A Date With Mother Nature

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, Philippines

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040911 - A few weeks after me and my high school friends moved on from another chapter of our lives, we went out on a little road trip. It was sponsored by one of our high school friend who was set to leave for Manila to continue his studies. So it was sort-of his despedida and advance birthday celebration.
We were set to go to Dahilayan Gardens in Brgy. Dahilayan, Bukidnon. So Kelly, Charlie and I decided to wait for the van to drop by in Puerto. When the van arrived, Kelly and I had no other choice but to sit in the back seat along with four of our girl friends.

We looked and felt like canned sardines but it didn't stop us from having fun!

After thirty minutes or so, we finally arrived in Camp Philips, Bukidnon. The big-ass pineapple is their trade mark (now it has been cut though) since the pineapple plantation of Del Monte Philippines is situated here.

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When we reached the Del Monte Philippines Club House, we thought our long journey was over. Little did we know that we still have to drive through rocky roads and pass by long stretches of pineapple fields.


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Less than an hour after, we finally reached Dahilayan Gardens Resort!


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It felt soooooo damn good to get out of that van and to breathe fresh air and to move freely!


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The place was majestic! I mean, every corner of it is picture perfect!


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Some of the peeps climbing up the hill the hard way ~haha

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L - The sun room. R - Their cutie patootie gazeebo!
This place is definitely perfect for weddings and debuts. They also have a few cottages for rent and a camping ground. When I said "cottages", I don't mean the ordinary payag or kubo. Their cottages are the sosyal ones (hahaha), the ones that will make you want to stay there forever. My personal favorite is their Hydrangea Cottage. Visit their website and view their gallery! See for yourself! :)

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Behind me, there's a sneak peek of the Hydrangea Cottage.

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Beautiful pine trees! It feels a bit like Twilight haha


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Caribbean Pines Camp! Now this area feels like Wrong Turn x Twilight


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Ala The Ring! Be very afraid Mai (@chinitangpanget) and Shai!


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Aside from the picture perfect location, Dahilayan Gardens Resort also offers different fun activities such as horseback riding, water balling, jet boating and fishing. Their lagoon is filled with tilapia and if you caught one, you have the choice to either buy it or have it cooked by the restaurant staff.


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It was also my second time to ride a horse! The first time I rode one was during a youth seminar that I attended a few years ago. I didn't have pictures though :| I had to let the horse's caretaker to accompany me through the whole ride since I was still not that confident to do it on my own. While we were going through the trail, the caretaker told me a lot about horses, the resort's owner, and the usual rates if ever I'd think of renting the whole place for an event in the future.


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The ride was tiring but fun. Horse-y was an obedient one. I tried to lead him whether to the right or left and he obeyed. The challenging part was getting off the horse. I had to make sure that he wouldn't go mad while I got off him or he might kick me in the face hahaha


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Too bad I don't have a copy of the photo showing each and every one who tagged along in this trip.


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We were on the long road back home around 4 or 5pm and reached home around 6:30 or 7pm. It was an awesome experience for a first out-of-town road trip. I'm definitely going to go back to Dahilayan soon and by that time, it won't be just the gardens but the forest park too. 
'Till next time then! :)

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