After a very successful Global Wellness Day, Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa launched its Marine conservation Hub, Maco’s Hub: Marine Conservation Kaakohan Center. Why do we need to reserve our Marine Resources? Why do we care? Majority of our food source is coming from our Seas and Oceans. We love fishes, Squids and even crave for crabs and shrimps for meals but did we contribute something to protect their ecosystem? Majority of us didn't - that includes me! With the help of Shangri-La's Mactan MACO's Hub, we can inspire Beach Goers to uplift marine biodiversity and defend their homes.
|[L-R] Marine Conservation Team, Mr. Nikko Huelgas (|
Captain of the Philippines National Triathlon Team) and Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa General Manager, René Egle
|Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa General Manager, René Egle cutting Ribbon|
|[Top and Bottom] Members of Cebu Media and Bloggers who attended the launched of MACO Hub at Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa|
The center was named after the resort’s mascot, “Maco”, a seahorse, a known icon of a healthy aquatic ecosystem. Maco stands for marine conservation and “kaakohan” is a Cebuano word meaning ownership. Having a strong sense of ownership towards the marine environment is what the hub aims promote to guests. It is adorned with a gallery where guests familiarize themselves with the marine species found at the resort’s sanctuary, and moving forward it will be the venue where guests participate in corporate social responsibility activities under the resort’s Care for Nature program.
Maco’s Hub inspires to create a healthy environment for over a hundred species of fish that call the Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary home, and ultimately to raise awareness on the importance of protecting underwater life throughout the world.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts remains committed to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner whilst balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders. In striving to be a leader in corporate citizenship and sustainable development, a corporate-level CSR Committee drives the company’s initiatives in the strategic areas of stakeholder relations, environment, health and safety, supply chain and employees. These focus areas are unified under the umbrella brand of “Sustainability”, together with Shangri-La’s core CSR projects “Embrace” and “Sanctuary”.
MACO is located fronting the Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary at the beachfront.