Wednesday, November 14, 2012


I have been visiting every now and then at Barangay Malagos in Calinan, Baguio District, Davao City basically to steer guests and friends who wanted to personally see the Philippine Eagle in the Philippine Eagle Center. All of those trips obviously allowed me to overlook the Malagos Garden Resort located just before the Philippine Eagle Center. Many other visitors in Malagos might have the same experience with those of mine and hopefully this blog would be able to open their eyes and would prompt them to visit this very wonderful place.

I got the chance to be in Malagos Garden Resort when I facilitated a seminar last November 12, 2012 as a requirement of my graduate school curriculum along with my classmates Nhessryll and Mae Ann. I discovered then that Malagos Garden Resort is more than just an ordinary resort. It actually compliments with the Philippine Eagle Center as it has a traditionally-designed accommodation facilities and other nature-themed structures.

Apart from the cool ambiance brought about by the man-made forest in the area, Malagos Garden Resort also houses several bird species. According to one of the owners Doctor Bo Puentespina, they just allow their birds to fly around the place to really let them experience their natural habitat. Unlike any other resorts where birds are caged, Malagos Garden Resort serves as an innate aviary.

As a park for all ages, the management of Malagos Garden Resort made sure they have all the facilities necessary for an overnight stay and day tours. They have a restaurant serving vegetable dishes freshly harvested from their farm. They also have children’s playground, a soccer field, an outdoor pond dwelled by lovely tamed fishes, a water ball park and several function halls for trainings and seminars.

Mr. Puentespina also revealed that aside from the ecotourism program, the resort is also going into a more interesting field of agri-tourism where guests can be treated for a tour in their huge agricultural farm.

“We wanted to be known also for our agricultural productivity that’s why we are into enhancing our farm here,” said Doctor Puentespina who, along with his staff, personally oversees their cacao plantation and dairy goat farm. While having a farm tour, I was amazed by how the farm was managed. They are basically employing natural farming practice with minimal and/or zero chemical usage.

We were fortunate then that we were also taught the basics about dairy goat production from kidding to milking right at their ventured Golden Sunset Farm. Their breeds of milking goats produce an average of 2.5 to 3 liters per goat per day.

Currently, the resort is accepting agricultural tours and at the same time catering to seminars related to dairy goat production with Doctor Puentespina himself taking care as training and education section in-charge.

To all readers of this blog who are inclined to dairy goat production and cacao plantation, I would recommend Malagos Garden Resort as one of the best places in Mindanao to visit. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Papong climbs Mt. Fansipan in Vietnam

Being in hunt to scale mountains outside the Philippines, LOGSAC’s Danrev Bronola has climbed Mt. Fansipan in Vietnam last October 27-28, 2012, adding another roll of mountain into his personal climbing portfolio.  Papong reached the summit of Fansipan on October 28 using the Manila-Hanoi-LaoCao itinerary that took him almost two days of travel before getting into the jump off area. The entire climb was only two days, shorter than the usual itinerary.  

Located in Lao Cai province, Fansipan is the highest peak of Indochina with the height of 3,143 meters above sea level. It is being dubbed as the "roof of Indochina", and has been considered one of the very few eco-tourism sites of Vietnam. Records also have it that Fansipan is home to about 2,024 floral varieties and 327 faunal species.

Like Mt. Apo and any other tropical mountains, Fansipan is characterized by wet and steamy climatic conditions. Montane rainforest is a usual scenery in the first day of trekking.

The ascent going to the summit is just a 2-4 average hike through wild bushes, rock structures and some vertical drops.

According to Papong, climbing Fansipan is almost the same with Mt. Apo. There is a need to prepare physically. "It's basically just like Mt. Apo only that they have several bamboo plants located along the trail. But everything that is there is quite similar to our Mt. Apo."