Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark celebrated its seventh anniversary with scrumptious food, great entertainment, fabulous fun, and a Hawaiian theme meant to spread happiness and cheer.
Guests wore hibiscus leis and came in their brightly colored shirts and floral dresses, grass skirts and flower headbands.
In keeping with the theme, the resort transformed its huge poolside garden with a grand tiki entrance, tiki lights all around, tiki bars for food kiosks, and hanging luau decorations.
Dominating the scenery was a huge stage decorated with Oahu backdrop scenes and dominated by the Jpark Amigos who provided entertainment with hula and fire dances.
Justin Uy, Philippine BXT Corp. chairman, said the Hawaiian theme equates to happiness, citing that Hawaiians embody the easygoing and carefree character of a resort lifestyle.
On the company’s seventh year, Uy announced expansion plans that involve adding more than 500 rooms to the Jpark resort, building a golf course, and putting up more tourism facilities in Boracay and Palawan.
He also cited recently upgraded or completed resort facilities, which include the J Activity Zone, Felimon Walk, Go Kart Bike Adult Course, Nonki Restaurant, and Garden Lobby.
Philippine BXT Corp. is the holding company of Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark, which used to be known as the Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort and Spa. Jpark was managed by a Korean company up to 2011, when Uy came in and took over its management, and became a fully-owned Filipino resort in 2015.
Uy said he is very bullish about the tourism industry.
“In all my 43 years in business, I haven’t seen a condition similar to what we have right now. The interest rates are low, government is very helpful to business, and tourism penetration is still so low it has no other way to go but up,” he said during a break in anniversary festivities.
He added that he is also thinking of putting a marina at the resort as a mooring facility for yachts and small boats.
Mayor Paz C. Radaza of Lapu-Lapu City, where Jpark is located, led the local government delegation. Vice Mayor Adelino Sitoy of the neighboring town of Cordova was also present.
Other guests included Tourism Undersecretary Catherine de Castro, PEZA Administrator Sansaluna Pinagayao, and former Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 Director Rowena Montecillo.
Consuls Shigeyuki Hirakawa and Masaki Hirasawa of the Japanese consulate in Cebu also graced the event with their presence.
The event also served as venue to reward Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark partners, which include the top travel agencies. Given recognition during the anniversary were the top awardees for the Korea, Japan, and online markets as well as corporate and events.
As the anniversary unfolded, Bossa Nova artist Sitti Navarro serenaded guests with her trademark songs.