A new attraction at the Rizal Boulevard has been formally launched to the public in a ceremony attended by city officials and representatives from national agencies.
Hundreds of Dumagueteños witnessed the opening and blessing of the “Pantawan” area of the boulevard and also the unveiling of the #DumaGetMe signage last Jan. 19, 2018.
City Mayor Felipe Remollo spearheaded the opening of “Pantawan” area together with the members of the city council.
Presidential Adviser on Investments Sec. Antonio Cablitas, Department of Tourism (DOT-7) Regional Director Shalimar Tamano, and some officials of the Provincial Government of Negros Oriental and department heads of the City Government of Dumaguete attended the event.
“Pantawan” means porch in the local dialect, and Mayor Felipe Remollo referred to the place as “Porch of the Sea” or a view deck.
Mayor Remollo unveiled the #DumaGetMe signage together with DOT-7 Director Shalimar Tamano.
After this, a group of young Dumagueteños entertained the crowd with a short cultural dance number.
“This is just the first to many developments that we will be introducing in the boulevard. We have plans to make another one like this near Burgos St., and a boardwalk that would span from this area to Brgy. Tinago, and make also a seawall that will protect the Tinago area,” Mayor Remollo said.
In his message, DOT-7 Director Tamano expressed DOT’s support to city government’s plans on tourism particularly on sports tourism which is also one of the priority thrusts of the department.
“I already heard a lot about Dumaguete and Dumaguete’s tourism and I learned that this April we will have a dragon boat competition. We will fully support the dragon race competition and all other activities in Dumaguete City and the Province of Negros,” Tamano disclosed.
The event ended with a musical show conducted by a local band.