Kids take on being Marine Conservationists at the KidZania Manila’s Newly Opened Century Tuna Marine Research Lab
The KidZania Manila Marine Research Lab ribbon-cutting (L-R): Vita, RightZKeeper representing the Right to Care, Marc Nelson, Maricel Pangilinan-Arenas, Nanette Medved-Po, Chris Po, Aurelio Montinola III, Iza Calzado, and Jose Palma.
KidZania Manila, where kids four to 14 run their own city scaled to their size, has just announced a new job opening: Marine Conservationist. The play city now has a Marine Research Lab thanks to Century Tuna and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines.
The Marine Research Lab is the latest addition to KidZania Manila and the first-ever venture in KidZania’s 24 facilities worldwide to offer a marine conservation experience to Visitors. Here, kids learn about marine ecosystems, sustainability, and the need to care for our seas. The launch event gave Visitors a sneak peek into the Marine Research Lab designed as an underwater facility that houses models of marine ecosystems and research workstations.
The event was also graced by special guests including: Century Pacific Food Inc. Chairman, President and CEO Christopher Po; Hope in a Bottle Chairman and President Nanette Medved-Po; WWF-Philippines President Jose Palma; WWF-Philippines Chairman of the Board of Trustees Aurelio Montinola III; Energy Development Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Federico Lopez; former Chairman of the Board, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, and popular actor and Century Tuna endorser, James Reid. Guests of the launch were treated to an under-the-sea ballet performance by the Halili-Cruz School of Ballet and KidZania Manila’s own National Company of the Arts. Afterwards, they were given a guided tour of the Marine Research Lab. The CongreZZ kids, representing KidZania Manila’s CitiZens, also shared their pledges to protect the sea.
Scientists on a mission
The Marine Research Lab not only nurtures future Philippine scientists, it also gives them an important mission. “Our country’s waters and its marine life are among our most important treasures. All of us, including our future environmental stewards, have a big responsibility to protect it, especially as our communities depend on them for food, livelihood, and sustenance,” said KidZania Philippines State Governor Maricel Arenas. “In the Marine Research Lab, we believe we can champion the commitment to protect our natural heritage and to appreciate more meaningfully our gift of biodiversity,” she added.
As Marine Conservationists, kids are tasked to study marine ecosystems and come up with solutions to problems they face. There is a touch pool and and an aquarium showcasing carefully selected marine species recommended by an in-house marine biologist that kids can safely interact with under the supervision of an aquarist.
The job runs for 30 minutes and the Lab can hire 10 Marine Conservationists at a time. They will learn the basics of marine ecosystems, carry out a mission, monitor and investigate ecosystems, and present their own findings. Once the job is completed, participating kids will earn 12 kidZos, the currency of KidZania.
There are plenty of challenges in preserving our local marine life, but none of them truly insurmountable, especially when kids take the reins and see for themselves that they are part of the solution.
Let your kids discover their love for science and the ocean at the newly opened KidZania Manila Marine Research Lab. To book tickets and for more information, click here.