Zoos / Amusement Parks Category

Philippine Eagle Center

March 24, 2014

Appropriately set in the tropical rainforest area of the Malagos watershed reservation in the Baguio District of Davao City, the Philippine Eagle Center (official web page, Facebook page) is the main site dedicated to the conservation of the country’s national bird, the Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) also known as haribon... (read more)


July 22, 2009

With a name like Crocolandia, you can expect a place like this to have lots of crocodiles. And this mini-zoo in Brgy. Biasong, Talisay City, Cebu does in fact have plenty of them. Its most famous croc is a saltwater crocodile named Lapu-Lapu (I have no idea why). But Crocolandia... (read more)

World Light Expo

July 7, 2009

In a first for Vista Pinas, I will be featuring something that can only be seen right now in Google Earth (the 3-D desktop application) and not in Google Maps (the Web application). This is the World Light Expo that ran during the early part of 2007 in Parañaque City.... (read more)

Star City

December 15, 2008

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... (read more)

Albay Park and Wildlife

November 22, 2007

Nestled between Lignon Hill and the Legazpi Airport in Albay is the Albay Park and Wildlife. This is Legazpi City’s only zoo and, according to it’s official webpage, is home to more than 400 birds, mammals, and reptiles. Some specific animals are the Philippine Hawk Eagle, bleeding-heart pigeons, brown boobies,... (read more)

Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village

September 19, 2007

It’s hard to describe what the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village really is. It’s a botanical garden. It’s a resort. It’s a mini Nayong Mindanao. It’s a mountain park and picnic area. Whatever it is, the Gardens of Malasag is a major tourist attraction of Cagayan de Oro City, nestled... (read more)

Ocean Adventure

June 22, 2007

When people go to Zoobic Safari, they also usually go to Ocean Adventure two kilometers to the northeast. If Zoobic has tigers, crocodiles, and ostriches, Ocean Adventure has dolphins, sea lions, and false killer whales. Visit their official website to learn more. Photo by Martin Sordilla. Among their attractions are the... (read more)

Chavit Singson’s Baluarte

June 9, 2007

Luis “Chavit” Singson may have conceded the recently concluded Senate race and quit politics, but he can take refuge in the fact that his palatial Baluarte home in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur is one of the top tourist attractions in Ilocos Sur, the other being the Spanish-styled Calle Crisologo in... (read more)

Zoobic Safari

May 8, 2007

Billing itself as the “only tiger safari in the Philippines,” Zoobic Safari can be found inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. People visiting Zoobic Safari almost always also visit Ocean Adventure where you can find dolphins. But, going back to Zoobic (what a clever name), tigers are not the only... (read more)

Avilon Zoo

March 26, 2007

If you’re in the Metro Manila area and you want to go to a zoo that’s newer than Manila Zoo and bigger than Malabon Zoo, you should try Avilon Zoo. This 7.5 hectare zoo is found in Rodriguez (formerly Montalban) in Rizal and is less than an hour away from... (read more)

Enchanted Kingdom

June 25, 2006

“The Magic Is Here!” so goes the slogan of Enchanted Kingdom, arguably the country’s most well-known amusement park. This 17-hectare park is located in the city of Sta. Rosa, Laguna and its Space Shuttle roller coaster (a Vekoma Boomerang model) is quite visible from the South Luzon Expressway about 300... (read more)