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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pabukid: Bukidnon Bound

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Rolling hills and canyons; lush terrain and verdant fields; crystal clear falls and lakes; farms and plantations harvesting exotic fruits, flowers and coffee blends; the friendliest people. Sounds like the perfect respite  from the traffic and pollution in the urban jungle? If stress is taking its toll on you and you're sick of the same old tourist spots, you might want to head off to Bukidnon—found at the heart of Mindanao and just a ride away from Cagayan de Oro City. Contrary to popular belief, the province is very safe and has all the facilities that a traveler needs.






HOW TO GET THERE

Although there are several public and private airstrips in Bukidnon, there are no commercial flights that go directly to the province.

There are a number of flights daily from Manila to Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro City. Philippine Airlines' roundtrip ticket costs PHP4,591.00. Cebu Pac's best GO fare will cost PHP3,998(tax exclusive) for a round trip ticket. Air Philippines' best price per pax round trip fare on the other hand is PHP3,792 (tax exclusive). The flying time for the ride is only one hour and 20 minutes.

From the Agora terminal Cagayan de Oro, take an air-conditioned bus or any of the vans-for-hire destined for Bukidnon’s capital city, Malaybalay (travel time is approximately an hour and 45 minutes). The fare ranges from PHP140 to PHP200 per person.

Visitors from Cebu may take a Trans-Asia or WG&A ferry which departs to Cagayan de Oro City daily at 8p.m. Economy accommodation for a one way trip is from PHP840 to PHP870. Travel time is only 9 to 10 hours. If you are traveling from Davao, a 4/2 hour trip from Davao City by an air conditioned bus will get you to Bukidnon for only PHP350 to PHP400 per person.


WHERE TO STAY

Once you're in Bukidnon, you can stay at several standard hotels or inns, to name a few are as follows:

l  Pine Hills Hotel,
P&T Town Center, Fortich street, Malaybalay City
Tel Nos. (088) 221-3211to13 / 813-2055
Fax No. (088) 813-2054
This hotel has the classiest accommodation in the area. Its facilties include an outdoor cafe, a shopping arcade, restaurant, cable T.V., meeting rooms, private bathrooms, room service, a ballroom and a swimming pool. A standard room costs PHP1000; a deluxe room, PHP1,200; a superior room, PHP1,400; and a suite, PHP2,500.

l  Haus Malibu,
Tel Nos. (088) 221-2714/221-3318/221-2601
Bonifacio Drive, Malaybalay City
They have air-conditioned executive rooms (PH650-PHP1000) with a phone, refrigerator, cable T.V., a private bathroom and a hot and cold shower. Standard rooms with a stand fan, and all the other faculties above costs PHP650 per night. Rooms without a phone or refrigerator cost PHP400 per night.

l  Hotel Valencia,
Sayre Highway, Valencia City
Tel No. 828-2007 and 828-4480
Standard rooms with air conditioning, T.V., and a refrigerator cost PHP700 per night; a suite will cost you PHP1000 per night.


Located in the Northern Mindanao, Bukidnon is bordered by the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Davao del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Cotabato, Lanao del Norte, and  Lanao del Sur. Its metropolisl is Malaybalay. Considering its abundant supply of rice, corn, bananas, pineapples, and sugarcane, Bukidnon is now popularly known to be the "Food Basket of Mindanao" and the "Pineapple Capital" of the country. Highlights of Bukidnon includes the famous Kaamulan Festival held during the month of March each year.

Sick of the same old tourist spots? Why not head for the hills down south and experience the best of our natural wonders and unique cultural heritage.

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