Wednesday, April 29, 2009


So I was at the Manila Ocean Park today. In fairness, it looks way better now than when it first opened a few months ago. It still feels like a construction site but the whole place is making a lot more sense. The ground floor outlets are now all open and there will apparently be a hawker style food court on the top floor overlooking the water soon.

But I digress. I went there because I hosted the launch of Hands On Manila Volunteer Vacations program. It's a really cool project where one can go on vacation in the Philippines while giving back as well. You could choose from environmental, heritage, and livelihood programs and spend it improving communities in Aklan (aka near Boracay), Mindoro (aka near Puerto Galera), Laguna/Batangas (aka near Manila) and Bohol (aka near um.. Bohol).

And it's so easy to do. All you need to do is:
1. Choose the program you want.
2. Schedule a Hands On orientation.
3. Book your travel.
4. Get your ass here and get down on it.

I even had a photo op with DOT secretary Ace Durano and HOM President Wynn Wynn Ong. Strange photo. Could someone please caption us three? I'm sure someone out there can think of something funny.

Anyhoo. For all you Filipinos around the world and those who love them, log onto the Hands On Manila site now and come on over to the Philippines, make a change, and have a mango shake by the sea while you are at it. More information and pictures here.