Thursday, January 12, 2017

Nickelodeon's Underwater Theme Park in Coron, Palawan: The Bikini Bottom Scare is False

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Even though many of our government agencies are saying that there has not been any application for such, environmentalists are trying to scuttle Nickelodeon's plan to build an underwater theme park in the Philippines. They are asking people to sign the petition against the @NickelodeonTV 400-hectare underwater theme park in Coron!

Nickelodeon was said to have announced that it will build an underwater resort and theme park in Palawan, and thus alarming environmentalists like the Save Philippine Seas. The park on Palawan island was said to be a part of a 400-hectare (1,000-acre) undersea development.

People are saying Coron is more enchanting than Bikini Bottom. Coron doesn't need Nickelodeon to prove its beauty. They want to keep Spongebob and Patrick on TV, not in Palawan!

Bikini Bottom is the fictional place underwater where popular cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants live. It's one of the many cartoon characters of Nickelodeon.

However, Nickelodeon has clarified the issue saying "Nickelodeon is about staying true to kids. Togetehr with Coral World Park (CWP), we are committed to making a positive impact with our fans, kids and families, to help educate on ocean conservation while they enjoy a Nickelodeon entertainment experience in the new Nickelodeon attraction that CWP is developing.

To clarify the inaccurate reporting, CWP is not building a theme park in Palawan, but a Nickelodeon attraction and resort which comes with the larger CWP undersea-themed masterplanned development. Design details for the Nickelodeon attraction has not been finalized yet, but it will be an undersea-themed attraction with an ocean conservation focus. It is not developed undersea.

It is important to us that we are helping to play a part in ocean conservation, while friends enjoy a Nickelodeon entertainment experience in the new Nickelodeon attraction and resort that CWP is developing. When completed, CWP will be the largest coral reef conservation program in Asia, with Asia's largest marine sanctuary for five key species - dolphins, sea cows, sea horses, turtles and whale sharks."

However, we have seen in the news that the Department of Environment and Natural Resorces (DENR) already gave the Nickelodeon theme park project in Palawan the thumbs down. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez also said she will not allow the planned construction of an underwater resort and theme park in Palawan.

But now that Nickelodeon has clarified that their development is not an underwater theme park (thus not harming any underwater resources like the coral reef), I believe some groups now need to apologize for spreading the wrong information without consulting Nickelodeon first........or is this just Nickelodeon backing out from its original plan?

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