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Sanctuary Amid the Bustling Metro Manila
Amidst the fast-paced busy life in the Metro (specifically East Fairview of Quezon City), there is a hidden sanctuary called La Mesa Eco Park. Frankly, I didn't know that place exists until my friends planned a get-together in this park, and actually got the chance to see it myself.
Our main intention in setting up a visit was just to go by the nature trail and shoot some photos (since all of us are into photography as a hobby). We thought that was the only thing we can do there; however, upon reaching the place, we were surprised that there are a lot of things you can actually enjoy in the park other than seeing and watching. Hence, here I am sharing those things with you, so that you can have a better planning than we did.
We had this trip during April, so it was hot and humid. I am not exactly sure when is the best way to visit the place, so if in case you know it, suggest it via the voting poll on the right.
Anyway, you don't have to bring that much if you just want to check the place out. A meager P100 may be sufficient to cover all your expenses excluding the food. However, if you are planning to do more than that, be sure to bring enough. To guide you more in budgeting, check out the table of rates below.
Summary of Collected Rates
P50 - Above 3ft
Free for 3ft and below
Butterfly Trail and Hatchery
P30 per head
P20 per day
P80 per kilo of catch
P50 to P90 per hour
Bungee Jumping (Trampoline)
P100/ boat per 30 minutes
Best Activities or Things to Do
Based on our trip there in La Mesa Eco Park as well as some readings, I've compiled these things that you can do and enjoy in the park!
1. Nature Appreciation and Photo Walk
One obvious thing you can definitely enjoy in this park is to catch a glimpse of nature's work! As soon as you reach the place, traces of nature will be visible, and as you explore more, you get more exposed to the grandeur of our environment!
If you want to sharpen your photography skills (just like what we did), you may want do it here in the Eco Park. Your subjects will be flowers, butterflies and perhaps people as well (i.e. your friends).
Orchidarium and Butterfly Haven
Check out the orchidarium as well for some interesting collections of orchids. Afterwards, you may see the Butterfly grounds to be fascinated by these beautiful insects!
Lay down a blanket and just enjoy the surroundings with your loved one/s! Bring with you a basket filled with food and drink for an ultimate picnic experience!
2. Photo Opportunities
As suggested above, you may go around and shoot some photos of nature. However, aside from that you can also have your special photo shoots here (i.e. debut, wedding or anything).
My friends told me that a lot of couples choose this place for pre-nuptial shoots. As a matter of fact, when we visited the park, there were at least 2 couples doing either a pre-nup or an anniversary shoot.
An Escape for Board Ones
If you want to change a profile picture, and you want it to be awesome at the same time, then you may want to have it taken here.
Beating the summer heat is possible as well here in La Mesa Eco Park. This swimming pool is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. Pool admission rates are as follows (based on the photo I found in their Facebook Page):
- Persons above 3ft - P80
- Persons 3ft and below - P40
Expect a lot of people swimming in because of proximity and affordability.
4. Bungee Jumping (on a Trampoline)
If you are feeling jumpy, then go for a bungee jumping on a trampoline. Costing only P120, this Bungee Jumping may just unleash the spirit of adventure within you!
I haven't gotten the chance to try this because we focused more on taking photos around. Anyway, someday I know I'll have a sweet taste of adventure.
Riding a Zip-lining maybe a very common thing to do, but at least you can easily have it here in La Mesa Eco Park. Catch a fast yet good glimpse of the beauty of La Mesa Eco Park through the Zipline.
6. Biking Around
Just like in Nuvali, you can just opt to bike around as you enjoy the nice scenery. Although, Nuvali offers better scenes and bicycle as well, La Mesa Eco Park can be sufficient enough to give you some excitement.
If you want something a little cooler, you can go for a boat ride by renting one at P100 per 30 minutes. What you may consider a fun thing to do is rowing the boat yourselves, maybe race with your friends?
By the way, each boat can accommodate 4 people.
After hours of nature trailing mixed with photography sessions, we decided to call it a day. Everyone felt so great because we got to have a brief vacation and have a quality-bonding experience. However, there were some of us who forgot about two things: sunscreen protection and extra shirt.
La Mesa Eco Park in a Nutshell
It was a relief finding something wondrous hidden in a city. With this exploration, I realized that we don't need to go that far just to experience mother nature's embrace (well, unless you live in south). Simply put, La Mesa Eco Park simply gave us an opportunity to breathe in some fresh air, and let our mind unwind a bit
Share your experience here in this place by rating the place and commenting below.
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Let's hear from you!
Renz Kristofer Cheng (author) from Manila on September 13, 2014:
@Shayne I believe it depends on what kind of photoshoot you will have. If it will for pre-nup, I think it will be safe to secure a permit. However, if you just intend to do a nature photography or photo shoot for school projects, I think you will no longer need any permit. Still, just to be sure, you may want to call up the management of the park.
Shayne on September 13, 2014:
Hi. Shouldd I secure a permit for photoshoot?
Renz Kristofer Cheng (author) from Manila on May 28, 2014:
Thanks grandoldlady for visiting one of my hubs once more! And yes, even I was surprised to know there's a place like this in Fairview.
Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on May 27, 2014:
It's nice to know there is an eco park in Fairview. I have friends who live there, and they never mentioned it to me. Thank you for this interesting discovery!
Renz Kristofer Cheng (author) from Manila on April 25, 2014:
Thanks Ericdierker! It's really a nice place away from stress, pollution and all those unwanted stuff. :)
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 25, 2014:
Very cool place that looks like fun and learning. Wish I was there right now with my family!