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Bukidnon Travel Guide

Itinerary, Things to do, How to get there and more

Located at the center of Mindanao Island and occupying a wide plateau, Bukidnon is a landlocked province and the third largest province in the Philippines in terms of land area. It is made up of 20 municipalities and 2 component cities, with Malaybalay as its capital. The name “Bukidnon” means “mountain dweller” or “highlander”. Labelled as Mindanao Region’s “Food Basket”, the province is a major producer of rice, corn, sugar, banana, pineapple and other fruits and vegetables. The province is home to the 2nd highest mountain in the country, the Mt. Dulang-dulang situated in Kitanglad Mountain Range, a mountain range that dominates the northern central portion of the province. There are 7 indigenous tribes in the province, with each tribe’s name taken from the rivers or watershed areas they inhabited. Majority of the people living in Bukidnon are Cebuano, hence the common language of the region is Cebuano.

Where to go in Bukidnon

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Alalum Falls

City Of Valencia, Bukidnon, Northern Mindanao, 8709, Philippines

Badiang Spring

City Of Valencia, Bukidnon, Northern Mindanao, 8709, Philippines

Camp Fabia Chapel

Diklom Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, Northern Mindanao, 8703, Philippines

Carmelite Monastery

Pal-ing | Kalasungay City Of Malaybalay (capital), Bukidnon, Northern Mindanao, 8700, Philippines

Cawayanon Church

Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, Northern Mindanao, 8703, Philippines

Dahilayan Adventure Park

Brgy. Dahilayan Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, Northern Mindanao, 8703, Philippines

How to Get Here

Getting Here
While there are several airstrips, there are no direct commercial flights to Bukidnon. There is no seaports either as the province is a landlocked one. Bukidnon is accessible by land transportation from the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Davao; moreover, there are alternative roads from the cities of Butuan, Iligan, Cotabato and from the Lanao province.

A flight to Cagayan de Oro or Davao City is the easiest way to reach this progressive province in Mindanao.

By land:
Via CDO: From CDO, ride a Super 5 or Rural Transit Mindanao Inc. (RTMI) bus headed to Valencia or Davao. Bus fare from CDO to Malaybalay City is Php 200.00 and takes around two and a half hours of travel. There are vans and taxis as well that can be rented in going to Malaybalay City proper. A taxi rental fare is Php 3,000.00 and accommodates 4 passengers.

Via Davao: From Davao City, the capital city of Bukidnon can be reach by buses bound for CDO. Buses depart hourly and fare is Php 350.00 with a travel time of 3-4 hours via Salawagan Quezon.

By sea: Sea transportation to Bukidnon is done through its nearest port, the Port of Cagayan de Oro City and from then, land travel follows to reach the different cities and towns of Bukidnon.
Getting Here
Getting Around
Within the two cities of the province, there are multicabs and ‘motorelas’ as the main modes of transportation. Buses also abound that ply along the major roads of the province. Within smaller towns, a ‘habal-habal’ or motorcycle is the means to get around the province.

Accommodation
Bed & Breakfast starts at Php 390.00
Inn and hostel starts at Php 900.00
Hotel starts at Php 1,200.00

Food
Php100.00 – Php 250.00 per meal

Tourist attraction entrance fee
Starts at Php 20.00

Average price per day
Php 1,800.00 – Php 2,500.00

Popular Food

A popular delicacy in Northern Mindanao, binaki is a sweet dessert that originated in Bukidnon. It is a homemade steamed cake made from young corn which is grated and mixed with powdered milk, sugar and water and then wrapped in corn husks.

(c) @natsbang / instagram.com

Home to numerous plantations of pineapple and other tropical fruits, Bukidnon boasts of the finest and sweetest pineapples in the country. Desserts are usually pineapple-based like pie, jam, tart and other baked products now slowly gaining popularity in other parts of Northern Mindanao.

(c) @iamdodongjanjan / instagram.com

A local dish usually eaten by the cowboys of Impasugong, lagpang is a soup dish made from barbecued native chicken, onions and ginger and boiled until the chicken is tender.

(c) @pamjunsay111 / instagram.com

Best Time to Go

BEST TIME TO GO
Bukidnon is a place for intrepid travelers, those who want to gear away from the typical tourist destinations. Every middle of February to March, a famous ethnic cultural festival called “Kaamulan Festival” is held in Malaybalay City that drives hundreds of visitors to the province. The festival is one reason to go and visit this multicultural province.

Bukidnon has a relatively good weather all year-round because the province is rarely visited by typhoon and offers a cool climate because of its altitude that is comparable to Baguio City. Bring ample amount of cash as ATM machines are only in town centers like Malaybalay City, Valencia City and Manolo Fortich.

What to Do

Chase waterfalls
A place with many mountains, expect a number of beautiful waterfalls in Bukidnon. The CEDAR or Center for Ecological Development and Recreational is a park that has three waterfalls that can be visited in a day.
Visit the pineapple farm
With a moderately cool and moist climate all throughout the year, Bukidnon is home to vast pineapple and fruit farms. The plantation is a beautiful place with a lovely landscape and scenic views perfect for a day of wonderful experience.
Experience being a cowboy
Impasugong is said to be the “home of the finest cowboys” in the Philippines and one can join rodeo activities during the month of September when the Impasugong Rodeo Festival is held. So never missed the opportunity to put on your cowboy hats, long sleeves shirts, and boots and yell “hee-yah!”
Climb a mountain
Bukidnon has some of the country’s highest peaks waiting to conquer; but if you don’t have abundant time for this, a day climb in the province’s easy hike mountains can compensate for this activity.

Estimated Costs

Estimated Cost per Person
Getting Around
Within the two cities of the province, there are multicabs and ‘motorelas’ as the main modes of transportation. Buses also abound that ply along the major roads of the province. Within smaller towns, a ‘habal-habal’ or motorcycle is the means to get around the province.

Accommodation
Bed & Breakfast starts at Php 390.00
Inn and hostel starts at Php 900.00
Hotel starts at Php 1,200.00

Food
Php100.00 – Php 250.00 per meal

Tourist attraction entrance fee
Starts at Php 20.00

Average price per day
Php 1,800.00 – Php 2,500.00

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