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Newest Ride in Enchanted Kingdom at 17

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Top View of Disk-O-Magic

Disk-O-Magic

It’s definitely a spinning and rocking experience! That’s the Disk-O-Magic ride of Enchanted Kingdom (or EK), its newest attraction launched coinciding with its 17th anniversary celebration.

Disk-O-Magic, going up!

The seats allowed me and my friends to face the park during the ride. We could move our arms and legs freely because the safety bar supporting our back made it possible for riders to remain secure even without holding on to the seat.

Disk-O-Magic spinning

It’s a huge disk literally spinning while it rocked left going up, then down to the center, then to the right going up and back to the center again. Each time it moved higher and higher.

At first, I was able to raise my arms while it was spinning. But as it rocked higher and higher, I realized my hands were already holding on to the seat tightly. But it was still a major rush!!!

Here are my tips. Make it your first ride for the day. We waited for more than an hour because of the long line. Oh and do it on an empty stomach. All the rocking and spinning might not be good on a full tummy.

EKstreme Drop Tower

My favorite ride is still EKstreme Drop Tower. The first time I rode it, it was still one of those attractions I had to pay for separately. But now, it’s already included in the ride all you can ticket. It’s one of the great moves of EK coinciding with the theme park’s anniversary.

EK @ 17

Ekstreme Drop Tower

It’s a tower that moves up very slowly to a height 120 feet and then… it suddenly drops at a speed of more than 40 kph.

Ekstreme Drop Tower slowly goes up

The suspense of the slow upward movement always builds up expecting a drop any second. And when it happens, oh boy, it’s like my heart’s left up in the air while my body rapidly descended.

Ekstreme Drop Tower suddenly drops

It’s terrifyingly fun! There’s terror on my face each time I do this ride. One day, I know I’ll be able to finally raise my hands during the drop.

Read more about Ekstreme Drop Tower, click here.

There are so many things I enjoy in this theme park which keeps me coming back again and again and again.

I love the fireworks at EK.

Fireworks at EK

Other EK attractions I always go to include:

Rialto (now in 3D)

Rialto

Wheel of Fate

and Space Shuttle

Visit EK’s website http://www.enchantedkingdom.ph call their Makati office (02) 812-7291 or email at keyaccounts@enchantedkingdom.com.ph

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Read my first blog about Enchanted Kingdom, click here.

Where to go and what to do in Laguna Province, click here.

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Danao Adventure Park

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Best Adventure in Bohol

Do you want extreme? The most thrilling Bohol adventure I’ve experienced happened in Danao Adventure Park located in Danao Municipality two to three hours away from Tagbilaran City in Bohol Province.

THE PLUNGE

The best, most extreme and most popular attraction here is The Plunge. They claim that it’s the highest canyon swing in the world. It’s mounted over a gorge that’s 200 meters high and 300 meters wide.

Here’s an idea for you to visualize how this experience is like. They geared me up with the helmet, harness and everything else to keep me safe. Then, I stepped onto the platform that kind of moved with each step I took. And looking at how high I was, I knew I was in for something. I had to keep my thoughts refocused because I kept looking down which made my hands a bit sweaty and cold.

At the edge of the platform, they asked me to sit. They lowered the edge slowly down until I was already hanging.

Bracing myself while they give the countdown

At the count of three, I was released. Everything moved so fast. I didn’t know where to look but up to lessen the effect of my fear of heights. It was a 45-meter free fall that lasted for few seconds and it was the pendulum swing after that.

The swinging was the best part moving from one cliff, to the other and back. The swing’s said to measure a hundred meters in diameter.

More swings and then, it finally stopped.

I was pulled back up to the platform.

You can also go for gold. One of the tourists took the plunge upside down.

By far, this is the most exciting activity I’ve done in my life. The rush was priceless.

After going through that, I was awarded with a certificate for completing the challenge. The total experience took around 8 minutes. The Plunge costs Php700.

Awarding of Certificate, Tears of Joy 😛

ULTRALIGHT WAHIG RIVER AIR TOUR

This attraction is probably the highest one of all among all the activities here because you get to fly, literally in the smallest plane I’ve seen. It’s called Ultralight. And unlike other planes, you’re exposed to the elements because it’s not enclosed.

It was raining. For my safety and the pilot’s I was discouraged to go on.
But God’s favor smiled at me. After a few minutes, the raining stopped. Well, not totally, it was drizzling but that was tolerable for flight.

I wore the helmet and hopped on to the two-seater aircraft. The engine started, we moved faster and faster until we were off the ground.

It was quite a bumpy ride. It’s like how I feel when a car’s moving fast and hits bumps on the road. And there were several instances when we experienced what felt like free falls when we flew down, then back up again. So I had to hold on tightly to the metal bar while my other hand took aerial videos with a video camcorder (I borrowed it from the pilot). It was hard to keep my hand still while video recording because of the strong wind.

For a few minutes, I opened the helmet’s visor. The wind was chilly on my face. I liked that, but what I didn’t like was the drizzle. The droplets of rain painfully felt like pellets fired on my face. So I put the visor back down to protect my face.

Aerial shot of the Chocolate Hills

I think I saw below us the popular Chocolate Hills of Bohol (click here to read my article on the Chocolate Hills). I got that on video as well, aerial shots.

This activity costs Php2,200.

TREK

There’s a trail going to two activities of Danao Adventure Park: The Root Climb and Caving. Since it was raining, everything was just so slippery.

During the trek, there’s what seemed like a fossil on a mossy rock. Very interesting. Our travel show “I Love Pinas” marketing head Next Layderos saw this and took the photo.

The trek was difficult because of the mud. There are ropes you can hold on to just in case it’s too steep or slippery. But it wore me down. I didn’t finish the trek anymore and went back up to the main office. I suggest you avoid the rainy season if you want to do this activity.

There’s just so much to do in Danao Adventure Park! Here’s the list:
Danao Adventure Park Menu:
• Wahig River Air Tour (12-15min) Php2,200
• Chocolate Hills Air Tour (45min-1hr) Php6,500
The Plunge Php700 200 meters high, highest canyon swing in the world
• Xsanity Php750 (includes return ride) 1.5km zipline, longest in Asia
Suislide Php350 (zipline)
• Trike Paramotor Php2,200 12-15min Wahig Paramotor Air Tour
Sky Ride Php250 cable car
Caving Kamira Php 350 (moderate)
Caving Baliho Php550 (extreme)
Cliff Rappel Php 600
Village Tour Php 300
River Kayak Php 300
Root Climb Php 400
OffRoad Buggy Php 1,600 (2 laps, 30 Minute Off-road Trail)
River Tubing Php 300
River Trek Php 300

E.A.T. Danao

Danao Adventure Park offers EAT or Extreme Eco Educational Adventure Tour. This ecotourism concept was made for the benefit of the people of Danao Municipality and is managed by the local government unit. Part of the proceeds go to the different projects of Danao Municipality and other socio-civic programs.

If you plan to spend the night in Danao Adventure Park, you have to reserve way ahead of time because of very limited rooms.  Or, you can try camping for the night.

Based on details on their website, the rates for rooms and tents are as follows:

Air Conditioned room – Php 1,300 double occupancy w/ breakfast for two
A/C Rooms – 2 a/c rooms shared 1 Toilet & Bath. Extra bed Php 200 per person
Fan Room – Php 1,300 double occupancy w/ breakfast for two. Has its own Toilet & Bath per room. Extra bed Php 200.00 per person

Tents for Rent – Php 300.00, double occupancy with a camper fee of Php 25 per person

Here are some tips when you visit Danao Adventure Park:

1. Plan ahead. If you’re staying in a hotel in other areas of the province, ask for the estimated travel time then. It took long hours to go here and back to the hotel which made it quite difficult for me to experience all the activities.
2. Jerome Labra, the general manager, suggests tourists to allot two full days to experience all the activities. They still don’t have enough rooms for guests so tourists may have to look for inns in Danao Municipality or go back to their respective hotels in the evening and return to the park the next day.
3. Bring extra clothes and wear rubber shoes. If you want to go trekking, visit the caves or experience the water activities, expect mud on your body and get soaked from the water in the caves. There’s a free shower area here to wash off all the dirt and freshen up.

Danao Adventure Park
for updates, bookings and inquiries here’s how to reach them
eatdanao@ymail.com
http://www.eatdanao.com
0917-302-1700
038-4122338 local 6111 / 038-4122338
Jerome B. Labra (General Manager and Danao Municipality Tourism Officer) 0906-117-6894 / jbl510@yahoo.com / jlabra@gmail.com
Maria Wiena Saguid (Booking Officer) 038-5100050 / 0921-7594403

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The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary

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Seeing these furry little creatures is part of my bucket list. It was a dream come true to be able to get near them and witness how they jump from tree to tree. And there’s a bonus, I saw their scary side with the sharp teeth as if ready to bite!

Bohol Province is known for the tarsiers, the world’s smallest primate. A primate is a mammal of an order that includes monkeys, apes and humans. Local and international tourists visit Bohol usually for two things: to get a close encounter with the tarsiers and to view the majestic Chocolate Hills. That’s why most of the Bohol souvenir items have images of tarsiers and the Chocolate Hills. (Read more about the Chocolate Hills, click here.)

The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary (also known as The Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary) in Kilometer 14, Barangay Canapnapan, Corella Municipality in Bohol Province takes care of the tarsiers creating a natural environment for them to live and breed as normally as possible.

When I arrived at the sanctuary, they led me to the registration area. There’s a mini exhibit explaining to tourists what tarsiers are, how they behave and how we can take care of them.

The guide led me to the sanctuary. There was a gate that made sure the people going in and out of the sanctuary was monitored well.

Inside the walls, it was like a different world. It’s a forest. The guide said I had to be quiet so the sleeping tarsiers won’t be disturbed. They’re nocturnal animals, meaning they’re active at night and sleep during the day.

It’s like a treasure hunt, walking around, searching for the tarsiers. A group of international tourists I saw started walking faster. They’re guide spotted a tarsier. I followed and whoa!!! I saw the small tarsier leap from one tree to another. I was so fascinated how it jumped that distance, and, get this, it jumped backwards.

Then, the guide saw another one. This one didn’t jump. It had its huge eyes staring at me. I think it didn’t like the tourists around it because it flashed its sharp teeth. The guide warned us not to get too close and not to touch for several reasons. One reason, it bites. Suddenly, the cute furry stuffed toy-like creature wasn’t so cute anymore the way I pictured it in my head and how I’ve seen it in pictures. Seeing it flash its teeth again and again made it look like a very tiny monster. Hahahaha! The second reason, touching it might cause stress and stress can push the tarsier to kill itself by not breathing or by starving itself. I wouldn’t want that.

It’s toes were very long and had a tail like that of a rat. It still looked cuddly from afar when you don’t see the teeth.

I had my camera with me. Taking pictures only without the flash is allowed.

A bit of a warning: there are many insects in the sanctuary. While I was taking pictures, one bit me on the cheek that made it swollen. So protect yourselves. (note: after this trip, I went to the Chocolate Hills and that’s where I felt the pain and swelling on my cheek. Thank God there’s a clinic there for tourists and the nurse gave me medicine and applied ointment on my cheek.)

The tarsiers in the Philippines are loners. They don’t go in packs. I think tarsiers in other parts of the world go in groups.

The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary is a project of the Philippine Tarsier Foundation, Inc. Its program manager, Joannie Cabillo, said that years ago, tarsiers were kept in cages inside houses. These were fed insects and “domesticated” so tourists would be able to touch and carry them. She pointed out that that was illegal and every tarsier domesticated can never go back into the wild. It would lose its ability to live on its own and to mate naturally. So the foundation monitors reports about households keeping tarsiers and files charges in court against those responsible.

with the foundation’s staff Joannie Cabillo and Carlito Pizarras

Carlito Pizarras, the foundation’s field supervisor and known as the tarsier man said they also work with other groups they allow to conduct research about tarsiers in the sanctuary.

Here are some rules they enforce:
– Visitors must be accompanied by a guide at all times.
– Tarsiers are shy but if you are quiet and maintain your distance they will not run away.
– Take nothing but pictures. Take nothing living or dead out of the sanctuary, except recent garbage.
– Leave nothing but footprints. Littering and dumping of wastes are banned.
– Kill nothing but time. Killing, harassing or harming of any wildlife are strictly prohibited.
– Do not feed any wildlife in the sanctuary. This can interrupt the animals’ feeding and mating habits, enough to render imbalance in their normal cycle.

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The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary
Kilometer 14, Barangay Canapnapan, Corella Municipality, Bohol Province
http://www.tarsierfoundation.org/
Cellphone numbers: 0927-541-2290 / 0919-845-8720/ 0999-576-0931
Email: joanniemaryc@yahoo.com

The whole Bohol experience was part of the shoot I did for the travel show I host “I Love Pinas” aired in the Philippines and abroad. The staff and I took the photos. Know the airing schedule of the show, click here. Please like “I Love Pinas” on Facebook, click here. Please like my food and travel Facebook page, click here.

Where to go and what to do in Bohol? Click here.

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Chocolate Hills

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When you were a kid, did you draw hills? I did. And it’s like the childhood drawings came to life in Bohol Province when I took a good look at the awesome Chocolate Hills.

Chocolate Hills is one of the natural wonders tourists admire in Bohol Province. This destination is a must for your first time visit in Bohol. In fact, it’s one of the highly recommended tourist spots in the Philippines. Why? The 1,268 uniform hill formations never fail to awe the visitors. It’s like asking yourself, how was this all possible? But it is possible and you can see for yourself God’s beautiful masterpiece.

From Tagbilaran airport in Bohol province, a lot of brochures are available offering packages to visit Chocolate Hills. When you step out of the airport, you’ll see people with signages offering transportation to the place.

The hills are scattered throughout four towns in Bohol and our guide said the most convenient town to go to is Carmen Municipality because their viewing deck offers a strategic position for the top view of the hills.

On the way to Carmen Municipality, I already saw some of the Chocolate Hills beside the road. It got me more excited.

You’ll see the hills right beside the road while inside the van

When I arrived at Carmen’s viewing station’s parking lot, I thought that was it, that it was the actual viewing deck. Because I already had a great view of the hills and I started taking pictures. But there’s more!

View from the parking area

motorcycle parking area

I was pointed to the flight of stairs to the deck. Bring your bottled water because I needed that after 214 steps going up.

200 plus steps going up

But please take your time going up the stairs and take pictures because some of the most amazing photos I took were those on my way up.

At the top, there’s a bell you can ring. It was being painted then, so I helped paint it a bit.

I thought to myself, I am now part of the Chocolate Hills experience every time a tourist would see that bell painted in yellow (or was it off-white) I can say that I took part in it…unless of course they repaint it.

And there it was! The majestic view of the Chocolate Hills. But wait!? They’re all green. That’s because the hills are covered with green plants during the wet season and they turn brown during the dry season. They’re still called Chocolate Hills even in the wet season though.

There’s a specific area there where one can have fantasy shots. It’s where you’re made to appear like you’re flying above the Chocolate Hills. This was my most favorite part of the tour.

They give you a broom and you hop on it like a witch. Then you jump. Check the photo, if you’re not satisfied, jump again. I think I jumped with the broom twenty times.

The final product? It’s like you’re a witch flying above the hills on a broom.

The international tourists I spoke with were astonished with what they saw and said they will definitely go back home, share stories and show the pictures to their friends and families.

Atty. Elizer Cagol, The Municipal Administrator of Carmen Municipality in Bohol Province says the local government is available to help and guide big groups of tourists. His contact details are:
atty_cagol@yahoo.com.ph
0947-347-2619

Know more about Bohol Tourism and the Chocolate Hills, visit their website. Click here.

A few minutes away from the viewing area is a souvenir shop. I just have to mention this. The shop sells items cheaper than other places in Bohol by Php 10 to Php 40.

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Subic Tree Top Adventure

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Literally be on top of the trees and enjoy the different adrenaline-pumping activities at the Tree Top Adventure, Subic Branch. This is a must for me when in Subic.

Tree Drop Adventure (Php 150/ person)

My favorite activity here’s the Tree Drop Adventure. This is the shortest but most thrilling activity. I climbed up, geared up and crossed the bridge on top of the trees to get to the Tree Top Adventure Station. It’s only 60 ft. high, but from the edge of the station looking down at the man who’s supposed to “catch” me, it seemed so much higher.

First, they asked me to step off the station’s edge which was the hardest part for me to do. I held on to a rope while hanging from the harness. Facedown, my heart started beating faster. I could see how high I was and knew this was going to be a sudden drop. Would I hit the ground?

That question kept popping in my head. I had to have faith that everything’s safe. I let go of the rope and at the count of three I was free-falling. Everything happened so fast. After a few seconds it was done. I didn’t hit the ground. Whew! What a rush!

Interactive Free Fall Adventure (Php 250/ person)

My second favorite’s the Interactive Free Fall Adventure. Three persons can all take part of this simultaneously making it even more enjoyable. The harness is attached to the metal bar on top and there’s another metal bar that you can hold on to. This is done with a standing position. You can actually let go of the bar because you’re strapped safely anyway. But, my hands wouldn’t let go. We were pulled 90 feet up I believe. And then, without warning, it was free fall. Then it stopped and we were slowly pulled up again. After a few seconds, it was another drop. This went on several times and each time we were screaming.

Silver Surfer (Php 250/ person)

High above the ground two people can position themselves at opposite ends of the pole while standing. It’s kind of like see-saw. It’s motorized and you can look down below to feel the height.

When it started moving, it was fun, but I knew there still was a catch. It moved faster and then suddenly stopped! We were swinging and see-sawing so high above the ground. I could feel my hands release cold sweat. Each sudden stop was just thrilling.

Superman Ride (Php 200/ person)

Soar from tree to tree, Superman style. The Superman Ride’s a zipline positioned facedown. A metal bar called the carrier is positioned below the armpits which allowed me to raise my arms forward with ease.

Canopy Ride (Php 350/ person)

This is the most relaxing ride of all, the Canopy Ride. From up to 100 feet above the ground you can just appreciate the beauty of the trees and take a good top view of the place. It moves slowly and this cable ride is the perfect activity after the first four heart pumping adventures.

Tree Top Adventure’s Assistant Operations Manager Ferdinand Arellano says this is the place to experience all sorts of activities that can help one conquer his or her fear of heights. They can help you challenge yourself with their adrenaline-pumping activities.

When you avail of their packages, you can have a discounted price. This is highly recommended if you want to try all the activities. The rates listed above may change without prior notice.

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Tree Top Adventure, Subic Branch
JEST Area, Upper Mau Cubi Point Subic Bay Freeport Zone 2222
Telefax: (047) 252-9425
Cellphone: 0920-628-8740 / 0932-171-5729
http://www.treetopadventureph.com/subic/subic-home.html
treetopadventure@yahoo.com

My Tree Top Adventure in Subic was part of our shoot for the travel show I host “I Love Pinas” Thursdays 11:59pm at GMA News TV Channel 11 after The 700 Club Asia. Photos were taken by me and the staff. Like the show on Facebook.

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