After receiving negative comments from the public, the planned Nickelodeon theme park in Coron, Palawan is still a go according to Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Teo.
In an interview, Teo said that the project is “pushing through” and the owner of Nickelodeon gave assurance that the corals would not be destroyed.
“The owner went to us… this year. They told us, ‘We are not going to destroy the corals. The restaurant will be floating, and you will be able to see [the corals]…. Of course we know that we will preserve the place,’” DOT secretary said.
Environmental advocates and even netizens are still opposing the said project worrying that this will destroy the world-famous marine ecosystem.
SAVE CORON. FUCK NICKELODEON.
— Angela Matulac (@Angelalogy) June 1, 2017
That Nickelodeon establishment in Coron must be blocked.
— Rich Velarde (@richierichnyh) June 1, 2017
Go away Nickelodeon theme park! Leave Coron alone
— mkcaJJK ❣ (@majoyaran) June 1, 2017
@TourismPHL Are you really pushing thru Nickelodeon theme park in Coron? Are you planning to destroy a naturally beautiful island?Heartless!
— Faith May Albarracin (@pitmee) June 1, 2017
— leigh87 (@leigh0814) June 1, 2017
@Nickelodeon please leave coron alone… Let it shine on it's own. We treasure it so much. Let it be
— ♫ CRIS ♫ (@butterflyCRISes) June 1, 2017
If you oppose the planned Nickelodeon theme park in Coron, Palawan, add your voice here by signing petition. https://t.co/CYlNQTgHRU
— Jane U. (@citizenjaneph) June 1, 2017
An online campaign entitled “No to Nickelodeon’s Underwater Theme Park in Palawan” posted at Bataris.org.ph is still making rounds in the social media. As of this writing, the online petition has already amassed over 200,000 signatures.
Viacom International Media Networks, which owns Nickelodeon and the company behind the famous Spongebob Squarepants said earlier this year that the project “advocates ocean protection.”
We’re still hoping that you’ll look further into this, DOT. And don’t forget that #CoronIsNotBikiniBottom.