Santa Rosa Things to Do
Enchanted Kingdom - Experience the magic
This is the first and world class amusement park in the Philippines spanning about 17 hectares and around 29 km from Manila. Aside from the biggest and grandest it is also a member of the International Association of Amusement parks and Attractions.
It has park zones that are inspired or patterned from a 1940 Brooklyn theater and shopping area, Amazon jungle, Coney Island, Prehistoric era etc . You can take photos of your kids here together with staff that wears costumes that blend the place.
One of the most famous rides is the Space Shuttle max (Boomerang Rollercoaster). I only tried this twice and I wanted more but because of the long queue I gave up. The other one is the Rio Grande Rapids, it is like a river rafting ride. Bring extra clothes because you will get wet for sure. Don’t forget Wheel of Fate (Giant Ferris Wheel) if you aren’t afraid of heights so that you will have a view of the Laguna Bay and the whole park. It is also a nice way to relax if you are tired walking around the park.
You can also try their pirate ship (Anchor’s away), ride, 4-D Film theater, log jam, Wave swinger and Bump Cars. For small kids they have the Carousel, balloon ride, small egg ferries wheel, swan lake, train etc.
If you want something different try kart Racing and Paint ball.
Food is not a problem because there are food chains and stands everywhere.
EK is open daily from 10 a.m. to 12 midnight and the fireworks display is usually at 10 p.m.
Visit their website for ticket rates, packages and promos.
There are vans at Park Square in Makati that offer round trip service to enchanted kingdom. You can also take buses that are bound to Balibago, jeepneys at Alabang Central terminal and Vans at Alabang Festival Mall have trips to balibago . All of which will take Sta. Rosa exit and hop off at Walter Mart and take a Tryk from there.
Santa Rosa Restaurants
Ipponyari: Itadaki masu!!!
It means One Spear. The customers are mostly Japanese but if you have a taste on Japanese food. Try this one. Their branch across Paseo de Sta. Rosa is spacious but during dusk onwards it’s crowded and noisy. The restaurant design, tables etc are all Japanese inspired.
They have this long typical Japanese table to accommodate large group and to make your gathering more private. There’s a hole under the table so you don’t need to squat anymore.
They have a variety of Japanese dishes you can choose like tempuras, noodles, yakiniku, soup etc.
This branch have problems on their service if they are dealing with big group of guest. If you don't want it crowded don't visit during night time especially on weekend. This is the gimmick place of some Japanese in the area. It is near Laguna Technopark where most of the Companies are Japanese.
Favorite Dish: My favorite is their Skiyaki. It is a soup that comes with a mixture of mushroom, tofu, vegetable, beef thinly cut.
Chanco – soup similar to Skiyaki the only difference is the prawns and scallops added plus the distinct taste of Nori (seaweeds).