Friday, August 28, 2009

maryknoll ecological sanctuary - baguio city

just as we thought we've reached the end, we still didn't find the spot. we were inside a hectare size area of ecological sanctuary of Maryknoll. people may be familiar with the famous Baguio Botanical Garden but very few know about a sanctuary run by nuns. considered as an eco-trek area where one can reflect or simply enjoy the lush green view.upon reaching the center, we were given a map which will be used for us to be guided inside the sanctuary. a guide to what they refer to as the Cosmic Journey. 14 stations that symbolized the formation of the universe and how it has evolved.each station is represented with symbols and a sign that explains how the universe was formed. according to the staff, the whole walk can take to about 30-45minutes. she was a bit surprised because it was raining and we were that determined to do it.we just waited for the rain to stop and started our journey with a warning that the path may be slippery. my cousin Claire and i started the walk searching for station one which was a bit challenging because you'll have to walk a number of meters to find it though it has a walkway. part of the journey was to ring the bell that symbolized ones support to nature. this sanctuary values the balance of humanity, its environment and the evolution of its traditions.each station has a signboard that has a brief description of what the station represents. some were in the form of ruins while others as ornaments. the interesting thing here was not just the scenery but the excitement of finding each of the stations.the slippery path didn't hinder us from proceeding because the idea of thinking what the next station will look like was so appealing. pine trees and different plants cover the area with some cascaded rocks on areas where we need to go down.this place was built after the earthquake that hit Luzon which happened in 1990. a number of structures were damaged and several people died on that tragedy. with this the Maryknoll nuns who has been in Baguio overseeing the convent school decided to make an ecological park that explains the connection of humans, the cosmos and the culture that evolved.one can take time resting on some of the stations that has benches, though during our time it was all wet. other stations were in man-made caves which represents the Tabon cave and the Sagada cave to symbolize how the early inhabitants of the Philippines started.one will pass over a hanging bridge above a cliff that leads to the next station. stations ahead has several Igorot houses where one can explore by climbing over wooden ladders. we noticed that the huts were distinct from one another, it's because each hut represents the three Igorot tribes which are Ifugao, Ibaloi and Kalinga.when we reached the last 3stations it rained hard, good that we had with us an umbrella to continue with the walk. the final station symbolized the different spirituality, from Buddhism to Christianity.the whole walk took us almost an hour because we spent time taking photos of the place. don't forget getting lost inside the sanctuary is part of the activity. one just have to enjoy and commune with nature.Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary is located at Campo Sioco along North Sto Thomas road. you can take a short taxi trip going there or commute by taking a jeep along Perfecto street just across Harrison road. there's a minimal entrance fee of P30 which goes to the maintenance of the site.
you might want to consider this the next time you visit Baguio. for other information, check out their official website at Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary.

44 comments:

Rio said...

ilang beses na din ako nakapunta ng baguio pero parang dito ko lang sa blog mo nakita ang maryknoll eco sanctuary..thanks for sharing this dong..next time na mapunta ako sa baguio,puntahan ko din to=D

Chyng said...

Question: so hindi ganun kaginaw kasi nakashorts lang sya?

Punta kasi kame Baguio this weekend. Iniisip ko getup ko. :D

Photo Cache said...

Now that is a place I would really enjoy.

Ako rin I wonder if she didn't feel cold wearing shorts :)

gillboard said...

di ko alam, pero naiisip ko dito Teacher's Camp.. hehehe

darkhorse said...

Fresh na fresh mga kuha! prang umuulan o tlang misty palagi doon sa Baguio. Marami pring mga naalaganng mga views....nice shots Dong!

Borneo Falcon said...

What a beautiful and meaningful park. I sure can use have some R&R here

aiLee920 said...

wow.. amazing shots... grabe... i like it all... every shot is unique.... and, your model/cousin is good!!!

Aris said...

ang kagustuhan kong muling bumisita sa baguio ay higit na pinasidhi ng mga larawan mo. salamat uli, dong, sa iyong pagbabahagi. :)

princess_dyanie said...

sa dami ng beses ko nang nakapunta ng baguio, dito ko lang yan narinig! hanggang botanical garden lang kasi kami eh haha! thanks for sharing dom aka dong! heheheh ;)

Bengbeng said...

i like the meaning n significance of th epark. would love to visit a place such as that. P30 is worth it

fufu said...

love your pictures :) and she is cute =p baguio real has plenty of places to go ya...guess i need to spend a month in the philippines?? lol

alicesg said...

Very beautiful photos of the garden. I never visit this place before even though I've been to Baguio. I wish I get another chance to go to Philippines again. This year I am not travelling to anywhere because of the H1N1....sigh.

luna miranda said...

refreshing photos, dom. i've never been to this place...saan 'to banda?:P

oh, it was raining when you were in Baguio! i hate it when it rains in Baguio, parang di matatapos ang ulan.

Nanaybelen said...

believe naman ako sa iyo Dong. two years din ako doon noon pero di ko man nakita o nabalitaan man lang sa iba ang maryknoll sanctuary.
at ang ganda ang mga shots

dodong flores said...

Hi, donG hO. Gumaganda talaga kahit anong lugar na pinupuntahan mo dahil ang gaganda ng mga kuha mo. Superb!

I am Xprosaic said...

nakakarelax talaga pag solemn ang paligid... sarap magisip isip... este magmuni muni na lang... jijijiji

SandyCarlson said...

Quite a beautiful place. Lush is the word!

aiLee920 said...

it will always be my pleasure to remind people to register for being a voter dong!....

Sidney said...

Enchanting garden... looks like paradise!

chubskulit said...

We did not go to this sanctuary when we had our tour.. It looks gorgeous!

sailor said...

I love the design of the stone flowers.

Ayie said...

Hi, you were mentioned by benghui in his post so I'm just sneaking around seeing the person/blog behind those Phils videos. =)

I haven't explored much of baguio more so this maryknoll place.

Nice set of photos. =)

Reena said...

you know what? while i was reading the post, i was sort of relating the symbolisms at every station to paganism (but in the Phils, our faith in Bathahala) and how the symbols were seemingly intertwined with our Catholic faith. Pero you mentioned it was Buddhism pala. Now i have to read on Buddhism. :D this really caught my interest. Not the sites though, but the text. is this the end of the Baguio series? have fun in pangasinan!

Hilda said...

Thank you so much for this! I've never heard of it before and it's beautiful! Perfect for meditation. Next time we go to Baguio, I will be sure to schedule a visit to this sanctuary.

Blue Rose said...

beautiful place! parang narefresh ako looking at your pictures dongho.
first time kung narinig na meron palang ganyang place na magandang puntahan sa baguio. thanks for sharing this dongho.

Skippyheart said...

ang ganda naman ng place na yan! hindi ko alam yan noon na napatira kami sa Baguio...oh well, matagal naman kasi na yon! hehe ;)

have a great long weekend! TC dong =)

atticus said...

winner ka talaga. di ko alam na may ganito sa baguio.

mapasyalan nga next time nasa city ako.

Andy said...

Beautiful, beautiful place.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

This looks like one of Baguio's undiscovered gems. It's not even mentioned in the latest guide books to the Philippines.

bertN said...

Hindi ko pa narinig o nabasa kahit saan yang Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary na 'yan. What a place! Thanks for sharing your pics with us.

Raft3r said...

di ko to alam, ha
great find, dong

saka naka green slippers sya
green is my fave color
=)

Lalaine said...

thanks... hindi ko pa yan napuntahan... sana pagbalik ko sa baguio eh madaanan namin yan =)

Pietro said...

A really enjoyable place I'd like to see in person.
Great sequence of pictures!

flyingstars said...

simply beautifully captured shots...lovely!

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

parang alagad ng sining ang dating.
lalo na yung picture sa bandang itaas.

Lawstude said...

i cud almost feel the breeze of the place. great job again buddy.

nuts said...

i'm back from holiday! :)

you always amazed me with great photographs. been to baguio for so many times, pero di ganito shots ko..

beautiful! thanks for sharing.

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REDLAN said...

Mukhang slippery nga. Itanong ko pa sana. Ring a bell? ilang ring ba ni-require. Kasi sa simbahan meron niyan like sa wedding vow or sa patay. Ganda ng mga kuha mo especially yung bamboo gate. Plus may dala ka pang napakagandang model.

sendzki said...

soooo green and mabato...kk still loving ur trips

Aethen said...

Nakapunta dalwang beses sa maryknoll eco sanctuary sa baguio - isang malaki at magandang garden yun. sarap tumambay dun. touring around the botanical garden is relaxing and fun. gusto ko tuloy bumalik dun. thanks for sharing kuya dong.

GS said...

im from Baguio and this is my get away sa toxic and stressful routine. it really is rejuvenating and now im surfing to check for my wedding venue-this came first on the list. you wont regret visiting the place.

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