Coffee fruits

East Mindanao Discovery Vacation (4) – Bukidnon/Davao

Today we obtained up early. The very first purpose was at quite limited length, only 7.5km from the lodge. We wished to stop by the  “Monastery of the Transfiguration”. The monastery and its environment is also interesting  for non-Catholics. For the reason that the junction to the monastery is not easily obvious, I have inserted a map. GPS Waypoint of the junction: N 08 06.361 ‘ – E 125 07.719’

Monastery of the Transfiguration

The concrete street initially passes by younger espresso plantations, and then reaches the outdated, primary monastery (on the map, the lower Monastery).


The shrubs remaining and right of the route are Robusta nd Arabica espresso. The monastery has grow to be regarded almost everywhere in the Philippines by its “Monks Blend” coffee.


Unripe fruits whose roasted and floor stones we adore so much to consume.


The entrance to the old monastery with an initial pack of “Monks’ Blend”. We have bunkered 10kg  coffee in the monastery’s reward store.
Below the mobile phone number to get coffee:


Then we ongoing our way to the new monastery. The highway is becoming concreted at this second.

At the new monastery, the architecture of the church is quite exciting. This church is regarded significantly outside of the country’s borders. The structure arrives from Leandro Locsin.


The quadrangular pyramid stands on 24 leaning concrete pillars.


In the center of the pyramid is a massive boulder that serves as an altar.


And but a funny depth. We had been wearing shorts and shirts. The guards at the entrance gave us saggy cloths, which we experienced to wrap all-around our legs like skirts.


On Highway we then purchased 3 Arabica and 3 Robusta seedlings for 15 pesos each individual. We hope to roast and grind our own coffe around 2020. In the nursery we also identified the plant of our favored fruit, the Dragon Fruit. Our own kinds, drawn from seeds, have developed only about 8cm in the initially yr. For that reason, we have purchased a pretty significant specimen for 80 pesos.

Aside from coffee, pineapples and bananas a great deal of corn is planted in the hilly area.

On the Sayre Highway we ongoing to 24km further more south to Valencia. Valencia! Whilst I primarily drove straight on the very well-managed highway, my ideas wandered to the aged metropolis of Valencia on the Mediterranean coastline.


Even so, I was extremely rudely awakened from my reverie when we arrived in this typical American provincial city.


To give this perception a culinary observe, we experienced our lunch at Mc Donalds.

I have split the 3rd working day into two parts, as or else this report would turn out to be too prolonged. The second component will bring us on the very same day from Valencia to Davao.

Summary of Working day 3 – Section 1:


Landscape: hilly beginning, then increasingly flat, mountains on the horizon
Really worth viewing: the “Monastery of the Transfiguration”, coffee plantations
Street: Good affliction, no construction, standard blended traffic
Distance: 27km
Driving time: 30 – 40 minutes

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