Zoomanity Zooper Cruise: revisit and rediscover the history of Manila



Captain Luigi at Zooper Cruise

There's an alternative way to discuss History 101 and not a way you might expect - a cruise along Pasig River.

It was a sunny saturday afternoon and #TeamNintendo is having an adventure again. Not in the mall, playhouse or at the road (SLEX or NLEX) ,we are going to Manila's  very first commercial highway: Pasig River.


excited Mommy Rhoda and Luigi

Whenever we hear the word Pasig River, what comes into our mind? I admit words like pollution, filthy, lots of water hyacinths... all the negative thoughts on Pasig River but the cruise experience proved me wrong. It's like "Pumasok kaming mabango, lumabas kaming mabango!" We are blessed to be invited for a Zooper Cruise experience because this is one of the memorable experience for me and my son that is why I am sharing our story.


THE TOUR

Our meeting place is at Valenzuela Ferry Station at 2:30 pm. 


The Valenzuela Ferry Station 

Zooper Early Bird

Mommy, Luigi and Queen Sally

My Queen Sally

Zoomanity Zooper Cruise guest

Zoovenir
There are cute Zoomanity souvenir items that you can buy inside the ferry at a discounted price.


ZOOMANITY TELLS THE STORY OF PASIG RIVER, OLD AND NEW MANILA

While inside the cruise, Engr. Ed Bondad tells us the history of Pasig River, Old Manila and New Manila

Pasig River is the main river in Metro Manila that connects Laguna de Bay to Manila bay through a length of 26 kilometers. 

During the Spanish occupation, Pasig River was full of life. It is the thoroughfare for boats and ships carrying people and goods from Port of Manila to different parts of Manila and its neighboring towns.

But decades later, the city becomes crowded, commercialized and many informal settlers came in Manila, what was once a beautiful river turned into a dump site. In the 1990's the river was declared biologically dead. 

There have been a few attempts to rehabilitate the river. With the help of NGOs and concern citizens, the river can now be safe enough to carry passengers.

Fortunately, there is a new and unique way to experience the Pasig River through Zoomanity Zooper Cruise.


Tawid-Ilog



Fishes and birds swarm the Pasig River





Coast Guard Sub-station Pureza


PUP Ferry Station

ZOOMANITY ZOOPER CRUISE

Zoomanity Group with an aim to promote education and environmental conservation of Pasig River launches Zooper Cruise, a zooper unique cruise under Zoomanity Foundation.

Zooper Cruise is a specially arranged tour in Pasig River every first Saturday of the month. 

In this tour, we had a chance to rediscover the beauty of historical places in Manila like Intramuros and Fort Santiago.


Guest watching the Manila sunset


Senior and junior enjoying the Manila sunset


Sunset at Pasig River and Manila Bay


Plaza Mexico

Fort Santiago

Post Office

Manila CBD

Escolta Station



MANILA WALK


Queen Sally at the Polland Hopia Factory




Luigi having fun at the Hopia Factory



Capitol Theater



Sta. Cruz church

Escolta, Manila


Luigi at Escolta




Dinner at Crowne Prince Seafood Restaurant

The tour is complete with good ambiance, historical facts, music, snacks, drinks and dinner famous authentic Chinese restaurant in Binondo

CAPPING OFF THE NIGHT

We go back to the ferry at 7pm to bring us back to Makati. But the fun never ends, the staff greeted and gave us a clean and cold towel to freshen up, we have ice creams, music, trivias and games! 

Luigi and Queen Sally enjoying their Ice Cream



Engr. Ed Bondad


Mr. Robert Yupangco, CEO of Yupangco Group with the cruise staff 

 Zooper Cruise is the newest project under Zoomanity Foundation. Parts of the proceeds of this special project will go to Zoomanity CSR Conservation projects and rehabilitation program of Pasig River.

Thank you to Mr. Robert Yupangco, Engr. Ed Bondad, Zooper Cruise staff, Ms. Grace Bondad Nicolas and Pinoy Blogger for this one of a kind event. My family enjoyed the cruise so much! 


MY DREAM FOR THE NEXT GENERATION


"Anak ng Pasig naman kayo
May bukas pa ang ating mundo"

I can say that the Zooper Cruise is a unique experience and an eye-opener to value our Mother Nature. I also learned to appreciate and love Manila - its history and contribution to the country because in this cruise I realized how I want my son Luigi and all our next generation to still see, feel, touch our nature in its purest form. But how? We should act now. This is our social responsibility. Let's help preserve and conserve our nature. 

Want to try out the Zooper Cruise? What do you think of discovering Manila through Pasig River? Let me know through the comments.

Rediscover the splendor of Manila historical landmarks. To know more about this Zooper Cruise experience, contact (02)847-0113, (02)899-9819, or (0917)952-1371 or visit www.zoomanity.com.ph

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