Bukidnon Travel

Manolo Fortich: Bukidnon’s Pineapple Central

By on January 5, 2012

manolo fortich - pineapple plantations

The first thing that comes to my mind when one mentions Manolo Fortich in Bukidnon, is pineapple. The cool climate, vast plateaus and fertile land have all made this municipality a perfect environment for Del Monte’s Smooth Cayenne variety. With the multinational company’s 20,000 acres of pineapple plantations, there might be more pineapples than there are humans living in Manolo Fortich.

Del Monte’s beginnings in the province could be traced back to Philippine Packing Corporation (PPC) when the Americans started an experimental plantation in the 1920s. Since then, this industry paved the way for other economic developments such as cattle raising and a busy cannery in Misamis Oriental, not only in Bukidnon but in the entire region as well.

manolo fortich - frontpage

The Americans indeed have left more than the pineapple as an enduring legacy in Manolo Fortich. One proof of this is Camp Philips which was named after Lawrence Philips, one of PPC’s pioneers. It was previously named as ‘Camp 12.’ This is among 17 the camps or housing settlements for the company’s workforce.

The Del Monte Golf Course was built in 1928 by the company’s second President, James McNeil Crawford. This is an exclusive 18-hole golf course that boasts of well-maintained grass and challenging fairways.

manolo fortich - clubhouse

For those who are not into the golf, the Del Monte Clubhouse, offers what many have claimed as the best and the meanest steaks in the Philippines. I could not confirm or refute this yet since I have only tried their burgers and refillable pineapple juice. This is something that I’d like to do someday.

manolo fortich - golfcourse

It is curious then to note how the humble pineapple has transformed the Manolo Fortich through the years. Recently, a popular zipline has become another reason why many have come to this place. But for me, it will always be the pineapples and driving through a seeming endless sea of it, that will continue to endear me to Manolo Fortich.

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    January 6, 2012

    Brennan!! Naalala ko mga kwento sa kin ni Tatay about his days diyan sa PPC… sabi niya the best daw talaga ang steak sa clubhouse.. thanks for blog.. na-inspire ako lalong pumunta sa Bukidnon.. =) keep it up!

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    January 6, 2012

    Hi May. Welcome to Baktin Corporation! 🙂

    Thank you for the kinds word. I do hope you and your brother can make it to Manolo Fortich this year.

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    July 15, 2013

    What a wonderful post. I have learnt so much from this blog.I like your blog.Thanks for the post.


Brennan Mercado
The Philippines

Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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