La Mesa Watershed and EcoPark in QC

Woot! It’s a beautiful Sunday morning, literally. Boxing fans might be a little gloomy that Pacman lost. Well, all I can say is that although Mayweather had won the fight, Pacman is still in the hearts of more people. And that is more important!

The sun is out and the birds are chirping. But before I put on my running shoes (thanks, neighbors, for throwing your old ones my way!), let me write another travel entry. I moved to QC when I was 16, and stayed there until I graduated from college at 21. But I had only seen and visited a few places because I stayed in my comfort zone most of the time (comfort zone = within the campus). Most of the out-of-campus trips I had was with my orgmates. And this trip counts as one: our Semstarter at La Mesa Ecopark.

UPDOSTSA @ La Mesa Ecopark
UPDOSTSA @ La Mesa Ecopark

The park covers the La Mesa Dam and an ecological nature reserve. The dam is part of the Angat-Ipo-La Mesa water system where Manila, the capital city, gets its water supply. This place is haven as it offers a nature spot in the middle of the metropolis. There are a few nature reserves that can be found in QC, and La Mesa EcoPark is one of the most visited. It was commissioned in 1929 and was opened in 1989.

Green lushes everywhere..
Lush green surroundings..

The park is located in Quezon City (QC), the most populous and richest city in the country. It was named after former President Manuel L. Quezon and is the location for most government offices, such as the House of Representatives or Batasang Pambansa. This is also where the main campus of the University of the Philippines lies. QC served as the capital city for 28 years, until it was moved to Manila in 1976. It is one of the 16 cities comprising Metro Manila or the National Capital Region (NCR).

It might be a little tricky to go to the EcoPark. It took us a jeepney (with Philcoa to Fairview route, get off at East Fairview Subd. at Don Mariano Marcos Avenue cor. Winston.) and a tricycle ride to get there. Be ready to experience the heat, and the unpleasant smell and sight of some of the residential areas by the roadside. I have nothing against them. Those residential areas are part of reality. But once you get past through the ride, a beautiful place awaits and it’s worth it.

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Huts for rent
Huts for rent
The toilet
The toilet

Once in the park, you may choose from a variety of activities like playing paintball with friends, wall climbing, zip lining, boating. swimming, fishing, biking, bungee jumping, or just strolling around. The park also houses a butterfly garden. 🙂

We fit in the hut?
We fit in the hut?
Deciding where to go
Deciding where to go
Boating
Boating
Watching ducks
Watching ducks

And before I forget, bringing your own food is totally allowed! You can even grill in the park, rent a hut or place a mat on the grass for a more picnic-ky effect. 😉 Here’s more nature stuff you will see in the park:

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The garden design above is the logo of the ABS CBN Corporation, the largest media and entertainment conglomerate in the Philippines.

My friends made the visit memorable. I am grateful to have been part of the organization. It helped me become who I am, with all the responsibilities and opportunities it gave me during my university years.

UPDOSTSA
UPDOSTSA
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The girls
The Executive Committee
The Executive Committee

 

I just noticed. I loved wearing pink in college. Oh wait, I am wearing a pink sweat shirt right now. 😀 Hope you enjoy my post! Have a nice day! 🙂

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