In our continuing quest of searching for more running routes/trails within the metro, particularly in Quezon City (https://jazzrunner.wordpress.com/2009/02/04/running-routes-in-quezon-city/), the La Mesa Ecopark seems to have evaded our radars, although a lot has been said and written about this nature reserve and the bike/running trails that snakes though its greenery.
I’ve always wanted to visit this place, specially the forested area which surrounds the boundaries of the watershed. Many have described it as Metro Manila’s last frontier; some, the lost wilderness in the city.
The chance to visit came last Saturday when the worldwide Earthday Movement was to present a concert at the La Mesa Ecopark, “The World Drum Project 2009” that same day. The concert featured World Music with drum and percussion beatings and ethno-fusion flavors. Featured artists include Cynthia Alexander, Kontra Gapi, Musikalinangan, Brigada and other percussion ensembles. Being music lovers ourselves, June and I decided to check the music out, but it was the chance to run at the Ecopark that was foremost in our minds.
Located at East Fairview, we traversed along Commonwealth Avenue and turned right on a main street with a signboard on its corner directing us to the park. After passing through residential subdivisions, we finally reached the guard house entrance and proceeded to the parking lot in front of the Ecocenter Building. We started our run at about 6:00am.
Taking photos and videos were prohibited near the vicinity of the watershed. Moreso, running within its perimeters were also not allowed but we took a chance when nobody was looking so we sneaked inside and ran on the road facing the reservoir.
Over-all, it was an enjoyable first time visit and the trail run was fun! We’ll be back again soon!