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Picnic at La Mesa Ecopark

by on April 10, 2009

Last Sunday Ry and I packed a picnic lunch and spent the morning at La Mesa Ecopark. It was pleasantly surprising to find that such lush greenery still exists in Metro Manila. It was a hot day, but the density of the trees provided lots of shade and the cool breezes weaving through the foliage made it very pleasant to be outdoors.

In the picnic basket: Deli wraps with three kinds of cold cuts, crackers, assorted cheeses (gruyere, gorgonzola, La vache qui rit), spinach artichoke dip, parma ham, salami. I was too lazy to bring a bottle of wine, which turned out to be a good thing, because apparently alcohol is not allowed in the park.

We recommend going early in the morning so that it’s not so hot and there are less people. We left after lunch and on our way out we encountered hordes of people coming in. If you want to avoid the noisy crowds, steer clear of the pool area and the Ipil, Narra and Neptune Pavillions. We set our picnic blanket down in a relatively secluded spot by the Petron Ampitheater.

The park is probably really pretty around sunset/in the evening. If so inclined, you can pitch tents and spend the night there. Camping isn’t really our thing though. Half a day was enough communing with nature for us city folk.

About La Mesa Ecopark: La Mesa Watershed in Quezon City is the primary source of drinking water of about 12 million Metro Manila residents. La Mesa Watershed is 2700 hectares, 700 hectares of which is the reservoir and 2000 hectares of which is the surrounding forest. This forest is the last remaining one of its size in Metro Manila and serves as its carbon dioxide sink. Bantay Kalikasan, in partnership with the MWSS and the Q.C. Government, rehabilitated and renovated a 33 hectare public park located right outside the natural boundaries of the watershed and 40 meters below the reservoir. In September 2004, it was renamed La Mesa Ecopark and reopened to the public. All revenues generated by La Mesa Ecopark are utilized for the continuous preservation and protection of La Mesa Watershed. Read more

Directions: Take Commonwealth Avenue towards Fairview past the following landmarks: UP Diliman, Iglesia ni Cristo Templo Central, Ever Gotesco, Sandiganbayan, Litex, Mercury Drugstore. Turn right at East Fairview Subdivision’s Winston Street, right at Marlboro Steet, then left at Dunhill Street. Follow the road all the way to the bridge and you will arrive at the La Mesa Ecopark guard house.

Contact information:
(02) 430-4051/ (02) 430-5207/ (02) 430-5207 (telefax)
Sarah – 09062234125
Dong – 09159013772
lamesaecopark@abs-cbn.com
http://www.lamesaecopark.com
http://www.bantaykalikasan.com
http://www.abs-cbnfoundation.com

Click here to view the full set of our La Mesa Ecopark pictures on Flickr.

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3 Comments
  1. Wow! Postcard perfect yung 1st photo 🙂

  2. i will visit the park too. when i get there the philippines. i heard so many beautiful stories about the la mesa ecopark. great transformation. congratulations to those who spearhead this project.

  3. Thanks! 😀 I’ve been meaning to buy a DSLR and take photography classes but I still haven’t gotten around to it.

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