AboitizLand develops eco-adventure camp

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Monday, February 17, 2014


PROPERTY developer AboitizLand Inc. has ventured into eco-adventure park development with its flagship project Canso X in Barangay Cansomoroy in Balamban, Cebu.

The eco adventure park is located in a 12-hectare land that is part of the more than 200-hectare property of the company’s affiliate Cebu Industrial Park Developers, Inc. (CIPDI).

CIPDI also manages and operates the West Cebu Industrial Park in Balamban, a 200-plus hectare Special Economic Zone that houses light and heavy industries. WCIP is a joint venture of AboitizLand and Tsuneishi Heavy Industries Japan.

AboitizLand assistant vice president for industrial business unit Terrie Abad said Canso X is the first “hike-bike-camp” eco-park in Cebu. The company invested around P6 million for the project.

“In AboitizLand, we try to reinvent our products,” Abad said.

Just last year, the homegrown developer launched the first outlet mall in the Visayas and Mindanao, The Outlets at the Pueblo Verde in Lapu Lapu City. It also developed The Persimmon, described as Cebu’s first urban village.

“Canso X got its name from the name Cansomoroy. The X in Canso X means extreme,” said Canso X camp director Rafael Osumo during the eco adventure park’s soft opening on Saturday.

Trekking in Canso X would take three hours on average for a 2.5-kilometer distance. Osumo said a minimum of four people are allowed to trek where they can choose to traverse two routes, the normal route and the hard one, which is described to be shorter but with more challenging terrains to cross. There will be three pit stops along the way.

Hikers will get to pass the rocky Consomoroy river and a cave.

Camping area

Hikers are encouraged to be in their proper outdoor outfit, dry-fit clothes and hiking shoes, when going for an adventure in Canso X. They will be accompanied by mountain rangers and a guide to ensure their safety, said Osumo.

For campers, there is also a camping area that can accommodate 10 tents.

“Cebuanos don’t have to go outside Cebu to enjoy this kind of adventure,” Osumo said.

Canso X is 235 meters above mean sea level and guests can get to enjoy a view of the verdant greenery.

A café will be opened in March in time for the camp’s grand opening to serve refreshments to Canso X goers.

Osumo said the management is negotiating with a local resto operator in Balamban to serve native food in the area. He said there will be more developments to be added in Canso X in the future, while at the same time “preserving nature.”

The eco adventure park is about an hour’s drive from Cebu City via the Transcentral Highway.

Entrance fee at Canso X is at P50 for 12 years old and above, P25 for five years old to 11 years old, and free for four years old and below.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 18, 2014.

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