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Brigada: Adventures in Marogondon, Cavite



I was a guest and co-host for this segment of Brigada to feature Maragondon as the next travel and adventure destination near Manila. Go watch and discover what the town can offer for tourism.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Eco education in Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary - Azalea Residences Baguio family vacation part 3

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March 29, 2014 - This is our first tour around Baguio City, our guide is our friend local resident of Baguio and also a blogger. Our first visit is here at the Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, the name Maryknoll is very familiar and yes..it is related to Miram college in Manila and also this was a school before when it was founded in Baguio during the 1920s. The school was converted into an education venue for students, organizations and people who want to learn more about the environment. The Maryknoll Eco Sanctuary was founded after the 90’s earthquake in Baguio, the founders decided to convert this as a learning ground and to teach the importance of taking care of our environment. The educational eco tour is not just about our catholic faith, but also its about a cosmic journey on how everything was created, how everything is connected to each other and how you can help to make a big difference in this generation.
Love it and save the planet!

It sounded like a camping ground for planeteers, But I totally agree that we should educate our kids about taking care of the environment. I’m glad that they have this in Baguio, I know that eco tourism is now the new trend for tourism, I hope that our tourist and bakasyonista should drop by here. It’s a family oriented venue and kid friendly area…well you have to hold your kids carefully because you’ll be hiking a side of a mountain filled with lots of trees, there’s a trail to guide you for the cosmic journey tour, and some obstacles for the family. It’s a tiring eco tour, but for a PHP 50 entrance fee. I can say that it’s a must visit for eco lovers, the only thing that lack here is a sari sari store hahaha, we got tired during the hike, I suggest your bring some food and beverage.

To read more info about this eco sanctuary, visit their website at http://maryknollecological.weebly.com/about.html

located at
25 North Santo Tomas Road
Campo Sioco, Baguio City, Philippines

here’s my photo story of our eco tour in Maryknoll Eco Sanctuary

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Entrance


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Leaflet about the eco sanctuary

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Maryknoll sisters site


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some artworks

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wooden rocking chair

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restaurant inside the building

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Main building of the eco sanctuary


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The way to the eco sanctuary. It is located at the other side of the building…on top of the side of the mountain

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Our guide, Vincent Tabor of www.lakbaybaguio.com shared to us that he visit this site in the past just to reflect and also meditate. He told us that there’s an entrance fee of PHP 50 per head.

I think the collected fee will be used for maintaining the eco sanctuary.

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Okay.. we’re ready…let’s carry our back pack…back pack… Team Wahpinas leads the way.

Each of us were given a copy of a map of the whole eco sanctuary. You won’t get lost here because there’s a trail to follow and lots of signs posted everywhere.


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1st stop: Ruins

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There’s an aging ruins on top of the mountain… I’m not sure what it is for..but maybe its for a photo op site

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Here are our kids! hahahahaha


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Mommy Lace and baby Ashton

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hello! what can I do for you ??


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more ruins….or some kind of wall

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cosmic journey starts here.

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photo op with nature..
ahhhh the fresh air here is a wow!


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Ashton photo op with Team Wahpinas

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baby tree surrounded by rocks

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Some kind of stone art set up


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now its time to learn about the cosmos…. it feels like a National Geographic thing


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Lace did a yoga stance in the middle of the Stonehenge area

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hello mother nature!! and the mighty sun!

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Stonehenge were man made.. others say that it was made by aliens.The original Stonehenge monument is at Wiltshire, England, it is the most popular site in the world.

the one that stands here in Baguio is a replica.

but its still a wow!!! its my first time to stand inside the Stonehenge.

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I spotted this cocoon
I’m not sure if it’s a moth or a butterfly. The shield of the cocoon is one awesome kind of art.


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The boys are having a break after some walks and climbs around the the eco sanctuary.


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More rest area for guest

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Lace the tree hugger…

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Ashton is at the time were the oceans are created

Now it make senses..the whole eco tour represents some part of the creation of everything in cosmic years.

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More nature scenery…


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The trail

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And here’s the time when dinosaurs roam the Earth

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Ashton went hyper when he saw the baby dinosaur


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The cosmic years when mammals rule the Earth


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its getting cold…..weeee!

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The stone trails

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Ashton at the rise of the planet of the apes

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We saw a set of flowers behind them..but the colors are a bit brownish and the yellowish color of the small flowers are gone after this pic hahaaha


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we’re now entering a replica of a tabon cave

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inside the cave…

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Inside the 2nd cave…. we spotted a hanging coffin.
We usually have this originally in Sagada, but this replica is very real.

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Our guide told us that there’s a corpse standing near the coffin, its hard to see inside the dark cave, so I used my camera flash to see the corpse…we went out of the cave quickly after we saw that scary corpse on my photo. hahahaha. I’m not even sure if its real….. as they say..the coffin and corpse are real..

oh man!

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here’s the scariest part of the eco sanctuary…

the hanging bridge!!

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It’s a narrow, long and high hanging bridge.. we crossed the bridge via batches.
and yeah…it wiggles as you walk over yikes…


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The look of mommy Lace and baby Ashton hahahah
both are scared to cross the bridge..I told them it’s the only way.

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here’s my view… Lace went ahead of us..and then I carried Ashton when I crossed the hanging bridge.
I told Ashton not to sneeze because the bridge starts to wiggle if there are lots of movements.


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Spotted: Team Vivamanilena


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check out the height level of the hanging bridge, I think It elevated up to more than 50 feet.

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replica of Ifugao house set up at the end of the bridge.
I also spotted a campsite below. I asked if the eco sanctuary is open for camping, then our guide said that that camping grounds are closed.


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Here’s Team Lifestylebucket


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Lace inside another replica and modern style of an Ifugao house

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It stood on the side of the mountain.. Ashton got scared because the house is too high.

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We’re now at the 14th station of the cosmic journey.
here they introduced the Earth House…it’s a house made of total clay.

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The Earth house made up of clay and stones

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Clay workshop are done here.


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Inside the clay house

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Lace’s dream house hahaha. I wish we can build this too at home.

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wooden Bul-ol, the rice god of the Ifugao and Igorot here in Benguet.

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Bul-ol and then Ashton’s turn to be sit with the Bul-ol

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More cosmic journey trail below.. we got tired already so skipped that part na


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More stairs…to end the trail

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its sunny day for this sun flower.

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Wahhhh cry of Team Wahpinas ahahahaa masakit na daw kasi yung paa nya

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Inside the Maryknoll building, I visited and checked out the water color artworks by Baboo Mondonedo


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Baboo Mondonedo

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Its not just a resource center for eco education, but also serves as an art gallery venue


here are some artworks by Baboo

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Azalea Residences Baguio
address: Leonard Wood loop, Brgy. M. Roxas, Baguio City
Manila reservation: (632) 579-4890 or (63917) 8611641
Baguio reservation: (6374) 442-8888 or email: reservation@azalea.com.ph
website: http://azalea.com.ph/

Foursquare and map: https://foursquare.com/v/azalea-residences-baguio/4ed82d67d3e346be31a859d8

Visit my Baguio City adventure blog post here at http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/search/label/baguio%20city

and my blog post about Azalea Residences Baguio here at http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/search/label/azalea%20residences%20baguio

The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.


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