“By definition, limestone is a kind of sedimentary rock formed with different kinds of minerals, including calcite, corals and other organisms' exoskeletons,” writes Masungi. That means every limestone formation in Masungi contains vast amounts of unique information about the earth 60 million years ago.
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Ann and Billie Dumaliang and Their Fight for Masungi
Why Are Powerful People Seeking to Exploit Masungi Georeserve?
Masungi’s name comes from the ancient Tagalog word “masungki” or “sungki,” which means something sharp and protruding, describing the landscape that features jagged cliffs and limestone peaks.
Throughout its existence, the Masungi Georeserve Foundation has ensured the survival of over 400 species of flora and fauna, protected 60-million-year-old limestone formations, planted 40,000 indigenous trees, and employed over 100 locals who are now helping protect this piece of paradise.
Hidden in the wet forests below the limestones, a very rare gem hangs on tree branches: JC’s Vine, a plant so rare and precious it is found only in four places in the Philippines. Nothing about its presence on the five-peso coin captures the vibrance of its lilac explosion as it blossoms once a year.
JC's Vine Blooming Once a Year in Masungi Georeserve