PAGUDPUD, Ilocos Norte, March 14 (PIA) - After gaining an accolade as the renewable energy capital of Southeast Asia due to its existing 300 megawatt (MW) capacity windfarms, Ilocos Norte is also well-known as the home of the “world’s longest ziplines over water.”
The 1.2 kilometers zipline and the 1.7 kilometers zipline over water, both established by the Hannah's Beach Resort and Convention Center in Barangay Balaoi, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, have beaten the world’s recorded longest zipline over open water found in Haiti with only a 787.87-meter (2,600 feet) distance.
The resort launched the 1.2-kilometer zipline over water in 2013 while the longer 1.7-kilometer zipline was formally opened on December 2016.
Retired Colonel Ricardo Nolasco, the owner of the Hannah's Beach Resort and Convention Center, said the construction of the two world’s longest ziplines over open water is part of his plan to build a world class resort in the Philippines.
“We are establishing more attractive and world’s class edifices to show to the world that Ilocos Norte is a prime tourism destination in the country,” said Nolasco.
Today’s rates for zipline riding are the following: (for sitting position) P650.00 per ride for those who check- in at the hotel and P800 per ride for non-guests; and (for superman position) P900.00 per ride.
At least 100 tourists try the breathtaking ziplines daily. Some, according to Nolasco, even made their marriage proposals before experiencing the extreme zipline ride.
Meanwhile, the resort formally recently opened a newly-constructed three-storey hotel building equipped with luxurious and modern amenities.
The new 36-room premium suites building, established beside a lush greenery of mountain cliffs and overlooking the pristine blue lagoon, is added to Hannah’s 300-room executive villas and cavanas in this premier tourists’ destination of Northern Luzon.
“We built this new premium suite to anticipate the expected influx of more tourists to the resort this upcoming season,” said Nolasco as he noted that last summer season, the resort was not able to accommodate more than 3,000 tourists and visitors.
Nolasco added that he had a plan to build a bigger theme park for family bonding and for team building session of different offices in the government and private sectors.
“We come up with this plan to show to the whole world that Hannah’s is a beautiful place for family and friends. We have big plans and we would like to support the national government under President Duterte and the Department of Tourism who have been working so hard to promote Philippine tourism,” said Nolasco.
To ensure the preservation of the attractive environment of the resort, Nolasco said that they are strictly following the environmental laws for sustainable waste management.
On June 27, 2013, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) conferred to Hannah’s the most coveted and prestigious title as the “most outstanding individual initiative on environment management” for its noble efforts and accomplishments in ''bringing back the old glory of the environment.
Meanwhile on November 8, 2014, the Gawad Amerika Foundation cited Hannah’s Beach Resort & Convention Center as the Most Outstanding Tourist Destination in the Philippines. (JNPD/FGL/PIA-1)