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DENR Secretary Cimatu visits Masungi amid nat’l sustainable tourism drive

April 6, 2018 2:25 am

Camp Capinpin, Rizal – In his keynote address at the 2nd Infantry Division’s 42nd Anniversary, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu commends the pristine condition and management of limestone formations at Masungi Georeserve. Earlier in the day,  he had viewed the sustainable tourism destination and conservation area via an aerial chopper tour together with key leaders of the environment department. A former Chief-of-Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the new Environment Secretary took advantage of the anniversary to talk about the government’s current efforts to enforce environmental laws in tourist destinations such as Boracay, El Nido and Bohol. At this time, he announced the Environment Department’s recommendation to close... View Article


Best Tank, Waves for Water, Masungi Georeserve & 80th IB join hands for clean water

March 12, 2018 3:27 pm

Pinugay, Baras, Rizal – Best Tank Corporation through a partnership with Waves for Water and Masungi Georeserve Foundation donated 60 units of water filtration systems to households of Masungi’s communities in Pinugay, Baras and Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal. The turnover event on February 24, 2018 was held in Pinugay Elementary School and was attended by over 100 volunteers and 50 beneficiaries. Volunteers from Best Tank Corporation demonstrated to each beneficiary how to effectively clean their water filters so the equipment could last up to ten years and be sustainable. The event was also attended by members of the 80th Infantry Battalion... View Article


Six high school students complete Masungi Georeserve internship experience

December 21, 2017 4:17 pm

Students from Sampaloc National High School’s Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (Tech-Voc) Track and General Academic Strand (GAS) recently concluded a once-in-a-lifetime internship experience at Masungi Georeserve. The internship included exposures in the Discovery Trail, Silayan Dining Room and Administration. The program focused on hands-on training and conservation education for the next generation of sustainability leaders. We sat down for a quick chat with three interns, Jeime Baldelobar, Grachelle Paz and Eunice Estrella. This is what they have to say. I chose Masungi Georeserve for my internship because…. Jeime: “Sabi ni ma’am, try daw namin kasi matuto kami kaya andito kami. Tsaka para maiba naman.... View Article


Masungi a “shining example” at AIM’s Sustainable and Integrated Tourism Practices Forum

September 26, 2017 10:56 pm

“[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


Masungi Georeserve Foundation helps provide safe, clean water to San Roque Elementary School

September 11, 2017 10:19 pm

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 joins the ASEAN Social Entrepreneurship Awards & 50th Anniversary

August 13, 2017 8:28 pm

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


Puerto Princesa Dev’t Council visits Masungi Georeserve

July 24, 2017 10:26 pm

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.


Masungi Georeserve joins the National Geographic Explorers Festival

July 3, 2017 5:21 pm

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


Over 230 community members attend “Bantay Kalikasan, Bantay Kalusugan” medical mission

June 9, 2017 11:48 pm

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


New species of Strongylodon confirmed in Masungi Georeserve

May 15, 2017 3:21 pm

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