Bukidnon is considered to be the food basket in Mindanao and is a home to the finest and sweetest pineapple in the country. It is a major producer of rice, corn and pineapple among others. Not only that, it is also the home of numerous plantations such as Del Monte, Lapanday Diversified Products Corporation and Dole Philippines, which are engaged in pineapple, banana plantation among other tropical fruits.
Camp Phillips is a community situated in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. It is also where the Del Monte Pineapple Plantation is located. It has a vast field of pineapples covering around 9000 hectares of land. A wide area of the place is planted with pineapples that stretch from horizon to horizon.
Upon entering Camp Phillips, one would be able to see a big pineapple statue, a perfect spot for picture taking. One can look around the vast area without seeking any permission from Del Monte as it is open to the public. Inside Camp Phillips, one would be able to see the American style housing project built by the Americans (previous owners of Del Monte) for Del Monte employees.
While in Camp Phillips Pineapple Plantation, one can get a chance to see their manufacturing plant and buy some pineapple goodies like fresh pineapple fruits, pineapple jam, pineapple yema and a whole lot more of pineapple delicacies. They have a souvenir shop where one can buy all of these at a reasonable price. They also have a church nearby and a vast playground which kids would surely love to play around.
The climate at Camp Phillips is relatively cool and moist throughout the year. It’s a perfect getaway during summer when it’s hot and dry. It’s a beautiful place with nice landscape, scenic views, clean and peaceful environment. People in the area are friendly and accommodating.
The main area of Camp Phillips where the school, playground, production area and many houses are located is about 30-40 minutes going to Barangay Dahilayan’s Zipline and Adventure Park. Along the way, one can pick a free ripe Del Monte Pineapple at the wide green of pineapple plantation. It is an eat-it-where-you-picked-it policy to ensure no one will bring home the Del Monte Pineapples. You don’t know who is watching you, or worse sniping at you (hahaha), so don’t dare bring even just one pineapple inside your vehicle.
How to get to Camp Phillips
Camp Phillips is a 40-45 minutes drive from Cagayan de Oro City. One can reach the area either by riding a bus going to Manolo Fortich proper or take a van that goes directly to Camp Phillips for P50.00. Inside Camp Phillips there are jeepneys going to Alae for P20.00 and the ones going to Manolo Fortich proper would cost P25.00.
Never forget Camp Phillips and Del Monte Pineapple Plantation in your itinerary when visiting Bukidnon and try the sweetest and most delicious pineapple in the Philippines.