

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RATES

Package 1: Entrance with 8 activities
Php 695 – Adult
Php 595 – Kids 4 ft and below, FREE – Kids 3 ft and below
Inclusions:

  • Night Safari Tour (Zoobic Park, Serpentarium, Zoobic Cave, Forbidden Cave, Tiger Safari Ride, Greyhound Walk, Croco Loco) for approximately 2 hours.
  • Zooper Tram
  • Night Safari Jungle Show

 

Package 2: Zoolit Booklet
Php 399 / Booklet
FREE – Kids 3 ft and below
Inclusions:

  • 6- 50% off entrance tickets
  • 6- Buy 1 take 1 entrance tickets
  • 2- 50% off hotel accommodation (Azotea in Makati, Tiara Hotel in Subic, Residence Inn Tagaytay)
  • 1- Free Zing Zipline ride (Residence Inn/ Paradizoo/ Zoocobia)
  • 1- Free Photo (Worth Php295)
  • 1- Free Zooc Ride (Zoocobia)
  • 1- 30% off discount (Restaurant)
  • 1- 40% off Souvenir shop

 

Package 3: ZOOBIC NIGHT SAFARI AT 30% OFF!
NIGHT SAFARI TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • Zoobic Park
  • Serpentarium
  • Tiger Safari Ride
  • Croco Loco
  • Greyhound Walk
  • Forbidden Cave
  • Zoobic Cave
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Butaan Museum
  • Tram Ride
  • Night Safari Show
  • Children below 3 ft. is FREE!; 3 ft.- 4 ft is child rate; 4 ft. above is adult rate

Acceptance of guests starts at 5PM up to 8PM only. Night Safari show starts at 8PM.

Regular rates apply for walk in guests. To avail the 30% discount, buy your tickets online at https://www.zoomanitypayment.com/ticketing/reservation/tickets/zoobic-safari/night-safari-

Book online at Zoobic Safari’s official payment portal: www.zoomanitypayment.com
All Saturdays from Mar 3, 2018 to May 26, 2018.
Payment options:

  1. Over-the-counter payment at BDO
  2. Credit card
  3. ATM / Debit card
  4. PayPal

Experience the wild nights and see the other side of time of the animal kingdom.

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For inquiries contact 09778978877 or visit www.zoomanity.com.ph. TAG Media and Public Relations handles Zoomanity Group for Marketing, Branding, Public Relations, Events and Promotions.

The opinions, representations and statements made within this guest article are those of the author and not of  http://www.joelandrada.com as a whole. Any copyright remains with the author and any liability with regard to infringement of intellectual property rights remain with them. This blog site accepts no liability for any errors, omissions or representations. Featured images were provided by client.

TRAVELBOOK.PH LAUNCHES FIRST TRAVEL FAIR ENTITLED DESTINATION: PH

By Hyacinth Uri

Your best trip ever starts with TravelBook.ph’s Destination: PH!

TravelBook.ph, one of the country’s leading online travel agencies, will be having its first travel fair entitled “Destination: PH” from March 16 to 18, 2018, at the 4th Floor, Activity Center, Century City Mall in Makati.

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As part of TravelBook.ph’s objective to promote the country’s most beautiful destinations, this event will be an avenue for customers to get amazing and exciting offers from its hotel and tour partners as well as flight loyalty program partners. Lots of prizes and freebies will also be given away.

Each event attendee will receive one (1) FREE admission ticket with numerous stubs that will entitle them to discounts on the following hotels when they book through TravelBook.ph: 40% off in Circle Inn Iloilo, Circle Inn Bacolod, Azalea Resorts and Residences Baguio, and Azalea Resorts and Residences Boracay; 30% off in The District Boracay; and PHP 1,000.00 off in all hotel partners for a minimum booking amount of PHP 4,000. In addition to these fabulous discounts at the event, over 100 hotels and tour activities from TravelBook.ph will also be on sale!

Tourism industry professionals will also be gracing and conducting talks at the three-day event. Among these are Senior Tourism Operations Officer Ms. Azucena Pallugna from the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) Office of the Undersecretary for Tourism Development; travel blogger Mr. Arjay Abellara of RJ D Explorer blog; illustrator, designer, travel blogger, and contributing writer for ABS-CBN and Travel Now magazine Ms. Sheena Gonzales; lifestyle and travel blogger Ms. Arnie Villanueva of ArnieVillanueva blog; and travel blogger Mr. Rogelio Gabiano, Jr. of the Pinoy Travel Freak blog.

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Actor and model Daniel Matsunaga will also be present in the event to share stories of his travel experiences and to participate in a meet-and-greet. Plus, Japanese comedy trio HPN3 from It’s Showtime’s The Funny One will entertain the attendees with their hilarious skits.

TravelBook.ph made it even more exciting as attendees will get a chance to win prizes from the following sponsors: Azalea Hotels and Residences Boracay, Midori Hotel and Casino, Subic Bay Yacht Club, Siglo Suites by Century Properties, The Dessert Museum, Enchanted Kingdom, Zoomanity Group, Inflatable Island, World Traveller Bags and Luggage, AirAsia BIG, GetGo, and Mabuhay Miles. Everyone will also be bringing home some cool freebies!

Interested attendees can pre-register for the event by visiting TravelBook.ph’s event page for Destination: PH on Facebook and clicking the pre-registration link under the details section. Each visitor who pre-registers through this link automatically earns a raffle entry for a chance to win an overnight accommodation at Midori Clark Hotel and Casino in Pampanga or Subic Bay Yacht Club with breakfast for two!

Start your summer adventure with TravelBook.ph and have the best travel experience ever! See you there!

TRAVEL | MY VISIT TO LPPCHEA – LAS PINAS PARANAQUE CRITICAL HABITAT ECOTOURISM AREA

Here is a short video featuring my visit to the Las Pinas Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area or LPPCHEA during the media familiarization tour initiated by the Department Of Tourism last January 30, 2018.

LPPCHEA is a 175-hectare secluded area off Manila Bay. It comprises two islands: Long Island and Freedom Island. LPPCHEA serves as a sanctuary to over eighty (80) species of birds, migratory and resident. It has a 36-hectare mangrove forest, a collection of indigenous plants and trees, coastal lagoon and beach area.

 

 

LPPCHEA was declared as a critical habitat on April 22, 2007 by Presidential Proclamation No. 1412 and was included in the list of Ramsar’s Wetlands of International Importance on March 15, 2013.

The Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance) and The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines have been important partners of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in supporting and protecting LPPCHEA, the last mangrove island in southern Manila Bay.

LPPCHEA is a protected area.  If you are interested in visiting the bird sanctuary, contact the Conservation and Development Division of the DENR at +632-435-2509 or the Manila Bay Environmental Management Project in Metro Manila at +632-435-2410.

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LPPCHEA Boardwalk

How to get there:

For more information, visit DENR-National Capital Region LPPCHEA webpage here.

Visit the website of the Wild Bird Club here and their Facebook here. To contact the Villar SIPAG, visit their Facebook page here.

Signing out for now. Peace!

TRAVEL | MALABON’S FAITH, FOOD, FILIPINO HERITAGE & TRICYCLE TOURS

What comes to mind when you hear the word Malabon? Quite honestly, aside from the famous Pancit Malabon, to me and I think to most people I know, Malabon is that city sandwiched between Navotas and Caloocan. I forget that Malabon holds a rich history… that it is a city where there is so much to see, learn and taste.

Thanks to the Department of Tourism for tagging me along to explore Malabon in this media familiarization tour and help promote emerging tourist destinations in Metro Manila. The tour was led by the Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, Malabon Mayor Antolin “Len Len” Oreta and wife Chef Melissa Oreta no less.

Because of the narrow streets, touring Malabon in a four-wheeled vehicle is impractical, almost impossible even. So we mazed through Malabon using tricycles to conveniently reach earmarked destinations. Yes, you read it right! The Malabon Tricycle Tours.

Malabon Tricycle Tour

The Malabon Tricycle Tours does not only help promote local tourism but more importantly it serves as a livelihood for the local community.

The tour includes ancestral structures, old churches and Filipino Food places. They offer the following tour packages:

Package A- Heritage Tour P 250 per person
Destinations:
San Bartolome Parish
Sy Juco Mansion
Nepomuceno Ancestral House
Concepcion Market and Plaza
Artes de Paseo Art Gallery
El Casa Katipunero
Ibaviosa Ancestral House
Angel Cacnio Art Gallery
Rivera Ancestral House
Raymundo Ancestral House

Package B- Food Trip Special P 750 per person
Destinations:
San Bartolome Parish
Lugaw Experience
Hazel’s Puto
Jamico’s Restaurant
Dolor’s Kakanin
Concepcion Market and Plaza
Nanay’s Pancit Malabon
Betsy’s Cake Center

Package C- Food and Heritage Tour P 900 per person
Destinations:
San Bartolome Parish
Sy Juco Mansion
Lugaw Experience
Ibaviosa Ancestral House
Hazel’s Puto and Puto Pao
Jamico’s Restaurant
Nepomuceno Ancestral House
Concepcion Market and Plaza
Dolor’s Kakanin
El Casa Katipunero
Nanay’s Pancit Malabon
Angel Cacnio Art Gallery
Rivera House
Raymundo Ancestral House
Betsy’s Cake Center

San Bartolome Parish

At half-past nine in the morning, we started the tour and our first stop was the San Bartolome Church. Built in 1564, the San Bartolome Church’s unique Baroque architecture has been stunningly maintained over the years.

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The San Bartolome Church was built in 1564 and declared an independent parish from Tondo on May 17, 1614
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San Bartolome Parish
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San Bartolome Parish Arc
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San Bartolome Parish facade
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The meticulously carved doors of the San Bartolome Parish welcome all devotees and visitors.
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Two rows of chandeliers light up the interior of the San Bartolome Parish.
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The inside walls showcase paintings of San Bartolome Church over the years.
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Paintings on the inside walls depict biblical characters and events.
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The San Barlolome Parish Altar.
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The San Bartolome Parish dome looks like heaven’s gates.
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All drivers of the Malabon Tricycle Tour have proper identification.

Sy Juco Heritage House, Brgy. Tanong

I boarded Kuya (Brother) Merlin’s tricycle and we proceeded to visiting the ancestral Sy Juco House built in 1869. Over the years, this heritage house once served as a school and then as a tobacco factory before it became a private residence of a Swiss Filipino Family. I was not able to take a lot of photos but was able to take a lot of videos here. I will upload a vlog soon so stay tuned.

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From left to right: Ms. Concepcion Sy Juco showing the Secretary of the Department of Tourism Wanda Teo around the Sy Juco Ancestral House
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One of the many religious artifacts displayed in the Sy Juco Ancestral House
Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo going on a Malabon Tricycle Tour
The Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo boarding a tricycle in front of the Sy Juco Ancestral House in Malabon City.

Ibaviosa House and Patis Factory, Brgy. Flores

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Ibaviosa House and Patis Factory

Then, we visited the Ibaviosa House and Patis Factory. Built in the 1940’s, this heritage house endured the Filipino- Japanese War and is still standing up to now. It also served as a set location of one of the films of the comedian Ai Ai Delas Alas entitled “Ang Cute Ng Ina Mo” where Ai Ai played the role of a Filipina patis (fish sauce) manufacturer.

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Ibaviosa Residence

Lugaw Experience, Brgy. Flores

Adjacent to the Ibaviosa Heritage House is Lugaw Experience where we got to taste the famous Malabon lugaw (porridge). The 1984 original recipe was by Narcisa Domondon Pangan and the same recipe has been passed on from generation to generation.

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Lugaw Experience in Brgy. Flores
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Lugaw Experience with Chef Melissa Oreta, Secretary Wanda Teo and Mayor Len Len Oreta

Angel Cacnio’s House and Art Gallery

With our tummies full, we boarded our tricycles and went to the art gallery of Mr. Angel Cacnio who is famous for his paintings and for designing the Philippine 100 and 20 peso bills. The gallery also showcased some of his sons’ paintings and his wife’s art collection.

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Angel Cacnio’s House and Art Gallery
Art Pieces displayed in Mr. Angel Cacnio's Art Gallery
Art pieces displayed in Mr. Angel Cacnio’s Art Gallery
More Art Pieces displayed in Mr. Angel Cacnio's Art Gallery
More art pieces displayed in Mr. Angel Cacnio’s Art Gallery
Some of Mr. Angel Cacnio's Masterpieces
Some of Mr. Angel Cacnio’s Masterpieces

We were lucky that day because Mr. Angel Cacnio was around to welcome us. In the photo below, he was vividly recalling and sharing to us the beautiful and rich history of Malabon.

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Born in Malabon on June 6, 1931, Angel Cacnio is famous for designing the P 100 and P 20 bills.

He even more than willingly signed a hundred peso bill of one of our companions.

Angel Cacnio signing one of the 100 peso bills
Cacnio signing a P 100 bill
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This version of the 100 peso bill was designed and signed by Mr. Angel Cacnio.

Dra. Gonzales’ Heritage House, General Luna Avenue

The next stop was Dra. Gonzales’ Heritage House for lunch. Upon arrival, we were welcomed by two talented young people gracefully swaying to the music of a folk dance song.

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Two kids welcomed us at Dra. Gonzales’ Heritage House through a folk dance

We were served some of the best flavors of Malabon City: Pancit Malabon, Crispy Pata, and Kikiam. Aside from Mommy Dolor’s Kakanin (native cakes) for dessert, we were served Valencia Trianggulo, Malabon’s version of turon (fritters in lumpiya wrapper). Valencia Trianggulo is a Malabon delicacy and instead of the usual turon stuffed with just banana and langka, Valencia Trianggulo is stuffed bananas, langka and pinipig in a lumpiya wrapper formed into a triangle and deep-fried.

Dolor’s Kakanin, Escanilla Street

After lunch, the food trip was not yet over. It just went on and on. LOL. Truly #eatsmorefuninMalabon. From Dra. Gonzales’ Heritage House, we walked for around five minutes to visit Dolor’s Kakanin Shop along Escanilla Street and have some more dessert! We were told that they have been using the same secret recipe since 1930. They showed us how their famous sapin-sapin is made. Sapin-sapin is a Filipino dessert made of glutinous rice and coconut.

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Sapin-sapin is a Filipino dessert made of glutinous rice and coconut.

One of my blogger friends, Maddie, even got the chance to plate one.

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Maddie showing off the sapin-sapin that she helped prepare with fellow bloggers Richard, Erica and Carmela all smiles in the background.

Dolors Kakanin

Aside from sapin-sapin, they have other offerings that are just as good.

Immaculate Conception Parish, General Luna Avenue

The last stop was the Immaculate Conception Parish right across Dra. Gonzales’ Heritage House. The ceiling has paintings of biblical characters and events.

The tour took about four hours. Short and sweet (literally with all the kakanin and Valencia Trianggulo that I ate). At about half past one in the afternoon, we left Malabon not just with full tummies but more importantly with better appreciation of our Filipino culture which revolves around our Faith, food and families. We only got to visit a few of the destinations but it was enough to make me excited to come back and visit the ones we missed.

The next time you plan your staycation, get up and book that Malabon Tricycle Tour with your loved ones. You will surely be pleasantly surprised that there is so much to see, learn and taste in a city sandwiched between Navotas and Caloocan.

Signing out for now. Peace!

TRAVEL | PUERTO GALERA FEAT. ARKIPELAGO DIVERS on Youtube

Are you looking for a safe, fun and affordable scuba diving destination? Look no further. Here is a short video I did for Arkipelago Divers just because I enjoyed my stay with them so much.I must say that my whole experience with Arkipelago was memorable. Special thanks to Amy and Pedro Magsino of Arkipelago Divers. I was able to do Discover Scuba Diving, go on a day trip to visit the nearby town, beaches and tourist spots. Thanks to my friend Mike Zuniga of Katooga.ph for tagging me along in this adventure. I can’t wait to be back. For more information about Arkipelago Divers, visit www.arkipelagodivers.com and like them on Facebook.com/arkipelagodivers. Stay tuned for the full vlog coming soon. Signing out for now. Peace!

For the full blog about my Discover Scuba Diving experience with Arkipelago Divers, click here.

TRAVEL | ACUATICO BEACH RESORT VLOG 64

Pick-up time was six-thirty in the morning of November 28, Tuesday, in Shakeys Magallanes.  It was a weekday so it was best to leave Cubao early to avoid the rush hour. I left the house at 5:30 AM and was already at the pick-up point by about 6 AM. I saw fellow blogger Lariza Garcia waiting at Starbucks instead. So I went to join her.

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I brought with me my travel buddies: Canon DSLR and DJI Phantom, to properly document this adventure.

The van arrived by 7 AM or so. They got caught up in traffic coming from the first pick-up point in Malate. It was an almost three-hour van ride from Magallanes to Acuatico Beach Resort. Everyone was asleep except me during the ride.

Watch the vlog below: