Not even the latest gadget can stop the wrath of nature. Someone has to step up and take side with the environment. Located in the Earth, Wind and Sun Compound in Barangay Talamban, one can find the man who lives up to these natural elements and his contribution to nature: a 400 sq Eco-house.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers would be very proud of Engr. Nestor Archival, the owner of House of Archival and Chair of the Cebu City Government Committee on Environment. As an advocate of nature, he implements and demonstrates how environmental green living could be made possible. His Eco-house is a living proof.
The House of Archival stretches in a 7,000 sqm compound. The Archivals dedicated themselves to going green through the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle.
The area opens up with an unobtrusive wrought-iron gate and tree house nestled cozily atop is the first thing that your eyes will set upon.
|The place is a haven for vegans alike. The Archivals' lunch is just a few steps away from their doorstep--literally.|
To prove that dessert is found in the backyard, our tour guide gave us a piece of dried banana to sample their homemade treat.
|One of a few green houses they have around the place, it has an overlooking view of the surroundings.|
|Down to the useless piece of scrap, Engr. Archival knows how to make use of it. They use empty green bottles as homemade garden fence before entering another section of the property.|
We went around the place to check out the different eco-sections in the area. They have the goatery (where you can feed and pet the goats), the vermi compost beds (vermi-the bisexual worms whose job is to help convert organic wastes into nutrient-rich vermicasts aka fertilizers), carpentry (where furniture and whatnots were made using scrap materials), the mickey-mouse-shaped lagoon and two more pools filled with rainwater using a water catchment.
Water catchments were also installed in the Eco-house. The accumulated water will be used to flush the toilets, wash clothes, plates and water the plants.
Aside from their eco-focus initiatives, they also have a wall-climb and zip-line facility. Visiting groups can make a segue from the environmental lectures after the tour. One can make an appointment in advance so that a personal facilitator can assist you.
|For the thrill-seekers, the House of Archival added a 40 ft wall for wall-climbing activities and a 45m zip-line. Perfect for beginners.|
|The view on top of the wall.|
|Using Engr. Archival's knowledge in engineering and design, he used a passive heating and cooling effect to lessen the need for electricity. Hence, the installation of big and small windows and the skylight. More sunlight comes in during the day, thus, saving a few pesos in their electricity bill.|
Breeze come and go, thus giving the house a light and cool feel--thanks to the PVC pipes incorporated into the wall structure of the building.
|Shades of blue gives off a relaxing feel.|
The hotel-style comfort room didn't escape from all the artsy murals either.
|This is my favorite part of the house. The sunlight effect. Real flower vines hang above creates a nice touch.|
|The skylight. Up close and personal with the sun.|
|PVC pipes has another function aside from...err...being pipes. They make a good support for couches.|
|Nope, these are not for sale..or for drinking. Empty soda and beer cans made lovely balustrades.|
|Or can be used as decors.|
|Bullet proof tiles, why not?!|
|Cable spools were varnished and fashioned into coffee tables--which were scattered all over the place.|
|Wine for the fish--not! Empty green wine bottles decked the rainwater-filled pond at the back of the house.|
The Archivals have created a true Cebuano legacy and most importantly, teach us a valuable lesson on our own way to give back to nature: recycling. Ask yourself what you can give back to Mother Earth. You can start looking for answers in your own yard. It all starts at home.
Engr. Nestor D. Archival
Talamban, Cebu City
Phone: (032) 233 8760/ 253 2184