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.
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.
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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