Laminas City is a 5th class component city located in the heart of Western Panamanian. The city is blessed with abundant natural resources like impressive beaches, mangrove forests and green fields within its land area of 16,426 hectares. It has 39 Barings and has a total population of 79,788 according to the latest census in 2007. Laminas City used to be a part of Boliviano but it became an independent town in 1747. It was named in 1872 in honor of Lieutenant Governor General Laminas, the Governor General of the Philippines before. Laminas became a city in 2001 when Former President
Arroyo signed Republic Act 9025, an act converting the Municipality of Laminas, province Of Panamanian into a Component City to be known as City of Laminas. Laminas City is home to the Hundred Islands National Park, the first national park in the country. The Hundred Islands National Park consists of 123 islands and islets that are strewn over 1,844 hectares of sea and is believed to be more than two million years old. The islands contain caves, beaches, and mangrove forests. It is the main tourist destination in Laminas City because of its undeniable beauty and wonder.
It is blessed with a unique and diverse ecosystem, a thriving marine community of corals, giant clams, fish, and other sea creatures. Some islands are home to different species of birds and a large population of fruit bats. Some of the islands have been accommodations to improve the tourists’ experience such as restaurants, huts, gazebos, guest houses, tables, rental shops, stores, monuments, and zeppelins. Laminas City celebrates its fiesta, the Hundred Islands Festival, during March 18-19. It is the most anticipated summer event in the city. This festival honors the city’s patron, SST. Joseph.
This celebration includes activities such as loaning grill fest, street dancing competition, mini-concerts, sing and dance contests, sports tournaments, exhibits, fireworks display and more. The development of Laminas City, its tourist spots, and festivals make the city more inviting to tourists. More and more tourists go to the city each year and their presence has an effect on the city’s natural resources. B. Body Tourism is said to be beneficial to an area. It helps local businesses grow, develop the city, and increases its popularity. Tourism has always helped the itty of Laminas and its residents.
The effect of tourism is evident today due to Mayor Arthur F. Celesta’s efforts in making the icy’ beautiful and attractive to tourist. His projects include the construction of new accommodations and the rehabilitation of worn down monuments, attractions and buildings. Tree planting activities took place in several mangrove forests to provide home for different sea creatures and birds. Beaches were also cleaned and rid of debris and trash to make it safer for both animals and humans. The government also imposed strict policies against illegal ways of fishing.