Bye, Childhood: Fun Ranch Is Now Permanently Closed

How many birthday parties did you attend there?

(SPOT.ph) Anyone who has ever passed through the C-5 flyover crossing Ortigas Avenue is sure to have spotted the red towers of Fun Ranch (especially if you're crawling along at five kilometers an hour, thanks to the traffic). The place has been a kid's haven for nearly a decade and we're sure you've stopped by at least once to celebrate a kid's birthday—or yours, we don't see why not. Well, it looks like you'd best hold on to those memories: Fun Ranch announced on June 3 that their doors are now permanently closed.

"We're sad, but it's time to go," they said on their Facebook page, adding a big thank you for all the great times. All three branches of Fun Ranch—one in Ortigas, Pasig City, another in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, and in San Fernando City, Pampanga—are now closed.

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The mini-theme park closed their three branches on March 16 in line with the quarantine implemented in Luzon. This was meant to be a temporary shutdown. Management had the place disinfected to prepare for reopening, but it seems the months-long shut down took too much of a toll. 

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Another go-to activity spot for Metro folks announced their closure on June 3: Jump Yard was the first indoor trampoline park in the Philippines—and remained the biggest with a 2,000-meter space for running and jumping. Both businesses are managed by entrepreneur Vince Padilla, who also owns Padi's Point.

Metro Manila began the shift towards a general community quarantine on June 1 after what is being reported as one of the world's "longest lockdowns." As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise, authorities are struggling to strike a balance between keeping people safe at home and keeping the economy running. 

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