Joining An Educational Tour
This is my second post under the “Memoirs” since I added the category to this blog and this one will be about joining an educational tour yesterday of our only apo (grandchild) organized by Ingenium School in Marikina City where she is enrolled as a nursery student. The educational tour (the school calls it major field trip) brought us to the Museo Pambata (Children’s Museum) in the City of Manila and the Repertory Philippines Theater in Makati City. Four (4) buses where used to ferry the participants of the tour and overall, I judge the activity as very orderly and overly successful. Our apo and we (her grandparents) really enjoyed the educational and learned a lot from it.
From the assembly area at Ingenium School, we boarded our assigned bus at 9:30 AM and traveled to the Museo Pambata passing through roads where the major learning institutions like Ateneo, Miriam, UP, UST, FEU, Lyceum and Mapua are located. We arrived at the museum forty-five (45) minutes ahead of the appointed time so we had enough of it to eat our lunch and rest inside the air-conditioned bus.
The tour of the Museo Pambata was very informative and enjoyable not only for the young children but to their adult companions as well. Starting with the exhibits and displays of memorabilia from colonial period in the country, the group also see the other themed areas in the museum like the rainforest, music room, illustrator’s room, human body interactive room and other playrooms displaying various toys and gadgets that the children really enjoyed.
Proceeding to Makati City after the museum tour at around 2:30 PM, we arrived at Greenbelt Complex, where the Repertory Philippines Theater is, one (1) hour ahead of the 4:30 PM showtime of the Sleeping Beauty play. With sufficient leadtime, the tour participants were able to eat their afternoon snacks and some were even able to shop for the various items at the commercial complex.
Sleeping Beauty is a musical stage play about a sleeping princess, a spellbound Prince and the good and bad fairies. I could safely say that the children really enjoyed the superb performances of the stage actors and actress in the play because their focus is on the show and they clapped loudly as the curtain falls.
The enjoyable stage play lasted a little over an hour including the 15-minute intermission and after a reasonable wait for reboarding our bus, we are headed back to Marikina City at 7:00 PM rush hour. Our bus driver chose a not-so-jammed route so we were all safely back to our homes at around 8:30 PM.