So off we went to Cugman, less than an hour from the downtown boarding a cab and riding the "habal-habal"(a motorcycle with no sidecar, and is quite inconvenient unlike the popular tricycle found in most parts of the country) to go up where the "garden" is. I was quite scared but we were able to sort it out. Regardless of the inconveniences, we were able to reach the place called " Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village".
Among the places that we were able to visit in Cagayan de Oro City, I like the "gardens" the most. I was even dared to walk in the hanging bridge, thank goodness its closed. That afternoon stroll was quite memourable because walking on each street is like discovering something new, as we were unescorted during the walk.
There were friendly "visitors" strolling in the garden, themselves city dwellers who opted to go there for "relaxation". They were kind enough to serve as tour guides, and tried their best to answer our queries. The houses, accordingly are prototypes of the shelter used by indigenous peoples.
Every item in the souviner house looked very colourful and attractive. I wanted to buy a native dress, but gaining a few pounds , the only stock left did not fit me. Another reason to go back.
Truly, I enjoyed my day tour in the Gardens of Malasag. I just hope that the place be maintained to give both Cagayan de Oro dwellers and visitors, both domestic and foreign alike to enjoy their stroll in the gardens. I loved that experience as it was not only communing with nature. Taking a taste of what the gardens can offer would give us a chance to experience their culture given the ample time we've got to spend.
I will be coming back to Cagayan de Oro, probably for the white water rafting, for a day or two in the nearby Camiguin Island and definitely for another visit to Malasag gardens. I hope this time I would have the chance to have a dip in any of the beaches in Cagayan de Oro too.