October 8, 2013, Malaya.com.ph
BB International Leisure and Resort Development Corp. believes his company can copy Disneyland in Hong Kong, Singapore’s Universal Studios and Malaysia’s Lego Land.
Bong Alvaro, president of the company said he and his group has at least P2.5 billion to try and make their dream come true.
The project will rise in a 10-hectare wide property in on a 120-hectare rolling hills property in Clark, former base of the American Air Force.
Alvaro said he hopes to see the project completed in the next three years.
Clark Development Corp. (CDC) president Arthur P. Tugade said the water theme park project will not only boost the employment statistics of the Clark Freeport but it will also open the doors to Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and Persons With Disabilities (PWDs).
“When I met with BBI officials to discuss the timeline of the project I emphasized that they should include IPs and PWDs in their employment roster. The hiring of people from this sector is already institutionalized in Clark Freeport policies,” Tugade said.
Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs Ronald Llamas, who was also present at the groundbreaking rites, described the event as historical, citing its parallelism with the political and economic situation of the country.
Mabalacat City Mayor Marino Morales also lauded BBI officials for the project and cited the “trickledown” effect it would have on nearby communities. “This means more development in the area; and more development means more jobs for the people,” Morales said.
Aside from BB International, the water theme park is a joint project of Eaglesky Technology Amusement and Gaming, Inc. and Central Summit International, all owned and operated by Taiwanese investors Jack Yam and Tony Wang.
Yam and Wang’s businesses here also include Hotel Midori Clark, a P2-billion project envisioned to be the Clark Freeport’s first five-star hotel.