Masungi Georeserve: A place worth the wait


Not all people has the patience to wait. And normally, we wait for someone or something to happen. Scratch that! Most people wait for love to happen! Lol. Oh c’mon, just agree with me. 🙂

Anyway, let’s talk about Masungi Georeserve and why it’s worth the wait. First of, you have to reserve a slot for you to be able to get to this place. Second, there’s a limit to the number of people who can visit this place in a day. Third, you have to reserve a minimum of 7 slots. And lastly, you have to fight for the next available slots. From what I heard, this year has been fully booked.

A brief history of this place: A group of people started fighting and preserving this place way back in 1990. Back then, this was a scarred land, abused by illegal logging. With the continous donations and support of the nearby community along with the aide of these nature loving and passionate people, this land was able to heal and thrive naturally. You could just imagine the effort and time put in this place and be able to see and appreciate the what we know now as Masungi Georeserve.

For those who haven’t visited it yet, you should watch this first:

Ok, so i apologies because I don’t have any picture descriptions on my video (I actually don’t know how to do that. But in the future maybe. 🙂 ). But that shows basically the sequence of what we did, just to give you an idea. We were too early, so we had time to photoshoot on the road.

Ok! Right. Mainly, my purpose is to take as many pictures of the place as I can. We started our trek just after the orientation. And then we followed the trails, climbed on large nets, squeezed our bodies to holes, walked on the largest hammock ever, went in a very nicely lit and scented(yep, scented)  cave, climbed the two largest boulders (they call them ‘nanay’ and ‘tatay’), walk on hanging bridges, went past by a beautiful bird bath, and finally stopping for a delicious merienda treat. It took us 4 hrs to complete the journey.

TIP #1: Get the earliest time schedule (5.30am) so you will enjoy the morning dew and refreshing cold mountain weather, and to avoid the heat of the sun midway. Plus, you will not be held up from waiting for the other groups to finish taking pictures.

Tip #2: Better start early. You can start traveling from Manila at 4am. Trip would only be an hour or so.

Tip #3: The place is photogenic, so you may want to be creative with your shots, you know, to make the most out of it. You can google shots of others for ideas.

Tip#4: Wear neon/bright colored clothes! (Of course, it should also be comfortable). I just noticed that it looks good in pictures when your clothes are in contrasting colors with nature especially the bright colored ones (orange, red, light blue, pink, etc). Really! If you’re into great shots, you must follow this tip.

Tip#5: Just bring a water tumbler with you. Water is provided, and you can refill them at the orientation area, plus, when you reach the end of the trek, the merienda waiting for you is enough to replenish back your energy.

I’m out of tips. 🙂

Well, anyway, hope the above makes sense. lol.  Just remember to enjoy and APPRECIATE the efforts made on the place. It is by this appreciation that we become AWARE of Nature’s capacity. (huh?)