MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is leaving no stone unturned to protect the dolomite it dumped on the beach at Manila Bay Sands.
The controversial white sand has had its share of praise and criticism, but also some transformation from black sand to white sand to black sand.
In defending its cosmetic project, DENR said the dolomite sand didn’t wash out. Rather black sand from the water washed in.
The agency has lined up several fixes, including dumping dolomite into the water so that white, instead of black sand would wash into the beach. It also said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) plans to build a breakwater to protect the artificial white sandand keep it intact even with strong current.
DENR is not stopping there.
Today it announced that it will be installing solar-powered giant fans that would blow away the water as well as black sand before reaching the beach.
Already, scientists are hailing the idea as a technological wonder that will put the Philippines on the world map.
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.