The water garden and Forest Park in Taculing

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Saturday, June 30, 2012


IF YOU’RE a member of the Legion of Mary, you are familiar that every summer, there is something called the outdoor function. This function dates back to the earliest days of the Legion when it was conceptualized by Marie Louis de Monfort, the founder of the Legion of Mary in Ireland.

Although it is not obligatory, it is highly recommended. It may take the form of an excursion, a pilgrimage or, as the name connotes, an outdoor function away from the confines where the weekly meeting is held. It can be either a Curia activity (the Curia being the larger community) or the smaller group called the Praesidium.

We belong to the Bacolod Curia and our Praesidium is called Mary Help of Christians. All legionaries are soldiers of Mary, thus all networks are named after her.

Before summer comes to its close (or has it already with the rains we are experiencing?), we decided to perform ours, and the destination agreed upon was Forest Park. I did not even know that there was such a place called Forest Park, which is just 10 minutes shy from where I live. A forest it is, indeed, because of the abundant trees and foliage that dominate the place.

Forest Park is situated in Barangay Taculing, a few meters away from the Bacolod Sanitarium, now named Bacolod Adventist Hospital. As you go down the road, make a right and you are there.

The main entrance is the Water Garden. Pay your fee of a P120 (with a P20 discount for senior citizens). With that, you can enjoy the different amenities of the area like the swimming pool, the mini zoo and other features.

Cottages and gazebos to accommodate the size of your party from 30-70 are available for a fee. If you are hosting a big event, there is the grand gazebo that can fill up to 500 guests plus a Food Court for those who prefer not to be bothered with bringing their favorite feast.

The Water Garden at Forest Park Resort in Bacolod City is quite a surprise. There is a swimming pool large enough for a hundred or more simultaneous swimmers with four giant mushrooms at its center. There is a smaller one with a lotus flower at the heart of the pool. They have a lazy river with water current pushing one around the circular bend.

Walking around the Water Garden at Forest Park Resort is quite relaxing. The promenades are filtered with trees abounding.

It was a Thursday when we went and classes had already started so we felt like we were having a private party with the whole place to ourselves. However, some of our members who have been to the place during the height of summer say that there is quite traffic of human picnickers.

While the place has its recreational value, the educational experience for the kids deserves merit as they study the different animals in the mini-zoo.

Walking further, we saw a well straight out of a children's story book. Upon investigating, we found out that the well was made of concrete and so was its barrel. Not too deep, from the number of coins visible, you will note that many have thrown coins to wish upon.

In the outer premises of the Water Garden, I noticed that there are villas for those who prefer to stay overnight. The villas are complete with amenities plus more like board room facilities, Wireless Internet Access, audiovisual equipment, and other features for a businessman or career person who must have a dose of work even while on a holiday.

The Water Garden and Forest Park is part of a retirement village which is total concept for the area.

The Park is the official game site of the Negros Airsoft League. According to Wikipedia, airsoft is "A sport in which participants shoot round non-metallic pellets launched via replica firearms. The pellets are called BBs. Gameplay varies in style and composition but often range from short-term skirmishes, organized scenarios, military simulations, historical reenactments, to competition target shooting events. Combat situations on the battlefield often involve the use of common army tactics to achieve objectives set in each game. Participants typically emulate the tactical equipment and accessories used by modern military and police organizations."

But this is situated in an area which is far from the people who are there to relax.

Indeed, the ambience of Forest Park is quite relaxing. I never realized that, in this highly urbanized city we call home, which is slowly turning into a concrete jungle with all the buildings that are daily mushrooming, there is such a place called Forest Park where one can avail of rich forestation and so within the city limits.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 30, 2012.

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