Pampanga village seen as next ‘Rio de Janeiro’

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Saturday, March 17, 2012


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- If plans push through, the Nabuclod Eco-Tourism Adventure Park in the highlands of Nabuclod village in Floridablanca town could be the next world spot in the likes of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

The plan to erect a similar gigantic replica of the Risen Christ (Ascension) was mentioned during the Nabuclod Project Technical Working Group (TWG)’s meet recently at Capitol.

Fourth district Board Member Nestor Tolentino, TWG head, expressed glee over the proposal of Sinukwan director and erstwhile arts advocate Peter De Vera to establish an “icon” in the now renowned Nabuclod area.

“If they did it in Brazil, why can’t we?” said Tolentino.

Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova,
balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. One of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer ('Cristo Redentor') atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar) with its cable car.

“Nabuclod has some of those now like the cable cars and zip lines. Aside from the icon Christ Ascension, there would also be an icon of the ‘Lady of Nabuclod,’ the Virgin Mary herself, in a selected spot there. Although the proposal of Peter De Vera will undergo close scrutiny in a committee hearing, it will be impossible,” said Tolentino.

Nabuclod has been lately drawing crowds composed of various groups, including non-government organizations to help Aetas and push for environmental advocacies like tree planting.

Consultant Roy Imperial proposed and gained approval for the “plant a tree with commitment,” where every visitor would sign a pledge to take care of a tree or more, with fees that will help sustain the development of Nabuclod.

Also approved during the meeting was the regular English tutorials of Aetas who would act as tour guides, as well as the identification of some five hectares for chili plantations based on the Nueva Viscaya template.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 18, 2012.

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