Two years ago, my #AdventureGrammer friends and I roamed around barangay Sirao for three consecutive weeks just to search for the flower garden that is now popularly known as Sirao Flower Farm. It was really a hit when we posted it on social media and went viral for over a month. However, it was not spared from negative condition as human recklessness and lack of consideration wrought havoc to those fragile flora. It sparked outrage to the netizens and that’s when the topic on responsible tourism come to light. And oh, I was not yet a blogger then.
Fast forward today, my adventure buddy Matio (@iameleimath) and I explored yet another local destination which is not yet flocked by tourists. And it’s our honor to share with you this newest floral destination in Cebu ~ TIEZA Botanical Garden.
Let’s take a quick visual tour in Cebu City’s scenic Garden by the Lake.
TIEZA Botanical Garden
If you are looking for a quick getaway in a scenic destination that is near the city, yet away from its hurly-burly, then you are in the right blog post. Yup, there is an on-going development by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), formerly the Philippine Tourism Authority, that would serve as the next top destination in Cebu. It is located in an elevated farm in Malubog, previously known as Kan-irag Golf Course, which is now notable for a mini-lake or what seems like a fishpond.
Malubog lake was once a natural waterscape that is surrounded by mini yellow wild flowers. The surroundings are filled with sprawling natural local vegetation, wild flora and farm animals.
Look how things have changed. Malubog lake is now adorned by colorful burlas (local name of celosia) which, by the way, currently blooms for the first time in the area.
There is a wooden cabin in the left-most corner facing Sirao Peak. And it’s perfect spot to channel your inner haciendero/haciendera look. Lol!
At a different vantage point, the view of the lake abounded by celosia garden is so scenic that you can position yourself anywhere, regardless of the angle.
One can do YOLO-ing by the celosia garden with the picturesque natural pool while marveling at the famous Sirao Peak in its backdrop.
The view and experience is just exquisite, perfect for a “me” time or a romantic bonding with your partner or with your family.
TIEZA Botanical Garden is set to open for public this March 2017. There are cottages being built as of writing. The builders we interviewed said that there will be floating cottages and food stalls that would add great feature to the already awesome place. As for the entrance fee, list of facilities and other services, will not disclose it for now but will surely update this post once confirmed.
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How To Get There
For private vehicles, take a scenic ride along transcentral highway and when you reach Malubog, watch out for this sign “Busay Holiday Pool” conspicuously posted at the right side of the highway and then turn towards that descending direction. Be cautious of falling rocks in the steepest part of the road though. Parking space is available near the area.
If you are commuting, just hail a habal2x from JY Square Mall in Lahug, and tell the driver that you are heading to Malubog Lake or Kan-irag old golf course. Travel time is about 15-25 minutes. Fare is not more than P100 per person, one way. Contact our awesome habal2x driver Roel at 0919-954-4254.
There you go mates. I know you are excited to go to TIEZA Botanical Garden but PLEASE do exercise responsible tourism! Let’s practice “Leave No Trace” principle and preserve its natural allure and order. You don’t want to destroy a paradise, do you?
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’til next floral destination hunt! 🌸🌻🌷