La la la la Mesa...

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Two of my favorite friends in Singapore decided to spend a long weekend in Manila. They initially planned to go to Ilocos, northern part of Luzon, the biggest island of the Philippines. However, due to some weather disturbances, they decided not to push through with their flight to Ilocos, where the eye of the storm was located. They decided to explore some places near Manila or in Manila. Since, Oct 1 is the start of my being a certified bum, I asked them if I can go with them in a heartbeat. We finalized our plan to meet near UP, visit a Vargas Museum there and head to SM Fairview and we can ask around where the La Mesa Eco-park is. After lunch, we queued up in the taxi stand. People were not really sure where the eco-park is.
Finally, we hailed a taxi, and good thing the taxi knew exactly where the park is. It is located quite far from SM Fairview, the one near the mall is the Dam's admin office and not the eco-park.

La Mesa Watershed in Fairview, Quezon City is the primary source of drinking water of about 12 million Metro Manila residents. La Mesa Watershed is 2700 hectares, 700 hectares of which is the reservoir and 2000 hectares of which is the surrounding forest. This forest is the last remaining one of its size in Metro Manila and serves as its carbon dioxide sink. La Mesa Watershed, therefore, is vital to the city, not only because it is a primary source of drinking water, but also because its forest functions as the lungs of Metro Manila, providing it with clean air.
Due to lack of funds, illegal settling, poaching and logging, La Mesa Watershed came into disrepair and ruin. Massive rehabilitation drive has been done since 1999 to save the reservoir and luckily the result of the effort has been visible now. In September 2004, it was renamed La Mesa Ecopark and reopened to the public. All revenues generated by La Mesa Ecopark are utilized for the continuous preservation and protection of La Mesa Watershed.

Activities are plenty if you plan to do camping there, there's a salt water swimming pool, a mini golf, a fitness and biking trail and a lagoon. But if you just want to do some sightseeing, there's nothing much to see except for the lush forest, the not-so impressive orchid garden and butterfly hatchery. Also, a hike to the edge of the dam would give a good glimpse of the reservoir but no picture taking is allowed. I think this is for security purposes or maybe it's just another case of paranoia normal to the daily life in Manila. :)

Though a visit to this park is, well, still worth it. This is not for people who wants party and booze. This is for people wanting some quality solitude.
blurbmoi says:
nice friend! hope this gets featured!
Posted on: Oct 14, 2008
coffeefairy says:
lovely photos! :)

yeah, Donnah told me about this "fieldtrip" :) Ang saya! :)
Posted on: Oct 13, 2008
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