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Davao Tour: Philippine Eagle and Malagos Garden Resort

The Philippine Eagle Center is a home to the country’s national bird which is now critically endangered. A few minutes from the center is Malagos Garden Resort that houses a wide variety of flora in a stunningly landscaped garden.

Philippine Eagle Center

The center is approximately one-hour drive from Davao city. It is composed of different plants and trees making a natural habitat for the rescued Philippine eagles and other wildlife. The place actually attempts to mimic a forest ecosystem.

Also known as the monkey-eating eagle, Philippine eagle’s breeding season is from July to February. Average height is one meter and average weight is four to seven kilograms. Among the eagles in the center, the famous ones are Pag-asa and Mindanao. Referred to by locals as ‘haribon’ or haring ibon (bird king), they are endemic to the Philippines.

Walking around a place like the Philippine Eagle center is an opportunity anyone should try once in a while to get a feel of the natural ecosystem we have. It can remind us to care and appreciate the other members of our environment which are often taken for granted.

The other wildlife that can be found includes Brahminy Kite (local name: lawin), Philippine Brown Deer, long-tailed Macaque (local name: unggoy) and Philippine Warty Pig (local name: baboy ramo). Different types of eagle can also be sighted like serpent eagle, gray-headed fishing eagle and pinsker’s hawk eagle.

Tip: Apply some insect repellant lotion. I had some bites while walking around the center.

Contact Details and Other Info

Admission Fee: PHP50 (Adults), PHP30 (18 years old and below)
Address: Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City, Philippines
Contact No.: +63 82 271 2337
Website: www.philippineeagle.org
Email: info@philippineeagle.org
Operating hours: 8AM – 5PM daily, including holidays

Malagos Garden Resort

Tagged as the orchid capital of the Philippines, Davao is sometimes called the City in Bloom with the number of exotic orchids and other plants that grow in the place. You can find some of these lovely creations at the different plantations and garden resorts like Malagos Garden Resort.

We dropped by Malagos Garden Resort since it’s only ten minutes away from the Philippine Eagle Center to see the famous ‘waling-waling’. Waling-waling is abundant in Davao particularly at the country’s highest peak, Mt. Apo. It is endemic to Mindanao and is the largest among Philippine orchids. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any waling-waling during our visit last May as it typically blooms from July to October.

The resort is huge and is beautifully landscaped. Some amenities include a mini zoo, bird park, flower garden, children’s playground and swimming pool. Events like team building can be organized at the place.

The resort also has an orchid and cacao farm. You can buy Malagos’ 65% dark chocolate for PHP120. Visit their site for accommodations and day tour packages.

Contact Details and Other Info

Admission Fee (Day Tour): PHP100 (Adults), PHP80 (Kids)
Address: Bgy. Malagos, Calinan, Davao City
Contact Nos.: +63 82 301 1375, (0917) 7235763
Website: http://www.malagos.com/

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