Cebuanos now have more places to celebrate Christmas in as the Anjo World Theme Park in Minglanilla town has finally reopened.
Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, together with the Provincial Board (PB) members and the Tourism Task Force officially reopened the town’s tourism industry Tuesday, December 22.
Anjo World, an amusement park located in Barangay Calajoan, was closed for eight months because of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
Garcia said she ordered the closure of Cebu’s borders to other provinces because of the Covid-19 threat. Now, given enough data and analysis about the coronavirus, she said it’s time to resuscitate the Cebuanos’ livelihoods.
Covid-19 is manageable and not deadly based on the Province’s 92.7 percent recovery rate, she said, adding that only 98 active cases remain as of December 16
“What’s deadly is the mismanagement of Covid-19 and what’s deadlier is the shutting down the economy,” Garcia stated, emphasizing that Cebu Province is now “moving on and moving forward.”
Minglanilla Mayor Elanito “Lani” Peña expressed his gratitude to the governor, who chairs the Tourism Task Force, for helping them since the pandemic hit until now.
He is also hopeful and excited for the tourists to visit and experience what the town can offer.
Aside from Anjo World, Minglanilla is known for its Sugat Kabanhawan Festival held every Easter Sunday. The local government is also developing a waterfall in their municipality called the Kawasan Falls.
Many of the different Cebu tourist sites and activities have also reopened following a series of consultations conducted by the governor with various tourism stakeholders and government agencies.
Garcia also issued Executive Order No. 20-A which laid down the protocols and guidelines for the tourism reopening to ensure the health and safety of the tourists.
PB members Yolanda Daan, Raul Bacaltos, and Glenn Anthony Soco thanked the governor for providing a clear direction for Cebu especially in the revival of the tourism industry that is the main economic driver of the Province.
Tourism operators and other stakeholders also expressed their gratitude to Garcia for bringing back their businesses which benefits not just them but their employees as well.
Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Chief Aladdin Collado assured the governor and the local government of Minglanilla of their 100 percent support to the local governments’ endeavors and the safety of all.
The officials also led the official opening of the Minglanilla Tourism Office on the same day.
Despite the challenges that shook the lives of many, Garcia said there is still reason to celebrate Christmas with the family.
With much hope and determination, the governor looks forward for 2021 to be a much better year for all. (Mylen Manto)