MANILA, JULY 13, 2005
(MALAYA) Memories of one’s Biology class bring to mind not the wonders of a butterfly’s metamorphosis or the different taxonomic groups of plants and animals, but of boring discussions and icky laboratory trips.

Pictures and skeletal models, it seems, can inspire nothing more than a modicum of interest and the fear of failing the next exam. Imagination has its limits and nothing can compare to the real thing.

Believing that learning can be made fun with the right "environment," Malagos Garden Resort in Davao City offers several low-cost packaged field trips for students that would not only teach the basics found within science textbooks but would also demonstrate, in real time, the lessons seen only through its pages.

In a natural setting, this enriching destination just a few minutes from the city proper, allows students to view in situ for instance the different stages in the growth of a butterfly, from egg to caterpillar to pupae after an audio-visual presentation in the Butterfly Sanctuary. Let them discover the different species of plants and classify them to their respective phyla. Introduce them to the different world of an orchard and a forest and make them understand the value of each in an ecosystem.

Students can even take a short hike long a real and flowing Mountain Creek, immersing their feet in the cool waters as instructors discuss the creek’s ecosystem or see how mushrooms are grown and cultured while learning their different varieties and beneficial uses.

And what about seeing the world’s largest living bird in the world – the ostrich or a visit to the Philippine Eagle Center? Students will surely find this presentation, differences and similarities of animals like sheep, goat, crocodile, turtles, guinea pigs, rabbits, cows and horses will be explained even as they feed them and frolic with them to their heart’s content in the Bird Feeding Dome and the Animal Encounter area. What’ more, the adventurous few can even get up close and personal with a horse, going horseback-riding or clambering up a calesa.

Student packages are inclusive of lunch and an entry to the resort where students can relax and avail of the resort’s amenities such as the swimming pool and other sports venues. As an added boon, the resort will even provide free use of equipment and even free prizes for games that student enjoy such as badminton, basketball, sack race, tug-of-war and a lot more. Fun and learning in one package – what more can a student ask for?

An adventure for both body and mind, Malagos Garden Resort also offers day tours and vacation tours for families and tourist groups. For details, log on to

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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