Before I say anything else, let me just stress this: It's good to be back! Not that I don't like travelling and sleeping in a different bed, it's just that nothing compares to the comfort of home. Forgive me if I have been gone for three whole days. I have been out and about, rediscovering the places I used to take for granted when I was a kid. You see, I have visited Malaybalay, Bukidnon before and I never really appreciated it until I went on a three-day trip with my high school girl friends.
This post is surely going to be hell'a long and photo-heavy so I totally understand if you don't continue but I swear this is going to be fun, interesting and informative; well, if some of you guys are planning to visit Bukidnon soon. There is so much more to this amazing place. It's not just the famous zip line spot in Brgy. Dahilayan or the pineapple plantation.
So if you want to find out more, read on!
Dave had been telling us for months that she was planning to celebrate her 19th in her hometown with us. Of course, saying "no" to travel and adventure is a big mistake so I asked permission, packed my bags and hopped in the back seat of Kristille's car~hahaha!
When we passed byImpasug-ong, Bukidnon, we dropped by these giant statues of the tribal women. If you're traveling from CDO to Malaybalay, Bukidnon, it's hard to miss this landmark.
We arrived in Malaybalay City around 1pm and we went straight to Loiza's Pavillionto grab lunch. Loiza's Pavillion is a hotel and events venue, which is owned by Dave's aunt. It's one of the best-est place I've visited so far that's perfect for weddings or birthday parties and the best place to stay while you're in Malaybalay. And they serve really good food too!
We stayed there the entire afternoon, talked over coffee and chocolate cake, and then we had an acoustic singing session. Four of my girl friends and me were members of our high school glee club before and we sang our old songs while it was raining hard outside.
The adventure continues! We were set to visit a lot of places including a spring resort but it rained hard and it was so cold outside. So we chickened out and stuck to plan B, which was to visit The Monastery and CMU. Also, we could have played poker but we didn't have cards </3
If you're planning to visit Bukidnon soon, make sure to add this lovely place in your itinerary. Not only is the place beautiful, it's also very peaceful and calming.
Our next stop was the Carabao farm in Central Mindanao University in Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon. We had to drive through the city of Valencia before we reach Maramag. It's an hour and thirty-minute drive from Casisang, Malaybalay, Bukidnon, where Dave's house was.
That mountain over there isn't just an ordinary one. It's the Musuan Peak in Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon. It's an active volcano and is a famous hiking destination for mountaineers. I am actually considering of adding "Climb Musuan Peak" in my bucket list.
Fresh Carabao milk! Only the best in Bukidnon! It's a shame I didn't get to try their famous pastillas though.
Next stop was the Central Mindanao University campus. I didn't really expect it to be green and wide. Like what Fatima said, it looks a bit like UPLB. The college buildings were far away from each other. There were huge sports grounds and markets. The university specializes in anything agriculture related. They even offer a course in veterinary medicine, which is something I considered way back when I was still in high school.
One of the best things we've discovered in our stay in Malaybalay is this fancy tea shop in C.M Recto called, ART @ Cha. I'll talk more about it in a separate post ;)
After drowning in so much art and pretty details, we decided to go to a bar opening that a friend's dad owns :3 I really had fun looking at people dancing and partying hard. It was cray cray!
The last day was spent touring around the city proper, looking for good food and fun things to do while we wait for Kristille's sundo :)
I wish I could say we went to a more places but maybe someday soon. You see, because I visited these places, I have this tendency of thinking I have experienced all the best that these places has to offer, but that's when I've crossed the line between right and wrong. I want to go back to Bukidnon again and experience more of what it has to offer.
I hope through this travelogue, I have given you guys ideas on where to visit and what to do when you visit Bukidnon, especially in Malaybalay.
I'm Pearl, a digital nomad and wide-eyed wanderer from the Philippines. I like to take photographs and write lengthy blog posts. Long and deep conversations are one of my "things." I mostly blog about travel and anything else under the sun. More?