17 November 2009

Subic forest’s ‘dark side’ awaits AdCon delegates

Treetop Adventure, a popular theme park in this free port that features some of Subic Bay’s most spectacular views of the lush tropical rainforest from 100 feet off the ground, has introduced a new adventure in time for the opening of the 21st Philippine Advertising Congress (PAC) at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC).

The “Night Tour”, as the new attraction is aptly called, opens in the evening and features “the dark side of the forest” to complement the park’s adrenaline-pumping day-time attractions like the 50-foot vertical drop “Tree Drop Adventure”, the canopy walk, and cable rides.

“All these will be conducted in darkness, and the ultimate thrill is guaranteed,” said Treetop manager Katrina Montejo. “The eerie sounds of the forest and the darkness are expected to induce a higher level of excitement.”

With this offering, Montejo said the expected 3,500 Ad Congress delegates can focus on their plenary sessions at daytime. “But starting 7:00 o’clock in the evening, they can experience a whole range of unique excitement at the Treetop Adventure,” she added.

The nature-based theme park located at the Upper Cubi area of the Subic Bay Freeport, boasts of some of the most exciting rides in this part of the country.

Visitors trying the “Tree Drop Adventure”, for example, can choose to do it in the conventional style, the Spiderman style, or the daring Australian style, which sees the adventurer climb down the tree head first.

Under the “Night Tour” attraction, the thrilling “Superman Ride” where visitors are suspended face down as they soar from tree to tree in dizzying speed, will get a lot scarier as the sense of sight is rendered almost useless in the low-lit course.

Even the relatively “tamer” courses like the canopy walk along suspension bridges, the 220-meter long cable ride, and the jungle trek on the forest floor, “will give visitors a chill if done in the darkness,” Montejo said.

Despite the expected higher level of excitement under the “Night Tour” program, the Treetop Adventure management gives the assurance that the rides remain safe.

Montejo said the management’s primary concern is the safety of their visitors, adding that all the equipment in the park undergo regular maintenance and check-ups “to give visitors not only the ultimate thrill, but also the ultimate protection.”

The “Night Tour” program opened to the public early this month. This latest feature in the nature park is expected to draw even more visitors to Treetop Adventure, which opened to the public only last year. (SBMA Corporate Communications)

PHOTOS: Visitors try out some of the adrenaline-inducing thrill rides at the Treetop Adventure park in the Subic Bay Freeport.