June 14, 2019
Densely forested mountains, sloping terrains, a vast countryside with pineapple and banana plantations and orchards. This is the province of Bukidnon!
Nestled within the center of the country’s second largest island is the land touted as the “Food Basket of Mindanao.” Not only is nature abundant in this landlocked beauty but also the rich culture of indigenous tribes as well as a slew of activities for thrill-seekers and vacationers looking for an idyllic respite away from the crowded tourist spots.
Best time of the year
Kaamulan Festival takes place from mid-February until March 10. An ethnic cultural festival held in Malaybalay City, the festival celebrates the tradition and culture of the province’s tribes namely, the Bukidnon, Higaonon, Talaandig, Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon and Umayamnon.
Started in 1974, it soon became a regional festival of Northern Mindanao. Every year, the municipalities represent the seven tribes in a lavishly colorful street dancing competition. The month-long celebration opens with a tribal ritual and culminates with tribal music and dance that depict scenes from authentic Bukidnon folk tales.
Besides the vast countryside, the Dahilayan Adventure and Forest Park with its cold weather perfectly complemented by lush pine trees offers lodging and family-friendly activities like zipline, ropes courses, boot camps and drop zones.
Adrenaline junkies can also head over to Kampo Juan, a nine-hectare eco-adventure park located in the municipality of Manolo Fortich and experience the Philippines’ first anicycle as well as zipline rides, rappelling and paramotoring.
Other options are glamour-camping and horseback riding at Montesclaros Farm in Valencia.
Surrounded by deep ravines, thickly forested terrains, farms and vast pineapple and banana plantations, visitors can immerse themselves in the local culture through physical activities such as planting, harvesting and sampling crops.
At Atugan Farms, tourists can see how hinabol, a traditional Higaonon fabric, are woven made from abaca fibers.
These activities are enriching and entertaining, while it provides sustainable earnings for farmers and the local community.
To rejuvenate the mind, body and spirits, there is the Benedictine Monastery of Transfiguration. Located in the capital city, the monastery is a peaceful haven for the city-weary souls. Curiously, it is also the home of Monk’s Blend Premium Coffee and Monk’s Peanut Butter, world-class products that have found their way to Manila’s high-end supermarkets.
To complete the whole Bukidnon experience, get a taste of the province’s delicacies by taking bites of the world’s sweetest pineapples. Another must-taste is binaki — ground corn with powdered milk, baking powder and sugar boiled in corn husks.
The best air entry point to Bukidnon is from Cagayan De Oro (CDO) through Laguindingan Airport, while the Davao International Airport remains an option.
Sea transport includes ferries offered by Superferry, 2Go, Trans Asia Shipping Lines and Sulpicio Lines.
Once in CDO, head to the Agora Bus Terminal in Lapasan and take the red Rural Transit Mindanao Inc. (RTMI) bus going to Bukidnon or hire a van or taxi for convenience.
To discover more about this beautiful gem in Northern Mindanao, visit www.visitregion10.com or contact the Department of Tourism in Northern Mindanao (DOT-Region 10).
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