IMG_0706-copy┬áThe Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary is located at 25 North Santo Tomas Road, Campo Sioco, Baguio City. To go to the sanctuary you can take the BGH-Campo Sioco bound jeepneys which are parked beside the Harrison Road overpass stairway, take a taxi, or drive your own vehicle. From the downtown area, proceed to the rotunda across the Baguio General Hospital then take the road to the right towards the direction of Marcos Highway. After passing Lina’s Mart look out for the Amway and Agua Vida signages where you turn right and follow the road until you reach the Maryknoll gate.


For the Maryknoll Sisters in the Philippines, the devastation wrought by the July 1990 earthquake in Baguio City became a discerning force which inspired a new educational role. In the light of a growing awareness of the earth’s fragility, the Maryknoll Sisters were compelled to make a radical decision to dedicate their resources in Baguio to alternative environmental education. With this new mission defined, the rebuilding of Maryknoll commenced a year after the earthquake.

The “Cosmic Journey” became the major undertaking within the Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary. It is describe as “a nature walk of play and discovery into the earth’s deep interconnectedness.” A total of fourteen different stations were created to portray “the magnificence of the unfolding of the cosmos.” The 1st station is about the coming into being of the Universe. The 5th and 8th stations portray the arrival of the mammals and the coming forth of the primates, respectively. The last two stations portray the Earth’s religious tradition and a Bio-shelter.

maryknollpark06┬áThe brochure about the Cosmic Journey states that: “A trek through a cosmic gate, into ancestral caves, and over a hanging bridge invites us to an inner journey. Reflecting on the profound spiritual meaning of interconnectedness of the cosmos can prepare us to make wise decisions in relation to the use of the earth’s resources so that future generations inherit from us a beautiful planet capable of sustaining and inspiring life.” Read More