The Makiling Botanic Gardens presents “Medinilla” as the Plant of the Month for January 2018. Medinilla copelandii Merr. or popularly known as big fruited medinilla belongs to family Melastomataceae. It is endemic to the Philippines. It is a very unusual type of medinilla because its flowers are attached to the main stem not in the panicles on the branches. Come and visit MBG and see for yourself the beautiful flowers of medinilla.


On 16 and 17 January 2018, a group of Malaysian and Thai people visited Mount Makiling Forest Reserve (MMFR) ASEAN Heritage Park (AHP). A total of three (3) from Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) and eight (8) from Royal Forest Department, Thailand traveled to the Philippines to experience and learn more about Mount Makiling. They are part of the Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCo) Project team which aims to promote rehabilitation of degraded lands, promote sustainable forest management, and contribute to combating desertification.

The Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME) welcomed the AFoCo Project Team and provided them with a 2-day itinerary. They had courtesy calls with the MCME Director, Roberto G. Visco and with the Dean of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR), Willie P. Abasolo.

Among the places they have visited were Mudsprings, MCME Central Nursery, Makiling Rainforest Park (MRP), Biodiversity Park, Dupont Tree Planting and Nurturing Project as part of the corporate partnership and environmental restoration program of the Center, National Arts Center (NAC), MMFR Buffer Zone Area in Los Baños, and the Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG).

The team were very happy with the 2-day trip in Mount Makiling and signified interest in coming back.


Photos Credit to MBLPutian & AALimpiada


Dr. Roberto G. Visco, Director of the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME) together with For. Joselito R. Barile, Head of the Extension Linkages and Decisions Supports (ELDS) unit of MCME had a meeting with Mr. Charlie Bae, President of 88 Spa and Mr. Lino Garcia, Operations Manager of 88 Spa on 23 January 2018 held at the Directors’ Office of MCME, TREES Bldg., College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR), UP Los Banos, College, Laguna.

Highlights of the meeting includes the possible arrangements of the Korean and Japanese tourists to mudspring area such as vehicle entry. Possible developments in Mount Makiling Forest Reserve (MMFR) such as parking area and installation of railings around the mudspring were also discussed. Relative to this, the 88 Spa Officials planned to conduct an ocular inspection of the site and see what additional developments need to be put up to attract more visitors.

A draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between UPLB and 88 Spa was provided to the two officials for their review and further discussion in the succeeding meetings.

MBLPutian & JRBarile


Photos Credit to JRBarile



Last year, 12 December 2017, the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME) attended the 2nd Calamba City Annual Green Partners Night held at Bellevue Hotel Grand Ballroom, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Director Roberto G. Visco and Forester Joselito R. Barile attended the event. They received the recognition on MCMEs’ significant contribution in the management of the Buffer Zone of the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve (MMFR) ASEAN Heirtage Park (AHP).

The Green Partners Night Event has a theme: Conserve.Protect.Give.For Mother Earth. It features Mount Makiling specifically the initiatives of MCME in the management of the Buffer Zone Area. Major activities such as Information, Education, Communication (IEC) campaign to private landowners, re-visitation of the buffer zone boundaries and training of the City ENRO  staff on GIS mapping have factored in the success of the management and environmental efforts of the Center.



Photo Credit to the Official Photographer of City of Calamba


Phyllostachys nigra (Lodd. ex Lindl.) Munro popularly known as black bamboo is the Makiling Botanic Gardens’ Plant of the Month for December 2017. It belongs to the family Poaceae and is native to Taiwan and China. Black bamboo is the most popular and oldest bamboo grown in the United States since 1827. It is known in China  as Zi zhu and in Japan as Kurochiko. Come and visit black bamboo in the Bambusetum of the Makiling Botanic Gardens!


The Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG) will be CLOSED from 21 December 2017 to 01 January 2018. This is to give ample time for the maintenance activities of the Center. Furthermore, the Maria Makiling Trail (MMT) will be CLOSED on 24, 25 and 31 December 2017 and 01 January 2018 in observance of the holiday season.

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