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#Roadtrip: Medellin's Bamboo Forest

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ONE would not expect a hidden treasure in the middle of sugarcane and banana plantations in the northern town of Medellin.

Known as Cebu's sugarcane bowl, the town of Medellin now has a new tag on the map for tourists to explore -- the manmade Bamboo Forest.



Photo by Mildred Galarpe

The 2.3-hectare property owned by Jose Mari Miranda opened in August 2020 when Cebu's quarantine status was downgraded to modified general community quarantine.

But the manmade forest has existed six years ago. It was only in August 2020 when it was opened to tourists. It became a hit for local tourists in November 2020.

On Valentine’s Day, tourists visiting the manmade forest reached 8,500, according to the caretakers.



Photo by Sugbo News



Photo by Sugbo News

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia witnessed the ceremonial launching of the Medellin Bamboo Forest on February 25, 2021.

Miranda planted three varieties of bamboo to protect the adjacent banana and sugarcane plantation from the nearby Hagnaya Bay.



Photo by Mildred Galarpe

The manmade forest is divided into seven rows at 300 meters each row. Each row has its theme to showcase. One has an old tractor on display. The tractor was used to be one of the machinery in the neighboring sugarcane plantation.





Photos by Mildred Galarpe

The physical beauty of the forest is just one of the treats, but the peaceful and calming sound from the rustling of the leaves and creaking of the swaying stalks is a natural bliss.

The manmade forest was likened to the Sagano Bamboo Forest or Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto, Japan. Standing amid the towering bamboo forest is like being in another world, especially with its meditative natural noise.

When the wind passes the stalk bends and creaks, the leaves rustle while trunks knock together creating a meditative sound.



Photo by Mildred Galarpe



Did you know?



Scientists have so far recorded more than 1,600 bamboo species, which combined cover more than 31 million hectares of land in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.



Photo by Trey Ratcliff on Flickr [Creative Commons]



Photo by Aniti T, Nissinen on Flickr [Creative Commons]

Bamboos feature heavily in cultural traditions like in Indonesia. It is used in ceremonies and the construction of such instruments as the Balinese rindik (musical instrument) while its symbolism of modest character and longevity is heralded in China. In rural Nepal, babies sleep in beautiful bamboo cradles and the dead are buried in bamboo coffins.

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How to get there

Location: Barangay Luy-a, Medellin, Cebu



By public transport:



From the North Bus Terminal take any bus or V-hire going to Kawit, Medellin.

Bus fare is P180 per person while V-hire is P170 per person. Dropped off at the town proper and take a tricycle or motorcycle-for-hire to the bamboo forest.



By private transport:



Use Waze or Google Maps to navigate to your destination set to Bamboo Forest in Luy-a, Medellin.



Fees:



Senior citizens and children 10 years old and below are free to enter the forest but adults need to pay P20 as entrance free.



Reminder:



Bring your garbage as you leave the forest and do not vandalize the bamboo stalks with your confessions of love or your check-in status in the forest.

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