When we read or hear about Man-made Forests, the first thing that pops out into our heads is the famous Man-Made Forest of Bohol.
Not too many people, even the Cebuanos, know Cebu has its own Man-Made Forest in the town of Minglanilla, Southern Cebu. It surely is not a rip-off of Bohol’s, as it has been around for over 100 years now since January 13, 1916 (the OLDEST in the country!) and has not really been marketed as a tourist attraction.
Cebu’s Man-Made Forest is also called as the Osmena Reforestation Project (ORP), as it continually restores and preserves the forest after experiencing harsh damages from quarrying and mining activities long ago. It is an experimental forest station that covers 2,710 hectares and now a home of many species of trees, plants, birds and insects.
Recently, the Cebu Provincial Tourism Office (PTO) announced its plans to make Campo 7, Minglanilla as a nature trek destination and develop the forest as a weekend getaway.
Established in 1916, the project used to be known as the Talisay-Minglanilla Reforestation Project. It was initiated by the late president Sergio Osmeña Sr. In 1937, President Manuel Quezon renamed the site and proclaimed it a forest reserve back.
How to get there?
Exact location: Campo 7, Minglanilla, Southern Cebu — approx. 1 hour away from the city.
There are two (2) routes or options to take:
If you’re commuting, from the highway or CIT University or Punta Princesa, take any jeepney or multicab going to Tabunok/Minglanilla/Naga. Ask the driver or conductor first if it will pass by Tabunok. Disembark at Tabunok overpass. P8-15 fare.
From there, walk a little under the overpass near Rose Pharmacy until you see a lot of tricycles and motorbikes / habal-habal. Inform the driver you’re going to Camp 7 Man-made Forest. Fare is P40-50 per person (one-way). Travel time (habal-habal) is approx. 30 minutes.
From the South Bus Terminal, ride any bus going to Toledo — fare is ₱40-50 per person. Ask the konduktor to stop over at “Eskina Landing” with the landmarks of Don Andres Soriano National High School. You will automatically see a lot of motorcycle riders/drivers. Ask to the habal-habal drivers to take you to Camp 7 Clonal Nursery Building — fare is ₱30 per person.
If you’re bringing your own vehicle, simply navigate with Waze or Google Maps and search for “Camp 7 Minglanilla”.