Star City

Satellite image of Star City in Pasay City

Christmas season is here and one Filipino Christmas pasttime that I remember from my childhood are the fairs, carnivals, and amusement parks. You’re definitely a Manilenyo child of the 80s if you remember Big Bang sa Alabang and Payanig sa Pasig. Big Bang sa Alabang used to be located where the Madrigal Business Park is now and its main attraction is the 4-storey Giant Slide. Payanig sa Pasig was located in what is now Metrowalk in Ortigas and it sported a medieval motif. Big Bang and Payanig’s contemporaries include the Boom na Boom Carnival at the PICC Complex and its neighbor Star City. Among these, only Star City remains in business to this day. The end of the Christmas carnival/fair era was marked by the rise of Enchanted Kingdom, which operates throughout the year.

Cheerful entrance motif to Star City Photo by Jun Acullador. (CC-BY-ND-2.0)

Star City was a novelty when it opened back in the early 90s (I think). I’m not completely sure but I think Star City was the first local amusement park that had most of its rides imported from outside the Philippines. One ride that used to be really popular was the Wild River which is a wet roller coaster. You’re guaranteed to get a bit wet when you ride it and I guess that went really well with park-goers. (Unfortunately, a 13-year-old girl died on that ride in 2006 when she stood up from her seat and fell to the ground becoming that ride’s first fatality.)

It’s been years since I last went to Star City so I don’t know much about it anymore. One thing I do know is that the complex now sports the Aliw Theather, which is a popular venue for concerts and variety shows. Anyway, I’ll just point you over to this blog post written last year by Anton Diaz so that you can get a first-hand blogger—and father’s—look at Star City. This Saksi news segment aired last month might also prove interesting: It shows that many people still flock to Star City. (Some people probably find Enchanted Kingdom too far. Hehehe.)

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December 15, 2008
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  1. mhadz wrote on February 8, 2009 @ 04:34AM

    HI..SAYA NA MGA RIDES NYO,,MAY LALAKI KC AKONG NAKITA SA LOOB NA THEATER..MATANGKAD,MAPUTI,SINGKIT,SUPLADO,AT MAY NILALARO CXA NUN AT NAKAITIM..MAY TANONG SANA AKO KUNG BAKLA BA SYA?????????

  2. Jastine wrote on March 18, 2009 @ 05:38AM

    Star City is fun. I like to ride to the Merry go round, bump cars and catterpillar. in da catterpillar, you can vamit there. it is very fun. in the merry go round, i can see things around me. I did not went to the bumpcars bec. we don’t have time to make fun but i went to lion king, snow white, hercules, and little mermaid. I wish i could go to wild water. u can b wet there. u can’t change your t shirt.hahaha! so funny. i luv to go there again.i like to invite everyone to go to starcity.bring your family and b happy.

    Wrritten by

    Mary Jastine Mercado
    2978055

  3. LaNuiS wrote on March 27, 2009 @ 02:30PM

    yeah its fun but not as much as the fun you’ll have in EK ..plus on eof the things i dont like in starcity? there are this so called “jumping jologs” … they’re scary the fact that they might be there just to snatch or what so ever…

    th0ugh they got cool rides.. like the “surfdance” it makes me wacko

  4. migs wrote on January 21, 2010 @ 06:30AM

    hmm cnu pwdeng mainterview sa starcity about sa mission,vission and history..

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