One of the many things that will capture your heart in Bukidnon is their Binaki steamed corn tamales. Who wouldn’t get hooked on this famed snack made from Bukidnon’s finest young corn? Every bite walks you through the heavenly mix of corn, milk, butter, baking powder, and sugar all wrapped in corn husks then steamed to perfection - orchestrating into one of the best corn cakes you will ever have the pleasure of eating, made uniquely in the ever-bountiful Fruit and Vegetable Basket of Mindanao.
Binaki started as a power snack for farmers who tend the fields and the crops all day long until it was introduced to visitors and tourists who fell in love with this delicious steamed corn cake. One probable reason why this delicacy was named Binaki is the frog-like position of people while grating the corn which will be used for its preparation.
CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DEVELOPMENT AND RECREATION (CEDAR)
The Center for Environmental Development and Recreation or CEDAR is one of the many natural wonders that are seated in the province of Bukidnon. This joint reforestation project by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Local Government Unit is located in the Municipality of Impasug-ong and has bloomed into one of the best and most visited eco-parks in the province.
The centerpiece of this locally sustained ecological wonder are the three waterfalls that are dotted in various parts of the 1,703-hectare eco-park area. Gantungan falls, Natigbasan falls, and Dila falls are visited by tourists not only to bathe in the coolness of their waters but also to be raptured by their mysterious natural beauty. It is also known for housing multitudes of mahogany trees that line the road leading up to the main entrance of the eco-park and then continues in its green wilderness. The natural allure of this place makes it the frequent choice for camping, trail hiking, and other outdoor activities by tourists who want to get the most out of Bukidnon.
Lake Apo is a crater lake located in Brgy. Guinoyoran in Valencia City, about 11 km from the city center. Surrounded by hilly terrain, it isn’t surprising that this natural basin has accumulated a huge quantity of water that its surface area extends to as wide as 24 hectares. And, with a depth that reaches 26 meters below the surface, it provides a cool, relaxing interlude for visitors looking for a break from city noise and heat. Whether you are going there for a day-trip or for an overnight stay, the place surely can give you the two faces of vacationing – the solace offered by being off the grid and the fun you get from the activities. You can enjoy heart-pumping water sports such as jet-skiing and kayaking or just let the day pass barbecuing on a floating bamboo raft. It isn’t just the lake itself that you can enjoy. The surrounding slopes blanketed with green shrubs and the expanse of woods that begins right at edge of the lake also give you a wonderful vista, a perfect backdrop for a calm and serene waters like that of Lake Apo’s. Lake Apo is perfect place for relaxation, which is best enjoyed with people who are dear to us.
The ‘Grand Canyon’ of the Philippines is found in Lawis, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. It resembles The Grand Canyon in the US with its steep ridges. Bukidnon is a landlocked province in the Philippines located in the Northern Mindanao region. It’s also called locally as Lawis Canyon, which Tagoloan River is seen in between located at Barangay Lunocan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.
Macahambus Cave is a scenic tourism attraction that anchors on the Battle of Macahambus on June 4, 1900. This is a significant point in Philippine history as it is regarded as the very first victory of the Filipinos against the Americans at the turn of the 20th century. A marker of the National Historical Institute is placed at the entrance of the cave to commemorate the bravery of the Kagay-anons.
Tourists come here not only to be in the presence of the setting of one of the Philippines’ most historic triumphs but also to take in the breathtaking view of the Cagayan River which flows below the cavern or to observe the formations and bat colonies that rests inside the historic cave.
PHILIPPINE SAILFIN LIZARD
Known as the Jesus Lizard because of its ability to “walk on water”, this species of scaled lizard has been officially declared as vulnerable because of its decreasing population, it does not seem to be the case in a small village in the Municipality of Jasaan as hundreds of Philippine sailfin lizards flock every day to the humble home of Mr. Rodulfo and Mrs. Alma Dael. Like clockwork, every morning and afternoon the lizards come to the Dael’s humble backyard in large numbers to feed on the kangkong and bananas that the couple and the locals prepare for them.
This strange co-existence that developed between the locals and the wild sailfin lizards has been the topic of curiosity for researchers and tourists for many years. This is the only place in the world that scientists can study the sailfin lizard in different stages in its life up close and personal. Even National Geographic Host Nigel Marven traveled all from Europe to this small town to film the lizards. This great opportunity to have a close encounter with these creatures is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
MANTIANAK ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDEN
The Mantianak Botanical and Zoological Park in the Municipality of Sugbongcogon is home to about 80 kinds of animals which was built to not only be an enjoyable zoological park for tourists but also as a haven where visitors can appreciate the natural importance of animals in the ecosystem as it is a wildlife rescue center.
A wide assortment of animals are housed in the park such as Bengal and Siberian tigers, wild boars, crocodiles, deer, and monkeys. The zoo also has rare species of birds, parrots, peacocks, and ostriches. Kids can also have an enjoyable time by feeding the pigeons or talking to the resident Mynahs who perfectly mimic human speech. If you are lucky, you might be able to pet or bottlefeed a tiger cub! Mantianak Botanical and Zoological Park is easily accessible along the main roads of the town and day trips are welcome as cottages for picnics are also located within the area.
Tiklas Falls is one of the best and most famous tourist spots in the beautiful Gingoog City. Located in Barangay Lawit, it is the first of the three Libon-lawit Falls of the town which are famous for being three waterfalls connected to the same stream. Tiklas Falls was developed by the local government to become one of its prime tourism attractions and has since been catching the attention of more and more tourists who search for the breath-taking yet forceful beauty of this local gem.
The area surrounding Tiklas Falls is notably pure green as it is filled to the brim with wild herbs, edible plants, and ornamental flora abundantly growing wherever one lays eyes. The cold winds from the force of Tiklas Falls will be the first to greet you as soon as you get through the concrete bridge where you can see the perfect drop of the waterfalls and take photographs. Although it is prohibited to swim underneath Tiklas Falls, there are swimming pools that are made available at the area so tourists could still experience taking a dip in the cold waters with the roaring waterfalls in their background.
STO. NINO COLD SPRING
The volcanoes that shaped the island of Camiguin not only brought about the beginnings of this island-paradise but also formed the pool of springs that are present in its every corner. Both the hot and cold freshwater springs offer another notable Camiguin experience by enticing tourists to take a dip, relax, and complete their itinerary in the middle of all the green the calm of the island’s mountains. The Sto. Niño Cold Spring, Ardent Hot Spring are just some of the many springs that should be visited in each trip to Camiguin. Also unique to the island is the Bura Soda Water spring which is the only known soda water spring in the country.
MARIA CRISTINA FALLS
Located in the “City of Majestic Waterfalls,” Iligan City, the beautiful Maria Cristina Falls is one of the well-known natural gems of Lanao del Norte. Flowing along the Agus River, this famous national landmark has also been known as the twin falls because its flow is separated by a rock at the brink of its fall, creating a charming sliced drop of 98 meters.
Not only is Maria Cristina one of the most popular destinations in the area but it is also one of the most celebrated as it has generated sustainable hydro-electric power for various areas in Mindanao since the National Power Corporation started harnessing its power in the 1950s.
Maria Cristina Falls has projected Iligan City to world renown, being one of the most easily recognizable postcard photos of the natural wonders of the country that is not only known for its majesty but its impact to our communities.
Hidden within a lush forest between Iligan City and Linamon in Lanao del Norte, Tinago Falls is a destination that is straight out of a fairytale. This tourism gem is a staple when touring Lanao del Norte and tourists have been coming back, lured by the panoramic cascade of waters that is surrounded by an array of flora and fauna.
Our memories of this enchanting secluded beauty include descending 500 steps to an emerald pool, basking in the cool waters that stems from the 240-feet waterfall, taking thrilling jumps from either of its five drops, and then taking a small adventure in the hidden cavern beneath the waterfalls to enjoy the calming sounds of nature.
This 60-meter curtain-like falls is located in Sitio Piduan, Barangay Napangan, Don Victoriano, Misamis Occidental. Nestled in the heart of the Malindang Mountain Range, Piduan Falls is a mystical experience with crystal clear waters that is cool and even safe to drink. The 4-kilometer trek to the falls takes more or less 2 hours of walking among the untouched beauty and serenity that is typical of the Misamis Occidental forests.
GARDENS OF THE WORLD
The Gardens of the World in Tangub City is a highland haven for rest and relaxation. It also features a cascading waterfall infinity pool, and a premier hotel and convention facility amid 6 thematic gardens inspired by famous gardens all over the globe with an intimate view of Mt. Malindang.
PHILIPPINE SAILFIN LIZARD
BALIANGAO PROTECTED LANDSCAPE AND SEASCAPE (BPLS)
The Baliangao Protected Landscape and Seascape (BPLS) is located along the coast of Danao Bay in the untouched paradise that is Misamis Occidental. This wetland conservation area is famous for its lush mangrove forest and immaculate underwater wildlife.
BPLS covers 309.5 hectares and is home to thirty-nine colorful fish species, seagrass, and coral reef ecosystems. It also provides shelter and serves as a nesting ground for several waterbird species including the olive-backed sunbird, Philippine glossy starling, kingfisher, chestnut-breasted mannikin, black-capped oriole, spotted dove, brahminy kite, blue-capped woodpecker, and the common egret which makes it one of the most important natural protected areas in the Region.
Ever since it was declared as an Eco-tourism site, it has been sought after by tourists for activities such as boating, snorkeling, scuba diving, and islet hopping. A footbridge, which was constructed within the mangrove forests connecting the islets of BPLS from the mainland, is also a favorite among tourists as you can take a stroll in the middle of the wetland wonderland and get lost in the sanctity of the green all around you.