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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, November 25, 2019

Itís Christmas at Campuestohan
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Children laugh, scream and jump with joy as “snow” falls on them at a Christmas Village in Negros Occidental.

The “snow” shower that falls every hour and a half is the newest attraction at the Christmas Village at Campuestohan Highland Resort in Talisay City, that has many new features this year.

The Christmas Village is home to a life-size Santa and his reindeers, elves, fruity snowmen, giant candy canes, a train loaded with Christmas gifts, and other ornaments to keep the young and old entertained.

And behind the village, a 43-foot Santa Kong, said to be the first and tallest in Asia, sits on a hill.

Nearby is a life-sized manger scene to remind one and all that Christmas is all about the birth of Christ.

The holiday spirit abounds throughout the resort with elves, santas, snowmen in red and other Christmas symbols that have become favorites for selfies.

Christmas music throughout the park also adds to the festive spirit.

Another favorite attraction at the resort is the baby dinosaur who pops out of an egg and the bigger ones whose heads and jaws move as if they are about to snap at visitors.

The park also has a 120-foot high dinosaur that is said to be the tallest in Asia.

Fun outdoor rides at the resort are in what is believed to be the largest hamster wheel in the world, on sky bicycles, a mini train, a grand carousel, and on walking dinosaurs, and then one can go zip surfing, join a basketball shootout, or take on the rope course challenge.

There are also wave pools and water parks that include foam baths for those who want to cool down.

The resort located in the mountains with a scenic view of nature is a place like no other, its owner, former Bacolod Councilor Cano Tan, said when it was opened.

It is the only four-star resort in Western Visayas and its owner has received numerous awards for the resort’s contribution to the tourism industry.

The site of the resort was acquired by Tan and his wife, Nita, in 2010 where they planned to build their retirement home.

There was no water, electricity, or roads to the place that has now become one of the most popular and cheapest tourist destinations in the country.

In an interview shortly before the resort opened, Tan said he bought the Campuestohan property before he even saw it, adding it was his wife who saw and fell in love with the place.

Tan had also been the owner of the famous Ang Sinugba Restaurant and has a chain of auto supply stores in Bacolod City.

But the couple forgot about retirement when they saw the potential of the Campuestohan site as a business venture. They threw themselves into the grueling work of developing the place into a resort.

And Tan said they plowed back their earnings into constantly putting in new attractions every year so there would always be something new for people returning to the resort.

“I just want to make something people would enjoy and not be shortchanged,” Tan said then.

The entrance fee to the resort is P200 for those from 3 years old and above, P143.98 for senior citizens, and no fee is charged for children 2 years old and below, that include free use of the pools and playgrounds.*

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