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Tutubi has become an information source for his friends asking him all sorts of information that he himself don't know. One of them is Manila Ocean Park's schedule for Holy Week 2013, where some of his friends intend to visit during Holy Week.
To answer their queries, Tutubi called up Manila Ocean Park's contact number just to be sure. It took quite a while for operators to answer the telephone but he got a definite answer:
Manila Ocean Park Holy Week Schedule 2013 March 25, 2013 Monday OPEN 9am to 9pmMarch 26, 2013Tuesday OPEN 9am to 9pmMarch 27, 2013 Wednesday OPEN 9am to 9pmMarch 28, 2013 Maundy Thursday OPEN 9am to 9pmMarch 29, 2013 Good Friday OPEN 9am to 9pmMarch 30, 2013 Black Saturday OPEN 9am to 9pmMarch 31, 2013 Easter Sunday OPEN 9am to 9pm
Note: Normal operating hours of Manila Ocean Park is 9am to 9pm so Holy Week is just an ordinary week for them probably after observing past Holy Week when most malls and parks were closed. Manila Oceanarium's regualr schedule according to their official website is from 10am to 9pm during weekdays but the operator gave 9am to 9pm...just go there early to avoid the expected long lines in the morning.
Manila Ocean Park Entrance Fee: PhP 400.00 for adults PhP 350.00 for children below four feet in height
SLR/DSLR photography is allowed at the Oceanarium but not flash photography. reminders are posted at the park and guards will confiscate your cameras, even point and shoot cameras, if they see you use flash to take pictures inside. This is done to protect the fishes from being stressed out (there's such a thing as fish stress). (Tip: to take better pictures, use a rubber lens hood that can come in contact with the glass of the aquariums, a CPL (circular polarizer) can but not totally eliminate glare and reflections but lessen sensitivity of the camera.
Manila Ocean Parks facilities include the Oceanarium, the upcoming The Mall and Open Marine Habitat.
For those with cars, there's ample parking space behind Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park (Luneta).
How to get to Manila Ocean Park:
Driving Directions to Manila Ocean Park: From Quiapo, cross Quezon Bridge, pass Lawton then choose right lane of Burgos st where Manila City Hall and the neo-classical National Art Gallery (former National Museum and Senate Building) are, turn right in the direction of Manila Hotel, pass by Manila Planetarium (the nearest hotel to MOP), cross Roxas Boulevard (landmark: Manila Hotel and the Legazpi Monument) then left behind Quirino grandstand.
How to Commute to Manila Ocean Park:
Manila Ocean Park is nearest to LRT UN Avenue station where it's quite a long walk (and hot during Holy Week's summer sun). Suggest you walk to Padre faura Street then board jeepneys going to Pier where the walk is shorter. From Quiapo, board jeepneys with Mabini on their signboards and alight in Luneta when you see the Rizal Monument then walk towards the park.
Note: Maniila Ocean Park contact number: +63.2.567.7777 for bookings, group tours, reservations, fish spa inquiries et al