West Gorordo Hotel’s Nature Stewardship of KPAF & KGZ

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Nature Stewardship of KPAF & KGZ

Stewardship
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.

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Sustainable Housekeeping @ West Gorordo Hotel

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Sustainable Housekeeping

At West Gorordo Hotel,
we always strive
to put our best foot forward…
and that includes
our back –of- the- house operations…

We are continually enhancing
our housekeeping practices
to become more sustainable
and earth-friendly.

We are guided by our
5R transition model:
Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Restore.

REFUSE.
We have banned
the use of aerosol sprays
and done away with unnecessary chemicals
and minimized the use of toxic cleaning chemicals.

REDUCE.
The cleaning of toilet floors
and walls are done with a semi-dry method,
reducing the waste of water
and shortening room make-up time.
Our staff is comfortably attired
in Bermuda shorts and simple tops.
Their uniform helps them
work with more ease and efficiency
and it is also simple to maintain.

REUSE.
Reusable Cloth laundry bags
have eliminated the use of plastics
to pack and move laundry
to and from the washing facility.

RECYCLE.
Old bath towels
are repurposed as bath mats,
kitchen towels and rags.
Newspapers are reused
as trash bin liners.
Pre-segregated room trash
is directed to the appropriate recycling sites.

Thank you for your patronage.
We commit
to continually greening our practices
here at West Gorordo Hotel.

Enjoy your earth-friendly stay with us!

Our Resident Turtles @ West Gorordo Hotel

Our Resident Turtles

Meet our long staying guests-
at West Gorordo Hotel…

Turtles
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)

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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.

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

Koi
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.

Heiwa.
Kalinaw.
Peace be with you.