Also known as Eco-Tourism Village, the Gardens of Malasag, 12 kilometers from Cagayan de Oro, were conceived by the Philippine Department of Tourism. Inspired notably by the Gardens of Grenada in Spain and the Bouchart Gardens of Canada, these gardens aim to present the cultures of tribes of north Mindanao in a natural environment, while protecting the animal and plant life. The site is in a wooded area of 7.2 hectares offering impressive views of the bay of Macajalar.
Situated in Sitio Malasag, Cugman; a rolling terrain in the slopes of reforestration area 20 minutes from the city center. A cultural village in a botanical garden setting, it showcases the tribal practices & crafts of Mindanao tribes. The village also serves as the learning center for ecotourism, ethnic arts, flora and fauna endemic to Northern Mindanao while at the same time generate revenues and livelihood for the tribal groups . The village has a souvenir shop of ethnic products; Ethnic Museum; tribal houses of the Talaandigs, Higao-non, Subanon, Maranaos and Ifugaos. It features rows of cozy guest cottages; camp ground , swimming pool , picnic shed, orchidarium, mini garden, native restaurant, butterfly garden, multi purpose hall. It offers the view of Macabalan Bay and hills of Malasag. Available transport: jeepneys, taxis and motocycles (habal-habal)
Softly nestled within the slopes of Cugman Watershed in Cagayan de Oro City is a cultural domain of natural wonders aptly called the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village. Conceptualized in 1991, this ecology friendly cultural habitat was dreamily inspired by the picturesque gardens of Granada in Spain and Butchart Gardens of Canada. With breathtaking view of the Macajalar Bay, the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village distinctly sits on a 7.2 hectares prominently etched with nature and eco-trails, connecting to a 800 hectares of reforested area.
Gardens of Malasag give visitors a colorful glimpse of the ecology and rich ethno- Filipino heritage of Northern Mindanao showcased through various artifacts, customs and traditions, flora and fauna amidst a reforestation setting.
How to get there
By air and land, 2 1/2 hours, Ninety-minute daily flights on Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines or Cebu Pacific from Manila to Cagayan de Oro City. Thirty minutes by car from Cagayan de Oro airport to the resort. Note: The resort does not arrange for airport transfer. You will have to hire a taxi at the airport.
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