Viacom International Media Networks unit revealed on Monday that they have chosen Coron, Palawan to be the venue of their latest project, the Nickelodeon underwater theme park, their first resort in Southeast Asia.
It will be a part of the Coral Way Park Undersea, a 400-hectare development and is going to begin development in 2018. According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Nickelodeon’s part of the resort is slated to open in 2020 and will consist of 70 hectares for accommodation and 30 hectares for the themed attraction.”
Meanwhile Bataris has begun circulating a petition against the said project, with campaign creator Anna Oposa stating on the website:
“Contrary to the press statement that the underwater theme park would ‘advocate ocean protection,’ it will accomplish the exact opposite. By building artificial structures, you will undeniably damage and disrupt Palawan’s marine ecosystems — our Last Frontier. If you are sincere and serious about marine conservation, the money allocated for the underwater theme park should be invested in marine protected areas, sustainable livelihoods for local communities, and environmental education programs.
For a channel that targets children, Nickelodeon is setting a terrible example to the younger generation by taking away their right to enjoy our natural resources. We don’t need an underwater theme park — our underwater life is fascinating, entertaining, and educational on its own.”
As of press time, the petition has already gained traction, with 56,334 out of 75,000. To join the petition against the Nickelodeon underwater park in Palawan, click here.