Dragon made of Porcelain Plates

The World Light Expo 2007 is the latest entertainment complex which is a combination of luminary spectacles, live entertainment and infotainment that is never seen before locally. I wanted to post this review of the WLE 2007 to share with you what to really expect in this exhibition and don’t just believe the marketing materials that you see.

The Grand Opening is on Friday, February 23 and all the attractions will be open until April 22, 2007 (4pm to 12mn). We visited last Wednesday night and there were two special attractions that are not open yet:
1. The Harbin Ice & Light Festival, an Ice World of minus 18 degrees centrigrade (to be completed on the 1st wk of March).
2. The 1st Qin Emperor’s Terracotta Army Exhibition (w/c should be ready by now).

The entrance fee is P300/ adult and P200/child age 3 & up. The question in everybody’s mind: ” Is it worth it?” For me, P300 was not worth it for its entertainment value, maybe when they add the two other exhibitions it might make up for it. Although if you decide to go, you should see the loooong dragon made out of plates and cups (pictured above) ! — Amazing 🙂 Also, there is indeed a fantastic water screen laser show that I have never seen before here in Manila.

I really came to take shots of the colorful lanterns and I know Aidan would love to see these huge lantern displays. (at least, he is still free of charge). In a sense, the place is nice to take portrait shots with the colorful lanterns as the background. I intentionally went on a weekday so that there is less people and you can get some good shots.

Some tips:
1. The place is super dusty from the parking up to the exhibition grounds. Everything is displayed on open air and it would be a problem if it would rain. Also, it is windy at night so the dust might pose a problem for you.
2. Don’t expect good food inside and drinks are P60 for a San Mig light beer. It is best if you have dinner at MOA or around the area before heading over to the World Light Expo. Bring your own water.
3. There were tourist traps like the crappy train for P20/head, and the P150 wear-a-korean-costume-and-take-a-photo trap. Don’t fall for these.
4. The lanterns were colorful and good to see from afar but the workmanship, if you look up close, was mediocre.
5. The acrobat performance is decent but the World Top Korean B-Boy Group is a joke. Don’t waste your time watching this.
6. It is best if you arrive before 7pm or 9pm which is usually the start of the circus.

Check out the rest of the photos on the World Light Expo….

These Korean Lanterns welcome you as you enter WLE 2007. It creates a red carpet welcome effect when you enter and prepares you for the excitement that awaits you.

You can see these cool red lanterns in the entrance.

This is innovative in a sense that these dragons are moving. Kudos for the effort!

This is one of the special exhibition which is part of the Ms. Hyong-suk Lee, Korean Folk Paper made (Hanji) Doll Exhibition. I can’t understand what is it trying to communicate. Maybe we need to have an interpreter or a tour guide. I’m not impressed.

The Fantastic Water Screen Laser Show. It is cool to see the intersection of the laser lights and the water screen. The projected show which includes this Philippine Flag is simply amazing if this is the first time you see it.

It is like watching a holographic movie where the images float. I wonder if there is a 3d version of this?

Show times are:

When we arrived, they were still fixing some of the dolls. I remember, our Giant Lantern Festival in Pampanga produces much better lanterns that this one. So I’m not really impressed.

One of the tourist traps is this crappy kiddie train. Don’t let your child go near this place. Kinda hard to avoid though because you can see them in at least 5 more exhibitions.

This is a light water fountain and good to have your portrait taken.

There is a mini replica of the London Bridge which serve as a photo opportunity for people.

Of course, it has the mini-Eiffel Tower replica.

China Government certified Circus Performance. Show times: 7.00-7.30pm and 9.00-9.50pm.

Good and decent circus performance. Not really a must but better watch it since it is part of your P300!

Dance Festival with Top Korean B-Boy Group. This one is a joke. Our Filipino dancers are way better than these guys. Good thing is you can dance with them.

They call this the Italy display because the light displays came from Italy. It was amazing to walk under these lights.

2007 World Light Expo Philippines
Roxas Blvd and Coastal Road Junction, Paranaque City
Feb. 13, 2007- April 22, 2007
4pm to 12 midnight

Adult – over 4 feet P300
Child – below 4 feet P200
Free of entrance under 3 years.