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The Spa TREEtment

Boracay Island Goes Green Through Mandala Spa & Villas’ Green Initiative,

The TREEtment Project’s Tree Planting Activities

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Nicole Honasan, Boracay resident and pioneer Mandala employee, now the face of the Treetment Project


Mandala Spa & Villas (MSV), in partnership with the Boracay Island Water Company (BIWC), invited volunteers to their second tree planting activity on April 28, 2010, at the Nabaoy Watershed in the Aklan Mainland, for the preservation and maintenance of the reservoir, which is the main source of water of Boracay Island.

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A. The first seedling of 3,000 planted that day
    B. Jess Marquez, Mandala Spa Operations Manager Pia Mobo and Dieter Schrottmann

The event gathered about a hundred volunteers, among them, Mandala Spa & Villas’ staff and guests, representatives from BIWC, Boracay partner establishments and residents, members of the Philippine Coast Guards, residents and officials of Barangay Nabaoy and the local government of Aklan Province and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), who spent the morning with sleeves rolled up to help reforest Boracay’s main water source, while fulfilling MSV’s pledge of planting a tree for every spa treatment and for every room night booked at the Philippines’ multi-awarded destination spa.

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Residents preparing the seedlings at the Nabaoy Watershed

On that day, 3,000 seedlings were planted by the Nabaoy River and proved to be a delightful and fulfilling experience for the volunteers, as each worked happily to root the first batch of seedlings at the watershed. MSV’s green initiative called the TREEtment Project aims to save the planet, one tree at a time, while connecting their spa guests with nature, and inspiring them to act on the earth's wellness as they do on their own. Each seedling is cared for by Barangay tanods of the Nabaoy Watershed, and by the Mandala staff in Boracay’s protected areas and government-designated reforestation sites on the Aklan province mainland.

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Mandala Spa Dieter Schrottmann (center) with Karen Neff, Tom Neff  and Cyndy Jarabata (far right) with Mandala Spa & Villas and Mandala Discovery Shores volunteers

For Jess Marquez of the Office of the Governor, “Mandala Spa's TREEtment Project is definitely a very good project and needs to be given attention and full support from the different sectors. Our province was devastated by typhoon Frank due to the degradation of our forests and other natural resources. One way of restoring our beautiful province is to plant more trees and supporting these kinds of projects.” According to Dieter Schrottmann, Mandala Spa & Villas Director who conceptualized the initiative, the inspiration for the TREEtment Project comes from their belief that “Wellness is a way of life that is intractably connected to the health of our planet. As a leader in the world of wellness and spa, we are doing our share in healing the planet and creating a better world for all through our TREEtment Project and our community outreach programs.”

As a guest so eloquently put it in a Tripadvisor review, “(Mandala is) like a nest in the middle of the forest…a place of silence, respect and peace.” The next tree planting activity is scheduled for April 28, another auspicious “Full Moon” where participants get to spend time with nature and bond with other “green” volunteers. Mandala’s goal for the year is to plant and care for 10,000 seedlings. For more information on Mandala Spa & Villas and Discovery Mandala Spa, please visit www.mandalaspa.com or email info@mandalaspa.com.

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WORD FROM THE SPONSOR

He also said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade."

Mark 4:30-32 

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