MANILA, November 8, 2005 (MALAYA) FROM the moment one steps off the plane at the Davao International Airport, one can feel an almost tangible, frenzied excitement that is innate to this cosmopolitan Mindanao City.

Dubbed as the business and cultural hub of Southern Mindanao, Davao now adds one more adjective to its name: indulgent. It’s not just the food which by itself is already a sensory feast; it’s about enjoying the finer things in life such as splendid solitude, a rare commodity in these modern times.

But while Davao is truly filled with wonders, not all of them are created equal. At the tip of Davao, there exists a magnificent recreational paradise – and if that’s what you’re looking for, then there is no better place to spend some time with your inner self, away from the hustle and bustle of urban living than amid the luxury and placid ambience of Loleng’s Mountain Spring Resort.

Nestled at the footstep of Mt. Talomo, Loleng’s Mountain Spring Resort is a private resort that is now open to the public. It is the brainchild of Dolores Pilapil-Torres (her nickname is Loleng), an 82-year-old businesswoman, philanthropist and one of the pioneers of Davao City.

When asked why they decided to transform their family’s 40-hectare property into a resort, Willie Torres warmly replied, "The beauty, trees and scenery would have been wasted if we didn’t develop it into resort for people to relax and enjoy."

Upon entering Loleng’s which is just an hour from the city, visitors are spellbound by the Benguet pine trees planted contiguously on the side of its wide road. The entire community is surrounded by lush foliage, cooled by natural breezes, and boasting of a breathtaking view of Samal Island, Davao Gulf and Davao City.

Loleng’s offers seven modern exquisite cottages, each having access to spectacular views, regardless of which cottage you take, As an example of the facilities, cottages 1, 2 and 3 is P2,400 per night with air-conditioning, a snug living room, kitchen, television, hot and cold shower and space enough to accommodate a maximum of four persons. The very spacious and elegantly appointed Cottage 4 which has a veranda facing the swimming pool enjoys same amenities but can accommodate six persons.

If you’re a big group like 35, the non-airconditioned guest house can accommodate your needs. The latter is also equipped with a huge living room, spic and span kitchen and hot and cold shower. Likewise the Family Cottage (maximum of six persons), Dormitory 1 (maximum of 12 persons) and Dormitory 2 (maximum of 24 persons), all are equipped with pleasant amenities.

Wherever you stay, you can avail yourself of Loleng’s natural springs, brimming with mountain springs water flowing unceasingly into the swimming pool, where guests can swim and enjoy its amenities. Or, if you are a sports enthusiast, don’t forget to bring your racket or ball, because the resort has a tennis and basketball court. If the water is your playground of choice, Lake Bering is a great place to fish or boat. And for the kids of course, Loleng’s has designed a playground for the kids where they can romp around amidst the fresh air and cool temperatures provided by surrounding abundance of trees.

No matter your activity though, when out of energy you can head to Maia’s Café which offers healthy and sumptuous food, serving it up along with a great view of majestic Davao City.

For those who share the same love for nature and wish to have their own piece of paradise for rest and relaxation, check out Loleng’s Mountain’s Spring Resort. For inquiries, call (082) 221 1099 or fax (082) 221 8034.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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