Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Bukidnon Tourist Spots

 “I'm an old-fashioned guy... I want to be an old man with a beer belly sitting on a porch, looking at a lake or something.”- Johnny Depp 
5 reasons why you should consider Bukidnon as part of your travel plans?

Bukidnon is known to be the food basket of Mindanao. It is less known of its tourist destinations that when someone would visit the Province, they would tend to ask  on  what Bukidnon has to offer from tourists like them? Where the locals would bring their visitors lest they visit the province? Dahilayan Zipline in Manolo Fortich, yes. Ultralight in Damilag of the same town, Manolo Fortich, is another big yes.

Boat at the Lake Pinamaloy's Bank
This Province has a lot more to offer to a tourist like you. But the place cannot be explored in just one day. I suggest that you should stay long, to explore and discover more about this province. Like the Lake Apo in Valencia, nestled on the mountain top of Barangay Guinoyoran of Valencia City and the Lake Pinamaloy of Don Carlos which is just a minute ride from the town's Bus Terminal. You have the options to spend at least one day or either spend at least 2 hours, conquering Lake Pinamaloy's tranquility and a perfect place also for pondering, for a wanderer like you. 

It can eventually release all the things that bothered in you and it is also a good place to bust all your stresses by listening the sounds of the waves splashing the Lake's bank and leaning your back against a tree while playing your favorite song with your guitar or just use your IPOD music player. 

Some of the tourist spots already visited by some Pinoy Travel Bloggers and Blogger Friends;

1. Mount Dulang2x and Mount Kitanglad. (Lantapan and Impasug-ong)

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Nagbabasang Pinoy, a manila based blogger and Living Asia scriptwriter, Kristine Jade Tinio, did her Dulang to Kitanglad traverse (as mountaineers may call it) in 3 days, last March 10-12. She spent 2 nights on the summit and days of trekking and she successfully did it. She donated some amount to two NGOs here in Bukidnon, a fund raising climb which she entitled it as "PISO BAWAT HAKBANG", and sold her books just to raise funds, before she climb these two mountains.  

 2. Lake Apo in Valencia City :

Lai Mirasol
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Dr. Wendell Glenn Cagape, PhD, of  Journeys and Travels from Pagadian City and MSU-IIT Professor and Lisa Marie Mirasol, The Pinay Travelista, from Iligan City, did a very tranquil weekend jaunt at the Lake Apo of Valencia City,  that changed their perspective about Bukidnon and even described Lake Apo as  "the Prized jewel in Bukidnon". 

Lai Mirasol returned to the Lake Apo just to take a silhouette photo and used it as header for her blog site.

The Great Doc Wendz
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The Great Doc Wendz, also visited our Provincial Capitol Building (a remnant of war jointly restored by both the locals and the American soldiers under the Rehabilitation Act of 1946) and the famous and two-time cited most visited tourist spot in Region 10, The Monastery Church.

3. Kaamulan Festival Street Dancing Competition every March of each year in Malaybalay City.

Estan - Ang (beside me)
Olan - The Travel Teller with bonnet
Earl - with sunglass

Doc Ophelia Casel- at the center
Tupe - with coron shirt
Estan Cabigas of, a makati based and a multi-awarded travel blogger and Olan Emboscado, founder of The Travel Teller, manager of Apo View Hotel, visited us here during the Kaamulan Festival just last March.

Master Estan, as I fondly called him,  with Mindanao origin, featured Bukidnon in his latest article entitled "Why you should visit the Kaamulan Festival?  And some more bloggers, Pinoy Travel Bloggers and Travel Writers, to mention a few, like Journeying James who visited Malaybalay City.

 4. Quadra, The Stable Eco Resort of Malaybalay City 

Journeying James in Malaybalay City.
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Where Journeying James stayed overnight, trek in the Provincial Tree Park with fellow Pinoy Travel Blogger, Earl Bolivar of Suroy Pilipinas in the following morning. For a long stay, one should consider Malaybalay City to feel and experience the soothing view of verdant hills and mountains and its cool climate. James chose Malaybalay City as his rest area on his 100 days backpacking Philippines project. 

Con Tour Blog, Suroy Pilipinas, Quadra, the Stable Eco Resort and Spouses Raquel and Eric Batusin, as hosts that made us so proud of.

 5. Lake Pinamaloy of Don Carlos 

Last Thursday of second week of March, I visited Lake Pinamaloy for the third time. The first time was in college when we conducted a survey of the lake. The second time when me and my brother discussed something here about his problem over bottles of beer. This time, as a blogger. 

So those are some of the places why you should consider Bukidnon as part of your travel plans.

A boy pondering at the Lake's Wall
with pipe pumping water to a reservoir
After done with my lunch, I then went straight to this place. It just came up to visit the place again. Lake Pinamaloy, a 6 hectare and a guitar-shaped lake with spring bursting at the center (according to the local in 1988), is a true gem and jewel of the Province of Bukidnon, especially for the community who lives in Don Carlos. Because the lake, according to PCARRD of the Department of Science and Technology.
Plays a vital role in providing a  life support system to   people within its vicinity The lake is not only the community's main source of potable water for domestic use. It serves different purposes: it is used by academic institutions for research, serves as a tourism site, maintains the ecological balance of the area, and gives aesthetic appeal.
Signage and the Tourism Hall with bricks pavement
It is also their main source of potable water and for others as their basic support facilities. A tourism hall was seen already constructed within the periphery of the lake, opposite side from where the Water District's pumping station is located, when I visited the site.

After done with my photo shots, I then went to the Municipal Engineer's Office to verify its latest development plan for the Lake. The office personnel which I've talked, revealed that the local executives have planned to develop the Lake into more attractive tourist spot by constructing a perimeter jogger's lane at a width of 1.50 meters with fence along the bank. 

I then commented that the width of 1.50 meters is too narrow to consider for jogger's lane and suggested a 2.0 meter as a minimum width. I hope that they will consider that suggestion of mine considering that the main constraint to implement a wider lane is their budget adjustment. As of the moment, they already conducted a site survey as shown below.

Survey plan - Autocad generated plan
from the office of the Municipal Engineer.

Another significant information I discovered, that a Memorandum of Understanding or in short MOU were signed among  these three agencies, the LGU, DENR-Region 10 and the Central Mindanao University in one effort to protect and conserving the lake from any intrusion and man-made destruction. 

Indeed its true because as I have observed during my sauntering within the area, the surroundings of the lake is very clean and you cannot even see bunch of rubbish within its periphery. Just take this also as my advice to you;
The effort of conserving and preserving nature will hopefully be emanated not only from these three (3) agencies but to all of us in a collaborative effort. - Con Tour Blog

In going to Lake Pinamaloy, you take the tricycle from the Don Carlos Bus Terminal. The lake is just a 5-minute ride and a fare of P10.00 pesos only.

25 Con Tour Passers by:

  1. I've been hearing of Bukidnon plus my good friend is from there too! I can add this to my bucket list for next year! Weee. :D

  2. thanks for the feature Sir. It should be CAGAPE not Agape however, like the same meaning, i love it. Anyways, I am most happy yo visit Bukidnon, my favorite place in Mindanao!

  3. Accccccccccccck! Adopted na ako ng Bukidnon.. I love it there!!! I look at it as one big playground..^^ i got invited once again to visit Lake Apo for a short stay.. I might take a long Bukidnon visit soon..

  4. This year matutuloy na ang bukidnon ko ... Hindi pwedeng hindi . Looking forward to see you there Kuya Bon

  5. Hello Doc Wendz,

    Thanks for the correction. Sorry for the misspelled name. Corrected na sir. :-).

  6. Hi Elal Jane Lasola.

    You should visit also your good friend here. I am sure, that friend of yours will be happy to see you.:-).

  7. Lai,

    Not only adopted daughter of Bukidnon, ambassador of bukidnon tourism pa jud ba. hehehe. BTW, thanks for visiting Bukidnon. Hope to see you soon.:-).

  8. @Juanderfulpinoy

    Chin, sana maka dretso ka dito. :-). Looking 4ward also to meet the guy beyond the juanderfulpinoy travel blog from Batangas.:-).

    1. di kami natuloy nung nagpunta kami sa zanorte sayang dapat pala dumerecho kami dyan tsk tsk . Love the new layout of your blog. Ang sarap inavigate.

  9. Great post Bon! More and more people are now discovering the beauty of Bukidnon and I believe that in our own little way, we were able to help promote our home province. Padayon!

  10. @Earl

    With you as the first who initiated to blog about Bukidnon, they now appreciate deeply what is the beauty behind the mountains, aside from fresh air and the cool climate of our very own Malaybalay City. Padayon jud ta ani.

  11. I like your compilation Sir Bonz. Huwag kang magalit ha kasi gagayahin kita for my Ilocos version hehehe..

  12. Hi Edmar.

    Hahahaha. Bakit naman ako magagalit sa yo niyan. Tuwang tuwa pa kamo ako niyan at nabigyan kita ng idea.....BTW, journeying james suggested the title and giving some tips of the keywords.:-).

  13. special mentioned jud bai. thanks for promoting Bukidnon pala. :-)

  14. kuya bon, i really enjoyed my quick stay in bukidnon... kaya 2 nights talaga, i will definitely be back. thanks for the warm welcome

  15. Hi Bonz... I am deeply honored to be able to make On our 6th church... 8 churches to go. VISITA IGLESIA  with family! here on this awesome post. Like i mention in my blog, what i visited were just teasers! So, i am coming back there pretty soon and will definitely savor that bliss of Bukidnon! Again, salamat kaayo sa imung hospitality!

  16. @Journeying James

    No problemo. Hopefully that i could construct a 1 room with CR in my yard for visitors, like PTB peeps. Liko liko kaw ra...

  17. Hello Olan,

    Visita Iglesia shall be 14, replicating the 14 stations to calvary. If you cant make it, ok na din yan. First page ang post mo sa google dun sa Visiting the Green Province of Bukidnon mo. Galing. 2nd page ang sa akin, itong post nato. hahaha.:-). Lets explore more and learn more about Mindanao.

  18. Salamat po Kuya Bonz! Looking forward to my next Bukidnon trip in July. Sana magawa ko yung Kalatungan climb and/or Lawaw Cave spelunking. Excited na!

  19. Ok lang tin. You are very much welcome. text lang kung matuloy ka na.:-).

  20. Kuya Bonz, baka nasa Bukidnon ako sa January. Target ko ang Dulang2x and Kitanglad :) medyo nagreresearch na ako ngayon kung saan maganda magstay sa Malaybalay na mura lang, hehe :)

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