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Reach for the Stars

April 10, 2017
National Museum Planetarium

For a taste of Pinoy heritage and culture, visit the National Museum of the Philippines in Rizal Park, which includes four bodies: the National Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum of Anthropology, planned National Museum of Natural History (due to open in 2017), and the popular National Planetarium. A hit with astronomy addicts, science geeks and romantic stargazers, it’s science buff heaven.

Manila’s kid-friendly Planetarium, located between the Japanese and Chinese Gardens, was originally launched (excuse the rocket pun!) in 1975, but has just had a massive upgrade with a fab new hybrid projection system allowing viewers to watch full dome shows in state-of-the-art splendour. It’s a first in Asia, uniting the original tech of its analogue 1975 projector with a snazzy Japanese digital one, ensuring more detailed and realistic images of the stars (not the celeb variety, obviously!). Neat seats and modernised facilities offer a more comfy, entertaining experience all round.

And the best thing? Shows are free for a limited time, until 30 April 2017! Take your pick from the Planetarium’s programme, including timed screenings A Planet for Goldilocks, Hayabusa Back to the Earth, and Journey to a Billion Suns (with five daily 35-to-45-minute shows on Tue-Sat and two daily on Sun). Alongside full-dome projection of astronomical bodies, the museum hosts shows, lectures, demonstrations and exhibitions. You can also access the site now from the Rizal Park entrance.

National Museum Planetarium / Padre Burgos Ave / Rizal Park / Ermita / +63 2 527 7889 / 10am-5pm Tue-Sun /