Nature Stewardship: KPAF & KGZ


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.
It has a lot area of 1,000 sqm.
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.

The Mayflower Inn,
in collaboration with its affiliate companies,
maintain and support the nature stewardship
of The Katunggan Permaculture Adventure Farm (KPAF)
and The Kamagayan Green Zone (KGZ).
It is at these two sites
that we host
ecological awareness leadership workshops and camps
to our staff;
and to children, teens, adults
and older citizens of our community.


Edible Landscaping & Container Gardening


Edible Landscaping & Container Gardening

Why grow food in the city?
At the Mayflower Inn,
We say-
Why Not Grow Food in the City?!

Edible Landscaping
is the cultivation
of food producing plants
such as fruit,nut trees, vegetables,
herbs, edible flowers and ornamental plants
in a constructed landscape.

Container edible gardening
may be done by reusing
PET (polyethylene terephthalate) containers
such as water and juice plastic bottles.

Why are edible landscaping
and container gardening
wise eco-practices?

Here are the benefits
of growing our own food
right where we are:
(even in a small space)

• Enjoy the freshness of home-grown,
naturally- ripened fruits & vegetables
• Ensure household food security
• Enjoy pesticide & herbicide-free food
• Save on grocery money
• Bring natural world to the city

Shorten the distance from the farm to the fork
= Less use of transport
= Less burning of fossil fuel
= Climate Change Mitigation
(actions that decrease the potential effects of global warming)

Try this at home and start growing your own food!

Our Resident Turtles

Our Resident Turtles


Meet our long staying guests-
at The Mayflower Inn…

are known to symbolize
patience, wisdom and long life.
They are characterized
as slow, shy
and unassuming creatures.

We have chosen to host them
in our mini-ecosystem
as a constant reminder
of the values
that they embody
and that we commit to emulate.

In the hospitality enterprise,
we choose not to compete
but to provide constant,
sensible and reliable quality
that can be sustained for many years.

The Asian Box Turtle
used to be very common
in the Philippines and other Asian countries.
Typically found in streams, marshes,
rice paddies and mangrove creeks,
its diet consists of worms,insects and veggies.

As their habitat has become challenged,
the Asian Box Turtles
have become rare
and endangered.

However, we are proud to say
that as we have provided them with a safe
and friendly habitat here at our garden,
they have now started to breed
and multiply.

Our resident turtles
also play an important role
in our mini ecosystem.
They act as bio-digesters
for the organic waste
generated by the kitchen
and restaurant service.

It is our hope
that you will be inspired
by the wisdom
of these gentle creatures
and be reminded
to slow down,
live a simple life,
keep your load light
and trod gently
on this planet.

The KOI Peacepond (pun intended)

The KOI Peacepond (pun intended)


It wasn’t so long ago
in wartime (WWII) Cebu,
when hearing somebody scream
“Naana ang mga Hapon!”
(The Japanese are here)
alerted everyone to run
and hide or suffer
the chance of rape, torture and death.

(Hello! How are you?)
Meet our long staying Japanese residents…
no need to run and hide
because they are peaceful
and playful beings.

means “carp” in Japanese.
It is also a homophone
for another word
that means “affection” or “love”.

Thus, the koi is a Japanese symbol
of love and friendship.
And at The Mayflower Inn,
we have embraced it
as a symbol of “peace” as well.

The Koi Peace Pond
is here to remind us
of the sanctity
of our harmonious co-existence
and interdependence
with our fellow human beings.

The Koi
are not only fun to watch
as they feed and play,
but they also serve
a very important role
in our mini ecosystem.
They are omnivores
and act as bio-recyclers.
They eat algae and insects
and their waste in the water
provide nutrients
for the plants in the garden.

Peace be with you.

Trellis & Living Canopy

Ever wonder
if we have some unfinished construction work
at our entrance here at The Mayflower Inn?

Nice guess, but try again.
We are preparing the trellis
for edible plants
to sprawl.

We are now on the way to growing our own food.
As we cultivate plants
that can provide shade and cooling,
we are also looking forward
to their edible produce
such as passion fruit, gourds and beans.

Slowly but surely the vines and various climbing plants
are now making their way around the building.
The emerging canopy
also provides habitat areas
for birds and insects
that strengthen the evolving eco-system;
while generating a pleasing
and relaxing sight in the middle of the city.

Climbing plants are an evolutionary success.
Given that nature does not provide equal conditions,
seeds that fell on minimally fertile soil
had to adapt or perish.
They evolved
and flourished by using various techniques:
tendrils, thorns, anchoring on supportive poles
-of climbing towards the light.

This is how vines or climbing plants came to be.

Like the vines,
we must believe
that even under the most difficult
and impoverished conditions,
we possess within us the ability,
and resilience
to thrive and flourish.

To vines,
following the light comes naturally,
to humans
– a choice to be made,

Waterfalls & Pond

Here at The Mayflower Inn-
If you hang out long enough at the café,
there is a surprise in store for you.
During the breakfast hours
and whenever there are enough diners hanging around,
we turn on our man-made waterfalls.

The waterfalls and pond
are the water features of our mini eco-system.
They are delightful to the eyes
and pleasing to the spirit.
They create a cool and relaxing atmosphere
and contribute to the humidification of the area,
providing additional moisture for the garden plants.
Also, the filtration system
allows the collection of leaf droppings
and fine solid particles
and excreta from the fish and turtles
which become good fertilizer for the plants.

Water symbolizes life.
May the water features in our garden
remind us
that we are one with the water that surrounds us.

We have a crucial role
as stewards
to keep pure
the bodies of water inside us (as we are 90% water)
and those around us:
springs, waterfalls, rivers, seas and oceans.

Let’s not forget that the state of our waterways is reflective of the state of our spirits.

Mini Forest Garden

mayflower inn garden

You might think our garden looks wild and unkempt –
very different from the manicured
and pesticide-laden lawns of other hotels.
Thank you for noticing.

At The Mayflower Inn,
we choose wildscaping over landscaping.
Here Nature is the master wildscaper
and we are but the apprentice.

We have given Nature the freedom to lead
and take its natural course.
In this petite garden,
nothing is primly trimmed or squeaky clean-
everything is bursting with life.
Algae, moss, fern, vine, bush, trees, insects, koi,
rodents, bats and birds harmoniously coexist –
a delightful regenerative bacchanalia designed by Nature.

It is our hope that you will be inspired
by the relationships that exist
within this mini-forest garden.
In life, as in the forest,
cooperation is a must
as we each have natural talents
and unique roles to play
so that we can best contribute
to our collective existence on this planet.

garden 1