I’ve actually been to this place before when I was a kid. This place reminds of the first time I had to wear a swimsuit at their really clean pool and during that time I tripped along the poolside. This was because of being shy walking around the area and every time my mother calls me I walked so fast and didn’t notice that there was a small hole right by the poolside. But that was the 1990’s; so now in 2015, is it still alluring like before?
Last December 26, 2014, after our Dahilayan Park Trip, my family decided once again to visit the Eco Tourism Village Malasag located outside the city in Sitio Malasag, Barangay Cugman Cagayan de Oro.
After so many years, seeing the park now caused some surprise for me. Originally meant as an animal and flora and fauna nature reserve managed by a subsidiary of the Department of Tourism, this is supposedly considered as one of the best tourist spots in the city since the 1990’s. Thus, were my expectations dashed when I saw that the whole place seemed unkempt at best. There were only 3 deer left in the pens and these were very dirty. Some bird cages were not cleaned out, some pathways were not clean, some amenities were closed, and some areas even looked out of maintenance. The place had that feel of an abandoned garden village.
Nevertheless, if you love fresh air and places overlooking the city that can be spectacular, this is the place you need to go to, and the entrance is only PhP30.00.
The only exciting thing about going to the village is the wobbly monkey bridge. You pay PhP10.00 to cross it. I successfully crossed the monkey bridge and found my legs shaking at the end. Both my cousins weighed between 160lbs. to 180lbs. but they both still crossed successfully.
I was so excited to see the pool and to look for the hole where I accidentally tripped. Unfortunately, like the park’s other amenities, it was closed.
How to get there
To reach Ecp Tourism Village: it’s a 15-minute ride from the Agora Terminal and around a 20 minute ride from the Cogon Market where all the jeepneys need to pass. For those who don’t have their own vehicle, you have to ride a habal-habal, or motorcycle back-ride, a very common ride in the Philippines for areas inaccessible by other means of public transportation. It is usually Php 15.00 per person and a single habal-habal can carry up to 3 back-riding passengers. That makes 4 on the motorcycle if you include the driver.
Overall, this is leaning more on a negative review so I hope our Department of Tourist and its subsidiaries responsible for eco-tourism tourist spots like this will have their plans on how to properly maintain and improve this garden park.
It’s safe in Eco Tourism Village Cagayan de Oro though.