Sta. Rita town becoming a tourist destination - Pineda-A A +A
Monday, October 15, 2012
STA. RITA, Pampanga -- Mayor Yolanda Pineda said Sta. Rita town is becoming a tourist destination.
"We are very thankful that our town was spared from the devastation of lahar. Now, 21 years after the volcano's eruption, we have envisioned our town to be an eco-tourism place for families who want to enjoy nature," Pineda said.
She added, aside from the majestic view of a sunset overlooking the mountains, the vast green vegetation and historic megadike, a viewing deck is also built to accommodate picnic goers.
Pineda said the place is also ideal for biking trails, jogging, and walking.
"I believe that our town will be an ideal tourist spot for people who are tired of going to the malls so they can experience fresh air, calm scenery and peaceful ambiance,” Pineda added.
Pineda said in line with the LGU's theme, “Sesen Taya ing Sta. Rita,” (take care of the town), they are also envisioning to plant 10,000 trees for future generations to enjoy.
Pineda also said the town has religious and cultural values.
The Sta. Rita Church, she said, was built in the 1800s, while old houses dating back to the Spanish era can still be seen today.
"We have very limited budget but I believe with hard work, determination, prayers and the support of my town mates, all of these things will be possible because in Sta. Rita, we work with nature and not against it," Pineda said. (Chris Navarro)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 15, 2012.