Friday, November 18, 2011

Bukidnon: Highland Bliss in Impasugong

In the northeastern part Bukidnon lies a town that is poised to become the next important eco-tourism destination in this Mindanao landlocked province. Impasugong (pronounced as Impasug-ong), is a quaint first class municipality whose rugged terrain is defined by scenic mountains, deep canyons and gorges. 

Yet for several years, this town has been bypassed by tourists due to the fact that it's town proper is situated a few kilometers away from the national highway en route to the capital City of Malaybalay. This made Impasug-ong somewhat a "hidden" town and what it has to offer became undiscovered.  

Running in the Old Atugan Highway

However. a few years back, a movie featuring Piolo Pascual and Angel Locsin was partly filmed in this town. This gave Impasug-ong its much needed exposure. To enticed more people to discover the place, the Local Government Unit built huge ethnic and cowboy-inspired statues along the highway road junction leading to the town proper. 

 Ethnic statues under a giant headdress welcome travelers to Impasug-ong

These statues served as come-ons for travelers, inviting them to take a peek inside and discover the bounty of nature that Impasug-ong has to offer. For within this municipality lies spectacular highland sights guaranteed to take one's breath away.

Getting there:

Impasug-ong is approximately 75 kilometers away from Cagayan de Oro City. From the Agora Bus Terminal take any Bukidnon or Davao-bound bus. Travel time is about one-a-half hour. Tell the conductor to drop you along the higway road junction going to Impasug-ong.  This drop zone is also the town's tourism center as this is where the huge ethnic statues are built.

Photo from Wikipedia
From the crossing, there are plenty of tricycles to take you to the town proper. In the town proper, look for a habal-habal (motorcycle) driver and ask him to take you to any vantage point where you can view Impasug-ong's mountains and canyons.

Where to eat:

There are small carinderias in the town proper. Rodeo Grill can be found along the national highway, a few hundred meters away from the Tourism Center.

Where to sleep:

I am not sure if there are any tourist inns in Impasug-ong. But you can proceed to Malaybalay City which is only about half-hour away where there are a number hotels and inns if you intend to stay overnight.

Other tips:

Don't forget to bring cash as there are no banks and ATMs within Impasug-ong. 


This is my entry to the 13th Blog Carnival of the Pinoy Travel Bloggers. This month's theme is "Mindanao Bliss" and is hosted by Olan Emboscado of The Travel Teller and Olanology.


  1. View of the snake road, a road which was never use to date, but with scenic view. :-).

  2. It is nice to travel because of the experiences that you will gain. It is also enjoyable to explore places with your love ones. You had a great experience, indeed.

  3. @bonzenti: balik ta dring dapita next time bon.tsada kaayo mag-photoshoot dri.

  4. whoa, very nice! This is one thing I'd love to do in Bukidnon. I wish I can be there soonest. I am captivated by its sheer beauty. Had been to Dahilayan and I felt in love of Bukidnon once again.

  5. @Journeys and Travels: Thanks Doc! Just contact me or Bonz if ever you're in Bukidnon.

  6. Amazing scenery! especially the 5th picture of the vivid green rolling hills, parang naaalala ko yung movie ni Angel Locsin :)

  7. @lakwatsera: amazing indeed. half of the movie was shot here while the other half was in australia.:)

  8. Impasugong seems like a serene place to go to and tour for half a day. since it's only an hour and a half away from CDO, this could be an alternative for the usual city tours :)

  9. Oh wow, can't believe this is out of the backpacker's radar! Greenery everywhere!

  10. @gladys: pwedeng-pwede. the best time to come here is early morning when the sun is not yet scorching hot and medyo may fog pa ang mga mountains.

  11. @pinaytraveljunkie: medyo out of the way kasi ito lalo na for people who are used to traveling Bukidnon's main highway. ako nga, ilang taon na sa Bukidnon pero ngayon pa lang nakapunta sa mga trail na ito.hehehe..

  12. woow...i really want to visit bukidnon on next home trip. i've heard so much about this place. great panoramas earl!

  13. @batangbiyahera: thanks! Do visit Bukidnon once you're home. Plenty of outdoor adventures await you here.

  14. Wow, This is a breath taking scene. Love to explore the Philippines.

  15. gorgeous photos! another place to add to my list of must-visit destinations!

  16. wonderful blog. Thanks for sharing. Love this place


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