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Visiting Ubay Green Park Nov 18, 2017

Visiting Ubay Green Park

Location: Ubay Green Park, Ubay (municipality), Bohol (province), Philippines

Keeping Green
At the outset, I am a conservationist. I'm all for a green planet. I do coastal clean-ups and do my fair share of addressing the garbage issue. But I may not necessarily agree with methods employed by green advocates.

Ubay Green Park
After Sinandigan Boardwalk, I headed straight for the next attraction - Ubay Green Park. Ubay Green Park is a former landfill turned into an eco-park, re-purposing plastic as part of its decor and attraction.

The Ride
The biggest challenge getting there on my bike was still the heat. It was noon and the sun was blistering. It wasn't easy getting to Ubay Green Park. It's tucked-in into Ubay's remote interior with only dirt roads leading to it. There were not enough signs. If not for my Maps.Me app on my smart phone, I wouldn't be able to get there.

Park Setting
Upon arrival, I began to see what they've done. Plastic containers were re-purposed to be used as gardening containers for plants, decor and accents. Old tires were painted over with cartoon images to make it child-appealing. The landfill itself is a tall mound, about 3 stories high where a dirt road leads to its peak - a brutal climb on a bike. The peak has a tall teepee-like center piece and reused old tires making for park benches. It also offers a nice view. At night, it's a lovers' lane.

Visiting Ubay Green Park
in front of the former landfill turned eco-park

Ending Thoughts
I really appreciate the LGU's effort in highlighting the garbage issue - other municipalities would not bother. I like the way the old tires were made into park benches. I've seen pictures of wonderful tire-parks where innovative and creative ways to re-purpose tires were implemented. But somehow, I remain ambivalent about their means of addressing the small plastic. Creating a park with its colorful plastic decor instills a feel-good tap on the shoulder but I don't see any re-education or call-to-action to the end-user. These plastics as exposed to the elements deteriorate easily and disintegrate back into the environment. I would rather have them recycled at the outset and re-purpose them for something more pragmatic, like building blocks for much-needed houses.

I would also put the effort in educating people. My frustration in participating a coastal clean-up is knowing that I'm just on a vicious cycle - the trash throwers will continue throwing trash and coastal cleaners will continue to clean up their mess...and the process repeats itself with no end in sight. There is a compelling need to stem the dumping of garbage by educating and penalizing (and if need be) trash throwers.

For the householder (end-users like you and me), I would develop the focus of the park on 5 garbage issues in this particular order, with my own examples:

  1. reduce - I would bring my own container so I can refuse plastic or cups
  2. reuse - if I ever end up with plastic, I won't throw it away when I get home. I would keep reusing it until it falls apart - and then I recycle it
  3. repair - if something is broken, I won't be in a rush to have it replaced. I will see if it can be repaired. For my shoes, I have it glued, re-glued, stitched until it's no longer repairable before I throw it away
  4. repurpose - dismantling so that the useful parts are put into innovative uses, e.g. - for a broken umbrella, I would keep the cover for my yoga mat or beach mat and take the metal parts to make functional S-hooks
  5. recycle - finally, if it's beyond repair, after it has been reused and repurposed, only then would I discard it for recycling

I'm just thinking aloud. I'm not an expert. I just want to share my experience and insight.

--- TheLoneRider



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Google Map Ubay, Bohol, Philippines

tourist attractions in Bohol tourist attractions
  • Camp Karis Camp Karis - area site used for camping, weddings, seminars, training, etc. specialize on christian camping ministry
  • Ubay Green Park Ubay Green Park - former dump site turned into an eco-friendly garden
  • Henson Beach Henson Beach - public beach close to the port
  • Sinandigan Beach Sinandigan Boardwalk - do not go here, the boardwalk is neglected and rotting!
  • Ubay Stock Farm Ubay Stock Farm - livestock facility with cow milking, poultry, horseback riding
  • Kapayas Dam Cambugsay Hills - also known as Malingin Dam, Mother Dam and Ilaya Reservoir. It's an irrigation dam with a park. The nearby hills are said to be healing

Ubay Travel Info / Tips

Ubay to Cebu City by boat (as of July 2017)

Ubay to Leyte by boat (4-5 hours) (as of July 2017)

Ubay to Pitogo (Bohol) by boat (as of July 2017)


Bohol

Anda
  • Exploring Combento Cave Pool June 29, 2017
  • Visiting Cabagnow Cave Pool of Anda Jun 28, 2017
  • Exploring Anda, Bohol June 25-30, 2017

  • Candijay
  • Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay July 1, 2017
  • Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  • Freediving Canawa Cold Spring of Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  • Splashing at Can-umantad Falls, Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017

  • Carlos P. Garcia Island
  • Exploring Carlos P. Garcia (CPG) Island by Bike Dec 1, 2017

  • Corella
  • Cycling to the Tarsiers of Corella Oct 26, 2017

  • Dauis
  • Cliff Dive at Molave Cove Feb 11, 2018
  • Freediving at Molave Point, Dauis Nov 6, 2017
  • The Return to Hinagdanan Cave Nov 5, 2017
  • Exploring Hinagdanan Cave Oct 24, 2017

  • Loay
  • The Ride to Morning Hill Oct 22, 2017
  • The Ride to the Old Spanish Tower Oct 21, 2017

  • Loboc
  • Goodbye Loboc, Goodbye Philippines Mar 15, 2018
  • The CubbyHole: Envisioning a Utopian Shangrila Mar 10, 2018
  • Fat Shredder with the Russian Twist Mar 2, 2018
  • No-Dismount Climb to Cruz Daku Mar 1, 2018
  • Jeffrey's Cardio Program Feb 26, 2018
  • SUP Yoga with Lalah de Dios at Fox and the Firefly Feb 25, 2018
  • Bike Ride with Juan Huerte: Loboc, Sikatuna, Corella and Baclayon Feb 25, 2018
  • CT Scan Result Feb 23, 2018
  • The Silent Killer has Arrived Feb 19-22, 2018
  • 24+ Days at Lyn's Backpackers Inn Jan 23 - Feb 16, 2018
  • All Day Fun with the Loboc Crew Feb 11, 2018
  • 20-Minute Rope Skipping w/ Pranayama and Meditation Feb 9, 2018
  • Calisthenics with Jeffrey Feb 7, 2018
  • Abs-Core Workout with Jeffrey Feb 5, 2018
  • High Intensity Cardio Workout Feb 2, 2018
  • Ride to the Landslide with Jeffrey Jan 31, 2018
  • Farm Tour with Mr. Raymond Cal Jan 29, 2018
  • Cacao Drum Roasting Jan 27, 2018
  • Making Sikwate: from cacao fruit to a hot dark chocolate drink Jan 25, 2018
  • 5 Weeks at the Fox and Firefly Cottages Dec 13, 2017 - Jan 23, 2018
  • In-House Yoga Teacher at the Fox and Firefly Cottages Jan 22, 2018
  • Mountain Bike Rides from Tagbilaran to Loboc Jan 18, 2018
  • Firefly Tour on a Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Dec 19, 2017
  • Playing Mountain Bike Tour Optimizer Dec 18, 2017
  • Back to Loboc Dec 13, 2017
  • 37 Days in Loboc - Thank You and Goodbye Oct 8-Nov 14, 2017
  • Exploring Busay Falls, Loktob Spring and Jimili-an Spring...on Foot Nov 11, 2017
  • Stand-Up Paddle Yoga with Joan Christine Nov 3, 2017
  • Loboc River Cruise on a Stand-Up Paddle Oct 29, 2017
  • Exploring Guimba and Sog-ong Caves of Loboc Oct 22, 2017
  • Ziplining and Cable Car Ride at Eco-Tourism Adventure Park Oct 22, 2017
  • Savouring Villagio Pizza Oct 19, 2017
  • Wet and Wild Bonbon-Alegria Downhill Ride Oct 18, 2017
  • River Cruise on Loboc River Oct 17, 2017
  • Back Road Ride from Loboc to Loay Oct 17, 2017
  • Leisurely Ride to Loktob Spring Oct 14, 2017
  • Sweet Ride to Busay Falls Oct 13, 2017
  • Bike Climb to the Virgen de Guadalupe Oct 12, 2017
  • The Ride to Cruz Daku (Big Cross) Oct 11, 2017
  • Exploring Loboc, Bohol Oct 8, 2017

  • Panglao
  • Coastal Cleanup with Plastic Free Bohol Sept 16, 2017
  • Exploring Panglao June 12-18, 2017
  • Yoga with Ging and Rai at Oasis Resort June 18, 2017
  • Freediving with Ben Meerhaeghe at SeaQuest Dive Center June 16, 2017
  • Scuba Diving Balicasag Island with SeaQuest Dive Center June 15, 2017
  • Bohol Revisited June 12, 2017
  • Exploring Bohol Nov 28-30, 2015

  • San Miguel
  • Visiting Bayongan Lake Nov 22, 2017

  • Sevilla
  • Killer MTB Ride from Sevilla Oct 30, 2017

  • Sikatuna
  • Solo Ride to the Sikatuna Tree Park Nov 2, 2017

  • Tagbilaran
  • 30 days in Tagbilaran, Thank You! Oct 8, 2017
  • Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest Oct 8, 2017
  • Exploring the Cafe Scene of Tagbilaran Oct 7, 2017
  • Yoga for 60+ Students at the University of Bohol Oct 4, 2017
  • Chocolate Overload at Dalareich Chocolate House October 2, 2017
  • Talk on Philosophy and Spirituality to 12-Graders at the University of Bohol Sep 27, 2017
  • Celebrating the International Day of Peace Sep 23, 2017
  • Judging a Student Debate at the University of Bohol Sept 15, 2017
  • Fitness Workout with Chie at Bohol Tropics Resort Sept 13, 2017
  • Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga, Tagbilaran Sept 12, 2017
  • Tagbilaran Revisited Sep 7-12, 2017
  • Hello Tagbilaran! June 19-25, 2017

  • Ubay
  • Goodbye and Thank You, Ubay Nov 14-Dec 13, 2017
  • Visiting the Ubay Stock Farm Dec 8, 2017
  • Exploring Cambugsay Healing Hills with Lars Jensen Nov 22, 2017
  • Visiting Ubay Green Park Nov 18, 2017
  • The Ride to Sinandigan Boardwalk and the Yamashita Treasure Hunt Nov 18, 2017
  • Ubay in a Nutshell Nov 17, 2017
  • In Search of the Next Destination Nov 14, 2017
  • 2 Days in Ubay July 1-3, 2017
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