BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Unfazed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Magikland, the first outdoor theme park in Visayas, in Silay City, Negros Occidental, commits to continue bringing fun and magic to its visitors.
“Live the dream and feel the magic as the Magikland song goes” is what the whole management believe in, its AtonLand president and chief executive officer, Reynaldo Bantug, said Saturday.
With the lifting of travel restrictions for incoming tourists in Negros Occidental, starting March 15, Bantug said they welcomed such development, as he described it as “promising” in giving more fun to their guests.
Magikland gradually reopened November last year, after several months of lockdown, due to the pandemic.
Under the new normal, the 5-hectare theme park in Brgy. Guinhalaran, Silay City, which can accommodate about 3,000 guests, is only allowed 50 percent of its capacity, with management very strict in enforcing minimum health protocols.
Bantug said that they did quite well during the Christmas season, with the theme park being patronized by people of Negros, Panay, and some other areas of the country.
He noted that almost 40 percent of the people who entered the park last year, came from outside Negros.
Magikland offers to its guests rides, such as the Silay Eye, (Ferris Wheel), crazy trail, family swinger, sky tower, disk’O, fantasy carousel, crazy surf, magic bike, Magikland express, smashers (bumper cars), Mt. Kanlaon (kiddie ride), and happy swing, as well as midway games, including ring toss, hangman, proper, unball, archery, goblets and basketball and the Butanding playground.
Hopefully, we can can go back to normal soon, with the lifting of travel restrictions, Bantug said.
At the same time, he assured Magikland guests that they are taking all the precautionary measures to keep them safe inside open air theme park.
Magikland opens from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Friday to Sunday at special rates, with weekdays can be also rented for special events.
Bantug said Magikland is the product of lifelong love of his uncle, Simplicio Palanca, who turned 98 on March 12, for entertainment, by bringing in a carnival to Negros, to provide amusement for the children and many others, at affordable rates.
The dream of Palanca, Aton Land chairman, was also shared by his grand nephew, former Rep. Alfredo Benitez, who also helped in facilitating the bringing in of rides from abroad.
The first 98 guests of the theme park were given free entrance March 12, who with the others, were entertained by the Kansilay dancers of Silay City, and the legendary “Bakunawa” mascot.*