8/22/2005

Meeting and buying fish

Yesterday, Along with my nephews we went to the meeting of Aquarium Science Association of the Philippines or ASAP. It was hosted by Mr Angel Ampil, one of ASAP's past presidents. Present President Ben Vallejo called the meeting to discuss the possible involvement and setting-up of a public aquarium in the Philippines.

ASAP of course is not the one funding the Public Aquarium. An MNC, Multi National Corp, seems to be keen in establishing a public aquarium here.This is of course not the first time a Public Aquarium was set-up here. During Pre-War time, The Americans built a public aquarium just outside of Intramuros. It was placed inside one of the small bastions. When the Japanese came during World War II they used the place as a jail of sorts. Some time after the war it was rehabilitated and during
my last visit, during the Centennial Celebration of the Philippine Republic, it was maintained and operated by a private company.

It would be worthwhile to see a modern Public Aquarium in the Philippines. After the meeting the members of the club look at the fish stocked inside Angel's office, place also doubles as an ornamental fish shop.Wait, I think it should be the other way around, the fish shop also doubles as an office.Ended up buying a Betta smargdina (?) and a couple of rummy nose tetras for my nephews.

I like to bring my nephews to such places. It can be tiring though. But it was worth it. At least when I get old and pass on, they will inherit the fishes and the fish-lore.

5 Comments:

Anonymous mlq3 said...

I remember visiting the Manila Aquarium with my dad, who would tell me about the pre-war aquarium. Location would be everything, it would make a fantastic addition to the newly-built areas like Fort Bonifacio or thereabouts. Hope you guys succeed. Think of the success of the aquarium channel. You guys should revive that too. No joke.

1:02 PM  
Blogger juned said...

mlq3, Hopefully it pushes through. The company interested seems to be the one behind the Aquarium in Sentosa, Shanghai and a lot of other countries. Aquarium channel :) I did not like that channel. Probably the most boring channel ever :)

1:53 PM  
Blogger blackshama said...

Thanks for your best wishes. We really need a world class aquarium. As for the aquarium channel, that was a channel for stressed out yuppies, thus it was boring!

5:48 PM  
Blogger Sidney said...

Good luck and I hope you will succeed to set up an aquarium. I can sponsor one fish :-)

8:24 PM  
Blogger juned said...

Sidney, Thanks. Will post further updates.

7:09 AM  

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