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    Quezon City: La Mesa Ecopark Entrance Fee/How to Get There

    And you think Metro Manila is just a big concrete jungle with horrendous traffic typical of a developing country? You got it wrong.

    I visited an oasis near the fringes of Quezon City where the megalopolis derives its water- La Mesa Ecopark where you can stroll, trek, bike, fish, swim (in a swimming pool, not the reservoir), frolic, picnic, rock climb, jog, run, boat, take pictures or simply lie down beneath a canopy of trees. I prefer places like this than those giant malls that basically offer the same old thing. We literally had a picnic!

    The park is a project of the Quezon City government, MWSS, and ABS-CBN Bantay Kalikasan Foundation

    fishing place: eat what you catch here

    hope to see these in almost every place I go to someday including my hometown. Note they actually do segregation

    bulaklak na ewan:

    l'orchidee orange

    l'orchidee rose:

    makahiya (Mimosa Pudica): the shy shrub (touch-me-not)

    lotus pond

    the lotus bud

    lotus flower in bloom

    the busy bee (can't adjust camera shutter speed here but still ok for a P&S camera)

    the kalabanga of my childhood. Laguna de Bay used to have this but I guess it's now extinct. Thanks to all for making the lake the way it is now--- moribund!

    How to get to La Mesa Ecopark:

    Commute to La Mesa Ecopark: Board Fairview bound bus or FX then drop off at the corner of Winston St and Commonwealth ave (the left side corner is Metrobank. There is a sign of La Mesa Ecopark hanging at the corner). Tricycles can be hired to take you to the park.

    Driving directions to La Mesa Ecopark: from QC Circle take Commonwealth Avenue where you'll pass by Ever Commonwealth. Winston St is about 50 meters from Mercury Drug. From Winston turn right to Marlboro St (yes, this is "yosi" country) then left to Pall Mall St where signs will lead you to the park entrance.

    Taxi from EDSA/Munoz, if you can get one, via Quezon Avenue and QC Circle is P180 only :)

    La Mesa Ecopark Entrance fee/admission rates: PhP50 adults, PhP40 QC residents with ID, P20 Senior citizens. You should also try La Mesa Ecopark's zipline, wall climbing, boating and butterfly farm and other facilities.

    All pictures taken with Canon Ixus 30, no post-processing except resizing and contrast adjustments. Why did I decide not to bring my Digital Rebel? Anyway, just to show a point-and-shoot camera can also do acceptable macro photography even without expensive lenses :)

    La Mesa Ecopark is a nice garden wedding venue and pre-nuptial photoshoot location. you need not have a permit to do prenups here but probably for wedding and other events. you may call La Mesa Ecopark contact number for any inquiries, permits and rates

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 6:44 PM,


    At Jun 6, 2006, 5:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Tito,
    I enjoyed browsing through your blog...what a creative name for a blog. I'm a blogger too..over at although I don't have a blog account here at
    I'm a free-lance travel writer and am interested in corresponding with a fellow wanderlust and nature lover. I'm also currently drafting an article about the "Other face of Quezon City." May I borrow some of your photos?, I'll give you proper accreditation, of course in my write-up to be submitted to an international travel website. You can contact me at
    Hope to hear from you.

    At Jun 6, 2006, 11:05:00 PM, Anonymous rio said...

    i'm using a canon powershot A80 and i totally agree with what you said about point-and-shoot cams. :-)

    thanks for the directions. my friends and i are actually planning to visit.

    lovely pics, btw.

    At Jun 23, 2006, 4:44:00 PM, Anonymous maricor said...

    thanks so much for sharing the beautiful pictures you took - sa lagay na iyan hindi ka pa professional e ang galing ng mga shots mo?

    yup, i saw also the front page sa PDI ng 2 nuns walking sa la mesa ecopark - ang ganda pala from the pictures you shared with us (kasi colored) and also the beautiful flowers, most especially the "free and gentle flower growing wild".

    At Jun 24, 2006, 9:46:00 AM, Anonymous Patricia said...

    Hello! Liked your La Mesa Eco Park pics. I was gonna ask you for directions to the place but I see you've already posted them. Thanks! :)

    At Nov 17, 2008, 11:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi,i think Birds of paradise (bulaklak na ewan) yun . =) --sha

    At Nov 18, 2008, 9:21:00 PM, Blogger tutubi said...

    sha, yeah. learned of it from a friend :P thanks

    At Jul 8, 2009, 4:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    bulaklak na ewan is a heliconia, not a bird of paradise

    At Aug 30, 2009, 6:53:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    thanks for the directions ^^ we'll be going there in an hour.. have been thinking of going there for sometime now... finally getting some time to actually go.. ^^,

    At Aug 30, 2009, 7:23:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, glad to be of help. intend to re-visit the park someday

    At Apr 8, 2010, 8:47:00 PM, Anonymous alym said...

    nice info abt the la mesa eco park. i really long to go there with my friends. is there a swimming pool? how much?

    At Jun 18, 2010, 1:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    thanks for the directions,it would be of much help when we go to the place.been thinking about going there for a long time.;D-kca

    At Jul 3, 2010, 10:07:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    panget d2 ,higsi lng ,bdp habaab nila

    At Apr 1, 2011, 5:34:00 AM, Blogger W.A. Tecson said...

    Thanks for the wonderful blog. Next on my list.

    At May 1, 2014, 1:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Can you please tell me where in CDO are spas which offer e.s. names of spas?thank you very much !


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