In Mindanao where destinations with unique theme are practically in scarce I found a new place of interest in Malagos, Baguio District. They call the place Bamboo Sanctuary. On September 2 we decided to pay a visit there along with my daughter Majesta, sisters Maimai and Ruby and brother in-law Archie.
At first glance the place, like all others in the region, is fine as a leisure destination ideal for family outing and day tour. As a new attraction which was opened to the public just last June this year, Bamboo Sanctuary lives up to the billing as a secluded abode for people who seek peace of mind. It has affordable accommodation rooms, restaurant, a natural pool, cottages and other amenities.
However, more than being beautiful with green and leafy landscape, Bamboo Sanctuary’s selling point is its botanical dome situated just few steps away from the information center. The dome is the biggest of its kind in the country and houses several flora species endemic in the locality. The chirping of birds can also be heard while inside the dome.
Another unique advantage of the resort is the presence of 26 species of bamboo along its perimeter. We were taught that bamboo emits more oxygen than any other tree varieties and store plenty of water underground, making its pool cold enough even in gruelling sunny occasions. In fact, the place is considered bamboo conservation area because majority of its landscape is pedicured with gorgeous bamboo plants and several species of bamboo thrive well here.
When planning to visit the place, resort authorities encourage to book early. They also accept walk in visitors. There are transport shuttles available in case guests want to be fetch from Calinan proper to the resort and vice versa.