West Gorordo Hotel’s Permeable Pavement & Meandering Walkway

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WGH Permeable Pavement & Meandering Walkway

Looks like an unfinished driveway…

they are so cheap,

they cannot afford to cement the whole driveway…

• Why is the gravel loose?

• What is the use of the snake like path?

Cebu is experiencing the intrusion of salt water

into its water table,

but many people do not seem to realize

the gravity of this situation.

Ninety six percent 96% of water used in Metro Cebu

comes from ground water extraction.

Ground water is recharged when it rains.

However, rapid urbanization

has resulted in the concreting of sidewalks and driveways

causing the abundant run-off of rainwater

to flow straight to the sea

and preventing natural groundwater recharge.

Thus, the salt-water intrusion problem

will continue to worsen

unless we all cooperate

to find ways to stop or reverse

the precarious water situation of Metro Cebu.

For a time,

there was even talk

of piping in fresh water from Bohol,

however improbable that solution may be.

What are we doing about Cebu’s water situation???

In our own simple but effective way,

we know we are helping recharge the water table of Cebu.

Concreting a driveway

seals the ground

and prevents the absorption of water back into the water table.

By using a single sized gravel aggregate,

rain water can seep through the gravel

and return to the water table.

If only every business or home

would establish a groundwater recharging point,

the impending water crisis of Cebu may still be averted.

For almost 18 years,

we had a fully concreted driveway.

However, when we initiated the eco-renovations

of our building in 2008,

we boldly demolished it

to make way for a permeable pavement.

That expensive demolition decision

had the singular purpose

of allowing rainwater to percolate back into the water table.

We first experimented with replacing the concrete

with a permeable paver.

However, the pavers broke

because they could not bear the weight of the cars.

We replaced them with single sized gravel aggregates.

The driveway just in front of the hotel

is a unique design that immediately challenges common thinking.

The meandering path of our driveway

actually serves several purposes;

it keeps the gravel from being carried away

by the vehicles that drive through,

at the same time it serves as a walking path

for high-heeled pedestrians.

It also provides an interesting visual pattern

based on the natural path of a meandering river

that children and adults can enjoy tracing with their feet.

Our unfinished looking driveway-

is an example of a low-tech solution

to Cebu’s fresh water supply problem…

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West Gorordo Hotel’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program

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Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR):

Cultivating Self-Reliance via In Reach & Out Reach Programs

As a mission-based business,
corporate social responsibility
and profitability are factors
in our every business decision.

We are “Permapreneurs”,
meaning Permaculture-Inspired Entrepreneurs
working towards a greater synergy of our diverse passions.
We believe in Interdependence.
We Care for the Earth.
We Care for People and
We Care for the Future.

We carry out our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
by following the Permaculture Ethics in our business
and by sharing our experiences with the community.
Everyone in the company (at all levels)
have chosen to contribute to this CSR.

CSR: In reach Program (within the organization)
The Professional staff serving you
undergo a unique continuing education program
in sustainable hospitality
and geo-tourism:
Geotourism is tourism that sustains,
or even enhances, the geographical character of a place,
such as its culture, environment, heritage,
and the well-being of its residents.

What makes GEOTOURISM unique?
• It promotes a virtuous circle whereby tourism revenues
provide a local incentive to protect what tourists are coming to see,
but extends the principle beyond nature and ecology
to incorporate all characteristics that contribute
to sense of place, such as historic structures,
living and traditional culture, landscapes, cuisine,
arts and artisanry,
as well as local flora and fauna.
• It incorporates sustainability principles:
“do-no-harm ethic” and focuses on the place as a whole.
The idea of enhancement allows for development
based on character of place,
rather than standardized international branding,
and generic architecture, western food, and so on.

Here are some of our In-Reach CSR Training Program topics:
• Permaculture Design Course PDC
• Appropriate Technology:
Rocket Stove, Composting Toilet
• Grow your own food:
Organic, Container, Edible Gardening
• Disaster Preparedness and Response
• First Aid Training
• Cultural and Heritage Studies
• Universal Values Formation
• Anti-Human Trafficking Educational Campaign

CSR: Outreach Program
We, the Management Team together
with the Professional Staff serving you at all levels
have committed to building relationships
with the community by sharing our knowledge
about what we love- care for earth, people and future.

Here are some of our Out-Reach CSR Training Program topics:
• Permaculture and Sustainability Education
• Health and Wellness
• Laughter Yoga
• Drum Circle
• Nature Adventures
• Mangrove Seed Hunting and Planting
• Expressive Arts
• Small Family Business Administration

If you have enjoyed your stay with us,
and if you believe in the good
that we are doing for our staff, guests and community –
we encourage you to support us
by staying with us regularly and telling your friends
and colleagues about our place and causes.
You are also welcome to support us
by means of donating your time, talent & treasure
to any of our in-reach and outreach CSR programs.

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.

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!

The Folk Art of Paulina Constancia

The Folk Art of Paulina Constancia

We at West Gorordo Hotel

believe that art opens the heart,

feeds the spirit

and supports our well-being.

We bring you

the folk art of Filipino-Canadian artist

Paulina Constancia.

Her art is characterized by a naive style,

in which traditional rules of proportion

and perspective are not employed.

Meaningful,uplifting,inspiring,

joyful–herart warms the heart,

feeds the mind and enriches the spirit.

Paulina says:

“Art is not an inclination,

it is part of our “Being”.

Art is merely a manifestation

of our awareness of what is inside

and around us.

So in my art,

I am simply being true

to what I see and feel… “

Central to all her creations

is the message of LOVE –

Love for self, love for others;

the love of solitude

and the love of communion.

There’s the love of nature

and life’s simple joys.

And with this message

comes her personal love

of experimenting and learning.

Thus, her work is constantly evolving.

She finds great delight in exploring various media.

Her creative journey

has led her to designing fashion,

composing music, hand building with clay,

telling stories on tiles, painting quilts,

making an assemblage of found metals,

painting with words, and many more.

The journey continues…

Paulina Constancia,

is an artist and poet with a penchant for experimentation.

Her creative spirit

delights in painting with acrylics

as it does with words.

She has trained in the fields of

Fashion Design (El Camino College, California),

Communications (St. Theresa’s College, Cebu, Philippines),

Sculpture (Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California),

Crafts (Insituto Allende &

Centro Cultural de Bellas Artes-

both in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico),

Spanish Language and Culture (University of Calgary, Canada).

She has exhibited her art and poetry

in the Philippines, the Netherlands,

Mexico and in various cities in the U.S. and Canada..

She has published

a bilingual collection of poetry

called “Open Arms/Brazos Abiertos” (2003)

which has four parts:

I- Alegrías Sencillas/Simple Joys,

II- Sobre la Naturaleza/On Nature,

III-Vida y muerte/Life and Death and

IV-Cosas de Amor/All About Love.

Her second book-

a bilingual collection of short stories called

“Cuentos Hispanofilipinos”(2009)

features four light-spirited

and comical stories namely:

The Chinese Man Goes to Mass,

The Monkey and the Scientist,

Tatang Goes to New York

and The Apostle.

Paulina’s artworks

are part of distinguished private

and institutional collections

such as: schools, children’s hospitals,

orphanages, health facilities, convents,

community centres in the Philippines

and other countries.

In Cebu, Philippines

her works may be publicly viewed

at the following permaculture-inspired hotels and sites:

The Mayflower Inn (A Heritage and Permaculture Inspired Hotel),

Elicon House (A Conservation and Permaculture Inspired Hotel),

West Gorordo Hotel (An Essence and Permaculture Inspired Hotel),

Kamagayan Green Zone (An Urban Permaculture Development Site)

and the Katunggan Permaculture Adventure Farm.



Paulina has conducted

arts and crafts workshops

to child refugees, immigrant women,

homeschooled children in the US and Canada;

and to street children, orphans, mothers,

teachers and school children in the Philippines.

She continues to make herself available

to teach and inspire

about art as a practical and powerful medium

for self-discovery and empowerment.

We hope that Paulina Constancia’s art

will serve as a reminder for all of us

to be in touch with our inner spirit

and enjoy the simple joys in life!



Check out her website and blogs:

http://www.paulinaconstancia.com

http://www.daily-dose-of-art.com

Her ‘Utok Pinoy’ illustrations:

utokpinoy.blogspot.com

The Essence & Permaculture Library @ West Gorordo Hotel

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The Essence & Permaculture Library

Wanna know more
about our permaculture practices
here at West Gorordo Hotel?

If you want to learn more
about the unique features and practices
we have at our hotel,
we have the books and educational resources
that you can learn from.

We have a unique private collection
of Essence and Permaculture Books
that we have developed
in order to collect, share and preserve knowledge.
This specialized collection
was acquired through 3 generations
and was developed to support our mission
to spread the ethics, design principles
and practice of PERMACULTURE.

With the study of Permaculture,
you will encounter the Permaculture Flower
and learn the 7 Petals (areas)
in the Practice of Permaculture:
1) Building,
2) Tools and Technology,
3) Education and Culture,
4) Health and Spiritual Well-Being,
5) Finance and Economics,
6) Land Tenure and Community Governance,
7) Land and Nature Stewardship.

Our Essence Library
includes books related to :
1) Spirituality,
2) the Catholic Religion,
3)Travel&Culture,
4)Health
5) Women and Gender.

We also have a small JUVENILE Section
that includes References and Children’s Literature.

In the spirit of Permaculture and sustainability,
we at The West Gorordo Hotel
provide you
with the opportunity of lifelong learning.

Come learn with us!

The Living Tradition Showcase @ West Gorordo Hotel

The Living Tradition Showcase

What are these amateur
and crude looking projects
doing at the lobby?

Well…
at West Gorordo Hotel,
we celebrate a monthly theme
that could vary from environmental
to political, social,
religious and cultural themes.
We have designated areas
around the hotel
that our staff decorate
according to the set theme.

This is how it works:
• They are given a set amount
(approximately $7)
to be spent for art materials
and they have to come up with the best design.
They are encouraged to use natural materials
such as leaves, twigs, fiber,
and others combined with reused, recycled,
salvaged, mixed media materials.
• They meet and brainstorm
as to how they could best interpret the theme
and budget the money provided for the materials
needed to materialize their project idea.
• There are two important criteria:
their project must be innovative
(must show guests/ our public
ways of doing things differently)
and it must create a festive mood.

This monthly showcase
is our way of promoting our local traditions
and at the same time engaging
and challenging our staff’s team spirit,
creativity and resourcefulness.

Our wonderful staff
hails from different regions
of the Philippine archipelago.
They bring with them
different handicraft skills
like weaving, floral design and arrangement,
puppet and toy making,
which they use
to creatively interpret our monthly themes.

We at West Gorordo Hotel,
through our Monthly Living Traditions Showcase,
endeavor to promote
innovative methods
of maintaining continuity
in the transmission of Philippine folk culture.