Even in urban cities, our colleagues make time to help conserve nature. Recently, colleagues from Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila spent part of their weekend planting trees at the nearby La Mesa Ecopark to help repopulate the city’s trees. According to a park staff member, Manila has lost a huge number of trees due to the urbanization of the city. During their trip, our colleagues helped plant 120 tree saplings that will replace the trees that were cut down.
Formerly a dam wall, La Mesa Ecopark was renovated into a sanctuary and park by the Quezon City local government, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewage System (MWSS), and Bantay Kalikasan, one of the environmental arms of Philippine television company ABS-CBN’s Foundation. Due to the support from organizations and volunteers such as our colleagues, the 33-hectare sanctuary is now home to the largest number of trees in Metro Manila.
Rex Hidalgo, executive housekeeper at the hotel, felt fulfilled that such a project existed.
“I believe this is a very important part in helping the environment especially in countries where resources are very scarce,” he said. “It enlightens me that I am also contributing to the future of my kids and their kids.”
Congratulations to our colleagues in Manila for making a difference in their community, even before the hotel opens!