Summer is definitely here! Time to put on some cool comfortable clothes, splash in some sunblock and let’s get active at the outdoors. A new attraction has popped up in Porac, Pampanga. The SandBox Alviera, within the 1.125 hectare property of Alviera, is a giant playground for both the young and the young at heart. It got some unique rides and activities geared for group of friends, families or even corporations. We recently get to try these rides just before its public opening this April 12, 2014. And I got a treat for you guys. Read on!
Not minding the bearing sun, I and my companions quickly lined up for the rides which attracted us most. The Giant Swing was the first. Standing 10-meters high, it is the country’s tallest swing! I thought it would be simple but my adrenaline started pumping when they started pulling me up almost parallel to front frame and everything went crazy from the sudden release and let gravity take its action. The next second I was in the midst of a dry scream looking straight into the sky. It was really fun.
I also wanted to try the Avatar One, the Philippine’s first roller coaster zipline but it wasn’t in operation yet. Maybe next time. I just contented watching people negotiate the 5-storey Adventure tower for a slew of height-challenging activities like wall climbing, rappelling and a free fall.
I also checked out the Pump Track, a vast 5,000 sqm mountain bike obstacle course to test your cycling skills. Nearby are the ATVs and Buggies. I got to try part of the original 40 minute trail and it was wild, dusty and thrilling as well.
The Aerial Walk Challenge may look simple, but the obstacle course does challenge one’s balance , agility and flexibility.
The Sandbox Alviera officially opens this April 12, 2014 with a special concert by Bamboo. You and three of your friends have a chance to drop by the opening or opt to use it some other time as Ironwulf En Route is giving out 4 Passes for the Sandbox Alviera to one winner! Each Pass is a Package A which includes the following:
- Sandbox Entrance Fee
- Aerial Walk
- Giant Swing
- Climbing Wall
- Roller Coaster Zipline
- Rappel Wall
- Free Fall
- Mini Golf
The pass is valid for one year. The contest runs from April 6-8, 2014, midnight of Tuesday. Participants must be from Manila or nearby provinces of Luzon. The winner will be announced on Wednesday April 9, 2014.
Disclaimer: This mini-raffle contest is NOT endorsed by Sandbox, Alviera or Ayala Land. This is a giveaway by the owner of Ironwulf En Route.
The Sandbox is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00am to 5:00pm. To learn more about Sandbox Alviera, visit www.alviera.ph and like www.facebook.com/AlvieraPH
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.