Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Nature Center – a glimpse into the wild

Explore the Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife nature centre for a fascinating glimpse into a unique nature park and conservatory located in the heart of Quezon City, the country’s wealthiest and most populous city. But when you’re seeking quality accommodation in the midst of world-class dining and entertainment, consider a stylish Manila hotel to host your stay, such as The Heritage Hotel Manila. With luxury interiors and a central location, this hotel in Manila is the perfect base from which you can enjoy the country’s many sights. Retreat to the unique surroundings of Quezon City to enhance your stay in the country, and whilst you’re there, check out the Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Nature Centure, named after Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., a national hero who lost his life fighting a dictatorship in place during the 60s, 70s and 80s.  Within the verdant surroundings, you will discover a scenic lagoon, an intriguing aquarium as well as a fun playground for the little ones. There is also a lovely botanical garden onsite which is ideal for an afternoon stroll whilst you soak in the quality rays of the tropical sun. The park also has a wildlife rescue centre, where it oversees the care of sick, abandoned, injured and retreats citizens of the wild before releasing them into their natural habitats. Some of the inmates included various reptiles, mammals and bird species and you might spot some unusual species if luck is with you. A popular attraction is the park’s eagle reserve which is open overhead, so watch out for bird droppings in the midst of your appreciation. You will also get the chance to see some indigenous water monitors, crab-eating macaques, Palawan bearded pigs, binturongs as well as several species of birds. Spread over almost 160 acres, the Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Nature Center is ideal for a day trip with the family.

Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.


Ocean Park, Manila – an enjoyable escape to the nature

With so much to offer, Manila is indeed one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. In fact Manila is the capital and the second largest city in the Philippines. Located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay, the city contains several famous attractions including cultural heritage landmarks and shopping hotspots. The Manila Ocean Park is one such amazing attraction. It is the country’s first world class marine theme park that also has a premiere educational facility.

This great Ocean Park is also popular as an all-year, all-weather destination for locals and tourists. Offering a vast range of activities Ocean Park has categorised its shows. The one called the Oceanarium which houses over 5000 marine creatures is a must see feature in the park. It is open all week and even on holidays. “Trails to Antarctica” is another amazing feature, being the first and the only penguin park in the country. If you go to the Ocean Park you could also enjoy a mesmerising underwater walk exploring the marine life. If you are a shark lover there is an indoor aquarium that would allow you to capture these magnificent sea creatures in the safety of a metal cage under the guidance of experts.

Jellies exhibit is yet another all time favourite among everybody. They showcase various jelly fish and the beauty heightens with a fascinating display of multimedia effects and breathtaking music. That is not all! The Ocean Park swimming pool facing the Manila Bay strip is open for all to have a refreshing dip and plenty of fun.

Ocean Park also offers a children’s play area equipped with sea themed carousels, laser bumper cars and adventure arcade games making it a heavenly place for little ones. For adults the Fish Spa is an ultimate treat. Enjoy a relaxing moment while the fish remove the dead cells from your tired feet, leaving you with glowing skin. Last but not least the newest attraction in this marvellous Ocean Park is the “Birds of Prey” featuring winged creatures. There are various restaurants and a shopping mall to make your holiday just perfect.

If you are looking to reside in while you enjoy the unique experience the Ocean Park offers you are in luck for there is a vast array of serviced accommodation manila. A good option would be choosing one of the manila apartments which will cater to your travel requirements perfectly. Somerset Olympia Makati is an ideal place to indulge in that offers unparalleled comfort and security. It is also very convenient as it is located in the heart of Manila’s central business district. This would definitely be a journey you would never forget.

Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.


Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden – Go wild in the city!

The Philippines is home to the impressive Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden, a 14-acre site that opened its doors to the general public in 1959. Visitors looking for accommodation close to the site should invest in a hotel in Manila to fully immerse themselves in the vibrancy of local and international wild life and horticulture. One such Manila hotel is the Heritage Hotel Manila, which boasts modern amenities coupled with a central location, making it easy to roam around the city while sightseeing.

The zoo currently houses over 800 animals including various species of reptiles, mammals, birds, among others as of the last count in 2007. Noteworthy of special mention is the Wildlife Rescue Centre, which functions as a halfway house for animals who are sick, injured or have been abandoned, performing the double duty of a humane society and a zoo. The zoo also boasts two magnificent aviaries, space for crocodiles to frolic and an India elephant donated as a calf from Sri Lanka, and who is the zoo’s most famous animal fixture. Additional, there is a goose section, a tiger enclave, an African Veldt enclosure and a domed area that houses storks, peafowl and herons. The complex also boasts the botanical garden, home to an extensive plant collection collected from the plant-rich Philippines islands and the South Pacific area, where visitors can learn more about the rich array of plants on display. In addition, boats can be rented in the nearby lagoon. Both educational and entertaining, the Manila zoo complex will be enjoyed by the whole family. If bringing the children, visitors can take advantage of all the rest stops and play areas scattered through the complex. In addition, souvenir shops and various eating places add more zing to the visit. The zoo is open from 7am to 6pm daily, and admission will cost visitors the nominal fee of PHP 10. So bring the entire family down for a fun, entertaining day of communing with nature in the city!

LaserXtreme in Manila

A leisure traveller based at a hotel in Manila, preferably The Heritage Hotel Manila or a similarly desirable other Manila hotel, should take time to visit LaserXtreme. Offering the finest in Lazertag games, LaserXtreme in Manila boasts the one and only multi-level laser tagging arena in the city. Being the leading venue in laser tag entertainment in the country, the place offers hours of fun and excitement. Lazertag is a type of game which involves an adventurous shooting game with various obstacles and body gear. The visitors are divided into groups which are assigned different colours. Each player wears a vest featuring sensors and when your enemy shoots these sensors the light on your vest will go off leaving your gun deactivated soon after.