The Philippines has an abundance of fruits, so if you are a fruit lover, you have many options to choose from. Besides those many of us are already familiar with, like bananas, mangos, papaya, and pineapple, many more exotic offerings are available to the adventurous travelers as well. That list includes, mangosteen, rambutan, marang, jackfruit, yellow ripe mango, tambis, santol, green mango, dalandan, durian, and lanzones, to name a few.
The Philippines is ranked 2nd globally in the production of Pineapple, 4th for bananas, and 7th globally for mango.
The Timpupo Festival is a nine-day feast held in Kidapawan in August on the island of Mindanao. “Timpupo” is a Manobo word meaning “abundant harvest”. The festival kick off with a fruit themed float parade. Three days of the festival are reserved for All-you-can-eat fruit. A 50 peso ticket ($1 usd) will buy you admission to this feast. The fruit is actually free, the 50 peso fee covers the cost of things like plates and utensils. The local government covers the cost of the actual fruit, totaling about P750,000 ($15,000 usd) each year.
The fruit stands fill a three-kilometer-long city plaza for the nine-day festival, that’s three kilometers filled with tons of a huge variety fresh fruits. The festival is an actually an event created by local government to subsidize the area farmers. For the 3-day all-you-can-eat feast, the government allots 18 tons of fruit.