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Summer activities lined up for Sta. Cruz isle

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The city government through its Protected Area Management Unit (PAMU) has lined up several activities for the enjoyment of the flux of visitors who are expected to troop to Sta. Cruz Island this summer.

PAMU Operations Officer Richard Aliangan yesterday told members of the local media during the regular press briefing at City Hall that a list of such activities has been submitted for the approval of Mayor Beng Climaco.

Dubbed as Fiesta na Isla, the event will run all Saturdays and Sundays between April 8 and May 28.

It will feature a race where boats manned by two blindfolded paddlers and a navigator will outrace each other to the finish line.

Also, a mini amazing race, human sand sculpture and eating competition involving a local delicacy are included in the list of events.

While the island still receives walk-in visitors, Aliangan recommended that interested parties avail of the advanced reservation system being implemented by the office.

According to such system, visitors may book their reservation as early as 30 days ahead of their planned trip. This is to ensure the availability of cottages and other facility considering the usual huge crowd that visit the island.

The Sta. Cruz Island has been enjoying a significant upsurge in tourist influx. It recorded a whopping 31,915 visitors in 2016, which is 51% more than its 2015 tally.

According to the PAMU officer, 80% of the island visitors are residents, 5% are foreigners and the rest are domestic tourists coming from other parts of the country.

Aliangan attributed the boost in the island’s statistics to the combined promotional efforts of the Department of Tourism, the City Tourism Office and travel bloggers, which led to the island being featured in an international news channel as one of the best beaches on the planet.

The presence of a management team to facilitate and attend to the guests before and after they arrive at the island was also a contributing factor. (Claudine Uniana)




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