Malagos Garden Resort, Davao

UPDATE: On April 2011, be part of Malagos Garden Resort’s Interactive Bird Show, with a new theme: Climate Change and Disaster Risk Mitigation, and a new home at the Malagos Garden Resort Amphitheatre. For more details, you may check out their official website at

Part 8 of a series

DAY 2.

Just across the Puentespina Orchid Garden and Farm is the Malagos Garden Resort, which is actually also owned by the Puentespina family.

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Malagos Garden Resort

The Malagos Garden Resort is a 12 hectare inland nature-themed resort located in Barangay Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City. Entrance to the resort for a day tour costs P100 each for adults and P80 each for children.

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Children’s Playground. It has the amenities of a full service resort with Overnight Rooms and Accomodations, Function and Seminar Halls, Restaurants and Coffee Shop, Landscaped Gardens, Bird Park, Butterfly Sanctuary, Swimming Pool, Childrenโ€™s Playground, Adventure Activities, among others.

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It is home to the Philippine Orchid, Vanda Sanderiana, commonly referred to as the Waling Waling, indigenous birds and other wildlife species, the Malagos Gardens Amazing Bird Show and sculptures of Philippine National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva. Truly a unique blend of art, commerce and nature amidst the cool mountain breeze of the highlands of Davao City.

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The Butterfly Sanctuary

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The life cycle of a butterfly:
– Egg – The egg is laid by the female butterfly on a leaf. It is as big as a pinhead. It hatches in around 5 days.
– Larva – Also known as the caterpillar stage, it is the primary eating and growth stage. The caterpillar grows for around 12 to 14 days. It then sheds its skin. The shedding process is called molting.
– Pupa – The pupa or chrysalis is the resting or transformation stage. Within this stage is the change from caterpillar to adult butterfly. This stage lasts for about 1 week.
– Butterfly

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Butterfly Trivia! Butterflies are cold-blooded. They cannot regulate their own body temperature. Their body temperature changes with the temperature of their surroundings. If they get too cold, they are unable to fly and must warm up their muscles in order to resume flight.

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There are about 24,000 species of butterflies and 140,000 species of moths.

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Butterflies have an exoskeleton. An exoskeleton is where their skeleton is on the outside of their bodies. This protects the insect and keeps water inside their bodies so they won’t dry out.

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The smallest moth is the Nepticulid moth which is 0.1 inch long.

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Butterflies can taste with their feet. They have six legs and each have sensors that can tell just by landing on a flower what it tastes like.

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Butterflies are related to crabs and lobsters! Why? Because those sea creatures have skeletons on the outside of their bodies! They’re arthropods which includes insects, crustaceans, millipedes, centipedes and arachnids.

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The Butterfly with the longest life span among the adult butterflies is the Brimstone butterfly: 9-10 months.

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Different butterfly species have different life spans. An average butterfly has an adult life span of 2 weeks or less.

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The largest butterfly is the female Queen Alexandra Birdwing. It lives in New Guinea with a wingspan of up to 12.5 inches.

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There were hundreds of playful butterflies at the Malagos Garden Resort Butterfly Sanctuary. It was such a sight to behold!

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As I was roaming around, I didn’t notice that I already entered an “Off Limits” area. It turns out that the resort has closed off some areas for improvement.

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Supposedly, one of the best features, if not the best, of the Malagos Garden Resort is its Interactive Bird Show. It is the first and only full production bird show in the country! Too bad my visit fell on a weekday and not on a weekend. Oh well, there’s always next time! ๐Ÿ˜‰

(…to be continued)


4 Comment

  1. dinabaw says: Reply

    did you toured the waling-waling forest?

  2. Bo says: Reply

    Hi! Thanks for this wonderful post, amazing photographs you got there!

    I work with Dr. Bo Puentespina in promoting his Interactive Bird Show at Malagos Garden Resort. There’s another one coming up this April 2011, with a new theme: Climate Change and Disaster Risk Mitigation. I hope you don’t mind us adding a link to this page on our webpage, it’s

    Thanks a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Sinjin says: Reply

      Hi Sir,

      I’m so glad that you stumbled upon my blog post. I really enjoyed my experience at Malagos last year, and I’m looking to go back on June. Hopefully I could catch one of your bird shows this time. Anyway, thank you so much for the information and for adding a link to this page on your webpage. I just updated the page with a linkback to your webpage, do check it out.

      Thanks and more power!

  3. Bo says: Reply

    Hello Sinjin,

    Sorry, late reply. Thank you very much for that. We are currently expanding the website and we’ll surely place a link to your site once everything’s done, so more people could view your photos. They’re really great! We do hope you could come back for a visit soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ Let us know… our other websites, and are currently being updated also, but you’ll still find our contact details there. See you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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