Palawan sets to have 400-hectare undersea theme park


Nickelodeon, the firm behind SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer announces it will build a 400-hectare underwater resort and theme park in Palawan.

It has told AFP on Tuesday that the park would showcase the area’s marine life that would give fans a chance to “interact with the brand and the iconic characters they love.” Palawan is known as the Philippines’ last ecological frontier.

The area was chosen because it “is known to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world today,” Ron Johnson, an executive vice president with Viacom International Media Networks, which owns Nickelodeon.

On Monday, the initial statement of Viacom says the resort would open in 2020 and feature restaurants and lounges six meters below sea level and that the development would “advocate ocean protection.”

However, conservation group Greenpeace said it would destroy the Palawan’s world-famous marine ecosystem.

“It’s sad and alarming because a theme park that big will not promote environmental protection by building those structures,” Vince Cinches of Greenpeace Southeast Asia told AFP. “Why build a viewing deck when you have the whole paradise to enjoy?”

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