The Philippines boasts several tourist destinations. It’s like a big world out there—so big that it can be daunting to plan which to visit. From natural to man-made masterpieces, wildlife to city-scapes, the choices are endless. Can’t decide? Here’s a tip: if you’re interested in theme parks, SUBIC must be the ideal place for you.
Roberto Garcia, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chairman says Subic should be popularized as the theme park capital of the Philippines.
Why? Subic houses the five major theme parks in the country, namely: Ocean Adventure, Zoobic Safari, Tree Top Adventure, Holy Land and the Jungle Environment Survival Training (JEST) Camp. In this post, let me share with you about our recent trip to JEST Camp.
Top 3 Activities We Did in Magaul Bird Park
1. Winged Wonders Bird Show
This was primarily the highlight of our trip to Magaul Bird Park at JEST Camp since it was officially launched last Saturday, May 3, 2014. The event was warmly graced by CEO Joselito Lacap and his family who manages the bird park and the operations team who takes care of their collection of birds in the park. Adventura, the Marketing Arm of Magaul Bird Park, partners and Canon PIXMA Printers (sponsor) were also present.
We had a sneak preview of their birds at the outdoor amphitheater. Before that, a group of dancers performed and successfully took everyone’s attention.
Later we learned through Operations Manager Katrina Lacap that the dance number was not carried out only to display talents and entertain guests.
Rather, it was used to signify an important story in the most creative and compelling way. This story is about the birth of Magaul Bird Park and why it was named “Magaul.” Apparently, Magaul is the Sarimanok, a Philippine mythical bird, who pecked the bamboo where Malakas and Maganda came from (the Philippine version of Adam and Eve).
All the birds look interesting and equally charming species! They are human-friendly and well-trained. With that, I bet that this amusing open-air bird show in JEST Camp will be a huge hit among tourists. It will be held daily at 11AM and 3AM if weather permits.
2. Giant Swing: Goliath’s Swing
Perched on the edge of JEST camp’s ground, this giant swing is a self-releasing swing over a cliff where you get to see Subic’s best view. At PHp 200/pax, you get to experience the coolest ride in the camp. Imagine being hoisted 30 meters in the air with the staff pulling the rip cord behind for exhilarating drop and swing!
3. Bird Watching
JEST Camp’s Magaul Bird Park features different types of birds you can watch and feed. Labels and descriptions of the birds are placed outside their respective cages. Additionally, staffs of the camp offer help in providing more explanations. Hence, I guarantee that you will go out of the bird park with new-found knowledge.
We all need an escape from our daily lives from time to time, yes? If you’ve run out of places to go to in the city, Magaul Bird Park at JEST Camp may come to the rescue. Give yourself a break and enter its wondrous world.
There are much more fun and exhilarating activities (Jungle Survival, Maze Quest, etc.) we didn’t try, given the limited hours of our stay. For those who intend to go ahead and tour around Subic, I suggest you visit Magaul Bird Park at JEST Camp. Pick one activity or pick them all—you can’t go wrong! 😛
The daytour (PHp 200/head) can be completed in two hours, excluding the shows.