Djilba 2019

Exploring Philippines Permaculture Cont.

I then ventured south to continue my permaculture adventure and headed to the town of Cabiao, within Nueva Ecija province. For my next visit I plan to continue north from Isabela and explore the upper area’s of Luzon as I have heard the coast is stunning.

But on this journey I was focused on learning more about permaculture in the Philippines. So after two buses, an overnight stay to break my journey it was then a jimney and tricycle ride to Cabiokid Foundation. The walk into this project was absolutely inspiring. With parts now up to 15 year old this organic paradise features maturing wilderness or zone five area’s back to zone one and zero around the beautiful collection of natural buildings.

Here I was lucky enough to meet Bert and the team from the Philippines Permaculture Association who were there to continue working on a stunning bamboo building to be used as their learning centre. For those looking to do a PDC in the Philippines, Cabiokid is one of the main centers used as its within easy reach of Manila.

As I enjoyed my first ever boodle fight which is a feast eaten together off banana leaves and then retired to my bamboo and thatched bungalow I felt so privileged to experience this amazing garden which really showcases how we can work with nature. Again my time there was much to short and I recommend volunteers try to spend at least a week here to really experience the magic of this place.

My work took me to Cebu City and here I experienced permaculture with a difference. I stayed at the Mayflower Inn which is one of three hotels whose owner has embraced permaculture principles. The room was basic but clean and staff were welcoming and proud to showcase their environmental initiatives. From a beautiful courtyard garden to their approach to limiting waste and use of resources it was great to see permaculture in an urban environment.

Its commitment like this that will change how we all think and approach life as we recognise our resources are not unlimited. So if you want to make a difference and are passing through Cebu City be sure to book a few nights at this unique hotel.

So I left the Philippines having discovered some amazing projects and meeting some passionate inspiring people. But I know I have to go back as I have just touched on what is happening there and know there are other great things happening and more stories to tell.

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