Just in time for World Environment Day on June 5, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu launched the Shangri-La Mactan Eco Trail, a stunning route of greenery that showcases endemic, medicinal, rare and endangered plants across the 13-hectare resort. The first of its kind in the Philippines, the Eco Trail highlights over 65 plants that have distinctive properties and remarkable uses including culinary, medicine, cosmetics, perfumes or aesthetic.
Completed in partnership with the University of San Carlos, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Nature Works Landscaping Cebu, the Eco Trail encourages guests to learn more about Cebu’s natural beauty and engage with the resort’s trained eco rangers. Markers on the trail provide multilingual overviews of plants, including their scientific names, histories, uses and information about where they can be found around the world.
Throughout the trail, guests can spot notable endemic plants including the Cebu Cinnamon, a rare tree discovered in the 1980s, and the Cynometra Cebuensis, an endangered flowery plant recently discovered in the Tabuan forest in Cebu. Both plants are said to be unique to the island, and the resort is one of the few establishments in Cebu that houses the plants.
“As resort colleagues care for the plants through sustainability efforts and information campaigns, it is inevitably more than just an attraction – but a sanctuary,” said Rene D. Egle, the resort’s general manager.
“If there is something I learned as part of this project, then it is that Nature is not only a thing of pure beauty but it is an intricate, interconnected and stunning organism,” continued Egle. “Everything has a purpose, there is no waste. It's something that needs to be preserved and protected—this is what the Eco Trail is all about."
Congratulations to Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu on the successful launch! We look forward to learning more about the Philippine environment on the Shangri-La Mactan Eco Trail.