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In Focus: 6 Places We'll Never Forget From Our Childhood

In Focus: 6 Places We'll Never Forget From Our Childhood


We’re sure you’ve heard. Metro’s most popular amusement park, Star City, was hit by a huge fire just after midnight of October 2nd, leaving a billion worth of estimated destruction including the Snow World attraction and Ballet Manila’s home, Aliw Theater. We know its closure will only be temporary, even so, our hearts still break at the sad news especially we’re just two months away from Christmas. 

Star City played a role in shaping the best of our childhood experiences. From family holiday celebrations to school field trips, we can always count on it to give us a lot of fond memories that we’ll always long for. And it’s not the only place that awakens the young spirits in us. Here, we're rounding up some of the places that would bring a wave of nostalgia from our young and carefree days:

Museong Pambata 

Located in Roxas Boulevard, this children interactive museum holds a great deal of appeal to us for its incomparable teaching method, allowing us to have hands-on discovery of the Philippine culture, our digestive system, and even to have a phone call with RIzal.

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Nayong Pilipino

It only took us an hour or two of travel time to go around the Philippines back then, thanks to this cultural theme park which was literally divided into six regions each represented by replicas of popular tourist spots such as Mayon Volcano, Chocolate Hills, Vigan and Banaue Rice Terraces. It's now been rebranded and moved to Clark, Pampanga.

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Manila Zoo

Obviously, there's no logical explanation not to include this one on the list. If it's learning about nature and animal welfare we're talking about, Manila Zoo won't be short of it and they best provide it through actual vision of gardens and various species of animals like birds, crocodiles, lions, elephant Mali and the world's oldest hippo Bertha who, much to our sadness, has passed away.

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Boom na Boom

Gone are the days of thrilling rides, magic shows, circus and go karting at this carnival in CCP Complex which for years exposed us to real fun and pure Manileño experience. You'll now find an Upside Down Museum in the area, for what it's worth.

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Fiesta Carnival

Other than Star City, we once also enjoyed a roller coaster, ferris wheel, and carousels at this now-defunct amusement park in Cubao. It's also our parents' best option to entertain us with its magic and clown shows.

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Enchanted Kingdom

Maybe a little farther than the rest, but trust us, EK was always worth the trip. Anchors Away, Bump 'n Splash, Jungle Log Jam, Rio Grande, Up Up and Away, 4D movie experience—it's really the top place for fun and adventure lovers alike. The magic that lives in there might just give you less reasons to dream of Disneyland.

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To visit all these places was the ultimate bucket list for our younger selves. If you've checked it all then you've most likely lived your childhood to the fullest. We did, FYI, but we'd want to give it another round even in our 20s, 30s or older—Star City included.

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