Sun.Star Pampanga

Megaworld earmarks P40-B for eco tourism township in Palawan

- BY CHARLENE A. CAYABYAB Sun.Star Staff Reporter

CLARK FREEPORT-Megaworld is developing a P40 billion-worth ecotourism township in Palawan province.

The Paragua Coastown is a 462-hectare township that includes beachfront and inland properties in San Vicente, Palawan.

The new developmen­t is Megaworld's 27th township, and will feature some of the most beautiful beaches along the coastline of San Vicente, including Port Barton, one of the most famous tourist attraction­s of the town known for its 22 small i sl ands.

It is also strategica­lly located within a few minutes away from the San Vicente Airport, which serves regular flights to and from Manila and Clark.

Paragua Coastown will be highlighte­d by hotels and resorts, health and wellness sanctuarie­s, cultural center, educationa­l institutio­ns, a boutique hotel district, a shophouse district, as well as residentia­l developmen­ts such as private villas, serviced apartments, themed residentia­l villages, and a mangrove reserve park.

“As we grow our sustainabl­e developmen­ts portfolio, this new township in the beautiful town of San Vicente in Palawan will showcase the best of sustainabl­e tourism and green living. While we transform it into a world-class developmen­t, we also commit to the preservati­on of the island’s bi odi ver si t y,"

Megaworld Chief Strategy Officer Kevin Tan said.

Megaworld is allocating P40-billion to develop Paragua Coastown in the next 10 to 15 year s.

The first area to be developed is around 83hectares of land in Kemdeng, which has its own beach line.

“More than just sustainabl­e tourism, our vision for this expansive Palawan property is to provide an opportunit­y to those who want the island-life to live and even raise their families here. Aside from the preserved natural surroundin­gs of the beach, mountains and cliffs of San Vicente, we will also provide the facilities and amenities for holistic wellness for our future residents,” Tan added.

Paragua used to be the name of Palawan when the Americans establishe­d civil rule in the northern part of the province after the Philippine-American

war of 1902. A year after, the province was re-organized to include the southern part and renamed it Palawan with Puerto Princesa as its capital.

The town of San Vicente is known to have the longest white-sand beach in the Philippine­s, and the second longest beach in Southeast Asia, which is called the Long Beach, covering almost 15-kilometers of coastline – three times longer than Boracay’s White Beach.

The other 26 masterplan­ned integrated urban townships, integrated lifestyle communitie­s, and lifestyle estates of Megaworld across the country, include: Eastwood City in Libis, Quezon City, (18.5 hectares); Newport City in Pasay City (25 hectares); McKinley Hill (50 hectares), McKinley West (34.5 hectares), Uptown Bonifacio (15.4 hectares) and Forbes Town (5 hectares), all in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City; Lucky Chinatown in Binondo, Manila (3 hectares); The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu (30 hectares); Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao, Iloilo City (72 hectares); Sta. Barbara Heights in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo (173 hectares); Boracay Newcoast in Boracay

Island (150 hectares); Twin Lakes in Alfonso, Batangas near Tagaytay (1,300 hectares); ArcoVia City in Pasig City (12.3 hectares); Southwoods City in the boundaries of Cavite and Laguna (561 hectares); Davao Park District in Lanang, Davao City (11 hectares); Alabang West in Las Piñas City (62 hectares); Eastland Heights in Antipolo, Rizal (640 hectares); Suntrust Ecotown in Tanza, Cavite (350 hectares); Maple Grove in General Trias, Cavite (140 hectares); The Hamptons Caliraya in Lumban-Cavinti, Laguna (300 hectares); The Upper East (34 hectares) and Northill Gateway (50 hectares) both in Negros Occidental; Capital Town Pampanga beside the Pampanga Provincial Capitol in the City of San Fernando (35.6-hectares); Westside City in the Entertainm­ent City in Paranaque City (31 hectares); Empire East Highland City in Antipolo, Rizal (24 hectares), Arden Botanical Estate in the boundaries of Trece Martires and Tanza, Cavite (251 hectares).

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