“[Masungi Georeserve] is a fine example of hope in the country,” says Dr. David Newsome, an international expert on natural area tourism, wildlife tourism and geotourism from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. “There is a lot of misunderstanding on ecotourism in the Philippines,” Dr. David Newsome said as he opened the panel discussion at AIM’s Sustainable and Integrated Practices Forum in Discovery Primea, Makati City on September 20, 2017. “[But] Masungi Georeserve ticks all boxes: visitor management, limited development, community involvement,” he added. “It is an example that needs to be put forward.” The remarks came Masungi Georeserve presented its case on... View Article
The Foundation constructed and donated an internationally accredited water filtration system for about 115 schoolchildren of San Roque Elementary School in partnership with Waves for Water and Spartan Philippines. The water filtration system seeks to ensure that water available at the school will be free of coliform and harmful, disease-causing bacteria. Previously, the water available at the school showed presence of coliform in multiple testing instances. A new tank was also installed in order to provide ample storage for water filtration and consumption. School officials, Vice-Mayor Willie Robles, Waves for Water and the Masungi Georeserve team were present at the... View Article
Masungi Georeserve joined 60 other social innovators from across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as part of its grand 50th anniversary celebrations. The awarding ceremony and conference held in Sofitel Manila aims to recognise young leaders in the field of entrepreneurship and social impact. By bringing these young leaders together, the ASEAN believes that they could form stronger connections and create meaningful collaborations between their ventures. Besides Masungi Georeserve, other Filipino participants included Edukasyon.ph, MAD Travel, TripKada and Aurelia and Amelia. Among the international participants were Backstreet Academy from Singapore, Irrawaddy Dolphin Tours from Myanmar and Fresh from... View Article
The Puerto Princesa Development Council visited Masungi Georeserve on July 20, 2017 to learn about sustainable development practices for natural landscapes. The council, composed of city board members and representatives from the tourism sector, accomplished the Discovery Trail before attending an orientation and Q&A session with the Masungi Georeserve project team. The orientation was held at the Silayan Dining Room where a special Filipino-inspired afternoon menu was created by Chef Zek Macadangdang for the visit. The visit aims to share Masungi’s best practices in sustainable tourism development to Puerto Princesa and foster stronger relationships between sustainable tourism organisations.
Our project manager recently joined the first National Geographic Explorers Festival in Washington D.C. for accomplishing research funded by the science and media giant at Masungi Georeserve. Ann Dumaliang joins more than 130 National Geographic explorers from all over the world to celebrate new discoveries and discuss world-changing ideas in the field of science, conservation, exploration and storytelling. Among the fascinating scientists present at the event were Neil Tyson, famed astrophysicist and Star Talk host, and James Cameron, an explorer and filmmaker behind Avatar and Titanic. The National Geographic Society headquartered in Washington D.C. has provided a grant... View Article
Participants received free medical consultation and dental services from Masungi Georeserve volunteers on May 29, 2017. The medical mission focused on providing health assistance to children, elderly and indigenous people from Brgy. Pinugay and Brgy. Cuyambay, Masungi Georeserve’s surrounding communities. These communities have long suffered from the lack of health facilities and specialists in the area. Volunteers included medical doctors, pharmacists, nurses, medical technologists and dentists, many of whom were former guests of Masungi Georeserve. Guests also donated various medicines and vitamins, which were distributed among the participants. Partners for the medical mission include the Sitio San Roque, Brgy. Pinugay,... View Article
A validation activity by the UPLB-Museum of Natural History team confirmed that the purple vine is the newly discovered S. juagonzalezii, a close family member of the Jade Vine. Masungi Georeserve is now the fourth area to confirm its occurrence after the species was discovered in 2015. Strongylodon (Fabaceae) was described as a genus in 1836 by Julius Rudolph Theodor Vogel. Its name is derived from the Greek words “strongylos” meaning ‘round’ and “odontos” means ‘toothlike’, referring to the rounded teeth of the calyx. There are 14 species of Strongylodon presently recognized in the world. Seven species can be found... View Article
Masungi Georeserve Foundation (MGFI) and the Energy Development Corporation (EDC), the country’s leading producer of geothermal energy, have signed a partnership to grow and preserve the Philippines’ endangered native and premium tree species in the vicinity of the georeserve. Masungi Georeserve will be a safe haven for the unimpeded growth of these future mother trees and ensure their long-term survival for generations to come. The partnership will also allow guests and community members of Masungi Georeserve to appreciate these vanishing species and contribute to their preservation. The partnership is part of EDC’s “Tree for the Future” module under “BINHI: Let... View Article
Fifteen locals from Masungi’s surrounding communities have successfully completed a three-day training at the De La Salle – College of St. Benilde (DLS-CSB) focused on upgrading the quality of their native food delicacies. The training aims to help the participants harness business opportunities brought by ecotourism potential in their communities.
We condemn the landgrabbing and political harassment committed against Masungi, a place dedicated to the conservation and appreciation of our natural heritage. It is unfortunate that just when public interest went up in the past few months, so did the interest of local public officials, led by Mayor Tanjuatco, and private individuals who have no concern for the environment. None of them have lifted a finger to stop the rampant cutting of trees and hunting of wildlife, nor planted a single tree, picked up a single piece of trash or built a single compost pile in Masungi. To us,... View Article