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Siargao Will Be Opening Its First Wakepark Soon—Should We Be Excited or Worried?

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The long list of things to do at Siargao, the Surfing Capital of The Philippines, will grow even longer soon, when surf town opens its very own wakepark in July 2018: the Siargao Wakepark.

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Construction of the cable park project started in 2016 after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources issued an environmental compliance certificate. Locals and frequent surfers have expressed concern that Siargao might be on its way to becoming another Boracay—and not in a good way. So Siargao Wakepark clarified that the "[number] of [coconut] trees cut down was very minimal," to make way for the cable park's man-made lake. "The grounds were open space already, and it was used for cultivating kamote, the sweet potatoes," a note on their Facebook says. The management also invites local business owners to be part of the project as founding members.

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Now that the construction is in its final phase, award-winning Siargaonon surfers like Nilbie Blancada and Manuel Melindo have been invited to test the wakepark. In the meantime, eight-year-old surfer Kai Kai Alcala couldn't help but express his enthusiasm after doing a few rounds.

Not much else has been revealed about the exact location of this new tourist destination, except that it's in General Luna. We'll just have to wait and see for updates.

How to Get There: Cebu Pacific (via CEBgo) offers affordable direct flights from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 to Siargao Domestic Airport in Sayak from Thursdays to Tuesdays, with more flights to be added by March 25. Its lowest year-round fares start at P2,371.

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Siargao Wakepark is in General Luna, Surigao del Norte. For updates, follow Siargao Wakepark on Facebook and Instagram.

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This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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