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Shangri-La Mactan’s Best-Kept Secret

Every year on June 5th, people find different ways to celebrate World Environment Day, the United Nations Environment Programme’s platform for positive environmental action. This year in Cebu, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa chose to celebrate the day by expanding its commitment to biodiversity conservation through its launching of the Eco-Trail.

A botanical sanctuary more than just a local attraction, the Eco-Trail features over 65 plants that form a route of lush greenery around the resort. Included in this collection is the recently discovered Cynometra Cebuensis, a flowering plant classified as critically endangered due to the rapid deterioration of its natural habitat. The plant’s adoption in the Shangri-La Mactan Eco-Trail is a move to save it from extinction, a move for earth.

A ranger begins the trail at the Ranger Base.

The trail begins at the Ranger Base and takes approximately an hour. Foreign guests need not worry about language barriers as each plant overview comes in multiple languages. Specialized resort rangers conduct the tours. These rangers are local experts who all share one thing: a passion for Cebu’s flora and fauna, and a desire to share it with resort guests. Rangers received training from the University of San Carlos – Biology Department and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Orchids are flora part of the resort’s trail.

To make the most of the experience, guests have the option to partake in a chocolate journey with the resort’s chocolate sommelier at La Tierra del Chocolate After all, there is something so soothing about drinking a mug of hot (or cold) sikwate, a Cebuano chocolate drink, while basking in nature’s glorious creations. (Some of Cebu’s most stylish personalities enjoyed the Cacao Garden here!)

The Eco-Trail is initiated by General Manager René D. Egle and serves as the resort’s testament to making taking care of Cebu’s natural heritage an everyday advocacy.  

For more details, get in touch with the resort rangers at (63 32) 231 0288 or send an email to mac@shangri-la.com.

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