Friday, May 10, 2019

Vintar launches first bike zip line

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff Reporter

Vintar, Ilocos Norte—In time for the summer season, the municipal government here launched another extreme adventure activity in the north that will surely entice both local and foreign tourists.

Measuring around 230 meters, the very first bike zipline in the Ilocos region is being managed by the Vintar government led by Mayor Larisa Foronda.

Located at Sitio Bucana in Brgy. Parparuroc, or about eight kilometers from downtown Laoag City, Mrs. Foronda hopes this latest tourism attraction in her hometown will awaken the town’s tourism potentials and bring in more livelihood opportunities to the locals.

During the launching, provincial government tourism head Aianree Raquel has lauded the efforts of Vintar officials and those behind the realization of the project, offering something new for first time and returning visitors in the province.

“We’ve seen and always know that Vintar has a very strong potential in terms of tourism growth not only because of its proximity to Laoag capital and the international airport but most especially because of its God-given gifts,” Mr. Raquel said.

Worth more than PHP10 million and funded under the local revenue of Vintar, Mrs. Foronda expressed optimism the “Umok ni Siwawer Eco-Tourism Nature Park” will attract more tourists and help contribute to the overall tourism development of Ilocos Norte.

“It took us more than three years to start this project and we are grateful for the DENR for approving the special patent which shows the lot where the project was erected is owned by the municipality,” said Mrs. Foronda.

Manned by personnel of the Vintar government, Mrs. Foronda said the Umok ni Siwawer Eco-Tourism Nature Park is open from Mondays to Sundays from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Aside from bike zipline, tourists may also want to try other sports activities such as surf-line, 4x4 ATV, hydraucycle waterbike, floater, zurball and kayak with fees or rental rates ranging from PHP50 to PHP1,000.

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