East Mindanao Trip

East Mindanao Discovery Journey (3)

We have changed our ISP (Web Assistance Service provider). The new a single is far better and steadier, but not however the quickest. We continue on our journey as a result of eastern Mindanao.

Initially today’s map:

On the second day we had first to go back about 13km as the highway up to Bukidnon intersects in Puerto. The highway wins altitude rapidly, winding in restricted curves. It is very good to drive driving a crawling truck. Driving quite bit by bit, you have time to search at the scenery and acquire a glance again. In between Puerto and Bugo is the pineapple canning factory of Del Monte. We could not prevent simply because of the targeted traffic and the road shoulders here are really bad. But the impression of Google Earth displays what I indicate.

Del Monte plant in Puerto
Del Monte pineapple canning plant

Soon after the initial steep 240 meters of altitude, the road flaatens and qualified prospects by means of a various hilly place. Apart from numerous and lengthy construction internet sites the street is in excellent to exceptional problem. Long straight stretches alternate with twisty crossings of valleys.

Road in Bukidnon
Great highway in Bukidnon

Because we’ll uncover the navigation capabilites of our smartphones and our tablets in the night, we drove with out navigation. For this motive we have also skipped the Del Monte Golf Club and the Dahilayan Adventure Park. As we had been informed of this, we had no want to go back again. But we will go there another time, when we will go back again to acquire espresso. Much more about espresso on the 3rd working day.
Left and appropriate of the Sayre Freeway 1 sees pineapple and banana plantations. But the large pineapple plantations of Del Monte are away from the highway.

Pinapple plantation
Pineapple plantations. The Philippines are world’s second largest pineapple producer following Brazil.

Banana plantation
A banana plantation. The fruits are packed in plastic luggage to shield against insect infestation.

The place the Old Sayre Highway satisfies the new one particular, stands a modern day developing. The individuals at the bus quit advised us that it was the Tourism Office. Inside they were about to prepare a marriage ceremony and knew nothing of a Tourism Business. It were a Comunity Corridor, reported the ladies. Fascinating are the a few meters superior figures of regular dancers in entrance of the creating.

The community hall

Dancing indigenous women
From listed here to Malaybalay the journey normally takes about 40 minutes.

Malaybalay City

The metropolis has about 180,000 inhabitants, but looks like a small town. The Bukidnon Point out University can take an crucial place alongside the main highway. The Gaisano supermarket and the enormous Jollybee can not be skipped. In Rizal Park, in the city middle, stands a huge bronze monument, or bronze painted. It shows the contract ceremony in 1877 among community princes and Spanish colonizers.

But to start with we looked for a resort. There are at the moment only 2 accommodations and a couple private lodges and guest residences. Initially we looked at the H2o Pool Micro Hotel at the end of the city. The rates ended up also superior for what was supplied. A curious depth: the staircase to the upper floor has the typical slender methods, but the hight of each individual step is 40 cm. We headed back in the city centre and decided to keep at the Pine Hills Hotel.

Pine Hills Hotel

The place with breakfast fees 2100 pesos. The place was large, with cable Television, aircon and heat water. Nonetheless, the warm water needs nearly ten minutes to arrive from the solar heated tank to the bathroom.

Prior to dinner, we then explored the town on foot. There was not much to see – a regular provincial town in the Philippines. On the way back again we have been surprised at Gaisano supermarket by a pure spectacle. It was nearly darkish and the headlights illuminated the facade of the Gaisano setting up. As we saw suddenly thousand, no ten thousand, or at minimum far more 50 thousand birds flutter in the darkening sky. All birds were looking for a location on just one of the numerous wires, which are identified to be clamped everywhere in this article over the streets. The birds sat in precisely outlined distance about every 20 cm on the wires.  Since it was way too dim for a image I include listed here an image from the Net.

Birds lined-up
I was fascinated by this spectacle. The men and women all-around us informed us that these birds would arrive every single night to this put. They phone them Maya birds. Since it was by now dark, I could only see that the breast plumage was vivid and back again was dim. Next time I go to Malaybalay, I’ll consider my SLR camera with me and wait for the birds in entrance of the Gaisano building.

The meal we relished in the hotel’s courtyard by the pool. The excellent and quantity ended up excellent.

Pine Hills Hotel
The lodge is rather well created. Sadly, as so usually in the Philippines, there is a lack of  maintenance work. The employees was really friendly, experienced fantastic understanding and gave us facts on almost all our thoughts.

Summary of Working day 2:

Landscape: Very diverse, hilly
Fascinating: Del Monte plantations, Del Monte Golfing Club, Dahilayan Adventure Park, Maya Birds in Malaybalay
Road: Primarily excellent affliction, a great deal of construction web pages, partly extremely occupied with a lot of bikes and trucks
Length: 90km
Driving time: 2.5 to 3 several hours

Tomorrow we’ll keep in Bukidnon and understand a large amount about espresso

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