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The attractions of Enchanted Kingdom appeal to all ages, but for children it also opens their minds to things they never knew existed.

WHO COULD DENY THAT THE MAGIC OF ENCHANTED KINGDOM LIVES ON AND ON? Kids who have grown up with it never tire of going back with their families and friends to share their enjoyments of past favorites and experience the excitement of new introductions. Parents and grandparents whose initial interest was to give children and grandchildren a special treat have such a good time themselves that they can't wait for another excuse to take them again.
      You are not alone! This is the secret of Enchanted Kingdom's success. Its business is to make customers happy, and it has become supremely accomplished at achieving this aim.

                                                                                                            - Anna Periquet (Photo courtesy of Enchanted Kingdom.)

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IAAPA CHAIRMAN'S
VISIT WELCOMED


Bob and Jenny Rippy are Enchanted by the Philippines!

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Bob and Jenny are warmly welcomed by Mario and Cynthia.

THE CHAIRMAN OF IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) Robert "Bob" Rippy and his beautiful wife Jenny on arriving in Manila were given a very warm welcome by Mario O. Mamon, Chairman and President of Enchanted Kingdom and Third Vice-Chairman of IAAPA, and his beautiful wife Cynthia.
      A former Wall Street Executive as well as licensed pilot, the gifted Bob Rippy was able to walk through almost every corner of America and travel through different parts of the globe. While working for this glamorous citadel of money, prestige and power, he was only able to find fulfilment in the world of family entertainment, specifically the Family Entertainment Center (FEC) business.
      He left Wall Street to create the famous Wilmington, North Carolina, attraction known as the Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park, as its president and owner. This expansive family entertainment site hosts an array of wholesome, enjoyable and captivating amenities that will make each member of the family happy. It features a miniature golf course, a full-scale waterpark as well as a go-kart track. It also boasts of the Sky Tower, a ride very similar to the EKSTREME Tower Ride at Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa Laguna. With its ever-changing, always exciting amenities and features, park goers not only in North Carolina, but all along the US eastern seaboard can always look forward to visiting Mr. Rippy's Rapids.
      Following the phenomenal success of Jungle Rapids, Mr. Rippy went out of his way to give back to the industry he loves by being a very active volunteer member of IAAPA, especially in its Family Entertainment Center constituency. He became one of the most highly respected leaders in the industry and was elevated to Chairman of the Board for 2011 at the IAAPA Annual Trade Show & Convention held in Orlando, Florida, USA, last November 2010. This makes him the first Family Entertainment Center (FEC) operator and sole proprietor to hold that position throughout the 92-year history of IAAPA, a significant new record for the industry and for history.
      Rippy manages IAAPA through a Board of Directors and Staff, and with the help of the incumbent officers composed of First Vice-Chairman Roland Mack, Managing Director of Europa Park in Rust, Germany, Second Vice-Chairman Will Morey, President and CEO of Morey's Piers located at Wildwood, New Jersey, USA, and Third Vice-Chairman Mario O. Mamon, Chairman & President of Enchanted Kingdom in the Philippines. Mr Mamon is the first Asian, and proudly the first Filipino, to be elected as a Vice-Chairman of IAAPA and will become its Chairman in 2014.
      While in the Philippines Rippy met with personalities from the private and public sectors that work in the amusement and attractions industry and tourism. DOT Secretary Alberto A. Lim welcomed him during a courtesy call at his office where he was briefed about the renewed thrusts and priorities of the tourism sector and how the amusement and attractions industry can play a key role in these future plans. Rippy also delivered a message and inducted new members of PhilAAPA (Philippine Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions), the local national industry association that is aligned with IAAPA, during an afternoon networking activity. Other highlights of his trip included visits to various IAAPA member institutions in the country led by Enchanted Kingdom, the country's first and only world-class theme park, SM Family Entertainment Centers Inc, Star City, Manila Ocean Park, and Zoomanity Group.
      Indeed, Bob and Jenny Rippy were enchanted by what the Philippines can offer, from its array of world class family amusement, attractions and entertainment sites to the warmth and hospitality of the Filipino people. To this end, he can be certain that all the programs that he is espousing and envisioning through the IAAPA will reach fruition and beyond in our country.
      See more news in our special Enchanted Kingdom section.

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Flores de Laguna flourishes in Santa Rosa, sustaining and enriching our local culture.

ENCHANTED KINGDOM'S FLORES DE LAGUNA
CELEBRATION FOSTERS CREATIVITY, ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS, AND
LOVE FOR FILIPINO CULTURE


Designers, models and sponsors are celebrated in a profusion
of elegant and stunningly beautiful Philippine formal wear,
with tradition ingeniously enhanced by modern flair.


DONNING ECO-FRIENDLY TERNOS AND BARONGS specially designed by the most renowned designers from Laguna, these good-looking ladies and gentlemen flashed their best smiles and exuded the grace and confidence that made the park guests bow down in their presence.
      Of course, those who stood out were able to take home awards and fabulous prizes courtesy of Eldar the Wiz and his sponsors. This year's top awards include the Reyna Delos Flores, who was awarded to the same lovely lady who bagged the special sponsor award, Ms. Pink Water, Ms. Ymarie Larios. She is joined by Mr. Flores de Laguna, who also took home the Mr. Black Water award, Mr. Darius Bayron. This year's Reyna Elena who is also the winner of the Best in Cultural Gown award went to Ms. Ria Catrina Barquin.
      The awardees of the special prizes are Ms. Neisel Anne Cabangbang , who won Ms. Photogenic, with Mr. Paulo De La Merced who was awarded Mr. Photogenic. The Ms. Slimmer's World award went to Nicole Villabros while Mr. Aficionado went to Carlo Solarte. And the lady who carried her gown the best is no less than the winner of the Best in Gown award, Ms. Jaira Estrella.
      The creative designers behind the fabulous gowns also took home prizes from pageant sponsors. The winner of the Best Designer award is Mr. Luisito Pangilinan, who competed in the best designer for bridal, burda and indigenous attire category. Mr. Cris De Leon won Best designer under the industrial category. A special citation for the indubitable support to the annual flores de Laguna and winner of Best Designer for three straight years (from 2008-2010) was given to Mr. Chico Estiva.
      Enchanted Kingdom also honoured the prestigious HACO of Laguna, led by Mr. Tony Bernardo and Ms. Rodalyn Delgado for their valuable support through the years, along with the many other new designers who participated in the event, namely Jose Mondido, Romeo Oracion, Naneth Orajay, Leo Romero, Mon Panganiban and Obet de Keisha.
      This year's Flores de Laguna is made possible through the support of Yushi production, Slimmer's World, Trans Ocean, Careline and Ever Bilena.
      This parade of beauty, art and culture is a testament the dedication of the citizens of Laguna and Enchanted Kingdom, in fostering creativity, environmental awareness and love for our own rich Filipino culture.
      For more information, visit the official Enchanted Kingdom website.


                                                                                       - Stories by Beth Gokauchi (Photos courtesy of Enchanted Kingdom.)


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