Two Trees Mountain in Malaybalay

Two Trees Mountain Malaybalay Bukidnon Provincial Park Gawad Kalinga Village Location Mountain Elevation Hiking Trail Summit Map Layout Distance Height Difficulty Trekking Climb Barangay Kilometer Two Trees Mountain is located in Malaybalay in Bukidnon Province. Located beside the Bukidnon Provincial Tree Park, Two Trees Mountain is a favorite destination of the locals. For non-mountaineers, you may take the easy trail via Gawad Kalinga Village. Upon reaching the peak, you will experience a panoramic view of Malaybalay City. The best time to visit Two Trees Mountain is in the mornings so that you can enjoy witness the sunrise and the evaporating fog, revealing the green rice fields. The fourth tallest mountain in the country, Mount Kitanglad, is also visible from Two Trees Mountain. It takes about thirty minutes to hike Two Trees Mountain. Continue reading

The Monastery of the Transfiguration in Malaybalay

Monastery Transfiguration San Jose Malaybalay Bukidnon Chapel Leandro Locsin National Artist Architecture Building Design Refuge Retreat Rental Price Lodging Hotel Meal Breakfast Lunch Visit Location The Monastery of the Transfiguration is located in San Jose, Malaybalay in Bukidnon Province. The Monastery of the Transfiguration is a modern chapel, which was designed by the late Leandro Locsin, National Artist for Architecture. It is one of his best architectural designs before he passed away. It has a distinct Mpyramid-shaped church sitting in a hill overlooking the greenery. The Monastery is a favorite place of refuge for people who want to go on a retreat. Staying at the monastery is also popular among visitors on retreat. For those who wish to stay at the monastery for retreat, it will only cost P800 for overnight stay, but it already comes with complete meals. From the highway, it takes around 5 kilometers to go to the Monastery, which is about 10 minutes travel time. Continue reading

The Lapanday Pineapple Farm in Malaybalay

Lapanday Pineapple Farm Malaybalay Bukidnon Province Harvest Season Size Estate Estrella Brand Aloha Industry Trade Import Export Contact Management Fruit Dole Facility Length Packaging Jobs History The Lapanday Pineapple Farm is located in Malaybalay in Bukidnon Province. The Lapanday Pineapple Farm is located near the city center of Malaybalay. At this facility, pineapples are harvested and packaged under the brands Estrella and Aloha. Bukidnon is considered the Pineapple Capital of the Philippines because its location has fertile land, sheltered from typhoons, and has regular rainfall, making it a good region to harvest pineapples. Continue reading

The Kaamulan Nature Park in Malaybalay

Kaamulan Nature Park Malaybalay Bukidnon Sanctuary Horseback Riding Hiking Trail Camping Tribues Bukidnon Location Higaonon History Talaandig Tour Manobo Guide Matigsalug Resort Tigwahanon Trees Info Kaamulan Nature Park is located in Malaybalay in Bukidnon Province. Reminiscent of Baguio, Kaamulan Park is a 500-hectare sanctuary where tourists can experience the colder climate, participate in horseback riding activites, or just enjoy being surrounded by pine trees and exotic flora endemic to a colder habitat. There are many tribes that live on the Kaamulan grounds, including the Bukidnon, the Higaonon, the Talaandig, the Manobo tribe, the Matigsalug, the Tigwahanon and the Umayamnon people. The term ‘Kaamulan’ comes from the tribal word “amul” which signifies “gathering”. It is during such gatherings where the differing tribes participate in a traditional ritual for becoming a Datu, a wedding ceremony, a festival of thanksgiving, during harvest season, a peace rite, or some/all of these put together. Continue reading

The Alalum Falls in Sumilao

Alalum Falls Kisolon Sumilao Bukidnon Sayre Highway Location Waterfalls Hiking Trail Water Size Swimming Length River Basin Camping Depth Stream Creek Height Distance Flow Tour Picnic Bathing History The Alalum Falls are located in Kisolon in Sumilao, Bukidnon Province. The Alalum Waterfalls is located along the Sayre Highway and about a kilometer away from the Sumilao Municipal Hall. The Alalum Falls measures 148 feet (45 meters) in height, and its water is fed by an extensive network of natural springwater, brooks and streams from the upper mountains. Its imposing grandeur can easily be seen by travelers from the highway. To get to the Alalum Waterfalls, take a bus to Bukidnon from either Cagayan de Oro or Davao, and from Malaybalay to the barangay of Kisolon. Continue reading

The Magahat Story

Magahat Story Bayawan City Pangayaw Legend Panay Negros Treachery Deceit Killing Fable Meaning Origin Cateras Spanish Missionary Tolong Bukidnon Tayawan Cabatuanan Banwahanon Scripture Superstition To the Bayawanon, the Magahat is not a strange name or a new vocabulary. Many had heard of this word from their great grandparents or the early “pangayaw” from the Island of Panay who were the pioneers of Bayawan then a melting pot of southern Negros. Many have also heard of its popular meaning and use as a derogatory address to an enemy as a magahat, one with a reproachable behavior. The word has come to be associated with treachery, deceit and killing. Magahat is popularly used, too to mean bogeyman to frighten children who sneak out from the house only to be found amid the talahib and cogon or among banana plants and bushes in the fields hunting for bird’s nests. Kids who go to nearby creeks setting up or checking the traps for a good catch of bird or fish, or climbing guava, lomboy or inyam trees as their favorite past time, are Continue reading

The Manobo Culture

ManoboThe Manobo are probably the most numerous of the ethnic groups of the Philippines in terms of the relationships and names of the various groups that belong to this family of languages. Mention has been made of the numerous subgroups that comprise the Manobo group. The total national population including the subgroups is 749,042 (NM 1994); occupying core areas from Sarangani island into the Mindanao mainland in the provinces of Agusan del Sur, Davao provinces, Bukidnon, and North and South Cotabato. The groups occupy such a wide area of distribution that localized groups have assumed the character of distinctiveness as a separate ethnic grouping such Continue reading

Malaybalay, Bukidnon

Malaybalay Bukidnon Malaybalay City, the capital and the first city in the province of Bukidnon, is located in Northern Mindanao. The City is in a landlocked area, the nearest sea and air ports being in Cagayan de Oro City, which is 91 kilometers away. Malaybalay City is located in the central part of the province. It is bounded in the east by the municipality of Cabanglasan and the Pantaron Range, which separates Bukidnon from the provinces of Agusan del Sur and Davao del Norte; on the west by the municipality of Lantapan and Mount Kitanglad; on the north by the municipality of Impasug-ong; and on the south by Valencia City and the municipality of San Fernando. The whole eastern and southeastern border adjoining Agusan del Sur and Davao del Norte is elevated and Continue reading

Kaamulan Festival in Malaybalay

Kaamulan Festival Malaybalay“Kaamulan” is from the Binukid word “amul” which means “to gather”. It is a gathering of Bukidnon tribespeople for a purpose. It can mean a datuship ritual, a wedding ceremony, a thanksgiving festival during harvest time, a peace pact, or all of these put together. Showcasing the unique indigenous culture of Bukidnon, the Kaamulan is held annually in the province, particularly in Malaybalay City, the provincial capital, from the second half of February to March 10, which latter date marks the anniversary of the creation of Bukidnon as a province in 1917. As an ethnic festival, the Kaamulan celebrates the customs and traditions of the seven tribal groups that originally inhabited the Bukidnon region, Continue reading

The Bukidnon Culture

BukidnonThe Bukidnon (Magahat, Karolano, Mangahat, Buquitnon) of Negros Oriental are different from the group of a similar name found in Mindanao which is of Manobo affinity. There are two apparent subgroupings of the Negros Bukidnon: the (1) Magahat who live along the tributaries of upper Tayaban, in the municipalities of Tanjay, Santa Catalina, Bayawan (Tolong), and Siaton; and the (2) Karol-ano in the municipality of Kabankalan. The group is dispersed in the different barangays of the municipality, principally in Kamansi, Oringao, Kabagayan, Manapla, Lumbangan, Mabuhay, and Tayasan. Continue reading