As mentioned last April 14, the Fam-O-lympics summer adventure at the Manila Ocean Park was truly a fun family bonding activity. It promotes engaging sports and memorable family bonding activities to Filipino families this summer brought to you by The Manila Ocean Park and Crispy Fry Breading Mix. The program started as early as 10:00 AM that enliven with opening ceremonies by young talents of the Ramon Magsaysay High School Band.
A Gymnast from Imus, Cavite grace the intermission of the program with her cheerful movements.
In the first part of the program, there were several mini-games hosted by different sponsors of the Fam-O-Lympics. The first game is called “Feel na feel ang filling” sponsored by Waffle time and the other games are building blocks in pyramid by Koala biscuits (Lotte Confectionary Pilipinas Corp.) and relay by Xylitol.
The main competition begins in the afternoon, where players undergo three (3) rounds of various competitions to spot the best among the rest. A series of outdoor challenges test the ability, wit, stamina and team work of six (6) teams/families or a total of 24 participants to compete for the most coveted Championship title.
Christine Mae Castillo confesses that joining the Fam-O-Lympics is her idea and she is happy to see that her husband and kids are enjoying their quality time together. Arcturus, the head of the Catbagan family shares that their team strategy is very discreet, each one knows what the other is thinking, which allows them to gain more confidence in tackling each obstacle. Everybody believe that team work is very important in this competition. Each member has a valuable contribution as each game requires different sets of skills and capabilities. In fact, the youngest contestant Laura Mae Lim proves to be very competitive in trying to conquer her matches.
From the beginning of the game, I have witnessed that team 4 (Ortega family) was very active and aggressive in the game that is why I am not surprised in the announcement of winners in the Fam-O-Lympics. When asked about their winning strategy, Remoly Ortega recounts that “The ‘buddy system’ that we formed among ourselves became handy in selecting the person or pair to best represent the team in each challenge. They also made me their team leader and I could not ask for more because all of them put their hearts and minds in accomplishing each task. Last but not the least, we prayed for safety, guidance and to win the Fam-O-Lympics.”
All teams receive cash (the grand prize amounting to PhP 15,000), tickets to Manila Ocean Park Attractions, overnight accommodations at Hotel H2o and other gifts from the sponsors. Other families also participated in games, parenting talks, cooking demonstrations and story telling that the event sponsors organize at the assemblage area of the Manila Ocean Park. Another activity is Crispy Fry’s 2 Minutes to Cash: Fried Chicken Eating Contest, which is a welcome treat to kids young and old. Winners received up to PhP 5,000 pesos in cash and products bags from Crispy Fry.
Fam-O-Lympics is presented by Manila Ocean Park and Crispy Fry Breading Mix. Manila Ocean Park is the all-season holiday destination within the city and is home to 10,000 marine life species indigenous to the Philippines and Southeast Asia. On the other hand, Crispy Fry Breading Mix is a product of Ajinomoto that guarantees the crispiness and yumminess of fried chicken; it comes in three variants – original, garlic and spicy.