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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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Tatay Alex Withdraws Case Against E-Jeep Driver, But Continues Case for Alyas Linda

Netizens have been awaiting what would happen next to the case of Tatay Alexander Gutal against Dimple Morcillo, known on Raffy Tulfo in Action as ‘Alyas Linda’. Recently, the show posted an update – and netizens were quite happy to hear that Tatay Alex will still continue with the case against her and her family.

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Weeks after the ill-fated moment that brought Tatay Alex to fame, he and his son Christian went back to TV for an update. They happily shared that their business is booming, thanks to Tulfo’s help. If before the incident happened Tatay Alex earns around Php800 to Php1,000 a day as driver, the business is going great that they earn an estimated Php5,000 a day. Wow.

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During the course of the investigation over the incident, e-jeep driver Jowel Espiritu got involved in the case after netizens pointed out that he was the one who told ‘Linda’ to go after Tatay Alex. After learning about that, Tatay Alex decided to include him in the case.

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But the e-jeep company suspended the driver because of the case he is facing. This led Tatay Alex to hesitate about the case against the driver. After Tulfo explained to him that the driver must have done that to protect his passenger, a female one at that, who claimed that someone had touched her. Other drivers, particularly dads, would have acted the same way.

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With that in mind, Tatay Alex changes his mind and withdraws the case against the e-jeep driver. But for Linda, it is “Tulo ang kaso!” Tulfo and netizens cheered after learning that he’s still so sure about filing the case against Linda and her family, knowing that they did him a lot of wrong.

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The driver could now breathe a sigh of relief, but Linda and her family are not getting off the hook…

Watch the update here:

What’s an E-Jeep?

An e-jeep is an update to the jeepney, a common mode of transportation in the Philippines. Instead of consuming diesel or gasoline like the old jeep, the e-jeep runs purely on electricity supplied by rechargeable automotive batteries. It is a ‘cleaner’ mode of transport compared to the old model.

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Singaporean Gets Scammed by Cousins as Both Married, One Husband Wants to File Case

A Singaporean guy who tried to seek help from Raffy Tulfo found himself in deeper trouble than the ex-GF he’s complaining about, because she brought the husband of his current girlfriend! The husband now wants to file a case against the Singaporean – and unlucky for the latter, Tulfo is willing to help the guy out and provide him with a lawyer. Uh oh.

See: Singaporean Goes to Tulfo for Help Against Ex-GF, But She Brings Husband of His New GF to Studio

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Choo Chai Huah originally wanted to seek help from Raffy Tulfo against his former caregiver and girlfriend, Mary Jane Desamito. He wants to get all his money back, amounting to over Php11 million, but she insists that she worked hard for it and wouldn’t return anything. After all, the properties and money she received were supposed to be her reward for the good work she did for him and his business.

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But Mary Jane brought the husband of Mr. Choo’s current girlfriend, Jonalyn Fronda – and she happens to be her cousin! It turned out that Jonalyn lied to Mr. Choo, saying she’s in the process of divorcing her husband.

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The husband is sure that he will file a case against Mr. Choo and Jonalyn; thought he told Jonalyn he wouldn’t do that when they were given a chance to talk. He later told Tulfo it was just ‘usapang kalye’ because he was afraid as he didn’t have money and no capacity to file a case. Tulfo laughed, saying he has no problem with providing him with a lawyer should he want to pursue the case.

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The Singaporean was rather shocked to learn that Tulfo is helping Jonalyn’s husband, saying that he was the one who went for help first. Tulfo explained that it doesn’t work that way because the program will help anyone with a valid complaint. While Mr. Choo’s complaint is valid, his evidence is too weak to hold water in court – but he could face more trouble if Jonalyn’s husband will pursue the case.

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What is ‘Usapang Kalye’?

‘Usapang kalye’ is the term used by Filipinos to mean something that sounds real but shouldn’t be taken seriously because the person who said was not serious in making the statement. This also refers to really absurd stories and claims of things they are supposed to do, but won’t actually follow through.

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Pregnant Teacher Walks for 2-3 Hours, Goes Through Rocky Sea and Cliffside Paths to Reach School

She’s already 9 months pregnant and could actually give birth anytime, but Jay Ann Salibio continues to serve the students of Patag Elementary School Annex in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro because there’s still no substitute teacher to fulfill her place.

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But what’s so challenging is that the teacher has to walk 2-3 hours just to reach the school, passing through a rocky sea portion and cliffside paths. When it is high tide, the water reaches up to the chest and could get rather difficult for them to walk because the sharp stones could hurt their bodies and feet.

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Moreover, one wrong move on the cliffside paths could send them plunging several feet below! Obviously having a difficult time walking towards her school but having no choice, Teacher Jay Ann could only hope that the Department of Education (DepEd) would send her a substitute teacher as soon as possible.

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At the time the video was made, she’s 12 days to her due date; however, moms know that the due date isn’t a sure date – she could give birth anytime soon! The other teachers in the school are willing to substitute for her classes, if the need arises, without additional pay.

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Teacher Jay Ann recalls that she was actually quite excited to learn that she got accepted at Patag Elementary School some 4 years. But she was surprised when the ‘patag’ (flats or plains) turned out to be not ‘patag’ at all!

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They had to walk several hours to reach school. This pushed her and her fellow teachers to pay for a bahay kubo to be made at the school where they could stay for the entire week, so they don’t have to walk every single day.

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Watch her story here:

Thankfully, a substitute teacher was finally approved to replace Teacher Jay Ann. Watch the continuation of the video here:

What’s a Substitute Teacher?

A substitute teacher is someone who temporarily replaces a permanent teacher who is on leave for some reason, including maternity leave, extended sick leave, or a study leave.

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