Masungi Georeserve is a geological park offering adventure and education activities one-and-a-half hours’ drive from Manila.
Before restoration efforts began, this limestone region 45 kilometres east of Manila was devastated by illegal logging, land speculation and quarrying. Recognising the fragility of the ecosystem, in 1996 the government partnered with private developers to ensure the land was managed sustainably. In 2015, the Masungi Georeserve Foundation was formed to spearhead geo-tourism efforts in the region to provide financial stability and education. Thanks to its success, creating low-impact structures and trail experiences, in 2017 the government expanded the conservation area from 400 hectares to almost 3,000 hectares — the first of its kind in Philippines. The impact of geotourism in Masungi on the local economy is more than US$ 1 million per year.