Manila Ocean Park

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Manila Ocean Park
Manila Ocean Park logo.png
Logo
Manila Ocean Park building.jpg
Side view of the Manila Ocean Park building
General information
Location Rizal Park, Ermita
Town or city Manila
Country Philippines
Coordinates 14°34′46″N 120°58′21″E / 14.579306°N 120.972487°E / 14.579306; 120.972487Coordinates: 14°34′46″N 120°58′21″E / 14.579306°N 120.972487°E / 14.579306; 120.972487
Opened March 2008
Owner China Oceanis Philippines
Design and construction
Main contractor E.R. Hitosis and Associates
Website
www.manilaoceanpark.com

The Manila Ocean Park is an oceanarium in Manila, Philippines. It is owned by China Oceanis Philippines Inc., a subsidiary of China Oceanis Inc., a Singaporean-registered firm. It is located behind the Quirino Grandstand at Rizal Park.

Construction[edit]

By April 2007, the Manila Ocean Park is already under construction. It was initially set to open in December 15, 2007 but[1] the opening date was then moved to February 24, 2008.[2] The facility opened in March 2008.[3]

E.R. Hitosis and Associates was involved in the construction management of the Manila Ocean Park.[4]

Features[edit]

Tunnel of the Manila Ocean Park' Oceanarium
Jellies Exhibit

The main attraction of Manila Ocean Park is the Oceanarium which houses 14,000 sea creatures from about 277 species all of which is indigenous in Southeast Asia. The Oceanarium has seven sections and contains 2,600 cubic meters of sea water.[5] Its main feature is the 25 meters (82 ft) 220° curved walkway tunnel after a 55-meter walkthrough inside the Oceanarium. The water used in the Oceanarium is derived from the Manila Bay which is filtered to be suitable to marine life. It also has an educational activity area, function rooms for events, and shark and stingray viewing area situated in two levels. The Jellies Exhibit, a separate attraction hosts jellyfishes. The Back of the House features information on the operation of the facility itself.[6]

The Manila Ocean Park also hosts the Trails to Antarctica, the first penguin park facility in the country, which features Humboldt penguins. Through the years, their breeding program for the penguins have been very successful. As of May 2017, they already have a total of 13 baby penguins that hatched inside the park. [7] They also have the Birds of Prey Kingdom which features Brahminy kites and the World of Creepy Crawlies which exhibits frogs, insects, spiders, and worms.[6]

Services were also offered to patrons such as the Mermaid Swim Experience where visitors are taught to swim while wearing a costume mermaid tail, Underwater diving, Fish Spa, and rides on a boat with a glass bottom. Shows such as the Sea Lion Show and All Star Bird Show is performed inside the Manila Ocean Park and seats up to 1,900 pax per show. As part of their banner CSR program called "I Love My Ocean Planet", the show brings valuable information on environmental conservation and close interaction with the birds and sea lions. The Symphony is a performance involving fountains that shoots water 40 meters (130 ft) high supplemented with multimedia effects is also among the attractions of the Manila Ocean Park.[6]

Hotel[edit]

The Manila Ocean Park hosts a hotel on top of the Oceanarium dubbed as Hotel H2O. The hotel itself has a dedicated fitness center and spa and meeting rooms. The Makansutra Asian Food Village hosts dining outlets for its patrons. Hotel H2O also hosts areas for events which covers a total area of 3,500 square metres (38,000 sq ft) and has a total capacity of 1,000 people.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ronda, Rainier Allan (12 August 2007). "RP soon to have own oceanarium". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Manila Oceanarium opening moved to February". Our Asia That Travels. Archived from the original on 22 February 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Desiderio, Louella (28 April 2013). "Manila Ocean Park seeks incentives for expansion". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "E. R. Hitosis and Associates (ERHA)". E. R. Hitosis and Associates. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Manila Ocean Park - Your All-Season Holiday Destination - Attractions and Encounters". www.manilaoceanpark.com. Retrieved 2017-06-14. 
  6. ^ a b c "Attractions & Encounters". Manila Ocean Park. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Manila Ocean Park - Your All-Season Holiday Destination - Attractions and Encounters". www.manilaoceanpark.com. Retrieved 2017-06-14. 
  8. ^ "RP's 'most nature-inspired' hotel takes shape in Manila". The Philippine Star. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 

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