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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The Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME) was tapped as one of the pilot testers for a new mobile application known as Biodiversity Sentinel or BioSentinel developed by Instigators, Inc. for SMART Communications. The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity (ACB) and SMART Communications was signed during the opening of the Biodiversity Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in ASEAN (BCAMP) workshop last November 28, 2017. Present during the signing was ACB Executive Director Roberto Oliva, SMART Communications First Vice President and Public Affairs Group Head Ramon Isberto, Instigators Inc. President Dominic Tuazon, and MCME Deputy Director Rogelio Andrada II.

The BioSentinel app is a tool designed to improve the efficiency and effectivity of collecting field data and generating reports. It primarily aims to equip protected area management staff with a handy and easier way of gathering observations in the field related to biodiversity conservation and protection. About 15 of MCME staff from the Protection and Regulations Unit headed by For. Rolly Breva and the Forest and Watershed Division headed by For. Leilani Castillo will use the app during their routine patrol and field activities to test its interface and functionality. Testing will cover several months, after which, MCME will provide feedback to SMART Communications.


Photo Credit to: RVBreva

Last Thursday, 2 November 2017, Dr. Roberto G. Visco and Dr. Rogelio T. Andrada II, Director and Deputy Director of the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME) together with For. Leilani A. Castillo, Head of the Forest and Watershed Division (FWD) of MCME and other MCME staff had a courtesy call to Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim, Director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB). Dir. Lim warmly welcomed Dir. Visco and his staff and tackled important matters like plans and programs on Mount Makiling Forest Reserve ASEAN Heritage Park (MMFR AHP). At the end of the meeting, positive agreements were made beneficial to both parties.

The Makiling Botanic Gardens presents “Sainat” as the Plant of the Month for November 2017. Schefflera blancoi Merr. or commonly known as sainat and sometimes called as abkal or sagaba belongs to family Araliaceae. It is endemic to the Philippines, in the islands of Luzon and Mindanao. It is use as fish poison. Come and visit MBG and see for yourself the sainat.