Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Polomolok...land of pineapples, coffee and prayer


In the south-western tip of Mindanao between Gensan and Tupi lies Polomolok. A booming little town known as the home of multinational giant, Dole Philippines. Its pineapple plantation which spans around 12,000 hectares is the largest pineapple plantation in the world. You'll know you're flying over Polomolok when you see the landscaped hills looming below as you peek in your airplane window.




Polomolok is a 1st class municipality under the province of South Cotabato. It is situated on the base of the majestic Mt. Matutum, home of the musang or the civet cat. Now you might be wondering, what is so important about the so called "musang" that is worth mentioning. Well, if you are familiar with the coffee "Alamid" it is said that these wild cats eat only the finest coffee cherries..and the expensive and much coveted coffee beans is an outcome of their now precious poop..hehe. Bless the locals in Mt. Matutum for doing the gruesome job of searching for these beans in the civet cat's poop that we have the aromatic and robust coffee Alamid to serve to our guests.


One can catch the grandiose Mt. Matutum on the clubhouse of Dole Kalsangi, an exclusive residential village for the company's top brass. Its streets are lined with Norfolk pine trees, macademia nut trees and other greens and foliage which according to some are brought to Polomolok by Dole expats straight from Hawaii. The well paved roads and log houses in Kalsangi remind one of American establishments in Subic or in Baguio. First timers might be surprised to see a place such as Kalsangi in the midst of the pineapple plantations..but mind you, if you are not from here Kalsangi might be a bit tricky to find. It is afterall in a hidden and well secured area owing to the fact of course that its inhabitants belong to the company's top executives and expats. It is rumored that even the country's presidents and their staff going back to President Marcos' time all stayed in Kalsangi inconspicuously whenever they are in Mindanao.  Also in the area is a premiere 9-hole golf course and clubhouse serving the yummiest burger and steaks in Polomolok.


Also in the foot of Mt. Matutum in Landan is the Trappistine Monastery of Our Lady of  Matutum. It is home to the Cisterian Nuns more popularly called "Trappistines" which supports themselves selling religious artifacts, prayer books, postcards as well as pastries. (Try their rum balls--truly heavenly!) The monastery church is open to the public every Sundays for the 10AM mass.


Polomolok still has a lot to offer in terms of sights and places to visit. I know so because it has been my home for the past ten years (and still counting) now. It is also known as "Poland" or Polomolok-land to locals here who are now living in manila. So if you happen to meet someone who says they live in Poland in the southern part of mindanao, it is Polomolok nonetheless :) Hope you come visit my Polomolok one of these days..and you will come to know and appreciate for yourself what a beautiful town it truly is. 

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

nice one!

Jane Sensano said...

hi lynette! this is a good blog on polomolok and kalsangi. people from the metro often wonder if we have modern transport and telecommunications in Poland. i say, we do and more. keep on posting!

lynette g. said...

@Anonymous #1: thanks for viewing my blog! i wish you could tell me your name/nic so i can address you properly :)

@Jane..hi dearie..hay i have the same prob with my friends in manila..hence the blogs :) dont worry once i got the hang of these..more blogs about polomolok to show to our friends there. :)

Anonymous said...

beautiful Polomolok..nice!

lynette g. said...

@Anonymous #2:thanks for viewing my blog!

Lynne Munsayac said...

This is so beautiful nette and omar, brilliantly done. This definitely showcases the real beauty of our country. It makes me want to go to Philippines and visit your place.
I support your blog.
WOW Philippines

lynette g. said...

salamat lyn! so what are you waiting for? come visit us in Polomolok na! :)

rommel said...

i miss kalsangi (where i grew up, literally) from birth til about 10 years ago...hopefully will see it again in a few months time, thanks for this...regards n ingats.

lynette g. said...

im glad you liked it rommel. visit every so often for more posts :)

kitte said...

hi lynette and omar! thanks for doing this. you guys are great! it makes me want to go back and eat cheese burger, french fries (real ones) and kropek! hehe! even though my parents moved to tarlac, our home will always be polomolok.
more pics pls... :)

lynette g. said...

hi kitte! thanks for viewing! im glad you loved it. dont worry i'll feature kalsangi on future blogs. visit every so often...

Anonymous said...

I get paranoid everytime I go visit a pineapple plantation. I feel like somebody's watching me. LOL.

Reggie

lynette g. said...

thanks for reading kuya reg! come visit us one time..dalhan kita sleeping bag dun ka mtulog sa pinyahan para maconquer mo fears mo hehehe.

Anonymous said...

missed the place so much, having spent more than half of my lifetime there. only one regret, i never had a chance to shoot the place like omar does while i was still there. thanks for the memories.

lynette g. said...

thanks..glad you liked it :) you can always come back and shoot the place.shoot and brag that you once lived in a beautiful place like this.

iam_gemz08 said...

Hi, Please post your photo and discovery of POLOMOLOK at Choose Philippines Website. I'm also posted there some of my photos and created an account there. I like your creativity for sharing your wonderful photo. By the way I'm gemz currently living in Poland, hehe! I mean Polomolok pala. Daghang Salamat, See you there kababayan!

Anonymous said...

I too missed the place. I grew up camping in the middle of these pineapple fields. You have captured it so beautifully...I can't wait to be back!

lynette g. said...

hi iam_gemz08. thanks for visiting our site. but you didn't give us the link to the choose phils website. :)

aumbrey said...

Hi...I want to go inpolomolok im interested sa civet coffee...how can I go there I plan to go there this coming July 2012...any one can help and guide me...I want to see the beautiful place in polonolok like my friends told me...email me xtremeshoppe@gmail.com.....and what hotel near to stay in polomolok...im excited!

lynette g pinaytravelogue said...

Hi ms aumbrey,

Its good to know that you have friends who've been here. :) You can try Tropiland View Apartelle(083-5002088) at Ligtas Subdivision, Polomolok South Cotabato. or you could just stay at any of the hotels in Gensan since Polomolok is just 14kms or 30mins away from Gensan. Enjoy your stay here at Polomolok! :)

Anonymous said...

been to south cotabato twice already, and i havent gone inside dole.i was told that you need to know someone from inside to ge there?

id love if u could refer me to someone. im flying there again next month to attend tiboli festival, with some friends who are from surallah but dont know any contact for dole

lynette g pinaytravelogue said...

Hi, sorry, can't really help you in that area. :) Baka you have friends in South Cotabato who knows someone from Dolefil. Enjoy your stay in South Cotabato.

Anonymous said...

hi. i was in gen san, koronadal and lake sebu last january with my husband. but missed this beautiful place. i guess, there's a reason now to go back there ;-)

lynette g pinaytravelogue said...

yes you did. Come visit Polomolok on your next visit! :)