LUBAO, Pampanga — A 23-hectare world-class theme park that is seen to boost the local tourism industry will soon be constructed at the tourism estate of Pradera Verde in Barangay Prado Siongco here.
On Monday, businessman Rodolfo “Bong” Pineda led the groundbreaking rites for the facility that will be called Pradera Islands Amusement Park. He was with his children, Governor Dennis Pineda, 2nd district Board Member Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab and Rosselle Pineda.
Aside from the amusement park, there will be a speed track and a flying club at the site.
The amount for the whole project is not yet disclosed as of this writing.
Cayabyab, in an interview, said the proposed theme park will boost the tourism industry of Pampanga, particularly Lubao.
“We would like to thank Tatay (Rodolfo Pineda) for putting up Pradera Islands theme park into reality. This amusement park will be of big help to boost the tourism economy of Pampanga. And we are happy that Pampanga has another destination that they could offer,” Cayabyab said.
Pradera Verde has been hosting the Hot Air Balloon Festival, golf tournaments, wakeboarding contests, and motor shows for three years now.
Cayabyab said the world-class facilities are set for completion in year 2021.
Meanwhile, a runway for ultra-light planes is currently being paved at the site. (PNA)
Coronavirus Watch as of February 16, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) continues to place persons under investigation for possible cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
As of Sunday, February 16, the DOH said it has probed 498 patients. There is still no recorded local transmission in the country.
Out of this number:
- 159 – admitted in hospitals
- 336 – discharged from hospitals
- 3 – confirmed cases
Of the 3 confirmed cases in the Philippines, one died due to severe pneumonia because of novel coronavirus, while the other two have since recovered and are already out of the hospital.
China officials fired as coronovirus deaths surge past 1,300
Health officials in China‘s hard-hit central province of Hubei reported on Thursday that 242 more people died from the coronavirus COVID-19 as of Wednesday – the highest in a single day and more than twice the previous record high – pushing the death toll across the country to 1,355.
The province’s health commission also reported a huge jump in new cases, saying a further 14,840 people had been confirmed with the infection over the 24-hour period to midnight on Wednesday (16:00 GMT).
As this developed, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday that the head of the Communist party in the province of Hubei has been relieved of his post – the latest in a line of local officials fired.
Hubei is at the centre of the outbreak, which is thought to have originated in a now-closed seafood market in the capital of Wuhan late last year.
Former Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong has been appointed as the new secretary of the Hubei Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, replacing Jiang Chaoliang, the report said, citing the party’s central committee.
Al Jazeera’s Katrina Yu, reporting from Beijing, said “it was expected that somebody’s head was on the chopping block”.
“There’s been a lot of criticism about the information not being so forthcoming” from Hubei officials, she added. (Via AlJazeera)
NBA Legend Kobe Bryant dies at 41
Basketball legend Kobe Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore Bryant were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday.
It’s hard to believe NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, whose prodigious talent and win-at-all-costs spirit made him one of the most famous and decorated athletes in history, is gone.