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The Philippines Largest Oceanarium Opens in Cebu

Four times bigger than the renowned Manila Ocean Park, the newly opened Cebu Ocean Park is the largest Oceanarium in the Philippines. With its 7-meter deep mega aquarium with 360-degree viewing tunnel teeming with thousands of marine species, the park is truly an exciting place to visit.

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The park had its ‘soft opening’ last August 24, 2019, with the grand opening expected to happen sometime before the year ends.

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The first marine park in Visayas and Mindanao, Cebu Ocean Park is set to become a popular year-round destination in the area. Thanks to its large function spaces, food hall, and many attractions, the park will not just remain a tourist attraction but would also be great as venue for special events and occasions.

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The total area of Cebu Ocean Park is 2,000 sqm bigger than that of Manila Ocean Park, but the highlight is the 360-degree viewing tunnel in the oceanarium that’s nearly 4 times bigger than its counterpart in Manila.

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Most of the exhibits are those of marine creatures native or could be found in the waters of the Philippines. However, there are also exhibits feature animals from as far as the Amazon and other exciting places.

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The park features four main attractions:

  • The Deep Tank Lagoon inside the Oceanarium
  • Jungle Trek
  • Creepy Critters
  • Multi-Animal Shows for prime ‘edutainment’ (educational entertainment)

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Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Journey Experience – ₱600 on weekdays; ₱800 on weekends per head for adults and kids. Children below 2ft are free of charge. This includes the following attractions:
  1. Jungle Trek
  2. Creepy Critters
  3. Lorries
  4. Seven Seas
  5. Stingray Interaction
  6. Oceanarium Journey
  7. Ampitheatre
  8. Main Tank Gallery
  •  Sea Trek – ₱1,200
  •  Crocodile Cage – ₱2,000
  •  Fish spa – ₱100 per 20 mins.
  •  Swim w/ the Sting ray – ₱1,000

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The park is located beside the San Pedro Calungsod Chapel, at the back of SM Seaside City Cebu in South Road Properties (SRP) in Cebu City. Operating hours are from 10AM to 8PM, daily.

For further inquiries, you can contact them through the following channels:

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Note from the park: Soft opening tickets purchased from August 24, 2019 to September 30, 2019 may be used once more from October 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019. However, ticket is non transferable. Tickets bought on October 1, 2019 onwards is for one time use only.

What’s an Oceanarium?

An oceanarium is a huge aquarium that features marine animals for study and public exhibit. Most oceanariums feature a glass tunnel where guests can walk through and watch the marine creatures as if they were walking underneath the ocean, but without getting wet.

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Dog Carrying Hollow Blocks in Mouth Goes Viral

Photos of a dog carrying hollow blocks in its mouth have gone viral, with netizens sharing their fears of getting bitten by such a fierce-looking dog. But it sure does look cute, huh?

Dog Goes Viral for Carrying Hollow Blocks

A lot of people fear dogs because these animals could bite them, especially the breeds that are known to be fierce. Many owners feel safer in homes with these kinds of dogs, particularly if these are just free to roam around the yard.

But one dog recently went viral after its owner shared photos of it carrying hollow blocks while appearing to be patrolling from the balcony.

Photo credit: Juneth Bognot / DOG LOVERS PHILIPPINES – Facebook

Juneth Bognot reposted the pictures on Facebook group DOG LOVERS PHILIPPINES with the funny caption:

Bisita: “Nangangagat ba yang aso niyo?”

Ako: “Hindi. Nambabato lang.”

Netizens had a good laugh over the photos, saying that they are sure to avoid such a house if a dog like this is standing guard – and most especially one that carries a hollow blocks on patrol!

Kung ganyan makita ko sa daan. Baka hahanap na lng ako ng ibang daan lol,” one netizen commented.

Photo credit: Juneth Bognot / DOG LOVERS PHILIPPINES – Facebook

Pakipost po ang address nyo para iwasan na po ng sambayanang Filipino 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Hello there babies… you are still cute and adorable despite of hollow blocks. 😍” another joked.

Lagot ang mga magnanakaw o akyat-bahay, may bantay na kayang-kayang mangagat ng buong buto o kaya naman hulugan lang ng hollow blocks,” another pointed out.

Others were concerned over the dog, especially because the hollow blocks might hurt its mouth.

Bakit ganoon? Paano nasubo ng aso yung ganiyang kalaking hollow blocks? Baka naman gutom na gutom yung aso at hindi napapakain hahaha. O baka naman ang tingin niya sa hollow blocks ay malaking-malaking buto kasi halos pareho ng kulay at parehong matigas,” one netizen commented.

Indeed, dogs are man’s best friends and they also make the best guards at home! But we just hope this dog is alright and that no person will be hit by that big chunk of hollow blocks. Ouch.

Photo credit: Juneth Bognot / DOG LOVERS PHILIPPINES – Facebook

What are Hollow Blocks?

A hollow block is a type of concrete block used in construction to make boundary fences, walls, and other structures that use cement for building. Hollow concrete block saves time in building walls due to its large dimensions but also saves money due to the reduced volume of concrete needed to build the structure.

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White Castle Whiskey Trends with 2021 Calendar Featuring a Guy for the First Time

White Castle Whiskey is long known for it calendars featuring beautiful ladies. But the whiskey company surprised everyone after rolling out its 2021 calendar featuring a guy for the first time – Ninong Ry! Whoa.

Whiskey Brand Features Calendar Boy

Though White Castle Whiskey has been releasing calendars since 1969, all of the models were females – and they were often riding a white horse or posing next to one. Moreover, the calendars often feature one of the most popular stars of the year.

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Beautiful ladies like Peachie Veneracion (1978), Lorna Tolentino (1982), Carmi Martin (1984-1985), Roxanne Guinoo (2006-2007), RR Enriquez (2009-2011), and Aubrey Miles (2014) have graced the calendar as the year’s model. Sylvia Lichauco-de Leon was the brand’s first model.

Photo credit: White Castle / Facebook

But the whiskey company appears to be rebranding its calendar image by featuring a guy for the first time: YouTuber Ryan Morales Reyes or more popularly known as ‘Ninong Ry’.

Balikan ang nakaraan, at kilalanin ang panibagong model ng White Castle Light. Hehe,” the brand wrote, sharing a series of photos featuring many of their previous calendar girls and showing their first-ever guy model.

Photo credit: White Castle / Facebook

They added, “Syempre new era na tayo lods.

The funny vlogger also shared the calendar on his page, confirming that he’s really the whiskey brand’s new model.

Break the norm, mga brodie,” Ninong Ry wrote.

While there were quite a number of netizens who felt dismayed that the whiskey company changed its calendar from the pretty ladies to this guy, a lot were amused that the brand actually changed its calendar image now.

Photo credit: White Castle / Facebook

For the first time, mukhang umiinom talaga ng whiskey and model,” one netizen pointed out.

Bat nawala po yung puting kabayo sa dulo #NasaanAngKabayo,” another netizen joked.

Who is Ninong Ry?

When White Castle Whiskey featured Ninong Ry, their first-ever male calendar model, in their 2021 calendar, a lot of people were wondering who he might be. Avid fans know, however, that this funny vlogger is someone who loves to use catchy and witty titles to his YouTube videos.

His videos have titles like “sinigang na liempo sa kamias para sa jowa mong maangas”, “paksiw na liempo para sa ex mong di kuntento”, “binagoongan pero maarte”, and “mabilis na pasta para s amabilis magsawa awts”. LOL.

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Laguna Governor Goes Viral after Accidentally Brings Home a Caterer’s Plate

Have you tried bringing home a plate from a party? They say that this is a trait that a lot of Pinoys have in common – and this was recently proven by Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez!

The busy governor accidentally brings home a caterer’s plate. LOL.

Laguna Governor Brings Home Caterer’s Plate

It is a running joke among Pinoys that one should be careful of their visitors who might bring home their plates and spoons, not just packed food as the standard ‘bring house’. Though a joke, there is actually truth to this and it is happening more often than you think.

But netizens got a good laugh when Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez posted about accidentally bringing home a caterer’s plate, just because he was eating in his van.

As a public servant, the governor was surely busy with a lot of things to help his constituents. But due to the COVID-19 crisis, he does not want to set a bad example to his people by taking off his mask in public to join the others in eating lunch.

Because his staff had been insistent on him eating some food despite his busy schedule, the governor decided to take his food inside the van.

Photo credit: Governor Ramil Hernandez / Instagram

Pasensya na sa caterer kung nagkulang ang plato nyo. Mapilit kaseng kumain daw ako e ayaw ko ngang magtanggal ng mask sa public kaya yan sa van kainin… naiuwi ko tuloy ang plato nyo,” the governor wrote as he shared a photo of him inside the van, with the plate in question still full of food.

The post has gone viral, with many netizens joking that he must have planned on taking the plate while others suggested that he use a paper plate next time.

At least honest sya sa nauwi nya.. 😅 yan ang lider, transparent hehehe,” one netizen jokingly wrote.

Many lauded the governor for eating his van instead of doing it at the gathering, pointing out that it would be impossible for someone to eat without removing his masks. Considering the ongoing pandemic, this is important.

Parties and Gatherings Amid COVID-19

Filipinos are fond of parties and gatherings. These are part of our culture. But amid the COVID-19 crisis, such gatherings are discouraged even for families who are not living in the same house.

To avoid the spread of the virus, people are advised to stay at home and to not attend or host parties, whether Christmas parties, birthdays, reunions, or other special occasions.

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