'It's our happy place': Netizens recall favorite memories of Star City

MANILA, Philippines – A fire of still undetermined origin broke out before dawn Wednesday, October 2, at the Star City complex in Pasay City, gutting both the theme park and the offices of the Manila Broadcasting Corporation.

The news shocked many Filipinos, as Star City has been a popular weekend and holiday destination in the metro since it opened in 1991. As of 2015, it has an annual attendance of about 1.5 million people. 

Rappler asked its readers for their favorite memories of the amusement park, and responses ranged from heartwarming to hilarious.

Many friends and whole barkadas bonded at Star City:

The haunted house was more hilarious than horrific:

Some memories were also bittersweet:

Star City is a Christmas vacation staple for many families, and some worry that it will no longer be part of their tradition:

Not all memories were "fond" though:

The big question is: When, if ever, will Star City be back?

– Rappler.com 

Marguerite de Leon

Marguerite Alcazaren de Leon heads Rappler’s Opinion section, and is (happily) wrangled into voice over and hosting work. She has been with Rappler since 2013, and also served as its social media producer for 6 years. She is also a fictionist.