The Planetarium is a gated structure that encloses a 16 meter (52 ft.) dome that lies just on the edge of the Rizal Park Complex facing the Intramuros, the Walled City. Plans for the country’s planetarium came from the Philippine Weather Bureau (now the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration) chief and Philippine Astronomical Society founder Maximo Sacro Jr. and were passed along to National Museum Director Godofredo Alcasid Sr., who gave it the budget of $100,000.00 from the Japanese Reparation Program.
I am an astronaut, a renegade
Tearing through the dark, own a new way
It’s ride or die, seize the night
I’m gonna burn it up, up, up, up
I took one of the seats up front. While not the fastest ride because of the rush hour and EDSA being what it is, I was comfortable, even with being stuck on the road because the bus has its own water closet along with other amenities.
Of course, there’s a difference between cemetery and graveyard. Cemetery is the burial ground that isn’t maintained by a church, unlike the way that a graveyard is.
It’s a free beach, which is why often people could be found there. While locals are the mostly content at the promenade or by the edge of the water, most visitors choose from a number of water sports, like surfing, kite surfing, skim boarding, jet skiing, and even fishing.
The famous Formosa pineapples, dubbed the “Queen of All Pineapples”, grow well in the storm-battered lands of the province and are grown nowhere else in the region but in that province. Some believe that its legendary taste could be due in part to them growing among towering coconut trees.
There were two other statues, both painted gold but neither could I identify. Morning light flooded the hall from the portals along the walls and the diamond windows from the roof. Hanging from the ceiling was an intricate metal chandelier.
Granted that a night bus ride limits the view because of darkness, I see it as the dimming of the lights in a theater just before the curtain rises to start the show. And what is the name of that show?
As I turned the corner, I saw the sign. It was great to see green space in the heart of an urban complex. From where I stood, I could already see where the park started—and ended! While I was gladdened by the sight, it also confounded me. “This is it? This is all of it?!”
Take me out and we’ll karaoke
Tonight we feel famous, don’t we?
Pick me up and we’ll make a movie
I’m acting like the world can’t hold me down, down, down
They’ll never hold me down, down, down
We’ll pass the mic around, around, around, around
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