Tuesday, December 21, 2010

UP Diliman: Lantern Parade 2010

The holidays are mostly about tradition. One of mine is being able to attend the UP Lantern Parade. I religiously attended the UP Lantern Parade when I was still a student in the university and I still attend the UP Lantern Parade yearly as an alumni.

UP Lantern Parade 2010

One thing I noticed about the floats and lanterns of this year's UP Lantern Parade was that there were less large-scale, grand, colorful group projects from the different colleges, offices and organizations. Save for some lanterns from the College of Fine Arts, the lanterns of this year's UP Lantern Parade were mostly small held by, operated by or mounted onto one or two people.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Manila: Manila Ocean Park

When I first heard that the Manila Ocean Park, a marine park, recently opened in my city, Manila, I thought that that was so first world. Parks of this kind that I know of only existed in countries like the US, Spain and Japan. To be inside one of those tube aquariums, I thought, I would have to travel to those countries. Suffice it to say, that no longer applies.

Manila Ocean Park

Admittedly, our marine park is smaller than those in first-world countries. And it is. Depending on how fast you walk, you'll probably be able to go through the whole park in half an hour. But then I thought, hey, we got enough biodiversity in our seas to fill our marine parks with.