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Bask in the beauty of Bukidnon

More than being the “food basket of Mindanao,” Bukidnon offers a mix of exciting activities and rich culture set amidst its vast picturesque countryside, densely forested mountains, and sloping terrains. 

Bask in the beauty of Bukidnon
The Benedictine Monastery of Transfiguration, a peaceful haven for city-weary souls, is home to Monk's Blend Premium Coffee and Monk's Peanut Butter. 
Perhaps unknown to many, the landlocked province is a destination for both thrill-seekers hungry for adventure and vacationers looking for an idyllic respite. 

When to go

The perfect time to visit is during the Kaamulan Festival which takes place from mid-February until March 10. An ethnic cultural festival held in Malaybalay City, it celebrates the tradition and culture of the province’s tribes namely the Bukidnon, Higaonon, Talaandig, Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon, and Umayamnon. 

The festival started in 1974 and soon became a regional festival of Northern Mindanao. Every year, the municipalities of the province represent the seven tribes in a lavishly colorful street dancing competition. 

The highlight of the month-long celebration opens with a tribal ritual marking the start of the festivities and culminates with tribal music and dance that depict scenes from authentic Bukidnon folk tales. 

What to do

Head to Dahilayan Adventure Park and Dahilayan Forest Park and bask in its cold weather perfectly complemented by lush pine trees. It also offers lodging and family-friendly activities like zipline, ropes courses, boot camps, drop zones, and many more. 

Adrenaline junkies can also head over to Kampo Juan, a nine-hectare eco-adventure park located in the municipality of Manolo Fortich. Visitors can experience the Philippines’ first anicycle, as well as zipline rides, rappelling, and paramotoring. 

Those looking for a different kind of adventure can enjoy the stunning nature while glamour-camping and horseback riding at Montesclaros Farm in Valencia. 

Bask in the beauty of Bukidnon
CULTURE AND NATURE. Bukidnon is a destination filled with colorful traditions, nature, and exciting adventures. The Kaamulan Festival celebrates the tradition and culture of the province's seven tribes (first and second photos); The Dahilayan Adventure Park offers a variety of thrilling activities (third and fourth photos).
Bukidnon is also known for agricultural tourism. Surrounded by deep ravines, thickly forested terrains, farms, and vast pineapple and banana plantations, tourists can immerse themselves in the local culture through physical activities such as planting, harvesting, and sampling crops.

Tourists can also check out Atugan Farms and see how Hinabol, a traditional Higaonon fabric, are woven from abaca fibers. These enriching activities provide sustainable earnings for farmers and the local community.  

After a series of physical activities, tourists can rejuvenate their minds, bodies, and spirits at 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.

Of course, any tour is never complete without trying out the local delicacies. Complete the whole Bukidnon experience by tasting the world’s sweetest pineapples found right here. Another must-taste is binaki—ground corn with powdered milk, baking powder, and sugar boiled in corn husks. 

How to get there

The best air entry point to Bukidnon is from Cagayan De Oro through Laguindingan Airport. The Davao International Airport is also 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. Tourists may also rent a van or a taxi for convenience.

Bask in the beauty of Bukidnon
Enjoy the view of Bukidnon from a zipline. 
Go to www.visitregion10.com for more information.

Topics: Bukidnon , Dahilayan Adventure Park , Dahilayan Forest Park , Montesclaros Farm
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