Paseo musically gyrating fountain now on test run PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:58

The scenic Paseo del Mar took a spectacular turn Tuesday night when the musically gyrating fountain was put on test run following its very significant soft opening with Mayor Celso Lobregat leading the activity.

Held in time for Mayor Lobregat’s birthday celebration, the massive fountain’s soft opening was attended by thousands of spectators—mostly couples, families and group of friends –who were strolling and promenading at the Paseo at that time. The spectators also included members of the City Council and executive department, representatives from different sectors and national and local agencies, and close family and friends of Mayor Lobregat.

Archbishop Romulo Valles officiated the blessing of the fountain facility with Fr. Andy Barcelo assisting.

“Absolutely stunning,” Faith Saavedra, a college student, who witnessed the fountain’s soft opening with her group of friends, quickly said when asked for her reaction on the fountain show. She described the way the water and the lights dance to music as “perfect”.

People were overwhelmed by the sight of the musically gyrating fountain. A grandmother said the Paseo fountain is inspiring and will be another recreational site where people can relax and enjoy and forget the stresses in life.

Mayor Lobregat in a brief message said the musically gyrating fountain forms part of his administration’s continuous efforts to promote tourism as well as to provide residents and visitors alike an alternative recreation and attraction site.

A fountain show, which lasts for a maximum of 26 minutes, consists of 6 carefully selected and diverse songs with different beats that synchronize with the rhythmic dancing of the water with lights, sound and special effects.

Lobregat said the soft opening Tuesday night paves the way for the fountain to undergo series of tests of the massive pumping systems. A number of adjustments will have to be made before the fountain will have its grand opening.

William Scharre and Robert Scharre, president and vice president, respectively of Industrion Inc., the fountain contractor said the Paseo musically gyrating fountain has unique features, thus, one of its kind in the Philippines. 

Scharre said they have been in the business of establishing fountains since the early 60’s and has done so in various places not only in the country but around the world.

The civil works contractor for the fountain is the 3VC construction, owned by Ladislao Darunday.

The city government also recently unveiled two other fountains—the laminar shooting jets fountain at the Jardin Maria Clara and the multi-pattered and multi-colored fountain at the newly-refurbished Plaza Pershing. These projects—intended for tourism promotion, form part of the massive infrastructure program undertaken by the Lobregat administration.

The soft opening of the Paseo fountain Tuesday night was preceded by the blessing of the newly renovated Paseo del Mar concessionaire stall 1 which consists of 5 mini-stalls also led by Mayor Lobregat with Archbishop Valles  officiating the blessing rite. — Sheila Covarrubias