Cloud-capped mountain peaks and plateaus, dizzying precipices, lush forests, fertile and abundant farms, serene lakes, cascading waterfalls, not to mention enchanting villages and warm-hearted people. This is Bukidnon- an ecotourism and heritage destination for those who enjoy adventure, nature and everything cultural and traditional.
The name Bukidnon comes from the word ‘bukid’ meaning mountain or hill and refers not only to the Province but the people living there as well.
Traveling across the province give visitors a glimpse of how fertile the land is. The roadways are flanked by vast fields of corn, sugarcane, rice, and pineapple. It is no wonder why Bukidnon is known as the Fruit and Vegetable Basket of Mindanao. Located outside the typhoon belt, the Province is really most of the the year, reaching 10° Celsius in December to February. The cool climate allows the slower ripening giving unrivaled flavor to fruits, vegetables and other crops. The animals freely graze on green mountain grasses, providing meat with outstanding quality.
The Province is not only rich in natural wonders but also rich in culture as it is home to the seven tribes of Bukidnon: Manobo, Talaandig, Higaonon, Bukidnon, Matigsalug, Umayamnon, and Tigwahanon. Their customs and traditions are well preserved and they come together in an annual festival called the Kaamulan.
HOW TO GET THERE
By Air: While there are no direct commercial flights available from Manila to Bukidnon you can fly from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, and Davao to the Laguindingan Airport and from there, you travel by land to Bukidnon.
By Land: Buses, jeepneys, and vans for hire takes you from Cagayan de Oro City to Bukidnon. Taking the bus is the most convenient way. The Agora Bus company charges Php160 (US$3.85) for a 1.5-hour trip which covers about 104 kilometers.
By Sea: The closest port to Bukidnon is in Cagayan de Oro City. Upon reaching Cagayan de Oro City, you may travel by land to Bukidnon.