Monday, July 18, 2011

Malagos Garden Resort

Malagos Garden Resort

Malagos Garden Resort is one of the most frequented destinations in Davao City. This paradise is quietly nestled in the cool highlands of Barangay Malagos in Calinan, Davao City, in a sprawling 12 hectare nature theme garden of towering forest trees and stately pine trees amid a rich diversity of flora and fauna of the City. It houses a landscaped garden of assorted tropical plants, century-old Durian and other fruit bearing trees, rare orchids, palms and other native ornamental plants; a Bird Park, a Butterfly Sanctuary; and a host of other wildlife species. 

Malagos Garden Resort is the very first property in the Philippines and the 39th in the world to be certified in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Business and Properties of Audubon International, a worldwide environmental organization based in the USA. 

Malagos Garden Resort


Stately Pine Trees

More pine trees in the Garden

Flower Farm

Malagos Garden Resort host a rare collections of indigenous Philippine flora and fauna.

Durian Orchard

Waling-Waling Forest

Malagos Garden Resort has only the world’s Waling-Waling forest. For 500 pesos, you may plant a Waling-Waling in a designated tree with your name tagged on a name plate and placed in one of the registry poles. Written in some of the registry poles are some personalities like Noli de Castro, ambassadors, company presidents, governors, politicians, journalists, groups and associations, and other guests of the Resort .


Malagos Garden is home to Waling-Waling (Vanda Sanderiana), popularly known as the "Queen of Philippines Orchid, and was made into a sanctuary for native orchids, many of which are endangered. Charita Puentespina, popularly known as Davao's Waling-Waling lady for having rescued the Waling-Waling and given it a home in the Malagos Garden after almost a century of neglect due to loss of habitat. The Puentespina Family of Davao, owners of Malagos Garden Resort, was the first to successfully culture the Waling-Waling in 1985.

Waling-Waling is an ethnic terms that means "beautiful movement of the butterfly in flight". Waling-Waling is mostly found in the wild only in Davao and some parts of Mindanao.

Malagos Bird Park

Malagos serves as sanctuary to some exotic birds

Bird Park

Some of the birds that have been protected and raised in cages are black-and-cinnamon fantail, black-faced coucal, blue-crowned racquet-tail, brown tit-babbler, brush cuckoo, chestnut munia, cinnamon ibon, dark-eared brown-dove, eurasian tree sparrow, everett's white-eye, glossy swiftlet, golden-bellied fly-eater, little spiderhunter, olive-backed sunbird, orange-bellied flowerpecker, rufous night-heron, silvery kingfisher, and stripe-breasted rhabdornis. Some of these birds were turned over by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for protection and conservation. There are also other wildlife species: a huge crocodile, some brown deers, wild pigs, and even monkeys. The area is properly landscaped and made conducive to raising and protecting these animals.

Malagos Garden's Interactive Bird Show

Poster of the Malagos Garden's Interactive Bird Show

Malagos Amphitheater

Hawk is one of the many other animals featured in the bird show

The first and only full production interactive bird show in the country

Bird performing in its natural behavioral display

The show was created to encourage environmental awareness 
and respect for animals

Malagos Garden is home of the first and only full production free flight bird show in the country supported by the Malagos Wildlife Preservation Foundation. The bird show features rehabilitated birds performing in their natural behavioral displays, and was created to encourage environmental awareness and respect for animals. Regular shows are every Sunday at 10.30 AM. Weekday shows are usually done by advanced booking.

Philippine Eagle Nature Center

The Philippine Eagle Nature Center in Malagos is home to the world’s first eagle that was hatched and bred in captivity – named, Pag-asa (Hope). Regarded as the Philippines' National Bird, the Philippine Eagle is the world’s largest eagle having a wingspan of about two-and-a-half meters.

World’s first eagle hatched and bred in captivity

Philippine Eagle Nature Center

In a cage

Ostrich Farm

Malagos Butterfly Sanctuary

Pathway within the Butterfly Aviary

One of several enclosed mini butterfly aviaries

The Malagos Butterfly Sanctuary consists of several enclosed mini aviaries connected by pathways, where a variety of local butterflies endemic to the Philippines including the biggest varieties of Triodes Radamanthus and Triodes Megallanus. The Sanctuary houses more than 70 different kinds of butterflies. The Butterfly release is at 9:00 am and 2:00 pm everyday.



Philippine Eagle Owl
(Bubo Philippensis)

Eclectus Parrot
(Eclectus Roratus)

Philippine Hawk

A rare specie of bird

A variety of fish at Malagos

Malagos Animal Encounter Show

The Malagos Animal Encounter Show is an educational module specifically designed for Pre-School and Grade School Students which features a 45 minute interactive show of bird and animal tricks, lectures, games, song and dance numbers, among others.

Malagos Horses

The Petting Zoo houses donkeys, miniature horses, goats, sheep, and other farm animals.

Malagos Fruit Wine

Dessert wine made from Bignay, (Antidesma Bonius L.) or Currant Tree Berries, grown and processed at Malagos Garden Resort.

Wine made from Bignay Berries

Bignay Berries

Malagos Garden also grows Bignay Berries and manufactures them into wines.

Malagos Farm Fair

Malagos Garden Resort has opened its doors to agriculture enthusiasts and farm-friendly individuals through its MalagosPuentespina Family to reintroduce the concept of agriculture and farming to the Filipino.

Signage showing directions

Adventure Playground


Filipino Calesa at the Adventure Playground

At the Adventure Playground

Garden at Adventure Playground

Chess pieces at Adventure Playground

Sculptural artwork of National Artist, Napoleo Abueva

The Ring

Other features in Malagos Garden include a host of rare sculptural artworks of National Artist, Napoleo Abueva, in a unique blend of art and nature which started August 8, 1997. The exhibit is a joint project of members of the Puentespina and Abueva Families, and the very first time where Abueva’s art pieces are exhibited outside of Metro Manila in a garden landscape setting. The Garden currently houses over 60 sculptures of the National Artist.

Another Abueva artpiece

Signage of Koi's Cafe

Entrance to Koi's Cafe

Inside Koi's Cafe

Koi's Cafe

Koi's Cafe

Koi's Cafe

Small bridge amid flora and fauna at the Garden

Pond in the Garden


Ducks roaming freely

Usual sign in the Pond

Lush greenery in the Garden

Malagos Garden ground

Malagos Swimming Pool

Eco-trailing, horseback riding, Calesa ride, biking, swimming, billiards, table tennis, darts, badminton, basketball, volleyball, and other adventure games are  available at the Malagos Garden Resort.

Information Center

Malagos Floral Float at the Kadayawan 2008

Rooms and Accommodations

The Malagos Garden Resort provides accommodation facilities where visitors and tourist will enjoy the cool mountain breeze of the highlands of Davao City. The cottages are air-conditioned, furnished with baths, hot and cold showers, verandas, TVs, mini bars, telephone facilities. It has 2 restaurants, function rooms, and pavilion for 750 guests. Accommodations include 21 standard cottages which can accommodate 4 to 5 guests, Superior and Deluxe cottages which can accommodate 6 to 10 guests, and Narra Hall, a dormitory type accommodation which can accommodate 50 guests per room. Overnight camping tents are also available. 

Deluxe Room

Superior Room

Narra Hall

Malagos Garden also provides tour packages which include a 7 hour tour of Malagos Garden, the Philippine Eagle Center, and the Malagos Backyard Destination which caters seminars, parties, team buildings, weddings and other special occasions.

How to get to Malagos Garden Resort

Malagos Garden Resort is about 27 kilometers, or 30 to 45 minutes drive from downtown city proper, and some 32 kilometers from the Davao International Airport. There are buses and L300 vans which leave from Bankerohan terminal every 15 minutes. The terminal is located at the corners of Quirino Avenue and San Pedro Extension, Bankerohan, at the back of International Bank.

Map to Malagos Garden Resort

Contact Information

Malagos Garden Resort 
Barangay Malagos, Calinan, Davao City
Telephone (6382) 301-1375
Fax (6382) 301-1533
Mobile 0917-700-8583

Malagos Garden Resort Davao Sales Office
Bolcan Street, Agdao, Davao City
Telephone (6382) 221-1545
Fax (6382) 224-0173
Mobile 0917-MALAGOS or 0917-625-2467
Email :

Malagos Garden Resort Manila Sales Office
Puentespina Orchids and Tropical Plants Bldg.
Manila Seedling Bank, Edsa corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Telephone (632) 929-9310
Fax (632) 924-1271


  1. (First, got to say the music playing while I try to listen to Pandora is a pain!! I don't recommend that music come up on any web site at load!!)

    This park looks like a great place to visit!! Is there a good place near by to stay for a few days when in the area you can recommend?


  2. Hi Don, thanks for the advise and so sorry about the music. Well, Malagos Garden Resort has cottages available for overnight use, but I would recommend D' Counter Inn at downtown right across Apo View Hotel in J. Camus Street. It's a budget Inn with comfortable lodging and clean facilities. It also has a canteen where you can take your meals on a budget. Unfortunately, I do not have their contact number. But the place is one of the popular Inns in downtown area.

  3. how much ang bayad sa pool?

  4. Will the vans or buses drop me exactly to the resort?

  5. hi! Do yu have a shuttle from the airport to Malagos Garden?

  6. Hi! may I know the entrance fee there?


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