• Shangri-la launches eco trail


      Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa is known for its lush tropical greenery. As soon as the guests enter the resort, a beautiful route of greenery greets them. From the driveway to the pool garden, spa village, and jogging trail, plenty of foliage await.


      The resort is blessed with flowers, trees, orchids, and herbs. To highlight the flora and fauna in the resort, General Manager René Egle launched a new initiative. Last June 5, the Shangri-La Mactan Eco-Trail was launched. The Eco-Trail features a collection of endemic, medicinal, rare, and endangered plants. These plants are spread out across the 13-hectare land area of the resort. There are over 65 identified and curated plants. Each plant has a distinctive property and extraordinary use.

      In the Ornamental Garden, there are 18 plants. In the Cacao Garden, there are 10 plants. In the Main Trail, there are 20 plants. In the Jogging Trail, there are 17 plants. On the Eco-Trail map, 16 plants are must-sees.


      Each stop has an overview of the plants. It lists down the scientific names, history, uses, and places where the plants can be found around the world. Professor Val Salares of the University of San Carlos and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources helped with the research of the plants. Nature Works Landscaping Cebu helps nurture the plants.


      Two notable plants can be seen on the Eco Trail. First is the Cebu Cinnamon, which is a rare tree. It was first discovered in the 1980s. Second is the Cynometra Cebuensis. It is a flowering endangered plant. It was recently discovered in Tabuan forest in Cebu.

      The resort has specialized resort rangers who are experts on the plants around the resort. They will gladly bring the guests to the eco trail in the resort.

      The Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa Eco-Trail invites guests to learn more about the plants. The journey is a way for guests to appreciate the plants’ beauty.

      For inquiries and reservations, call the resort at +63 32 231 0288 or e-mail them at mac@shangri-la.com. Like their page on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @shangrilamactan. (Jann Yuvallos)
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