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Cebu, Philippines, June 5, 2019 – Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu’s general manager, René D. Egle, introduces and officially launches the Shangri-La Mactan Eco-Trail on World Environment Day last June 5, 2019.

The stunning route of greenery greets guests the moment they enter Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu. From the driveway to the pool garden, spa village and jogging trail, the resort is blessed with a bounty of flowers, trees, orchids and herbs.

Similar to a botanical garden, it features a collection of endemic, medicinal, rare and endangered plants spread across the sprawling 13-hectare land area. A significant element of this project was to introduce specialized resort rangers who are experts in the flora and fauna around the resort.

Over 65 plants have been identified and curated for their distinctive properties and remarkable uses – be it for culinary, medicine, cosmetics, perfumes or ornaments.

Some also have noteworthy stories of discovery, including that of the Cebu cinnamon, a rare tree discovered in the 1980s, and the Cynometra cebuensis, a flowering endangered plant recently discovered in Cebu’s Tabunan Forest. Both are said to be unique to the island. The resort is notably one of the very few establishments that house these plants.

A first of its kind in the Philippines, the Shangri-La Mactan Eco-Trail enables guests to embark on an enriching journey as they learn more about the plants and appreciate their unparalleled beauty.

Each stop provides multilingual overviews of the plant’s scientific name, history, uses and the locations where it can be found around the world. Research was done with the support of Professor Val Salares of the University of San Carlos and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The plants have been nurtured by NatureWorks Landscaping Cebu.

With over 65 plants and counting, the Shangri-La Mactan Eco-Trail continues to grow, setting the spotlight on Mother Nature’s loveliest creations. As resort colleagues care for the plants through sustainability efforts and information campaigns, it is inevitably more than just an attraction – it is a sanctuary.

For inquiries or reservations, guests may get in touch with Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu at (63 32) 231 0288 or send an email to For real-time updates, guests may like on Facebook and @shangrilamactan on Twitter and Instagram.


Genevieve Cañete


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