On February 2, 1998, tragic news hit everyone as a Cebu Pacific plane crashed on the slopes of Mount Sumagaya in Gingoog, Misamis Oriental, resulting in the deaths of all 104 passengers and crew on board.
There were no survivors at all; it was a complete tragedy. Flash forward to 2021, and a tribute has finally been erected: the Misamis Oriental Tourism Complex and Botanical Garden.
Inaugurated on February 3, 2021 a day after the 23rd commemoration of the “Cebu Pacific Flight 387” incident, the garden is adorned with the beauty of nature as flowers and trees occupy the scenery.
Although it is quite new and the plants are relatively young, they will surely grow to be majestic pieces for the garden. A tall monument stands in the garden; etched in the monument’s base are the names of the lives that were lost during the crash to honor them.
Although only 18 to 65 year olds can visit this site due to COVID restrictions, you can do so for just P10 as an entrance fee; that’s quite a bargain! If you feel hungry or thirsty, you can also stop by their cafe that serves a whole variety of food and drinks. They also have treats and souvenirs that you can buy for friends and family.
Overall, it is a relaxing experience to come to this garden because of its natural vibes. The flowers add a vibrant energy to the garden while the monument stands as a tribute to the fallen victims of the crash.
More features are being planned to be added in the garden such as a koi pond and much more, so keep your eyes on this tourism attraction.
RATES & OTHER INFORMATION
- Entrance fee: P10 per person
- Opening hours: N/A
Corkage fee: None
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Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/exploremisortourismcomplexandbotanicalgarden
HOW TO GET THERE?
Exact location: Misamis Oriental Tourism Complex and Botanical Garden, Route 955, boundary of Gingoog City and Claveria
FROM GINGOOG CITY: Find a bus or a van in the bus terminal in Gingoog City or hire a motorcycle to take you to the place. Tell the driver to drop you off at the Misamis Oriental Tourism Complex and Botanical Garden on Route 955.
BY CAR: Navigate with Waze or Google Maps and set your destination to “Misamis Oriental Tourism Complex and Botanical Garden” on Route 955. Parking space is available.