Another hidden treasure has been discovered just recently. TIEZA Botanical Garden is located in Barangay Malubog, Busay, Cebu City. This newly discovered haven is known as the former Kan-Irag Golf Course. Upon seeing it on a post on Facebook, I could not get out the feeling of wanting to go there. ASAP.
TIEZA Botanical Garden is a garden by the lake. A scenic waterscape surrounded by beautiful Celosia flowers. The caretakers are still in the process of planting some more flowers to occupy the whole side of the lake. The small lake and the flowers around is a wonderful sight to see. It is a breather from the busy life of the Metro.
As of now, the garden is still in its ongoing improvement but it is already open for viewing. Nevertheless, the place is perfect. It’s a Sunday and as expected, there are a lot of people.
I have read on other sites about the amount of the entrance fee, but when I went there, they were asking for no specific amount. What they are asking currently is any donation just for the maintenance of the garden. They will be posting the exact entrance fee once the garden will officially open.
How to get there?
If you are in a private vehicle, enjoy a scenic ride along Transcentral Highway to Barangay Malubog, in Busay. Your landmark should be the “Busay Holiday Pools” sign on the right side if you came from Lahug. Just follow the road until you reach the parking space with a ” No Trespassing” sign. From there, you can park your vehicle and ride a motorcycle for Php 10.00. It is a dry rough road so I suggest you to leave your vehicles in the cemented area which served as the parking area.
If you are commuting, take a habal-habal from JY Square Mall in Lahug. Ask the driver to take you to Malubog, TIEZA Botanical Garden. The fare would be not more than Php 200.00 per head for 2-way. If you are good in haggling, you might be able to convince your driver for a lower fare. Travel time would be approximately 15-25 minutes.
Of Irresponsible Tourism
It has been a major issue in the social media about irresponsible tourists, may it be local or not, who destroys and throws garbage anywhere. I personally hope that this time, people will not tamper the beauty of TIEZA Botanical Garden, as what happened to the flowers of Sirao Flower Farm and the broken LED roses of 10,000 Roses Cafe.
It is so heartbreaking that there are people who are irresponsible who doesn’t mind if they have ruined the place just for the sake of getting a million likes in their Instagram picture. Let us practice responsible tourism. Keep in mind the efforts and money that the owners, private or government, have spent just to make the place beautiful for us to enjoy.
A location map of TIEZA Botanical Garden