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New Manila Zoo Reopens; Mayor Honey Personally Welcomes First Visitors

Manila Zoo First Visitors
Mayor Honey Lacuna personally welcomes the visitors at the opening of the New Manila Zoo yesterday. (JERRY S. TAN)

VISITORS from as far as Davao City, Bulacan and Baguio City were among the first guests who went to the newly-rehabilitated Manila Zoo when it reopened to the public yesterday.

This was bared by Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna during the “Balitaan sa Harbor View” news forum hosted by the Manila City Hall Reporters’ Association (MACHRA), where she gladly announced that the reopening of the New Manila Zoo went on without any hitches and with already 2,000 registrants as of yesterday morning.

The tickets to the zoo, she said, were made available available via online registration beginning yesterday via the manilazoo.ph.

The mayor was accompanied in welcoming the first guests by Parks and Recreation Bureau chief Pio Morabe, the mayor’s spokesperson Atty. Princess Abante and the mayor’s executive assistant, Evelyn de Guzman, among others.

Lacuna shared that a senior citizen from Davao City has told her that he will be staying in Manila for only three days and that the Manila Zoo was his first destination.

Manila Zoo First Visitor

A grandfather from Baguio City also went all the way to Manila to tour his grandson at the Manila Zoo.

She said that the admission fees to the Manila Zoo are considerably lower than other zoos in the country that reach up to P600 per head, or double the amount being charged at the Manila Zoo.

Based on an ordinance passed by the Manila City Council headed by Vice Mayor Yul Servo as its Presiding Officer, the prices of admission are as follows: Adult and child – P150 for Manilans and P300 for non-Manilans; Students – P100 for Manilans and P200 for non- Manilans and city employes, P100. Senior citizens and persons with disability get 20 percent discount while children two years old and below may enter for free.

“Napakababa na po nun kasi sa iba, P600, P500, eh baka kung napakababa ay ma-COA (Commission on Audit) naman kami.. ayon ‘yun sa batas,” Lacuna explained, adding that the city cannot charge in such a way that it would be disadvantageous to the government.

Once inside the zoo, Lacuna said that any visitor will not feel shortchanged owing to the new attractions there.

The said zoo will be operating from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, with a cut-off for entry of guests at 6 p.m.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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