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La Marea Academy Field Trip 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
My sons' school conducted a field trip for Preparatory up to High School students. It took place on February 1. I accompanied my elder son who never failed to join field trips conducted by his school.

There were several destinations on our itinerary. The first was in Sugarland located in the Makati area. We were able to enter Sugarland, the maker of Jelly Ace, their most famous product. Our coordinator told us before we arrived there that we will be able to see how these products are made. Unfortunately, because of commercial reasons, we were only allowed to view machines used for pasteurization, drying, and packaging. Even picture taking was prohibited. Its totally a waste of time considering that we came from a four hour ride (from Pangasinan to Makati) for this trip. I didn't see anything educational on that part of our field trip. The only thing good (especially for those who patronize Sugarland products) was being able to purchase their goods at factory price.


From Sugarland we proceeded to Go Nuts Donuts in Cubao. Beside this donut store is a mini factory with glass wall 9photos above) where one can view donuts being transferred from one machine to another, or being dipped from one coating to another. Our coordinator told the kids before we arrived there that they will be able to make or assemble their own donuts. But this part of the story again did not come true. All they did was watch the machines from a distance as they listened to somebody explain how the machines do the work. The parents were given 10% discounts for every dozen of donuts purchased. Well, quite acceptable.


It was the 3rd destination - a stage play of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - which the kids enjoyed the most. The actors and actresses were great. The play was interrupted at certain parts to give way to interactions with the kids. During interactions, the seven dwarfs took turns asking questions and they give out goodies to the children who were able to answer the questions. The kids, especially the preschoolers, enjoyed watching the play. Photo sessions were done after the play (photo above).

Later in the afternoon we toured to Intramuros then to Fort Santiago. Here we saw the cell of Jose Rizal, our national hero. We also saw several barracks where prisoners stayed, three dungeons where prisoners during Rizal's time were tortured, the ground where hundreds of Filipinos were buried, and Rizal's footsteps before he was shot by the soldiers that ended his life (photos below).






From Fort Santiago we proceeded to the Mall of Asia where we had dinner and a little shopping. I was so exhausted by this time that I had no more energy to take pictures. Mall of Asia is such a big big place one cannot tour it in just a few hours of stay.
posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 8:51 PM  
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