Monday, February 19, 2007

World Light Expo 2007

they had the soft opening last Feb 13, 2007. i went there last night and the damage was P300.00 for the entrance fee. take note, that's only for the entrance. aside from the Pagodas, the Korean and Chinese circus, the well-lighted archways, the water screen laser show, the little fireworks and other lighted structures, you have to pay an additional P20-50 for the -18 degree centigrade Harbin Ice & Light Festival (na hindi ko napasok, mukhang pinapalamig pa yung tent hehehe), the 1st Qin Emperor's Terracota Army (na nasilip ko lang kasi pinipinturahan pa yung ibang "sundalo"), me mga mini-rides din na napagtyagaan ng ibang "adults" at nung sumakay na sila parang napaisip sila kung bakit sila sumakay hehehe.


some facts i extracted from the Expo brochure i got upon paying the entrance:
  • Gross Production - Usd 6 millions
  • Gross Staff hired - 10,000 persons
  • Production period - two years
  • Job creation in the Phils - 12, 000 persons
  • Number of bulbs used - 2,000,000
  • Design Team (Philippines, Korea, China, Italy) - 200 staffs

the Expo is open everyday from 4:30 pm onwards (up to 1 am on weekends), Feb 13-April 22

Adult (over 4 ft) Php 300.00

Child (below 4 ft) Php 200.00

Children under 3 years old - Free

Parking is on the Macapagal Avenue side. If one is coming from Makati, take EDSA going to Mall of Asia then turn left upon reaching Macapagal Ave. You can also go there by boarding the bus with the signboard MIA Baclaran and go down on or before the Coastal Mall.

yellow t-shirt wearing staffs can be found around the area, you can approach them for some queries and you can even ask them to take your pictures.

the colorful pagodas and the long-bodied dragon made of ceramic/plastic plates, cups and spoons are prominently on the center of the Expo.
when i went there last night, i saw korean food stalls with the London Bridge-inspired lighted structure as its "landmark" and Indo's, strategically located near the stage where the circus and some performances are being done on an hourly basis. i didn't bother checking the food and the price as i am more interested in taking pictures than eating. hehe

there are more to see there that these pictures may not be able to give/impart, if you think the P300 entrance fee is a "expensive but-a-once-in-a-lifetime-experience", then by all means, go there, but if your idea of the expo is a star city theme park and that you can ride-all-you-can with your P300, don't go.

but this one is a nice way of appreciating other culture. and a very good opportunity to practice and/or enhance that photography talent you have. and perhaps, a huge project like this might never happen again in the very near future.

and this is for the benefit of Pangarap na Lupa Foundation (Children with sight impairments)

(my random thoughts, how much are they going to pay Meralco for the huge, huge, huge amount of electricity they will use for that 2M bulbs?)

17 comments:

vernaloo said...

wow! Amazing...

snglguy said...

Yup, that was what I was thinking after I saw all those lightbulbs fring up at the same time. Magkano kaya ang meralco bill niyan? With our power rates being the highest in SE Asia, baka malugi ang expo, haha. :-D

zherwin said...

@vernaloo - exactly, medyo maalikabok lang. :)

zherwin said...

@snglguy - maybe they have a "sponsor" (on the entrance, roxas blvd area, there's a tarpaulin that says : Handog nina...)

vernaloo said...

pulitiko na naman siguro ang may "handog" anoh? maniwala ako hrhrhr

zherwin said...

@vernaloo - cempre at nagkataon lang na tatakbo ulit sila sa pagka-congressman, mayor at vice-mayor hehe

Abaniko said...

Saan nga to exactly? Marami bang tao doon? Mukhang interesante naman ang lugar no?

zherwin said...

@abaniko - tapat ng Coastal Mall, sandwiched ng Roxas Blvd (Baclaran Area) at Macapagal Avenue. :) nung sunday, konti pa lang, mga 500-1000, mostly koreans & chinese, baka ngayong weekend mag-boom na yan.

vernaloo said...

punta nga rin ako :)

zherwin said...

@vernaloo - uy, punta ka. isipin mo na lang merong matutulungan yung P300 entrance fee (at hindi yun meralco ha. hehehe)

dodong flores said...

hanggan kailan kaya yan diyan? Baka naman ma-visit ko pa yan together with my girlfriend...

By the way, you took excellent photos of the area...

zherwin said...

@dodong flores - salamat, medyo nakakatsamba lang sa mga shots (point & shoot ang gamit ko, ala pang budget for DSLR) :) the expo will be until april 22, 2007 pa naman.

vernaloo said...

*processing*

okay hehe

zelle said...

ganda ah...nakakalula! makapunta nga din!

zherwin said...

@zelle - pasyal ka, sama mo mga tropa mo para masaya. wag kakalimutan ang camera, shoot lang ng shoot, saka na lang isipin ang developing cost hehe. :)

watson said...

Ok... nasagot dito tanong ko... hehehe

zherwin said...

watson, helpful ba? :) medyo maraming changes sa facts especially sa entrance fee, from P300, naging P200 na lang. yung ice park fee merong P100 na separate entrance fee, at nung 2nd time na pumunta kme dun, hindi ko pa rin sya pinasok kasi namamahalan ako sa P100 tpos mukhang di ko pa pedeng gamitin yung camera ko eh yun lang ang habol ko, ang makapagnakaw ng picture hehe. :)

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