CLARK, Pampanga -- The biggest water theme park in Southeast Asia located here has finally opened its gates to the public in time for summer season.

Aqua Planet, the newest water theme park in the Philippines, has over 38 water slides and attractions on a 10-hectare property.

The first-of-its-kind in Pampanga and Central Luzon, Aqua Planet is seen to attract local and foreign tourists on its spiral ride, super bowl, flow rider, tornado, octopus racer, mermaid bay, lazy river and boogie bay among others.

Aside from its water attractions, Aqua Planet has eight shops and restaurants offering a wide array of foods and souvenir items for guests of all ages.

Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) are welcome as Aqua Planet designed its facilities to cater guests with a handicap.

In an interview, Dr. Irineo Alvaro, chairman and president of the Bridges and Benevolent Initiatives (BBI) Foundation and general manager of Aqua Planet, said the world-class water theme park is committed to providing safe and enjoyable experience to guests because of exhilarating water rides, endless fun, and adventure.

Alvaro said from the structures and facilities Aqua Planet really wanted to give not only to the people of Central Luzon but to the Filipino people a real taste of the first and most modern water park in the country.

He said Aqua Planet had passed the third-party certification for international standard and could accommodate up to 5,000 people per day.

Meanwhile, Department of Tourism (DOT) 3 Director Carolina Uy said Aqua Planet's opening would entice both foreign and local visitors and a perfect alternative for Boracay amid the controversy it is now facing.

"Let us take advantage of this to promote this latest attraction to the Mindanao and Visayas region as Clark has direct flights from this region available here through Cebu Pacific and AirAsia. This is a perfect destination for summer," Uy said during the grand opening Saturday.

Others who attended the grand opening and ribbon cutting were Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation Chairman Andrea Domingo, Bases Conversion and Development Authority president Vince Dizon and Clark Development Corporation president Noel Manankil.

Clark’s Aqua Planet is accessible via North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). It only takes 15 minutes by car from Aqua Planet to the SM City Clark, 20 minutes to Angeles City Heritage Plaza, and about 45 minutes to Subic Bay via SCTEX. (PNA)