Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City: All About Birds

The best way to enjoy life is to plunge into NATURE as it gratifies the adrenaline of many and opens the eye of an individual to a much better world. Nature is the Ultimate Playground for Kids and Adults Also. The Philippine Eagles are now considered to be one of the extinct birds in the Philippines, so I bet that this should be a must see bird before it will vanish in the Philippine Forest. The PHILIPPINE EAGLE CENTER DAVAO is a place to go for you to meet this extinct creature. 

The PHILIPPINE EAGLE CENTER is home to 36 Philippine Eagles, 18 of which are captive-bred. It also houses 10 other species of birds, 4 species of mammals and 2 species of reptiles. Simulating a tropical rain forest environment, the Center offers the visitor a glimpse into the country’s forest ecosystem. Although the exhibits are used primarily to help educate the Filipino people on conservation, the facility is also considered a major tourist attraction in Davao City.  

Getting there: 

-          The Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) is about an hour drive from the city and can be reached either by private or public transport. Buses going to Calinan depart every 15 minutes from the Annil Terminal located at corner Quirino and San Pedro Extension. Bus fare is at P30. From Calinan, take a pedicab going to the PEC. The ride is about 10 minutes and will cost you P6. Before entering the PEC premises, the Davao City Water District will collect an entrance fee of P5 for adults and P3 for kids. PEC entrance costs P50 for adults and P30 for youth, 18 years old and below. Tour guiding and the use of kiosks are free of charge.
Fun Activities:
  1. KEEPER TALK – this is an activity at a specific time where bird keepers or bird care takers talks about the biology of the bird, the characteristics of the bird, interesting fact about the eagle . This activity gives the visitors an opportunity to interact with the keeper and its ward. It also helps the visitors have a deeper understanding of the bird's life cycle and environment. The visitors will have an idea how to keep the creature and expand its awareness to all others.
  2.  FALCONRY - This activity is a guarantee that visitors will never forget their trip at the Center. This time, the guests will not see the birds in their enclosures but on the air. Keepers will allow their wards to take flight to delight and impart knowledge to the viewers. What’s amazing about this activity is that you will be amazed on how the eagles go back to the center on its own.
  3.  OPEN CLASSROOM PROJECTS – this activity is fun way of knowing the eagles and learning about life science. With games and enjoyable activities, students will definitely take pleasure in learning. Modules and themes are specifically designed to suit the needs and interests of Pre-school, Kindergarten, Elementary, High school students and even the adults who are young at heart.

The PHILIPPINE EAGLE CENTER is now a known tourist destination in this side of the country. This center will help build a common knowledge to visitors in conserving our very own extinct animal. Let’s involve in their campaign and be part of a better world in the years to come. Let’s us expose our selves to this kind of vacation and learn while having fun!


Malagos Garden Resort Travel Guide

Tired of sun’s heat and typical beach resorts? How about an educational summer adventure for your family? Ever been to a park that is not purely a leisure place but also a place to learn and value everything around us? Or maybe a park and a place for family leisure that promotes environmental awareness? Here’s a sure treat for you guys! The Malagos Garden Resort  in Davao city.

Malagos Garden Resort in Davao City is worth your visit! Make your summer a bit educational and different. Rather than soaking up in a sun’s heat, try to soothe your self and be part of the many new era heroes to save our dying earth. Fight global warming and be one of the warriors in restoring our damaged nature through their environmental awareness campaign or join their seminar on how to fight deforestation. Malagos Garden Resort is a 12 hectare inland nature theme resort located just with in the vicinity of the world’s largest city, Davao City.

Getting there:
Getting there is easy; Malagos Garden Resort is around 27 km away from the city center and around 32 km from the airport. It can be easily reached through private or public vehicle.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE - Malagos Garden Resort has a shuttle ready to pick-up their guest depending upon the reservation. The reservation will give you a minimal fee for transportation from the airport. You may contact their reservation office for more information.

By Public Transport:

Taxi. The taxi will bring you to Malagos Garden Resort. Taxis are available just around the City’s vicinity but it will be a bit expensive if you’ll prefer to ride in it. Travel Time from City Center 30 minutes – 45 minutes. And will cost you about PHP200 and above.

Bus and L300 Vans. A cheaper way to get there is through this mass transportation which will only cost you PHP40-50. Take the rout from the City Center to Calinan and Vice Versa. Leaves the Bankerohan terminal every 15 minutes. Travel Time approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour.

The terminal for Annil Bus and L300 Vans are located at the corner of Quirino Avenue and San Pedro Extension, Bankerohan, Davao City (at the back of International Bank). It will also pass through SM City Davao, Roxas Avenue (Aldevinco Shopping Center/Marco Polo), Acacia (Madrazo Fruit Stand) and Quirino (Central Bank).

What to do when you’re there:
- This is a weekend of seminars, food tasting, farm games and entertainment! A rare chance to own dairy goats and cows, ostriches, pheasants, birds, chickens, ducks and horses! This is a must try activity that will somehow help you start a good business. There are many seminars conducted in the resort for environmental campaign, and you may freely choose what seminars you will join. And you may refer to their reservation office for present seminars that they will conduct.

Enjoy natures bounty through “MALAGOS GARDEN RESORT TOUR”
- The Resort also provides special Tour Programs and Activities for the General Public and In house guests that offer to experience the beauty that the islands and highlands of Davao bring. The tour is inclusive of Hotel transfers, meals, tour guide and a wide choice of itinerary ranging from Malagos Garden Resort, Philippine Eagle Center, Aldevinco Shopping Center, Holy Infant of Prague, Philippine Japanese Museum, a Cutflower Production Farm, Davao City Tour, Snorkeling and Introduction to Scuba Diving with a Certified Instructor and Dive Master and a lot more. Most of the Tour Destinations are private properties and entry is possible only with arrangements through the Resort. You may choose which tour package you may avail. Tour packages are as follows:

ADTO TA SA MALAGOS- Package includes a trip to Malagos Garden Resort, Philippine Eagle Center, Philippine Japanese Museum, Holy Infant Jesus of Prague, Aldevinco Shopping Center.

2 – 3 pax   : PhP 2,750/pax
4 – 6 pax   : PhP 2,100/pax
7 – 10 pax : PhP 1,750/pax

Tour Duration: 7 hours approx

Inclusive of Transfers, Park Entrance, Lunch, Guided Tour

Sightseeing at Malagos  – Package includes A half day tour designed for the Tourist on the go. With a Morning and Afternoon Schedule to choose from, you will surely enjoy the trip to the Countryside. With optional tours that will take you to an Orchid Farm and Mushroom Production Farm of Puentespina Orchids Farm just in front of the Resort! This tour will leave you enough time to explore the other wonders of Davao City.

Half-day Tour. Malagos Garden Resort. Aldevinco Shopping Center.

2 – 3 pax   : PhP 2,150/pax
4 – 6 pax   : PhP 1,500/pax
7 – 10 pax : PhP 1,250/pax
Tour Duration : 5 hours approx

Inclusive of Transfers, Park Entrance, Lunch, Guided Tour

Here are some of the Malagos Garden Resort Highlights  - Malagos  will bring you to Two of Davao’s must see Tourist Attractions – Malagos Garden Resort and Philippine Eagle Foundation, both 10 minutes away from each other. The scenic 40-minute drive from the City Center will bring you to Davao’s Countryside, passing through the Davao-Bukidnon Highway with a magnificent view of Mt. Apo.

2 – 3 pax   : PhP 2,350/pax
4 – 6 pax   : PhP 1,700/pax
7 – 10 pax : PhP 1,400/pax

Tour Duration: 6 hours approx.
Inclusive of transfers, Park Entrance, Lunch, Guided Tour.

Bloom and Nature Tours  – this tour is enclosed with their flower farm tour, butterfly watching, bird watching and others. One will surely enjoy a close encounter with different kinds of butterflies and birds that is residing within the garden’s vicinity.


1. Bird Park  - The Bird Park of the Malagos Garden Resort is home to free flying Mindanao lorikeets, Guaiaberos, Sunbirds, Peafowls, and a number of rehabilitated raptors, hornbills, parrots and some ducks. Several imported ornamental poultry & livestock species like the Ostrich, Pheasants, Ducks and game fowls are displayed and actively bred. Breeding the ornamental birds provide the funds for research on the conservation, husbandry and breeding of our indigenous species. To date, the Bird Park has successfully bred the Palawan Peacock Pheasant, Mindanao Tarictic Hornbill, Eclectus Parrots, Umbrella Cockatoos, Nicobar and Victoria Crowned Pigeons, Whistling Ducks, Quails, Jungle fowls, and developed natural micro habitats to encourage repopulation of wildlife in the area.

2. Waling - Waling Forest (allow me to bloom program) – be mesmerized by its blooming glow and be part on conserving the specie through Planting a “Waling Waling” in a designated tree within the Resort and have the option to bring home another one to nurture yourself for a minimal fee of Php 500.00.

3. Bird Feeding and Watching Dome - Feed exotic birds yourself, right from your very hands. Interact and learn more about them! Visit them at Malagos Garden Resort and enjoy the experience. Daily feeding every 10 am and 2:00 pm. Visit the bird feeding dome during feeding time for an interactive learning session of birds’ diet & breeding biology.

4. Butterfly Sanctuary - Its Butterfly Sanctuary houses the biggest butterflies in the Philippines, the Triodes Radamanthus and Triodes Megallanus. There are also sheep, goat, donkeys, turtles, guinea pigs, rabbits, cows, horses, and other animals. Guests are allowed to feed these animals and interact with them to their hearts’ content in the Bird Feeding and Petting Zoo Area. The adventurous ones may also go Horseback Riding or take the Horse-drawn calesa rides through the gardens.

5. Petting Zoo- an area intended for kid so they can try pet the animals.

6. Abuevo Sculptures  - National Artist Napoleon Abueva displays art at Malagos Garden Resort. Stroll through the gardens of Malagos Garden Resort and experience first hand a collection of sculptures on loan from the Philippines’ awarded National Artist Napoleon Abueva. Considered to be a guiding influence in modern Philippine sculpture, Abueva’s passion for sculpture has inspired him to produce hundreds of artworks based upon personal and political themes, ranging from whimsically reflective to strong nationalistic. He is also known for his unabashed used of wide range of media, especially Philippine hardwood. His work is also on display at the United Nations building in New York. Influenced by the death of his parents at the hands of the Japanese in WWII, Abueva devoted his life to his art and is critically acclaimed as the pioneering modernist in sculpture.

There is actually so much to be done with in this garden resort that you will not have enough room for it. So I dare you to see for yourself and enjoy the wondrous gift of nature at Malagos Garden Resort.


What to Do: Zorb in Davao City

Another Article for Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2011
Are you the type of person who’s always up to challenges? Do you love the feeling of your adrenaline come rushing to your entire system? If you’re the kind of being whose personality is that kind of a daring who’s more than willing to do almost everything and saying no to challenges is like saying no to a chance, then definitely there is this one spot at Davao City that dares you to try this Davao Zorb Park.
Davao Zorb Park photo by: Robz of thecreativedork.com

The Davao Zorb Park gives its riders a feeling that is worth pouring out of a lot of screams. You will be placed inside an inflatable transparent ball and rolled down on a hundred foot downhill. You may try this one alone or you may have your partner. Imagine the feeling of being rolled down from a top, felt like your tummy is being pulled upside down plus the feeling of excitement wrapped up into one. It would definitely be one of your best experiences if you try this kind of adventure.

Although you may be enticed with the kind of excitement and thrill you’ll have, there are certain health conditions that should be considered, noting that this requires almost of your vital organs in the body. First, any person who has a heart disease will not be allowed to join this adventure. Health wise, this kind of escapade requires and will cause more pumping of your blood – more than usual, something people with heart disease cannot compensate well. Pregnant women will also be not allowed to participate in this activity, as well as people with back and neck problems. You will be placed inside a ball and rolled down, it is something you cannot balance yourself. This will further aggravate the condition and/or can be detrimental to the well-being of the mother and the baby. You will not also be allowed to wear non-clothing materials; in short it’s just you. Do not worry, you will be strapped inside so it’s not like you’re being bumped from time to time. A certain height and weight requirement is also implemented. You should not weigh more than 80 kilograms and that your weight difference with your partner should not exceed 20 kilograms. Your height should be at least 5 feet tall.

Before the beginning of your adventure, you would be asked to sign a waiver. And you will also be acquainted of their certain rules, which you would strictly adhere. Only the adventurer on board will be allowed to go on top of the hill. Others will only be on the sides of the fences.
Bloggers @ Davao Food Appreciation Tour

The Davao Zorb Park is located at the entrance of Riverfront Corporate City at Diversion Road, Ma-a Davao City. This area is also the venue for Motorcross events held every August during Kadalyawan Festival and March during Araw ng Dabaw. It is only 20 – 30 minute ride from the airport. Aside from the The Davao Zorb Park, the Davao Crocodile Park, Bird Sanctuary and other spots are also found within the Riverfront Corporate City.


Foodie Find: Ranchero

Another Entry for Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2011

Perhaps the DFAT 2011 participants (including myself) are thrill-seeking diners who never get tired of crispy pig's belly and ribs.

Ranchero is a renowned baby back ribs specialty in Davao and Gensan City, with a cowboy theme. And in order for you to feel like you are in a ranch house, waiters and waitress are in cowboy attires with cowboy hats. Supah cool, right? :D

Speaking of baby back ribs, they are from the top of the rib cage between the spine and the spare ribs. Baby back ribs, as you would think, are taken from hogs, not from baby pigs and thus the most meaty part. Alongside, there is a combo of vegetables plus a savory dipping barbecue sauce gives every piece an extra of juiciness. But some diners prefer to eat baby back ribs itself.

For an even appetizing meal, Ranchero Garlic Fried Chicken added to the table. The slices come with thick butter over a bed of garlic chunks, makes the most magical sweetness and hot combination.

Not into pork or chicken? Lumpiang Hubad is just as much fun to eat. You will put filling with crushed peanuts and sauce into a fresh lettuce leaf. Lumpiang Hubad is a simplified version that uses lettuce leaves instead of lumpia wrapper.

Besides Ranchero Baby Back Ribs and garlic chicken, listed on the menus are crispy pata, Creamy Dory Sinigang sa Miso, Bagoong Rice, and bunch of local Filipino desserts. Just try one and your experience turns into magical gastronomic experience.

Ranchero is located at 3rd floor Roof garden, Abreeza Ayala Mall and at Metro Lifestyle Complex, Jacinto corner F. Torres Avenue. For reservations, you may call them at (082) 222-0793 or @pablos.davao@yahoo.com.

Website: http://www.rancherogroup.com


The Find: Lachi's Sans Rival Atbp

When I was in Davao City (for almost 3 years), I thought nothing can beat Ctres as my favorite. But the day I swore I won't eat beef anymore for the sake of all cows on earth, Tong Yang - a Korean restaurant became a top choice. I must have fixed with that until I joined the Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2011. So you're wondering what's my favorite now?

A lesson learned: Don't Stick with Favorites, instead be open - mouthed and be ready to explore. Delicious food can be found anywhere. And my new find? Tantaran... Lachi's San Rival atbp. It is just a small restaurant/shop along Ruby Street, Marfori Heights, but the twin owners Mike and Melvin Aviles pride themselves on preparing dishes and baking freshly cakes.

Upon entering, the smells were so right. Inside you can see tables and chairs occupying most space of the restaurant, the menus and a periodic table of the desserts were posted on the wall, and of course the display of a variety of snacks and cakes.

The rest of the DFAT participants seated on the long table when a nice lady gave us trays and told us to wait a few minutes and our food will be served. After a few minutes, a miracle comes (biglang umulan ng pagkain).

They served Unforgettable Pork Ribs, when you take a bite, it's so tender, after a few chew, you can utter "unforgettable nga".

Beef Tapa & Oriental Friend Chicken

Chili con Carne & Bangus Belly

Laing & Adobong Bangus Belly

Pork Marinara & Oriental Pork Surprise

But the happiest miracle of all - plenty of desserts, especially if you have a sweet tooth. The desserts are a mixture of cheesecake and their special San Rivals.

Lachi's offers to their customers different San's Rival including the classic, coffee and durian I think :) It is the Sans Rival that Lachi's is known for.

Aside from Sans Rival, Lachi's also bakes various cakes and tortes.

Btw, you can order cakes at Lachi's Sans Rival ATBP for any special occasions such as birthday, wedding, or Sans Rival to make friends get together more memorable and sweet :D
Address: VAL Building, Ruby Street, Marfori Heights, Davao City
Contact Numbers: +6382-2245552
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The Review: Trellis n Vines in Davao City

My first entry for Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2011

"Heavy meals for small tummies"
Trellis n Vines offers a huge selection of food, from appetizers up to the desserts and fruit shakes. What do you want to eat? Chicken or some fatty pork? Great if you already know what you want. If not, perhaps you might be missing the specials. Here's my recommendation, try their Baby back ribs, Chicken Biryani, Sinuglaw, Pan-fried Bangus with Tomato Sauce and Adobong Kangkong, Crispy noodles and Banana Roll.

Every meal starts with a bowl of soup. Ours is Corn & Crab soup with some slices of bright-orange crab, corn kernels and seasoned with cream and salt. This cozy little restaurant offers Sinuglaw - a grilled pork belly. It was decorated heavily with herbs and vegetables. A good appetizer, indeed. Craving for Chicken? Order Chicken Biryani seasoned with curry and a cracker on top. Large sliced chicken are so tender, plus the combination of Indian spices is hot enough once you bite into them.

But my attention got distracted when a baby back ribs is served on the skinny long table. Crowned with BBQ sauce and the meat is to tender. It is one of the best servings here. But even the usual Pan-Fried Bangus with Tomato and Adobong Kangkon is worth contemplating. A plate of Pan-Fried Bangus has come with full of surprising tomato sauce flavor and wonderful adobong kangkong on it.

What I enjoyed the most is the Crispy Noodles. The serving of this creative dish is good for 3 - 4 persons. The crispy noodles is scribbled with vegetables and a sauce similar to chopsuey that covers the taste of the noodles. It is best to devour this crispy canton right after it's served so you will enjoy the crispiness of the noodles.

Of course, a meal is not complete without the refreshing fruit shakes or Banana Rolls with a very soft texture and sweetness of honey and peanut butter that made the combination right. Or, if you are interest with fruit shakes, ask the staff, and they will surely suggest something from their long list.

Lastly, service is a big plus. Not to mention it has a good ambiance - for it is not crowded and noisy. And for some tips to fully enjoy your dinning at Trellis n Vines, it is best come early or avoid coming with hungry tummies. It is not a fast food chain, so it will take time before your orders will be served. Also, bring your family or friends with you. Most of their servings cater for 3 - 4 persons. You can hardly consume all the baby back ribs if you're alone.

About Trellis and Vines

Trellis and Vines is ready to serve you. Visit their restaurant at lunch, or better, for a night out with your buddies.

Main Branch: Mc Arthur Highway, Balusong, Matina, Davao City
Contact Number: +6382-297-8463

Branch: F. Torres Street, Davao City
Contact Number: +6382-221-5566

Branch: A. Mabini corner Araullo Streets, Davao City
Contact Number: +6382-2263117

Branch: Casa Maria Inn, Eco-west drive, Ecoland, Matina Davao City
Contact Numbers: +6382-2951883 and +6382-3032218

Mobile Numbers: +63922-8832282 and +63917-7000243
Website: http://www.TrellisnVines.com/
FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Trellis-n-Vines/342201880991

Thanks to Diyosa Blogger of My Davao City for the photos.

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