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Protected Area Managers learn from Masungi Georeserve

October 12, 2019 8:58 pm

October 4, 2019 –  Training Center for Tropical Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability (TREES) conducted a 5-day training course on Visitor Management for Forest and Nature-based Destinations highlighting the concept and principles of responsible visitor management in sustainable tourism planning and implementation. In line with the training, various Protected Area Superintendents and members of the Philippine Eco-Guides Association visited the georeserve to learn about destination branding and how to properly manage visitors. Participants immersed in the Discovery Trail and experienced the different rope courses and witnessed the rich biodiversity within the landscape. After the 3-hour trail visit, Project Manager Ann Dumaliang joined... View Article


National Bookstore, Masungi, distribute 8,000 school kits to local students

September 5, 2019 12:04 pm

Students raise school supplies shared by the National Bookstore Foundation & Masungi Georeserve Foundation August 22, 2019 — National Bookstore Foundation, Inc. (NBSFI) and Masungi Georeserve Foundation Inc. (MGFI) collaborated to distribute school materials to partner elementary schools around the georeserve. Some 4,000 students received two school kits each through ‘Project Aral’, a back-to-school initiative that aims to solicit learning supplies for students living in remote areas of the country. Among the partner schools involved were San Roque Elementary School, Upper Kilingan Elementary School, and Pinugay Elementary School in Baras, Rizal. Teachers and students welcomed the support from the program,... View Article


Tamaraw Rangers of Mindoro visit Masungi

March 23, 2019 7:15 pm

March 8, 2019 – Masungi Georeserve invited the park rangers Tamaraw Conservation Program (TCP) of Mindoro for a learning exchange session on conservation and sustainable tourism practices. TCP rangers are in-charge of protecting the remaining tamaraw population in the mountainous regions of Mindoro. With only 28 park rangers monitoring around Mt. Iglit National Park, they managed to successfully grow the population of the endangered tamaraws from about 100 to around 523. The session started with an orientation conducted by Ann Dumaliang, project manager of Masungi Georeserve. The Tamaraw rangers also had the opportunity to experience the trails and familiarize themselves... View Article


AIM, HEDCen students visit Masungi Georeserve

March 15, 2019 2:15 pm

March 24, 2019 – Masungi Georeserve welcomes foreign students of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) – Dr. Andrew Tan Center for Tourism and senior high school students of Holistic Education and Development Center (HEDCen). Both groups visited the georeserve to learn more about environmental conservation, biodiversity, and sustainable tourism As a part of the Asian Institute of Management Global Network Week Program, foreign students taking up their master studies in top business schools in the U.S., Costa Rica, Panama and Canada participated in an orientation and discussion with the Masungi team. The program offered by AIM highlights sustainable tourism... View Article


3M Philippines and 3M Global Service Center Participates in the Nurture-A-Grove Project

November 26, 2018 9:15 am

November 17, 2018 – The Masungi Geopark Project site welcomed employees of 3M Philippines and 3M Global Service Center Philippines as part of their Global Volunteer Day activity. Through the Legacy Trail, the participants contributed to the reforestation activities being carried out on site. A total of 190 tree saplings were planted and nurtured by the 3M volunteers. The group also learned about the process of mulching: a technique often done to aid in the plant’s growth and maintenance. After the activities, the group was rewarded with Minalot meals amidst a beautiful backdrop of the hills and floating huts. The... View Article


Masungi wins global conservation award from UN, IUCN

November 19, 2018 6:51 pm

Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt— Masungi Georeserve was recently honored as a global model for conservation innovation and excellence at the inaugural Pathfinder Awards presented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and WildArk. The awarding ceremony was held during the plenary session of the 14th Conference of Parties of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt on 17 November 2018. A high-level international jury awarded Masungi Georeserve the special commendation for the 2018 Pathfinder Award for its “outstanding and innovative” approach to conservation financing and... View Article


Union Bank participates in Masungi’s Nurture-A-Grove Project

November 12, 2018 8:08 pm

Last November 9, over 30 employees of the Union Bank of the Philippines Manila and Metro West Regions’ Retail Banking Group contributed to the reforestation activities being carried out on the greater Masungi Geopark Project site. Through the Legacy Trail experience, the participants were immersed in a tree-planting activity and contributed a grove of saplings to the area’s growing forest life. Minalot meals prepared by local community members were served afterwards as a reward to the volunteers for aiding in the restoration and reforestation of the once barren area. Through Masungi Georeserve’s Nurture-A-Grove Project, companies will now be able to... View Article


Tourism Chief Berna Romulo-Puyat visits Masungi, champions Sustainable Tourism

October 12, 2018 4:57 pm

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and her team explored Masungi Georeserve on October 11, 2018,  a few weeks before the much-awaited soft opening of Boracay Island. The Secretary has been a staunch advocate for sustainable tourism as a driver for economic development in the Philippines ever since her celebrated appointment in May 2018.     The visit gave way for fruitful discussions and hopeful conversations on the future of tourism in the country. “[Tourism] guidelines are just laws that are not being followed,” says Puyat when the importance of strict laws on tourist destinations was brought up.     Secretary Puyat... View Article


Sustainable Tourism Advocates gather for World Tourism Day 2018

October 4, 2018 10:17 am

  Over 30 individuals interested and engaged in the sustainable tourism industry gathered on September 27 for the World Tourism Day 2018 at the Tanlines Lounge in Poblacion, Makati.   The meet-up gave way to conservations on sustainable tourism in the Philippines, tourism issues faced by local and foreign tourists in the country, and possible solutions to the problems at hand. Professionals, enthusiasts, and advocates from different sectors and interest groups huddled to discuss how to integrate sustainability into the current tourism industry. Insights were also shared on how to ensure sustainable tourism is in the country’s development agenda for... View Article


Manila to Masungi Georeserve in 15 minutes with AirTaxi.ph

September 25, 2018 12:08 pm

  A scenic 15-minute flight from Manila to Masungi Georeserve can now be arranged through accredited air travel partner AirTaxi.ph. The aerial journey will start from AirTaxi.ph’s Manila Hangar in Pasay City, and will offer sprawling views of Laguna de Bay and Masungi’s limestone pinnacles from above.  Since parts of the conservation area are not accessible to guests from the ground, scenic flights open an opportunity to get a holistic view of Masungi’s 60-million-year-old karst formations before going on the Discovery Trail or Dining at Silayan. AirTaxi.ph offers two experiences in Masungi Georeserve: Option 1 allows guests to fly and then... View Article