Stretching across the highlands of Mindanao, Bukidnon is a large landlocked region with cool mountain breezes, pineapple farms and tropical waterfalls. Offering a glimpse of Filipino culture, Bukidnon is known for its traditional cooking, farming and crafting practices.
Things to do
Grab a cup of home-grown coffee at the Monastery of Transfiguration in Malaybalay City. The monastery is shaped like a giant black pyramid and sits among tranquil fields of corn, coffee and rice. While in the city, you might be lucky enough to see an endangered Philippine Eagle from the local bird watching tower. Rare and coveted, this forest eagle is considered one of the largest and most powerful birds of prey in the world.
For spectacular views of Bukidnon, trek to the top of Mount Capistrano. Capistrano offers scenic lookouts of Mindanao’s three major mountain ranges, including Kitanglad, Piapayungan and Kalatungan. Pack a picnic and spend a day on the summit, where unique limestone formations and tropical greenery provide the perfect setting for an adventure.
A trip to Bukidnon wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Del Monte Pineapple Plantation. As one of the biggest and oldest pineapple farms in the world, Del Monte’s famed pineapples can be found around the globe. Enjoy sweet, juicy chunks of pineapple in Camp Phillips as you gaze at prickly pineapple bushes that extend beyond the horizon.
Most travellers arrive in Cagayan de Oro by ferry or plane. From there, Bukidnon is a one-hour drive away by car or bus. Buses and taxis provide transportation around Bukidnon. Consider renting a car while in Bukidnon, as the province is quite large and attractions are far from each other.