PGMA projects Pili to the world as Asia's water sports destination
PILI, Camarines Sur (13 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo took a respite from her busy schedule here today by visiting the water skiing hub of the province, said to be the only one of its kind in the whole country.
The President gamely posed for souvenir photos with some 100 foreign guests and tourists, mostly from Europe, billeted at the Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CSWC) at Cadlan, this town.
"Good morning! Welcome! I am glad that you came to the Philippines. I hope you enjoy your skiing and stay here," the President told them.
Camarines Sur Gov. Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr. informed the President that most of the European tourists are Austrians, Hungarians and Germans.
The President's visit here also aimed to project Camarines Sur province as the next tourist hub in Asia.
The CSWC is a six-hectare complex with a six-point cable ski system where one can learn to wakeboard, wake skate, water ski or knee board.
In July 2008, the CWC shall host the World Wakeboarding Championship.
As the first local government unit (LGU)-operated world-class sports facility in the Philippines and in Asia, the complex boosted the tourism industry that created employment opportunities and generated $3 billion plus revenue in 2007.
The President was joined in her visit by Education Secretary Jesli Lapus and Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr. (OPS/PIA) [top]