Bukidnon is derived from the word “Bukid”- a local word for farmland/field. In the recent years, it’s not only agriculture industry that flourished but also tourism.
It is half of Northern Mindanao, well, a little over half of it. It is the fourth largest province in the Philippines. It is landlocked with Cagayan De Oro in the north; Agusan Del Sur and Davao Del Norte in the east; North Cotabato and Davao City in the south; and Lanao in the west.
Bukidnon is blessed with majestic mountains, virgin forest, lakes and fertile grounds. Also known as the food basket of Mindanao, it is a major producer of rice, corn, vegetables and fruits- pineapple.
Dubbed as the Highland Paradise, In its grounds are four of the ten highest mountains in the country- Mt. Dulang Dulang, Mt. Kitanglad, Mt. Kalatungan and Mt. Maagnaw. A few highland resorts started to rise in popularity in the recent years.
The climate of Bukidnon is relatively cool and nippy throughout the year given the high elevation and the lush natural resources. Here’s our list of ten things to do in Bukidnon.
1. Visit Del Monte Pineapple Plantation – Growing up I associated Bukidnon to pineapples, thanks to classic Del Monte commercials. Del Monte has a vast 9,000 hectares of plantation in Bukidnon alone. A golf course was built amidst the pineapple farm and is famous for its steak.
2. Check out Benedictine Monastery of Transfiguration – This architectural marvel was built by the late National Artist Leandro Locsin. The imposing pyramid-shaped church sits on a hill amidst lush greenery. They also sell the famed Monk Blend coffee.
Photo Credits (Wikimedia Commons): Benedictine Monastery of Transfiguration by Kleomarlo
3. Have Fun at Dahilayan Adventure Park – The Park boasts it’s zip line being the longest dual zip line in Asia at 840 meters. Among other attractions are the Rope Course, Dropzone and Flying Lizard.
4. Hike Two Trees Mountain – A morning trek to the Two Trees Mountain is a great way to start the day for people visiting Malaybalay. The approximately 30-minute hike will reward travelers with commanding views of the city.
5. Explore Pitcher Plant Farm – Located in Malaybalay City, this unconventional farm grows carnivorous plants. Among the more popular varieties are Venus flytrap and Tropical Pitcher Plants. It also cultivates ornamental plants like Anthurium, Orchids, Hoya and others. They have guesthouses for tourists who want to spend overnight. And nightly concerts are held, thanks to the thousands of frogs, cicadas and other nocturnal creatures of the farm.
Photo Credits (Wikimedia Commons): Pitcher Plant by Kleomarlo
6. Buy Traditional Crafts and Garments – Arts run deep in the blood of the people of Bukidnon. Their artistry is evident in their beadworks, embroidery, patchworks and weaving. Traditionally weaved Bukidnon garments are known for its bold geometric patterns. The colors are usually mix of black, red, white and blue.
7. Attend Kaamulan Festival – An annual ethnic cultural festival in Malabalay City to celebrate the gathering of its seven tribes- Bukidnon, Higaonon, Talaandig, Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon and Umayamnon. It is said to be the only ethnic festival in the Philippines. The celebration is held every February.
Photo Credits (Wikimedia Commons): Kaamulan Festival by Kleomarlo
8. Explore Basag Caves – For spelunking fanatics, a visit to this cave in Sumilao town is a must. It has rich and well-kept stalactites and stalagmites. The presence of eight waterfalls inside the cave sets it apart from other caves in the country.
9. Marvel at Alalum Falls – It is located in the town of Sumilao. At approximately 148 feet, Alalum’s beauty can be quite imposing. It can be easily spotted from the Sayre Highway.
Photo Credits (Wikimedia Commons): Alalum Falls by Kleomarlo
10. Hike Mt. Capistrano – Since the province is endowed with some of the highest mountains in the country, hiking is a good activity for adrenaline junkies. An easy day hike in the scenic Mt. Capistano is a favorable choice if the longer trails of the higher mountains are too long for travelers.
Photo Credits (Wikimedia Commons): Mt Capistrano by SicnarfEvad
Have you been to Bukidnon? Feel free to share your tips and recommendations.