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Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village in Cagayan De Oro City

Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village photo via FB Page

Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village

After meeting the ever-enthusiastic CDO bloggers headed by Chiq Montes and having lunch @ Bigby’s, we headed to the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village in Cagayan de Oro. With my cool travel companions, we rented a jeepney to bring us to Cagayan de Oro’s cultural hub.

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Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village Entrance

My first visit to this place was a couple of years ago during the National White Water Rafting competition. I was lucky to be invited by the former DOT Secretary Richard Gordon and fellow local travel writers and photographers to promote the eco-tourism activities in Cagayan de Oro City.

Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village photo via FB Page
Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village photo via FB Page

The Tourism Village is the same as before, but I missed the beautiful cultural welcome dance from Mindanao’s prominent tribes. Wearing authentic and colorful tribal costumes, they used to have native dancers showcase their traditional dance and play native instruments to welcome guests and tourists.

The village has an impressive collection of Philippine flora and fauna, being one of Northern Mindanao’s ecology-friendly and cultural destinations. You can also visit different tribal houses to view some interesting traditional and indigenous artifacts from different tribes of Northern Mindanao.

If you love trekking, you will surely enjoy the interconnected eco-trails and their hanging bridge near the mini bird sanctuary.

We visited the village at noon, and we were not in the mood to hike to explore the 7.2 hectares of the lush green mini forest. Hence, we decided to return to the Higaonon Resto Cafe to freshen up and enjoy the breathtaking view of the beautiful Macajalar Bay instead.

If you plan to visit the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village in Cagayan de Oro, try to schedule your visit in the morning or in the late afternoon when the temperature is not humid so you can enjoy walking and discovering the cultural wonders of Mindanao.

The village is nestled within the slopes of Cugman Watershed in Cagayan de Oro City, a 30-minute drive from Lumbia Airport (Cagayan de Oro City Airport).

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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