I went to Slidefest in Filinvest City Alabang twice last year because I won in online contests. In each visit I brought different folks along with me (first one was my family, second were my former colleague and her squad). This year is my first time to go as part of my writing job and first time as well to bond with a long time gal pal and her 7-year-old son.
The team behind Slidefest Philippines pioneered the family-friendly, slip-and-slide event in the country. It’s the same dynamic group who came up with The Walking Dead-inspired Outbreak Manila and the first-ever escape room game in the Philippines, Breakout Philippines. It’s not just the 1,000-foot slides that I keep coming back to and get excited about…there’s the foam party complete with Manila’s top club DJs, freebies, photobooth, and various choices of food and drinks.
I decided to wait until 4pm so the weather would be more bearable (can’t stand the heat these days). Good thing the media passes allocated for us were for day two (Sunday, April 17) because we won’t get stuck in the usual Saturday Alabang-Zapote Road traffic jam unlike if we visit on day one (April 16). I took the Filinvest Ikot shuttle at South Station transport terminal and got off at a spot nearest to The Palms Country Club along Laguna Heights Drive. I had to walk for a few minutes to get to Slidefest, which was easy to spot based on parked cars and loud party music.
The registration area was so close to the venue’s main entrance, and entering, we asked a Slidefest staff member where the Media booth was to get our wrist tags (served as VIP pass for all-day slides). Our contact person there was Judy Malabanan, who gave us waivers to sign and freebies.
Once you’re officially inside Slidefest as a guest, you get to see, use and enjoy the following:
Food trucks and stalls – Just a few steps away from the main entrance and registration area, you can find a wide variety of vendors selling snacks, rice meals and drinks. I ordered Crunchy Belly Bistek with rice and Xooro & Xoco Churros with choco dip (super yummy!). I also bought bottled water in a small stall beside one of the food trucks. To be safe, allocate P150-300 of your budget for food (per head).
Deposit area – All guests are required to leave their stuff with the assigned marshals. Like a supermarket baggage counter, you get a numbered claim tag for your deposited items.
Changing Area (tents) and Portalets (portable toilets)
Freebies – Upon registration, each guest receives Nivea freebies: a Nivea beach ball, a sachet of Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture SPF 30, and Nivea Lip Butter.
Foam party – Come sundown, it’s more fun! During our visit, there was DJ Jessica Milner spinning onstage and the Emerald Fire Dancers performing at the open area near the entrance leading to the slides. Other featured artists include party DJs Migs Santillian and Marlo Naval, and Asia’s Got Talent finalist The Intensity Breakers.
Photobooth and Photo Claiming area – Four poses to do with Slidefest-Nivea backdrop to use and statement cards to choose from to hold while posing, and photo gets printed in minutes…plus, there’s also the Slidefest photo claiming area where you can buy your in-action shots (we bought 3 printed copies for a total of P1,000).
Inflatable playground – My friend’s son became too fond of the inflatable swimming pools and elevated slides that we had to think of tricks to get him out and try the longer, flat and slippery slides. The Bubble Soccer and Human Foosball were the newest additions to the playground.
Open-air showers – After swimming and sliding, guests can take a quick shower near the slides (no shampoo and soap provided though LOL!)
The four fun slides – They’re what Slidefest is basically all about. I’ve tried the Foam Slide in my previous visits, so I joined my companions in lining up for the the longest slide among the four measuring 1,000 feet! We were given one inflatable floater each that we need to slide with, with the body facing down on it.
Be updated with the next Slidefest event and know more details via their official website http://www.slidefest.com.ph and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @slidefestph.
NIVEA Slidefest is brought to you by the most caring sun protection, NIVEA Sun; together with its media partners Mellow94.7, The Feed, philstar.com, ClickTheCity.com, Inflight Magazine, WhenInManila.com, Pinoy Fitness, MYX, and Hero; official hotel partner Azumi Boutique Hotel, and venue partner Filinvest City.
Check out my Snapchat video compilation below showing our Slidefest experience:
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