Touring historical past, tradition, nature, and journey in Manolo Fortich

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – The city of Manolo Fortich in Bukidnon is famend for the huge Del Monte plantation, however there’s extra to this upland city than its pineapples.

Named in honor of Don Manolo Fortich, who served as the primary governor of Bukidnon from 1902-1914, the city was initially often called Maluko. 

Manolo Fortich, the primary Bukidnon city from japanese Cagayan de Oro, is known in World Warfare II historical past for the Del Monte airfield the place United States Military Forces within the Far East (USAFFE) commander Normal Douglas MacArthur and Philippine Commonwealth president Manuel L. Quezon escaped in March 1942 to Australia aboard B-17 bombers.

Historic city

Apart from the Del Monte Airfield, the city has different locations and artifacts that witnessed World Warfare II, mentioned tour information Gina Cuerdo-Amador, who runs La Montana Excursions and Vans.

The historic locations embody a Nineteen Thirties classic artesian properly the place US troopers drew water in the course of the conflict, the Mangima Heroes Shrine overlooking an previous bridge the place Filipino guerrillas led by Captain Ramon Onahon ambushed a Japanese Military column, and a Might 8, 1942 Japanese headstone devoted to the Kaji Battalion.

OLD BUILDING. The 1926 municipal constructing of Manolo Fortich, as soon as the middle of actions of the previous city, nonetheless stands. (Courtesy of the Manolo Fortich LGU)

Within the village of Tankulan stands the 1926 municipal constructing which served as Manolo Fortich’s middle of actions till 2006. 

On this identical space is the Manolo Fortich city plaza the place the classic artesian properly and Japanese headstone marker.

There, the native authorities constructed its new municipal constructing {and gymnasium}. 

Individuals who cease to fuel up in the realm usually find yourself attempting out the mouth-watering do-it-yourself durian ice cream at Riley’s.


Manolo Fortich is healthier recognized with youthful vacationers, particularly the adrenaline junkies.

Considered one of the Bukidnon city’s fashionable locations is the village of Dahilayan the place the Paras siblings established their profitable tourism-oriented enterprises.

The Dahilayan Journey Park, for one, boasts of getting the longest twin zipline in all of Asia, and the licensed adrenaline-inducing Dropzone (not for the faint-hearted, people!), Python Zip, Sky Soar, Flying Lizard, Ropes Course, and Mountain Racer, amongst many others. 

DROP. Adrenaline junkies strive out the Dropzone on the Dahilayan Journey Park in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. (Courtesy of the Dahilayan Journey Park)

The Swiss Chalet-themed Pinegrove Mountain Lodge; the Dahilayan Forest Park Resort, which affords Instagrammable corners and distinctive rides just like the Luge, River Bump, Hanging Bridge, Rainbow Slide, Treetop Journey, ATV and Horseback Rides; the western-themed Saddle Ridge Camp; and Dahilayan Gardens and Resort all add to the last word eco-tourism journey.

Pure sights

Moreover its historic, cultural, and journey sights, Manolo Fortich can also be blessed with an abundance of pure sights just like the Kahulugan Falls and the close by Pines Tavern in Barangay Lindaban.

It additionally has The Stone Home and Tuminugan Farm in Kalugmanan village which was a grazing land 50 years in the past however is now a flourishing homestead the place one can find out about nature and local weather change, and learn how to overcome its hostile results – one tree at a time.

FOR NATURE LOVERS. The Tuminugan Farm in Kalugmanan is now a flourishing homestead the place vacationers study extra about nature and local weather change. (Courtesy of Tuminugan Farm)

Close by is Saint Joseph View Deck, additionally in Tankulan, the Sumalsag Cave (which is nice for spelunking!), and the Tagoloan Canyon in Barangay Santo Niño the place vacationers can have a panoramic view of the Tagoloan River weaving its means across the ends of the Bukidnon plateaus towards the ocean. Getting there is unquestionably definitely worth the lengthy and tough drive.

One other scenic spot in Manolo Fortich is Lawis Canyon in Barangay Lunocan the place a sturdy view deck affords an equally superior view of the identical river delta and two waterfalls.

However maybe essentially the most fashionable is the Mangima Canyon the place Bukidnon’s Sayre Freeway cuts throughout the center. Now dubbed Mangima Resort and Bike Park, it hosts a sequence of annual sporting occasions.

Mindanao-based Canadian Kyle Jennerman, who’s behind the fashionable vlog Changing into Filipino, christened Mangima because the “The Grand Canyon of the Philippines” given its gorges and cliffs which are as deep and excessive as 420 meters.

CANYON VIEW. One good drone shot of the Magima Canyon. (Courtesy of Kyle Jennerman, ‘Changing into Filipino’ vlog)
Manufacturers and homestays

Those that favor to have a windshield tour can strive the Manolo Fortich Essential Loop Day Tour being championed by La Montaña Excursions and Vans.

The tour begins at SLERS Nation Café in Barangay Alae which showcases one in every of Manolo Fortich and Cagayan de Oro’s iconic manufacturers – the pasalubong merchandise SLERS Christmas ham.

One other institution, the Lamplighter Café, serves as a present window for coffee-making machines whereas providing a full restaurant menu.

Barangay Damilag’s 14-15 Café, named after the birthdates of the house owners’ youngsters, is the go-to espresso store cum tea home, or ready space for these anticipating dad and mom or guardians of college students coming from a college round the corner.

Damilag’s first comfort retailer and full-service lodge, BCC Mart and Resort, has rooms that cater to {couples} and small households. 

For individuals who favor a extra private contact, Cherry Blossoms Café and Homestay is simply a couple of meters from the fundamental highway. It’s run by a woman who determined to make the leap and switch her and her sister’s homes into rooms for lease.

Like an American suburb

The following cease is Camp Phillips in Barangay Agusan Canyon. Referred to as “Packing” or “Campo Dose” to long-time residents, it’s the fundamental workers’ quarters of Del Monte Philippines Integrated (DMPI). The neighborhood doesn’t appear like it’s within the Philippines – it’s characterised by quaint bungalows paying homage to a typical American suburb.

Throughout Camp Phillips is the Del Monte pineapple plantation, one in every of the biggest on this planet and the largest within the Far East. It’s the place the large meals processing firm sources its canned pineapple fruit and juice, and different merchandise distributed worldwide.

Additional on in Santo Niño is the Kampo Juan Eco-Journey Park, and The Heritage Home, transferred from Luzon and filled with a lifetime of collectibles and memorabilia of the Acostas, one in every of Bukidnon’s political households. It’s not precisely a museum, nevertheless it positive seems like one.

Previous golf course

In Barangay San Miguel, one in every of the city’s most well-known sights is, in fact, the Del Monte Golf Membership. 

The third-oldest golf course within the Philippines, it was constructed as a leisure membership for the primary American managers of the Philippine Packing Company, now Del Monte.

The primary 9 holes, now designated the again 9, had been designed and constructed by Peter Crawford, a well-known basketball participant, in 1928. 

The opposite 9 holes, now designated the entrance 9, had been designed post-war by Celestino Tugot, the primary Filipino pro-golfer, who honed his swings and earned his handicap in Manolo Fortich.

Close by is the Our Woman of Perpetual Assist Shrine which was additionally constructed by Tugot close to his dwelling as his means of celebrating his rise to fame.

For fiesta revelers, one of the best time to go to Manolo Fortich is Might 1, as a result of of the Banog-Banog Competition to focus on its being “The Philippine Eagle Sanctuary of Northern Mindanao.” –



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