Friday, May 6, 2011

Let Me Take You to My Hometown: MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON

 
Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.  ~John Ed Pearce

In the highland province of Bukidnon lies my hometown Malaybalay City. A landlocked area surrounded by forests and mountain ranges, it is blessed with cool weather all year round. For this reason, this city in a forest has been dubbed  as the "South Summer Capital of the Philippines".
 
 D' Stable Eco Resort, more popularly known as Quadra, in Sumpong, Malaybalay City

The city proper of Malaybalay is a typical example of a small yet progressive city. Department stores, restaurants, schools, hospitals, fastfood chains and other commercial shops are built along the highway and on its interior streets. 

 The Provincial Capitol Building of Bukidnon

As the capital city of the Province of Bukidnon, the Provincial Capitol is situated in Malaybalay. The Capitol Grounds is a favorite picnic spot where families and friends usually gather during lazy weekend afternoons. Kids and adults playing football, baseball and frisbee are also common sights while the paved oval road is where runners (like me) regularly jog. 

 Kids playing football at the Capitol Grounds

Malaybalay City is also where the annual Kaamulan Festival is held from February to March. The festival gathers the seven tribal groups who are the original inhabitants of Bukidnon. Kaamulan Festival highlights include cultural display, garden show, food fest and street dancing competition.

 The Street Dancing Competition during the 2011 Kaamulan Festival

A walk downhill from the Capitol Grounds will take you to the Kaamulan Park. This is a scenic area of gently rolling hills, pine trees and green, green grasses. Here, the scent of pines and the fresh air provide a breather from the busy urban life. 

 Kaamulan Park in Malaybalay City

If you're up for more adventures, you can go trail hiking in the Bukidnon Provincial Tree Park. A narrow, sloping trail amidst a dense forest will lead you to a peak where the amazing views of mountains, farm lands as well as the whole city proper of Malaybalay can be seen.

 Overlooking view of Malaybalay City as seen at the Bukidnon Provincial Tree Park

The mountaineers' trail

Last Easter Sunday, I was among the participants of a 10K trail run held at the Bukidnon Provincial Tree Park. It was my first trail run and my hardest run so far. Yet the view at the top and the thrill of running and walking in forest and mountain trails made the experience more than worth it.

 My friend James making his way to the peak during the trail run

Amazing view of mountains and paddy fields

Simply breathtaking!

Those who are looking for a serene and quiet place ideal for reflection and soul nourishment, then a visit to the Monastery of Transfiguration is highly recommended. Sitting on top of a hill in Barangay San Jose, its tranquil environment is a surrounded by a scenic nature view. The Monastery's centerpiece is the pyramid-shaped chapel, a work of art of National Artist Leandro Locsin. Because of its picturesque setting, the Monastery of Transfiguration has become the most famous wedding place in Bukidnon.

 The Monastery of Transfiguration in San Jose, Malaybalay City


Malaybalay City indeed offers the best of both worlds, a progressive urban center that manages to preserve mother nature. Though I was not born here, I have practically live here all my life. Hence, I am always proud to call this place HOME.    

 Nasuli Spring in Bangcud, Malaybalay City

Travel Tips:

Malaybalay City can be reached by regular and airconditioned passenger buses from either Davao City or Cagayan de Oro City. Travel time is approximately 2 hours from Cagayan de Oro City and 5 hours from Davao City.

This is my entry to Pinoy Travel Bloggers' 7th Blog Carnival called “HOMETOWN”. This month's blog carnival is hosted by fellow PTB Member  Mhe-anne L. Ojeda (My Comings and Goings). Click on the Blog Carnival logo to view the previous months'entries.


   

36 comments :

  1. wow ganda pala ng malaybalay! hope i could go there one time....

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  2. @IamDP: Thanks! You're always welcome here.

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  3. You have a nice hometown Earl. Kaamulan Park reminds of Baguio and Nasuli Spring is such a nice place to unwind after a hard day's of work.

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  4. @lakwatsera:thanks claire! actually, not a few visitors compare this place to baguio. i can't confirm that, however, since di pa ako naka-punta sa baguio. with regards to nasuli spring, I have lots of memories in this place during my high school years. sad to say, the place is not properly maintained anymore.it's still worth visiting though.

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  5. It was awesome. A breathtaking sceneries that surely captivates the eyes of the Tourists upon seeing these images.

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  6. gusto ko rin magpunta dito ....im enjoying reading all of the people who participated sa blog carnival ... May araw ka din sa akin Bukidnon

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  7. 2 hours lang pala from CDO. Camiguin tapos eto. ayos na ang itinerary ko. nagshoshoot nga ngayon sa bukidnon mga artista now eh. very impressive.

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  8. @chino & pinoy boy journals: thanks! come & visit bukidnon.i'm sure you won't regret it.yes, nag-shoot na dito sa bukidnon sina angel locsin at piolo pascual and recently sam milby and kc concepcion.

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  9. Thanks for sharing this with us. I really love the shots, especially the Kaamulan Malaybalay. I wish I could visit there someday.

    Cagayan de Oro News

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  10. i am 30 mins away from here.. and i never thought its this beautiful... been here many times but i always look at it as normal or regular. Now this blog changed my view of this wonderful city! ----Arcelle Tadena

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  11. I've been there just once (it's my father's home town) and I didn't realize it is so beautiful. Hope to go back someday!

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  12. @akiko: thanks also for appreciating this post. you can visit Malaybalay during the months of February and March to experience the Kaamulan Festival.
    @arcelle: Sometimes, the things we see on a regular basis become so ordinary that we fail to appreciate its beauty. We just need to stop and take a closer look. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Are you from valencia city?
    @aleah: thats interesting. it would be nice if you could go back here someday and experience the beauty of malaybalay once again.

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  13. I love the picture you posted here. So beautiful and so scenic. Did you shoot it yourself? I did not know that Malaybalay is as beautiful as this. You are lucky for living in such paradise.

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  14. Ang galing talaga ng photography. You give a perfect review for the place because of your photos.

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  15. Wala na ba yung parang diving board/raft sa Nasuli? I remember my cousins and I used to swim towards that raft/plank hehe

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  16. mindanao blogger: the plank board is still there though it is already submerged in water. i also have lots of memories in nasuli during my high school years.

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  17. Hi Earl - My spouse and I will be on vacay to CDO nextweek. I would just like to ask the cheapest yet safe way to go in Malaybalay coming from Dahilayan. I was able to figure out my way to DAP by simply commuting. My next problem now is how to do a public transpo in going to Malaybalay (esp San Jose - church of transfiguration) then back again to CDO.

    Please help in planning for our budget friendly yet exciting & adventurous honeymoon in Bukidnon.

    Appreciate every detailed information available.

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  18. from dahilayan, just tell the driver to drop you in the highway of alae, manolo fortich where you can wait for the bus bound for southern bukidnon towns. once you're on the bus, tell the conductor that you will disembark in the highway of san jose, malaybalay, near the entrance road going to the monastery. in san jose, you can hire habal-habal motorcycle in going to the church of transfiguration.

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  19. hi.. it took a long time to reply... yes. i am from Valencia City, studying now in manila a - arcelle

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  20. wala bang airport sa malaybalay? so direct travel fr. mla. no need sumakay bus

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  21. @anonymous: walang airport sa malaybalay sir. you need to take a bus ride from Cagayan de Oro or Davao City.

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  22. Hi, what's the nearest accommodation or hotel near capitol grounds?

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  23. Green Ridge Hotel is located along the Capitol Grounds while Haus Malibu is about 300 meters away.

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  24. wow..namimis kuna ang bukidnon....kailan kya aq mkauwi?hhmmm...

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  25. malapit nnaman ang kaamulan festival...

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  26. Hi!

    How long will it take to travel from malaybalay to iligan? and what is the best way to do it if you go via public transpo?

    Thanks!

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  27. Nikitron: Around 5-6 hours. You may take the bus from Malaybalay to Agora Terminal in Cagayan de Oro. Then ride a multicab or taxi from Agora Terminal to West Bound Terminal in Bulua where you can find buses bound for Iligan.

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  28. It was awesome. Thanks for sharing this city travel with us. I really love the shots, especially the Kaamulan Malaybalay.

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  29. Lovely pictures! I will be going to the Philippines for the first time, and will be staying in Malaybalay for a month.. This entry really makes me excited to get there!

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    1. Nice to know that. Hope you will enjoy your stay in Malaybalay!

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  30. hello how can i go to dahilayan from malaybalay?

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  31. were planning a vacation to malaybalay this august and also visit dahilayan.. is there a public transportation from malaybalay to dahilayan? tnx a lot. XD

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    1. if you're coming from cagayan de oro, i'd like to refer you to this travel guide written by my fellow Pinoy Travel Blogger: http://www.pinoyadventurista.com/2011/09/travel-guide-bukidnon.html

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  32. i so love your blogs :)

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  33. Will visit your malaybalay on wed. My second time.Cant wait

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  34. Aw.. how could I miss these!

    I knew 3 days in Bukidnon wasn't enough. Malaybalay is gonna be on my wanderlist next time I visit your province.

    Thanks for this, Earl. :)

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