13 May 2010

‘Holy Land’ theme park to rise in Subic Freeport

A non-stock, non-profit organization will be building in this free port a religious theme park, the first of its kind in Asia.

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) administrator Armand Arreza said the SBMA board of directors has approved the project proposal of Holy Land Subic Foundation Inc. for the development of the “Holy Land” theme park at a 20-hectare land adjacent to the Subic-Tipo security plaza.

The approved project will offer “a new Jerusalem experience, right here in Central Luzon,” Arreza said.

“With Holy Land Subic, the free port will serve not only as an eco-tourism and recreation center, but also as a place for pilgrimage and spiritual rejuvenation,” he added.

Arreza also pointed out that like the other theme parks in Subic Bay, Holy Land Subic will bank on the inherent advantages of the free port by land, sea and air.

“The free port’s security is one of the best in the country, and the well-preserved environs create a relaxing mood that is fit for a tourist facility,” he added.

According to Maribi Garcia, founder of the Bethesda Healing Ministry, the theme park will be divided into a rest and recreation center and a prayer and reflection sanctuary.

Among the attractions to be offered by Holy Land Subic are: a “Bible Museum”, an amphitheater for various spiritual productions, and a separate theater for children called ‘Noah’s Ark and Jonah and the Whale’, where cartoon shows, storytelling, and puppet shows will be held.

Garcia also said that a ‘David and Goliath’ rock-climbing course, and a ‘Trip to Heaven’ obstacle run, will be set up for teenagers and young adults.

Meanwhile, replica models depicting biblical stories will be built all over the place, like ‘Moses and the Ten Commandments in Mount Sinai’, a ‘Tower of Babel’, as well as sculptures portraying Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection.

Aside from these, a temple for prayer and worship, a chapel, and a healing and wellness center will also rise in the site.

Garcia said that Holy Land Subic will train Aetas to serve as forest rangers, jungle guides, and foot massage therapists, among others.

Groundbreaking rites for the Holy Land Subic project is expected to be held in June. (SBMA Corporate Communications)