Thirty years ago, Alberto “Toto” Malvar got a Forest Reserve Management Lease from the DENR so he can reforest almost 1,000 hectares of Indigenous People’s ancestral land up in the mountains of Talawis, Antipolo City. Employing the indigenous Dumagats to help in the development of the once bald mountain, some 200 hectares have already transformed into a forest of some 700,000 forest trees.
Now called Mt. Purro Nature Reserve, the place boasts of a restaurant managed by Mrs. Malvar using organic vegetables grown by the Dumagats. A son who is a medical doctor serves the community for free. A brother, on the other hand, takes care of marketing the Nature Reserve as a tourist destination. Among the latest customers were high school students from Ateneo who camped overnight together with their fathers.
There is also a swimming pool and pathways through the forest for those who would like to imbibe the fresh aroma of the virgin forest. There’s a playground for children and adults as well as lodging facilities. The place is perfect for company team building or just memorable family weekends with Nature.
By the way, Toto Malvar will speak about his Mt. Purro Nature Reserve at the Agribiz Kapihan on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at the Harbest Events Center at the Rizal Techno Park in Taytay, Rizal. It will be from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Register with Alecci Jerez at 0917-804-9669 for your reserved seat. Your blogger, Zac B. Sarian, will be there. See you.