This was the open invitation sent by Mayor Isko Moreno to all residents of Manila and even those living outside the city, as he inaugurated the other night the multi-million worth of high-tech, interactive, musical, dancing fountain at the Bonifacio Shrine right beside the Manila City Hall.
In his speech, Moreno, who was joined by city officials led by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, wife Dynee and son Joaquin who is also now an artist, among others, also thanked the private sector members who helped him and city engineer Armand Andres put the fountain project into fruition.
The affair, which was attended by thousands, featured a new night fountain whose site is a walkable area by day.
Moreno said that at night, the area transforms into a fountain site where colourful water jets shoot up in sync with lively, Filipino musical hits and with the center jet shooting water as high as 20 feet or seven meters high. The water jets form the Philippine flag if seen via drone shot.
Moreno said the inauguration of the said fountain was timed for the celebration of Valentine’s Day today, in an effort to offer a new, beautiful ‘go-to’ place for lovers and promenaders without having to spend anything.
According to Moreno, the new, expensive fountain was constructed through the kindness of Smart/PLDT, Meralco and Maynilad, adding that not a single centavo of the people’s money was spent on the project,
The fountain comes as an added attraction to the already refurbished Bonifacio Shrine area, which had now become a favourite, instagrammable promenade and destination for tourists and locals alike with its new clean, well-lighted and comely image.
When he assumed office, the said area was filled with filth that included garbage, human wastes and urine due to the presence of illegal vendors, drug users and vagrants.
Moreno directed Andres to have the place thoroughly cleared and restored as a clean, respectable shrine befitting of national hero Gat Andres Bonifacio.