ROADTRIP : The Olo-Olo Mangrove Forest & Ecopark
Red Rivera | July 25, 2018
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My family and I decided to take an impromptu visit to Lobo on a weekend. Lobo, Batangas is dubbed as the Atis Capital of the Philippines, and here we found the Olo-Olo Mangrove Forest & Ecopark. The area is about 21 hectares big and it is lovingly managed by the people of Barangay Olo-Olo.
We were very curious as to what we’d find so we paid the small amount of 20 Php for our entrance fee and went right in. We were introduced to Ate Aylien who became our tour guide. She led us to a small entrance to a bamboo path that would take us around the mangrove forest. She talked about the area, their community, their plans, and so on.
She told us that they had only opened up a few months ago when the DENR provided them with a budget to set up their Ecopark. The highlight of their ecopark is their Mangrove forest. They keep their mangrove well-maintained and they ensure that their waters are kept clean.
After we passed through the bamboo pathway, we were directed to the Puktol Station. Here, guests can enjoy activities such as recreational fishing, bamboo rafting, and fish feeding. My sister was excited to try the fish feeding activity, so she paid the 20php for fish food and started feeding the fishes. We were able to see red and black tilapia swimming in the waters. We learned later on that they also had bangus, crabs, and siliw in their waters.
We became hungry soon after and we asked if we could have a boodle fight meal, this was one of the activities we saw guests could avail in the ecopark. Unfortunately, Ate Aylien said that boodle fight lunches were prepared upon reservation (next time, we’ll definitely make a call!).
While we couldn’t avail the boodle fight lunch that day, Ate Aylien led us to Nanay Maring’s house. There, she cooked pancit and lomi for us. We were there for a while and so we were able to talk with her about the area, their community life, Nanay Maring’s experiences, her family, and so on.
We enjoyed each other’s company so much, Nanay Maring actually became our tour guide! She took us to the nearby beach, Lawas Beach, as the owners of the resort managing the area were actually her friends.
It was a peaceful walk there and it was actually a beautiful beach to walk along! We stayed to chitchat in one of the huts but eventually, we had to make our way home. To make our way back to the entrance, Ate Aylien and Nanay Maring encouraged us to try the balsa. It was bamboo and drams all put together to make a floatation device. All we had to do was pull on the rope and eventually, we found ourselves back at the entrance.
All in all, it was a great experience and I encourage people to visit and support their community!
How to get there: click here
Contact: Ate Vilma at 0910 925 5998 (make sure to make a reservation for their boodle fight!)