West Gorordo Hotel’s Nature Stewardship of KPAF & KGZ


Nature Stewardship of KPAF & KGZ

refers to the wise use,
management and protection
of that which has been entrusted to you.
Within the context of conservation,
stewardship means wisely using natural resources
that you have been entrusted with on your property,
protecting important ecosystems,
effectively managing alien invasive species and fires,
and grazing or harvesting without damaging the yield.

The vision of Stewardship
• To ensure that privately owned areas
with high biodiversity value
receive secure conservation status
and are linked to a network
of other conservation areas in the landscape.
• To ensure that landowners
who commit their property to a stewardship option,
will enjoy tangible benefits
for their conservation actions.
• To expand biodiversity conservation
by encouraging commitment to,
and implementation of,
good biodiversity management practice,
on privately owned land,
in such a way that the private landowner
becomes an empowered decision maker.

Katunggan Permaculture Adventure Farm (KPAF)
KPAF is meant to be a Nature Sanctuary
for Life Changing Family & Group Adventures.
“Katunggan” is the native word for “Mangrove”,
and Katunggan abounds
where this Permaculture Learning Development site is located.

At KPAF’s doorsteps
are three ecosystems:
land coastal, mangrove and marine.
It is a true Edge with immense value.

Kamagayan Green Zone (KGZ)
KGZ is an Urban Permaculture Development Site.
Originally a barren and dry lot used as a motor pool,
KGZ has been converted into an urban garden
where we grow vegetables and herbs.
We have also planted hardwood
and fruit trees that now stand tall
and provide a habitat for birds, bats,
bees and all sorts of insects.
In the middle of KGZ
is a large lizard-shaped pond
that serves as a rainwater collection reservoir and
aquaculture pond for tilapia and catfish.

West Gorordo Hotel
maintains the nature stewardship
of these two nature sanctuaries.
Do stay with us,
because the money you spend
during your stay with us
will help make a change in this world.


Edible Landscaping & Container Gardening @ West Gorordo Hotel

Edible Landscaping & Container Gardening

Why grow food in the city?
At West Gorordo Hotel,
We say-
Why Not Grow Food in the City?!

IMG_0478Edible Landscaping
is the cultivation
of food producing plants
such as fruit,nut trees, vegetables,
herbs, edible flowers and ornamental plants
in a constructed landscape.


Container edible gardening
may be done by reusing
PET (polyethylene terephthalate) containers
such as water and juice plastic bottles.

Why are edible landscaping
and container gardening
wise eco-practices?

Here are the benefits
of growing our own food
right where we are:
(even in a small space)

• Enjoy the freshness of home-grown,
naturally- ripened fruits & vegetables
• Ensure household food security
• Enjoy pesticide & herbicide-free food
• Save on grocery money
• Bring natural world to the city

Shorten the distance from the farm to the fork
= Less use of transport
= Less burning of fossil fuel
= Climate Change Mitigation
(actions that decrease the potential effects of global warming)

Try this at home and start growing your own food!

Our Resident Turtles @ West Gorordo Hotel

Our Resident Turtles

Meet our long staying guests-
at West Gorordo Hotel…

are known to symbolize
patience, wisdom and long life.
They are characterized
as slow, shy
and unassuming creatures.

We have chosen to host them
in our mini-ecosystem
as a constant reminder
of the values
that they embody
and that we commit to emulate.

In the hospitality enterprise,
we choose not to compete
but to provide constant,
sensible and reliable quality
that can be sustained for many years.

The red-eared slider
(Trachemys scripta elegans),
also known as red-eared terrapin,
is a semiaquatic turtle
belonging to the family Emydidae.
It is a subspecies of the pond slider.
It is the most popular
pet turtle in the  world.
It is native to the southern 
United States and northern Mexico.
They inhabit areas with source of still,
warm water, such as ponds, lakes, swamps,
creeks, streams, or slow-flowing rivers.
They live in areas of calm water
where they are able to leave the water easily
by climbing onto rocks or tree trunks
so they can warm up in the sun.

It is our hope
that you will be inspired
by the wisdom
of these gentle creatures
and be reminded
to slow down,
live a simple life,
keep your load light
and trod gently
on this planet.

The KOI Peacepond (pun intended)

The KOI Peacepond (pun intended)


It wasn’t so long ago
in wartime (WWII) Cebu,
when hearing somebody scream
“Naana ang mga Hapon!”
(The Japanese are here)
alerted everyone to run
and hide or suffer
the chance of rape, torture and death.

(Hello! How are you?)
Meet our long staying Japanese residents…
no need to run and hide
because they are peaceful
and playful beings.

means “carp” in Japanese.
It is also a homophone
for another word
that means “affection” or “love”.

Thus, the koi is a Japanese symbol
of love and friendship.
And at West Gorordo Hotel,
we have embraced it
as a symbol of “peace” as well.

The Koi Peace Pond
is here to remind us
of the sanctity
of our harmonious co-existence
and interdependence
with our fellow human beings.

The Koi
are not only fun to watch
as they feed and play,
but they also serve
a very important role
in our mini ecosystem.
They are omnivores
and act as bio-recyclers.
They eat algae and insects
and their waste in the water
provide nutrients
for the plants in the garden.

Peace be with you.

Trellis & Living Canopy @ West Gorordo Hotel


Ever wonder
if we have some unfinished construction work
at the side entrance of West Gorordo Hotel?

Nice guess, but try again.
We are preparing the trellis
for edible plants
to sprawl.

We are now on the way to growing our own food.
As we cultivate plants
that can provide shade and cooling,
we are also looking forward
to their edible produce
such as passion fruit, gourds and beans.

Slowly but surely the vines and various climbing plants
are now making their way around the building.
The emerging canopy
also provides habitat areas
for birds and insects
that strengthen the evolving eco-system;
while generating a pleasing
and relaxing sight in the middle of the city.

Climbing plants are an evolutionary success.
Given that nature does not provide equal conditions,
seeds that fell on minimally fertile soil
had to adapt or perish.
They evolved
and flourished by using various techniques:
tendrils, thorns, anchoring on supportive poles
-of climbing towards the light.

This is how vines or climbing plants came to be.

Like the vines,
we must believe
that even under the most difficult
and impoverished conditions,
we possess within us the ability,
and resilience
to thrive and flourish.

To vines,
following the light comes naturally,
to humans
– a choice to be made,

Waterfalls & Pond @ West Gorordo Hotel

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Here at West Gorordo Hotel-
There is a surprise in store for you.
As you enter our area,
you will be greeted
by our waterfalls.

The waterfalls and pond
are the water features of our mini eco-system.
They are delightful to the eyes
and pleasing to the spirit.
They create a cool and relaxing atmosphere
and contribute to the humidification of the area,
providing additional moisture for the garden plants.

Also, the filtration system
allows the collection of leaf droppings
and fine solid particles
and excreta from the fish and turtles
which become good fertilizer for the plants.

Water symbolizes life.
May the water features in our garden
remind us
that we are one with the water that surrounds us.

We have a crucial role
as stewards
to keep pure
the bodies of water inside us (as we are 90% water)
and those around us:
springs, waterfalls, rivers, seas and oceans.

Let’s not forget that the state of our waterways is reflective of the state of our spirits.

Mini Front Garden @ West Gorordo Hotel


You might think our garden looks wild and unkempt –
very different from the manicured
and pesticide-laden lawns of other hotels.
Thank you for noticing.

At West Gorordo Hotel,
we choose wildscaping over landscaping.
Here Nature is the master wildscaper
and we are but the apprentice.

We have given Nature the freedom to lead
and take its natural course.
In this petite garden,
nothing is primly trimmed or squeaky clean-
everything is bursting with life.
Algae, moss, fern, vine, bush, trees, insects, koi,
rodents, bats and birds harmoniously coexist –
a delightful regenerative bacchanalia designed by Nature.

It is our hope that you will be inspired
by the relationships that exist
within this mini-front garden.
In life, as in a garden,
cooperation is a must
as we each have natural talents
and unique roles to play
so that we can best contribute
to our collective existence on this planet.