Looks like Baguio from where you are sitting? No way (Me? Go to Baguio? I thank you! *bow*). Not when everyone else is up there these days. Or not. Anyway, this was my 2nd time to come home to Cagayan de Oro within a month's time. Yeah, you can say na ginawa ko lang Quiapo ang CDO, but I had so many things to attend to - pay real estate taxes, clean out the house there for the next couple who are renting (see similar entry at Radioactive Adobo) and meet up with Mom's friends to say thank you.
On my second visit, I brought along my cousin (who just graduated from High School) and my Aunt (my Mom's sis). This will be their first time in this Bay City. Another cousin, Ken from Cebu, joined us.
Naturally, when in Mindanao, the best places to go to would be ecotourism attractions (do you know that hardly anybody goes to the SM Mall here? Buti nga sa kanila!). One of them older destinations would be this place - the Gardens of Malasag Ecotourism Village in Cugman.
I chose to go here because first, it's just 30 minutes away from the house. My house's front door opens to the same Cugman hills this place is on so you can imagine how near it is. Second, I want to see if it continues to be worth visiting because there's a tendency for the Philippine Tourism Authority, which manages this village, to leave things to survive on their own.
And I wasn't wrong.
To your right is the ecotrail but this ends in a dead, uh, end. To the left leads you to the Hiligaynon Restocafe (formerly the Village's Museum) and other attractions (or whatever is left of them anyway). The saddest part in coming here is this: it's almost a dead place. Hardly any visitors, especially now that it's summer. It's very windy here and it could be a great place for picnics, rolling on the grass, etc. Also, the tribal community is gone. They probably couldn't endure the boredom and went home. Before, in its heydey, you can visit tribal homes and there are indigenous people who will welcome you and perform dances, weave, etc. Then again, that already sounds like exploitation-in-the-name-of-tourism, right? *sigh*
The Village's version of the hanging bridge. It was fun as it lasted. My first time! There's a better hanging bridge at the Makahambus Cave complex. For those who love heights, you can visit Bukidnon for the canopy walk at the Mount Kitanglad National Park.
Can't get enough? More here.