DANAO, Bohol.The devastating earthquake did not dampen the spirit and resolve of people of this landlocked town led by Mayor Natividad R. Gonzaga as vigorous campaigns, like promotions, house-to-house? are ongoing. Mayor Gonzaga has just started the recovery efforts for her town’s Eco-Extreme-Educational Adventure Tour (EAT) at Danao Adventure Park (DAP) after it was adversely affected by the earthquake that struck Bohol on
October 15, 2013. Eco-extreme adventures include sui-slide, sky ride, root climbing, rapelling, moderate caving, Ziplet, wall climb and river kayak plus community visit are among the attractions, the campaign ad showed yesterday. Gonzaga just launched recently a fund raising drive that generated a
positive response not only from the locals but also from those who are residents here but already in the greener pasture abroad, she said in an exclusive interview with this writer.
The activity is dubbed ?Acoustic Concert Cum Variety Show? right at the DAP
site, featuring Christine Oliver Finlay, a musician and daughter of Paul
Finlay, a geologist from New Zealand, who encouraged her and officials to
rise up again from the rubbles of the tremor, and another program the next
day at the town proper. Participants of the program include local talents
showcasing their talents in dancing, drama and music and songs when this
writer visited here. Thre mayor thanked them for their energy, talents, and
cooperation to make DAP lively again.
The mayor said that response from the locals to support the fund-raising is
anchored on the fact that everybody here feels he/she?s a stakeholder and
sense of ownership of the project. DAP is probably the first of its kind
managed by local government unit in the province.
Mayor Gonzaga said that visitors started to come in DAP, a unique
eco-tourism adventure nowhere else could be found in Bohol. It is
considered by many tourism officials as a trend-setter since it launched
the first ever ?The Plunge,? and ?zipline.? It becomes a craze that other
towns copied it.
The Plunge? or Canyon Swing is distinct that nobody dares to duplicate it.
But a lot of people dare to be dropped from cable attached the foundation
across the gorges of Wahig-Inabanga river, of more than a hundred meters
down. The site is overlooking a hill with a concave cave that historians
said it is the hideout of then revolutionary Francisco Sendrijas, alias,
Dagohoy, a contraction of ?Dagon sa Hoyohoy? or talisman of the breeze.
Gonzaga said that they have started to rebuild the foundation of The Plunge
but nevertheless the usual go on, such as the ?zip-line,? ?cable car,?
spelunking, tubing or kayaking, root climbing, village tour. Another
attraction is the 1.5 kilometer zipline that soon expected to attract
Interestingly, DAP generates income in millions of pesos especially during
summer months and prior to the tremor that hit the town, a 5th class
municipality, Vice-Mayor Tom Gonzaga once said.
Mayor Gonzaga said this enables them to support various projects and social
services of her constituent-beneficiaries. And she wanted this to go on and
make DAP vibrant again so that its income could sustain the said program.
Since its inception or during the incumbency of her son then Mayor, now
Vice-Mayor Tom Gonzaga, DAP is able to finance scholarship, free hospital
assistance, free ambulance service, and skills training, aside from
opportunity to provide work of her townmates.