Guang Guang Mangrove Forest

Have you heard or seen a 21,000 hectare of protected mangrove forest were 18 of the rarest and endangered mangrove species in the Phillipines grow? Yes! The City of Mati boasts to be the home of these incredible spectacular trees and shrubs.

Mangroves (generally) are trees and shrubs that grow in saline coastal habitats in the tropics and subtropics. Meaning, it grow only in salty water. In the City of Mati, the sitio Guang Guang is where a 21,000 hectare of 18 variety of mangrove forest is located. This is protected by DENR and the Guang Guang locals.

This sanctuary is known as Guang-Guang Mangrove Park. For DENR, it is called as Guang Guang Marine and Research Center where it also turns into a nesting sanctuary of sea turtles (pawikan). It is also astonishing to note that at some point, one could catch a good view of migratory birds flocking at one place. Looking at it from afar was truly spectacular.

I have seen beautiful mangrove forests from my previous travels and even in my hometown but Guang Guang Mangrove Park is certainly unique and incomparable.

My friends and I didn’t waste time taking pictures at the place. Wendel even said he had to capture the chance because he may not be able to see such a spectacular view again. Phillip on the other hand tried to study every inch of these amazing trees. Amazed and mesmerized. Luckily, he brought his binoculars with him to take a closer view of these vast reserves.

For Maricar and myself, Guang Guang Mangrove Park can be a whole lot fun for a different taste of candid pictorials… And so… Here’s what we got…We spent an hour in the place. Savoring the moment of being there was a rare experience. The four of us indeed concluded that this Park should be protected, nurtured and preserved.

So, when in Mati, never leave without visiting Guang Guang Mangrove Park. Truly, a rare pride of Mati.

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June 30, 2008 at 10:40 PM delete

To Olan:

Thanks for appreciating my post... yes sure... I shall be very glad for an exlink :) ans yes... i'm from Davao :)

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June 30, 2008 at 10:59 PM delete

hi olan! sobrang thank you sa comment mo. grabe. speechless ako. hehe.

thanks for appreciating my posts.

PS.
im jealous. bakit ang dami mong napupuntahan? ako nagpapakabaliw sa office ngayon?? ;(

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ev
June 30, 2008 at 11:43 PM delete

pang-model yung unang pose mo sa pic ah!hehe! thanks for sharing about the guang-guang mangroove. i just learned about it here in your entry. very educational.

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Ely
July 1, 2008 at 5:54 AM delete

kakainggit, nagbabad talaga sa mga beach. Sana ako din...

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July 1, 2008 at 10:00 AM delete

@ rhon - tnx. yeah. ex-links tayo. read your posts too. nice indeed!

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July 1, 2008 at 10:21 AM delete

@ > vanny < - you're welcome vanny. wag ka mainggit. gumala ka rin pag weekend. yun ang ginagawa. office during weekdays and traveling during weekend. subukan mo, masaya yun.

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July 1, 2008 at 10:23 AM delete

@ ev - salamat evs. actually, hinanap ko kung may featured entry sa internet ang Guang Guang Mangrove Forest, unfortunately, wala kaya happy rin ako at least kahit papano i was able to feature it here though not really in full details. natawa ako dun sa pang model na pose. hahaha. wish ko lang pow! hehehe.

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July 1, 2008 at 10:24 AM delete

@ ely - hahaha. napansin ko nga, halos lahat ng travel posts ko dito mga beaches. hehehe. babad ng babad po kasi ako ng dagat lately. wala bang dagat sa inyo? puro bundok jan eh. hehehe. salamat sa pagbisita.

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July 1, 2008 at 10:26 AM delete

hehe murag nagpictorial lang...

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July 1, 2008 at 2:28 PM delete

buti na lang at ginawa ng research area itong site. ganda pa kasi ng mga mangroves.

truly pride of mati.

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July 1, 2008 at 8:17 PM delete

yep... i dont know whats with the mangroves pero they look cute together. hehe. nindot kaayo bah. murag potot nga kahoy nya naglutaw lutaw sa tubig.

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July 2, 2008 at 3:31 PM delete

ayos ah. more than the enticing place, the four of you having fun is evident in the pics. galing.

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July 2, 2008 at 8:49 PM delete

wow. i did not know may ganyan pala dun? will remember this if magawi kami sa mati. thanks for sharing this here. nice blog.

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July 9, 2008 at 1:41 PM delete

@ the islander - hahaha, lagi... mjurag nagpictorials ra. hahaha. pansin ko nga din... yan din kasi kinababaliwhan ng kaberks ko.... gumala at magpapicture! hahaha.

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July 9, 2008 at 1:43 PM delete

@ dong - yes dong... this is also a research center for marine life. buti nga at naisip nila ipreserve ito...

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July 9, 2008 at 1:49 PM delete

@ lawstude - yup, not just fun... we did realy have a great time lalao na sa pikchuran!!!!!!!!!!! hahahaha....

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July 9, 2008 at 1:50 PM delete

@ tina - it is a must try pag nasa mati ka kaya you should take time visisting Guang Guang and see for yourself what in store in there...

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November 5, 2008 at 4:27 PM delete

mangrove forest, waaaaah... namimiss ko tuloy ang palawan dahil sa post na 'to. haha

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June 14, 2010 at 12:54 AM delete

It's been more than a decade since I last went to Guang-Guang. We used to frequent this place and Dahican too when I was kid. Life has relocated me but I still wish I could visit the place again....

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Anonymous
March 15, 2012 at 1:56 PM delete

yes uwi na rin kami punta kami dyan

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gina villena rodemio
March 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM delete

yes im gina uwi n rin ako

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gina villena rodemio
March 15, 2012 at 2:23 PM delete

miss kuna talaga dyan

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gina villena rodemio
March 19, 2012 at 1:06 PM delete

ilang days nalang uwi na kami

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Anonymous
March 18, 2013 at 11:25 PM delete

hi kagagaling qo lng sa home town qo guang guang after 12 yrs nkauwi dn qo. Amazing tlaga ang mangrove ilang hakbang mula sa hse namin super lapit. Ang galing mo nman salamat sa mga picture. Puedeng ipagmalaki-Alicia Mijos Velasquez

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