BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – It opened with much fanfare, but SM Baguio’s new sky terrace was a big disappointment to many residents.
“Some 60 mature pine and other trees were uprooted to give way to a shadeless promenade and synthetic green grass,” netizens complained.
But there is hope.
Coming at a time when Manila Bay donned a new look with imported dolomite from Cebu, SM Baguio is seriously considering replacing the synthetic grass with fake white sand.
”It would be quite an attraction to create a white sand beach atmosphere even without the benefit of a bay,” a spokesperson told The Adobo Chronicles. “We’ve seen how Manila Sands was well received by many.”
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Vista Land, the subdivision and home development company owned by the family of Senator Cynthia Villar, has submitted a bid to construct a condo hotel (condotel) along the new Manila Sands.
Manila Sands is that portion of Manila Bay that was retrofitted with dolomite from Cebu to create a new look — white sandy beach a la Boracay.
The day before the beach opened to the public, Senator Villar visited the site with her developers to finalize the design for the tourist-oriented condotel.
”I totally see the revenue potential of this project and it is definitely in line with our company’s “Acquire, Acquire, Acquire” program to convert farmlands and prime real estate into profitable business ventures,” Villar told The Adobo Chronicles.
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – The controversial makeover of Manila Bay by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is nothing compared to what the agency did in Baguio City.
DENR has imported white sand/dolomite from Cebu and dumped it on part of the beach at Manila Bay. The move has elicited not just a few criticism from environmentalists as well as politicians and netizens.
In Baguio, DENR has replaced the murky water at the city’s Burnham Lake with water imported from the Pacific Ocean, and the result was amazing. The lake now sparkles with blue water, providing a scenic backdrop for the for-hire paddle boats that Burnham Park is famous for.
So far, there have been no complaints from Baguio residents.
The lake’s new look awaits tourists as the city begins to open up outside tourism later this month.