Sinagtala now a leading tourist destination

Sinagtala now a leading tourist destination

Sinagtala now a leading tourist destination

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ORANI, Bataan – The more than 60-hectare former virgin forest land in Barangay Tala, now popularly known as Sinagtala had been drawing hundreds upon hundreds of vacationists, excursionists and even foreign tourists during weekends.
The property acquired in the early ‘90s by Felicito C. Payumo, former chair-administrator of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, and lawyer Ding Pascual together with other Metro Manila-based businessmen and retired government officials was developed into what is now a major tourist destination in Central Luzon.
According to the former congressman of Bataan’s First District, when he first visited the property, it was full of wild plants, cogon grass, and was favorite trail of rebels on the way to their destinations in different parts of the mountains going to Mt. Natib in Morong. The mountain was also populated by few wild boars.
At first, Tong Payumo’s idea was to make the virgin mountain an ideal site for vacation or a suitable place for retirement among his business associates and close friends. Actually, it was a whiff of a good fortune when he bought the property at a giveaway price of P5 or less per square meter on installment basis yet, at least during those times when people were not yet convinced to stay in the remote area for good. Now such kind of property may cost more or less P4,000 per square meter, according to Jun Bringula, a media practitioner who was once engaged in real estate business.
As time goes by, Payumo and his associates and a competent architect are gradually turning Sinagtala into a profitable machine that churns out good source of income. Payumo’s oft travel in various well-developed countries plus wild imaginations helped contribute to the development of Sinagtala. “Ginaya nila ang Sinagtala,” Payumo offers a joke about the newly-introduced structure within the compound. He was able to adopt wonderful ideas on how to improve the wellness resort when he travels abroad.
Sinagtala has now metamorphosed from a wild mountain to a vigorous resort complete with swimming pools for the children and adults, eatery with native cuisine, zip line ride, sky bike, giant swing, among others.
Sinagtala has built a reputation for its clean and orderly facilities and surroundings making it even more attractive to visitors who began to spread the “good news.”
During the inauguration of one of the swimming pools, Payumo invited Bataan Gov. Abet Garcia who was impressed by the nice place. The governor lauded the people behind the Sinagtala fame which he said inevitably contributes to employment and local tourism industry.

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