A TOP executive of Maribago Bluewater Resort in Lapu-Lapu City was honored and grateful for the Green Hotel Award bestowed on the resort during the recently concluded Asean Tourism Forum in Manila.
“We were not expecting to be recognized as we are just a small resort compared to the famous and big resorts around us. Anyhow, we just complied with what was required of us. Luckily enough, we were nominated and much more honored and grateful for the recognition,” said Maribago Bluewater general manager Rhyz Buac.
Maribago Bluewater was one of two resorts on Mactan Island that were given the award during the closing ceremony in Manila last January 22. The other was Crimson Resort and Spa.
Buac said the resort has undertaken several environmental projects, such as their regular coastal and underwater cleanup campaign called “Project Blue.”
They also plant mangroves, implement energy conservation measures, use rainwater for flushing toilets and watering the plants, use recycled wood and other materials in some of the resort’s structures, and grow their own vegetables.
The resort also has a proposed marine sanctuary. Buac said they were just waiting for the City Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (CFARMC) of Lapu-Lapu City to act on their application for the declaration of a marine sanctuary.
Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza was pleased with the awards of Maribago Bluewater and Crimson.
“We encourage other resorts and hotels to do their best efforts also in the preservation and protection of the environment,” Radaza said.