Rediscovering the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village

The Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village is an ecological-friendly and cultural destination in Cagayan de Oro City.

After a stressful week I decided to take a break and spend quality time with few friends in Iligan or Butuan. Well, that was the original plan. 

However, the horrible incident that claimed 44 lives in Mamasapano, Maguindanao pulled out our Iligan and Butuan city getaway. Though these cities are peaceful, we've taken the precaution not to travel far away from home. No one knows what will happen next while the whole country is still mourning and the investigation of the case is on-going.

Thankfully we have Plan C; stay in Cagayan de Oro and spend a day in the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village, popularly known as Eco Village. A safer and cheaper plan. 

The one-day getaway allowed me to rediscover the tranquil beauty of the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village. The modern structures that perfectly blend with the site's preserved nature was another justification that environment should not be given up for economic growth. 

The abundant flora that splendidly bloom almost everywhere in the Garden did not only hinted that life could have been more colorful if we have taken care of our environment but also spoke that there is still hope to live life fuller. Their lushness symbolizes life and hope.

The clean cold air blown by the tall old tress in the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village was therapeutic. It filled my lungs gently making me feel light and clean. I guess I was detoxified. It was really good to take in fresh air and took a break from the polluted gas that we breathe in the city even just for a day.

Another attraction in the Garden was the indigenous people from the different tribes in Mindanao. Impressive were they to preserve their culture and adhere to their traditions despite the dazzling spark of modernism. Why can't we do the same? Why do we always give in to the fad that pulls us away from our traditions?

I asked myself a lot of questions and pondered on many things that day. I guess we were really bounded for Plan C. I hope you will find your self puzzled with these questions when you visit the garden. 

If you want to know more about the place, please continue reading. 

Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village

ESCAPE CDO. Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village, an ecological-friendly and cultural destination in
Cagayan de Oro. 

The Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village is an ecological-friendly and cultural destination in Cagayan de Oro. A 7.2-hectare diversified bio-sanctuary on the rolling terrain of Sittio Cugman Watershed, it showcases the city’s preserved nature and tribal practices of several tribes in Mindanao including the Higaunon, Bukidnon, Subanon, Talaandig, Tigwahanon and Umayamnon tribes.  

Cottages at the Gardens of Malasag.

The eco-tourism destination has cottages, a dormitory and a restaurant that offer not only descent accommodation and sumptuous food  but also a breathtaking view of the Macajalar Bay. Function and recreational facilities such as swimming pool, canopy walk, camping ground and an aviary are also available for use.

Entrance Fee                     P30.00/person

Room Rates:
    *Superior Cottages        P1,850.00
    *Deluxe Cottages          P2,200.00
    *Extra Bed                      P 500.00
     Family Room               P1,500.00
     Dorm (min of 10pax)      P250.00/pax

*Inclusive of breakfast

Gardens of Malasag is a government-run park maintained by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), a Department of Tourism attached agency.  

PEOPLE OF MALASAG. #GoiNextDoor poses with some of the tribe members in the Gardens of  Malasag.
Tribal handicrafts, accessories and musical instruments are sold at the souvenir shop. If you are lucky and if the tribe's members are not busy in welcoming their guests, you will witness how these people made their crafts. 

BONES AND BEADS. Some souvenir items sold at the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village. 

BONES AND BEADS. Some souvenir items sold at the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village. 
From the city proper, the site is approximately 20-minute ride away. You can use the map at the bottom of this post as your guide. 

CAGED BIRDS. The aviary of Gardens of Malasag.

If you wish to get in touch with the management of Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village, you may contact them at the following numbers: (088) 855-6183 or +63-917-896-88-73. You may also visit their website here

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  1. I was there in August, 2011 and yes, there are a lot of changes since at the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village then as can be observed from the cool photos you posted here.

    1. True, lot of changes yet; it is still a good place to commune with nature. Thanks for the visit Ed!

  2. Been there a decade ago... I guess it's time to revisit. I love the canopy walk!

    1. Hello Ma'am, thanks for the visit! I’m certain that you’ll enjoy the canopy walk when you visit the site. Bring your wonderful kids there; surely they will love the place.

  3. Nice place! I like the colorful beads...they are good for meditation.

  4. Hi,

    I'm planning to bring my whole family there and I want an overnight stay. I want know whats the deal If we will go for a Camping, I wanna know the prices like, How much would it be for the Overnight Stay? Would the restaurants still be open for Dinner and what time would they ussually close? How much if we would go swimming on the mini pool at night? and Is there any charge if we use the camp grounds for camping? I'm planning to get a De Luxe cottage aswell for me and my wife but if we have 2-3 Tents for my parents and brothers, I wanna know if theres an extra charge for that. By the way I haven't come up with the exact figures as to how many will come but it would probably be around 20 persons including kids.


  5. Hi there, aside from their landline posted online, were you able to get their mobile number or alternate contact number? Thanks