There are Chinese Jars and Vigan burnay all over the Montegelo Agro-tourism Center. They don’t belong
there. They don’t accessorize the landscape, they distract. But that is the only thing you can complain about this beautiful place. That, and the crappy service from ill-trained staff.
But you are willing to forgive the jars, and try your best to ignore the inefficient reception and hotel staff. Because the floral gardens are breathtaking.The river is simply awe-inspiring. The pool is refreshing. And everything else is a delight.
This is a hidden valley that looks and feels like a secret garden. Yeah, just like in the movies. The
owner, Dr. Obrero (who used to work in the Research Department of Philippine Packing Corporation ) has
developed several varities of bromeliads which are reasons enough to come. I am not sure if he did a
specie count, but I am sure it must be hundreds.
The pool has the look and the feel of a natural spring, which matches the forest right above it, and
the river the flows by its side.
The cost is expensive, and the locals are sure to be turned off. P100 per person as entrance fee, and the
P150 per person for lunch might be okay for a couple. But for a family of ten, that is preposterous.
The hotel rooms are probably the most expensive in the Bukidnon, which should be worth it if not for the
frowning service crew who don’t know how to smile.
But then again, there are places like the grotto and the waterfalls where no frowning staff will disturb
you. Here in Montegelo, they leave you alone. Maybe that is for the best.
Besides, the Del MOnte Golf Club is practically just across the street.
How to go there:
From Cagayan de Oro, take a bus going to Malaybalay. Stop at the gate of Obrero just few kilometers before
the town proper of Manolo Fortich. You won’t miss it.