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A day after reports of the proposed Nickelodeon underwater theme park alarmed netizens and became viral, officials from two government agencies in charge, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Tourism (DOT), have expressed their disagreement to the said proposal.

On Twitter, DOT Undersecretary for Media Affairs Kat de Castro has confirmed the proposal has reached their office, adding “honestly, Coron is already beautiful in its natural state.”

In a separate tweet, de Castro said they will talk to all parties concerned.

More relieving to environmentalists and Coron-lovers is what Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez had to say: “[We] won’t allow the underwater theme park in Palawan,” the DENR Twitter account quoted Lopez as saying.

On January 10, reports about Nickelodeon’s proposed an underwater theme park surfaced. The proposed theme park has a 400-hectare (1,000-acre) undersea development featuring restaurants and resorts that go up to 20 feet deep, showcasing marine life in the area.

Viacom International Media Networks, which owns Nickelodeon said that the project “advocates ocean protection.”


Environmental groups did not buy the excuse, quickly coming up with an online campaign against the plan. “By building artificial structures, you will undeniably damage and disrupt Palawan’s marine ecosystems — our Last Frontier.” written in the campaign posted at As of this writing, the online petition has already amassed over 150,000 signatures.


Palawan is known as the home of two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park.

Here’s Spongebob eloquently expressing our ~feels~.


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