There are no malls or entertainment centers in Camp Phillips – the nearest ones are an hour away in Cagayan de Oro City. This is not an issue for the locals here, thank you. We find ways of having fun without spending too much, and without too much damage to the environment.

When a few of our batchmates decided to gather together to celebrate the short summer, Ondoy Paluga knew the right place – a poultry farm in Dicklum fifteen minutes away. Ondoy owns a rice farm there (Troy Tabanas’s land is just a horseback away), so he is friends with his neighbors – Boyax and Joy.

batch 83 summer getaway

This farm has everything we needed: a garden gazebo; a grill; a place for fire; flower gardens, great horses; a durian plantation; and plenty of chicken for cooking.

an English country gazebo right there in Diclum, Manolo Fortich

There is a cultural marker nearby – a landing strip for American soldiers during the second World War.

the historical marker

Despite the poultry farm, the air is fresh. Boyax and Joy are so accommodating. The horses are friendly. The durian is divine. The brown rice and grilled chicken were cooked to perfection. The beer was reasonably cold. The stories did not run out.

We didn’t want to leave, so we stayed up until late in the evening, with promises of coming back.

night time at the gazebo


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