Friday, December 30, 2005

Oasis in Cubao

CUBAO is one of the places I associate with my childhood. Before the emergence of SM North Edsa, Ayala Center, Ortigas Center, and Libis, Cubao held the title of the most-visited place in Metro Manila.

My first carnival visit was in Fiesta Carnival. I was in Grade 5 when our section had a field trip and one of the destinations was the Fiesta Carnival. I couldn’t forget how dizzy I was when we took the octopus ride. I also rode the roller coaster and caterpillar. It was such a lovely experience for me.

My friends and I always watched the Christmas presentation being shown in COD Cubao every year. Unfortunately, COD closed down last year and the traditional presentation ended.

The main attraction in Cubao is the Araneta Coliseum. This is where I watched “Holidays on Ice” when I was 10 years old.

The Aranetas (owner of Araneta Center) are developing Araneta Center now to regain the glory of Cubao. One of the newly-built establishments in Cubao is the Gateway Mall. For me, it is an upscale department store. The main attraction of the mall is the oasis. I couldn’t help myself taking pictures of the oasis.

The place where Fiesta Carnival was formerly situated had become Shopwise Store. Fiesta Carnival became an outdoor carnival infront of SM Cubao.