THE sounds of joy and laughter reverberate within Magikland theme park situated in Sitio Cabug, Barangay Guinhalaran, Silay City, Negros Occidental, following its resumption of operation on November 14, 2020.

Government regulations were slowly relaxed as the tourism industry got back a "green light" to operate under the new normal.

Reynaldo Bantug, president of Aton Land and Leisure, Inc., said: "We are very excited to finally open Magikland for the people of Negros and the Visayas. We are very happy that there's a good attendance at the park on the first day of the reopening. The people were eager to go out and come to Magikland."

Park guests observed physical distance, wore face masks and face shields as they enjoyed the rides with their family and friends.

"I am happy that at least, little by little, we are back to the new normal," Bantug said, adding that guests "can keep on enjoying the activities in a place where they can bond with family and friends as long as they are all safe."

Magikland launched its soft opening on September 27, 2019, while continuing the development of the park. But with the onslaught of Covid-19, it deferred its operation for eight months.

"We are still on a stage of getting to be known by the people in Negros as well as in the Visayas and it can be achieved by the word of mouth," he said.

Under the new normal, every other seat in the rides stays unoccupied to observe physical distancing of guests.

The management also dispatched health marshals who reminded the people to avoid crowding as there are tendencies that family and friends would gather unintentionally.

Magikland's tagline is " Live the Dream, Feel the Magic."

It was founded by lawyer Simplicio Palanca, chairman of the board of Aton Land and Leisure, Inc.

The first Filipino theme Park in the country was realized with the collaborative efforts of former 3rd District Representative Albee Benitez, Willy Au and others who helped lawyer Palanca build this five-hectare theme park.