Jpark Island Resort Cebu Celebrates 10th Year with a Bang

After numerous trips to the province of Cebu and skipping the opportunity to stay in the island of Mactan, I must admit of never hearing about Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark before. I have my assumptions managed to a middling level when I joined fellow travel and lifestyle writers on a media trip celebrating the resort’s 10th year anniversary.

Upon our arrival at the property, reality quickly overtook my median expectations as I stepped inside Jpark’s open-air lobby. Directing my eyes to several interesting design patterns of the entrance hall led my eyes to the expansive lawn-covered grounds which stretches to the waterpark—where shrieks of merriments from guests are heard even from a far distance. At that moment, Jpark—sounding like a nom de guerre of a heroic Korean character in a Koreanovela series—instantly introduced its brand name to me; a 5-star Waterpark Resort and unbeknownst to me 5 seconds ago, one of the island’s tourism attraction frequented by families from South Korea, Japan and China.

The Country’s only 5-Star Waterpark Resort

Jpark's 17-hectare property houses a total of 568 rooms, villas and suites, six themed swimming pools, 10 restaurants, activity zones, dive shops and a private beach. Constructed in 2009 as the then Imperial Palace, it rebranded to the Jpark name in 2014 by combining the name of the founder’s name Mr. Yong Jun Park and the now full-owner Justin Uy—a known Cebuano businessman. 

Through the years, the resort has become a favorite family destination of tourists from Asia—and more recently—has also started to attract hordes of local tourists from all over the Philippines. Not resting on its laurels even if it remains as the country's only 5-star Waterpark Resort, Jpark still continues to improve through expansion and introduction of new innovations.

Pororo Indoor Park Grand Opening

Speaking of which, Jpark also launched its new attraction targeting the young ones: The Pororo Indoor Park. This indoor park based on the popular Korean children 3D anime television show “Pororo: the Little Penguin” is the first in the Philippines and only the 18th in the world—with 11 branches located in South Korea. The park features the show’s main characters: the tender Polar Bear Poby, the pink beaver Loopy, Eddy the studious Fox and Crong the roguish but loveable baby dinosaur.

The multi-level theme park houses an assortment of playrooms quirkily designed with lavish colors and adorned with various set-ups of interactive games and fun rides.  There are more than twenty game rooms to choose from such as: Patty’s Merry-go-round, Digital Sketch room, Aqua Play zone, Rodi’s Racing game, Tutu’s 4D rider, Sliding ball pool, Crong’s jungle gym, Eddy’s sliding car, Pororo Train, Pororo fishing zone and an indoor two-story high slide.

Every day, the whole gang of Pororo main characters perform live shows to the delight of the children. To maximize the Pororo experience of the young guests of the resort, Jpark also transformed more than 40 rooms to replicate the Pororo universe. These rooms come with Pororo-inspired interiors and are furnished with ball pits, trampolines and mini slides in the living area of the one-bedroom suites.

Celebrating Jpark’s 10th at the new Triton Ballroom

Coinciding with the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark, is the unveiling of the newly-refurbished Triton Ball. Influenced by the mystical underwater kingdom of King Triton, this spacious ballroom is laden with advance lighting and sound system technology and an interior design that incorporated modern and indigenous local materials.

The Triton Ball can accommodate 1,000 people in a Banquet setting, sit 1,500 people in a cocktail set-up, and entertain 2,000 guests in a Theatre setting.

Musical performances from Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano, his daughter Kiana and Opera performer Zsarie Vidal concluded the festive celebration which also saw Jpark’s employees, tourism partners and media friends being honored on stage for their numerous contributions in expanding the market of Jpark to all of Asia.

Jpark’s Expansion Plans

As the curtains drop at the grand Triton Ball to cap the festive 10-year celebration of Jpark Island Resort, each of the guests are convinced that the future of this 5-star waterpark looks brighter than before. Earlier in the evening, Chairman and President Justin Uy revealed plans for future development penciled in some of the most scenic provinces in the Philippines. “We are looking at year 2020 to open our new property in Panglao, Bohol. We also have plans for Cordova, and Oslob here in Cebu, and Anda in Bohol. We are also considering Siargao and Palawan in the near future” Uy said.

The Jpark brand—with its hefty goals and long tradition of high quality service—is in a great place and has cemented its place to become a leading player in the country’s hospitality and tourism industry for many years to come.

*Photo credits (Pororo Park c/o Jpark Resort, Drone shot c/o Wanderlass)

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