• SM to complete Phase 2 of Sky Ranch Tagaytay by year-end

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    HENRY Sy-led SM Prime Holdings Inc. is set to complete before year-end the second phase of its 5.5-hectare amusement park Sky Ranch Tagaytay.

    Joy Omada, general manager of Sky Ranch Tagaytay, said in a chance interview on Saturday that the completion of Phase 2 will help attract more patrons to the amusement park, in line with its goal to contribute 50 percent to Tagaytay’s tourist inflow.

    “Phase 2 will see the installation of six new rides, which will be operational on December 1 in time for the Christmas season,” Omada told The Manila Times without divulging project costs.

    Sky Ranch Tagaytay was developed by SM Prime and Family Entertainment Center Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SM Prime tasked to create and install rides in Sky Ranch and in By The Bay Park, which is adjacent to the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

    With the operation of the six new rides in December, Omada said they are confident they can break Sky Ranch’s record of 30,000 visitors per day during peak seasons. Sky Ranch Tagaytay has an average of 30,000 visitors per day during the summer and yuletide seasons, and 10,000 patrons per day during the off-peak season.

    The new rides include the Top Dancer and the Jump Around, which are already operational as of press time. The other four to be installed are the Roller Coaster, Drop Tower, Bumper Car, and the Wave Swinger.

    Omada said Sky Ranch will cap off 2014 with a total of 19 rides—13 existing and six new rides—side by side with existing attractions like horseback riding and the two-way 300-meter zipline.

    The Sky Ranch is one of the most popular places to visit in Tagaytay along with the government-owned Picnic Grove and People’s Park.

    SM Prime is the property unit of the Sy family-led conglomerate SM Investments Corp. which has interests in banking (Banco de Oro Unibank Inc.) and retail (SM Retail Inc.) as well as affiliates such as China Banking Corp., Belle Corp. and Premium Leisure Corp.

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