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Brigada: Adventures in Marogondon, Cavite



I was a guest and co-host for this segment of Brigada to feature Maragondon as the next travel and adventure destination near Manila. Go watch and discover what the town can offer for tourism.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Esplanade Seaside Terminal opens at the bay side of SM MOA Complex

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A new seaport was launched at the bay side of SM MOA Complex -- the new Esplanade Seaside Terminal, the new terminal can service three partners of the terminal – Prestige Cruise, Sun Cruises and Orient Craft, these ferry operators organizes trip and tour in Corregidor island and also a sunset and dinner cruise along Manila Bay and bay side of SM Mall of Asia. The new terminal can also service incoming local and foreign vessels if they want to dock at the Esplanade Seaside Terminal (I’m not sure how big is the vessel required).


This is a good area to accommodate ferry operators – old or new, For now, we are no longer need to go to CCP by the Bay terminal to ride these ferries, and I’m not sure if they will close the old seaside terminal there because the Esplanade Seaside Terminal is much better, safer and convenient to us commuters.

The new seaside terminal also offers a wide and safe parking lot, close to food establishments and shopping stores at the SM MOA, and its accessible to commuters and people who drive thru.

My only wish is that next time they can open this terminal to service a ferry travel to Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro or Bataan. It will be more convenient to travelers when they are in Manila, but I’m sure that the Esplanade Seaside Terminal will add more service soon, so as for now, lets enjoy the convenience.


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Here’s a short walkthrough around the Esplanade Seaside Terminal


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A set up during the ribbon cutting and launch


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The lobby of the terminal and their ticket center.


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Prestige Cruises
www.manilabaycruise.com

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Prestige Cruise offers dinner cruise by the bay and also you can rent the entire ferry for party and events


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Sun Cruises
The only ferry that service a trip to Corregidor island

www.suncruises.com.ph

Rates to Corregidor

Trip and transfer – PHP 1,500 (with shrine and entrance fee to Corregidor, tour not yet included)

Trip and tour – PHP 2,549 (includes ferry trip, tour, entrance fees,buffet lunch in Corregidor)

Overnight in Corregidor – starts at PHP 1,500 up to PHP 2,000

Corregidor historical tour rate – PHP 1,800 (includes ferry trip, entrance fees and guided tour)


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Orient Craft
They offer a party boat package at PHP 24,000



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At the lobby, we lined up to get our ticket


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The staff of Sun Cruises will assist you anytime and anywhere (in and out of the ferry boat)


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Back side of the ticketing office of Esplanade Seaside Terminal



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The Ferry boat


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There’s the party boat!

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My view at the loading dock of the seaside terminal

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Small lights that can guide the ferry boat at night


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That’s how we dock, they placed a floating platform as our bridge going to the ferry.
This is a precautionary standard to prevent the ferry from hitting the docking concrete.


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Lou Sv is excited to ride the ferry


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Reps from SM MOA, Esplanade Seaside Terminal, Coast Guard and Ferry Operators


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Cute bomb sniffing Jack Russel dog….a trained K-9 by the Coast Guard team.

astig!


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The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.


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