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Las Farolas visitors nearing 200,000 mark

In its almost 11 months of operation, Las Farolas – the newest tourist and educational destination in Metro Manila – has already drawn close to 200,000 visitors.

Students  from both private and public educational institutions in Metro-Manila and the provinces as well as local and foreign tourists make up the bulk of these visitors. A considerable number of employees from the government and private sectors also make up the rest of the guests.

The museum of river monsters, Las Farolas, which was inaugurated April of last year, boasts of more than 3,000 species of weird and monstrous-looking freshwater fish species which are housed in two hubs  that serve as their “sanctuary.” The species are part of the over 12,000 exotic collection of its owner Henry G. Babiera from various parts of the world.

Located in Frontera Verde Drive beside Tiendesitas on Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City, Las Farolas  is a multi-million enterprise conceived by the late Don Rafael Ortigas and Moment Philippines Theme Park Planner and Management Corporation led by Babiera. It is the  first  and only one of its kind in the world showcasing 100% freshwater aquatic wildlife. While the core of its mission is to showcase freshwater exotic fishes, Las Farolas is a staunch advocate of environmental protection and conservation, particularly with regard to endangered freshwater aquatic species, and serves as a platform for educational and research activities through an interactive classroom to impart knowledge on aquatic life and sustainable means by which man can combat the threat of its extinction.

It hopes to be in the mainstream of the local environmental protection and conservation efforts in harmony with the efforts of the national government, particularly with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), NGOs, and other international environmental advocacy groups.