Bukidnon – Watershed of Mindanao
Bukidnon is known as the
watershed of Mindanao. Several rivers carved the landscape of
the province, creating numerous canyons. These rivers then serve
as source of potable water for the residents of Bukinon and
nearby province of Misamis Oriental. More than a watershed,
Bukidnon has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to tourism.
The Kitanglad Mountain Range
is where the second highest peak in the country is located –
Mt. Dulang-Dulang. The Philippine monkey-eating eagle lives
in its thick forest, and the biggest flower in the country,
the Rafflesia, is found at the foot of Mt. Kitanglad. The Del
Monte Philippines Plantation, the largest pineapple plantation
in the Far East, covers the vast lands of the province. With
this, Bukidnon can attract tourist with different interests
as it has something to offer for everyone.
1. Population – 1,
190, 284 (as of 2007 Census)
2. Land Area – 10, 498.59 sq. km
3. Capital – Malaybalay City
4. Language/Dialect – Cebuano, Bunukid, English, and Filipino
- Malaybalay City
- Valencia City
- Don Carlos
- Manolo Fortich
- San Fernando
Famous For ...
Connected to the Cagayan River, the Bubunanaw River poses a
challenge to any whitewater rapid enthusiast. Some consider
it as one of the toughest course in the country.
Rafflesia and Philippine
Eagle in Kitanglad Mountain Range
Believed by many scientists as extinct, a Rafflesia Schadenbergiana
Gopp, locally known as Rafflesia, was discovered in the thick
forest of Mt. Kitanglad. This mountain range also serves as
the sanctuary and breeding ground of the Philippine Eagle.
Del Monte Philippines
It is considered as the biggest pineapple plantation in the
Far East. It has vast tracks of land planted to pineapple
A cultural festival that presents the rich customs and traditions
of the 7 ethnic hill tribes of Bukidnon: Talaandig, Higaonon,
Umayamnon, Manobo, Tiwahanon, Matigsalug, and Bukidnon.
Places of Interest
Location: Brgy. Songco, Lantapan, Bukidnon
It is a community of people who are consciously reviving and
keeping the ancient ways and wisdom of the tribe. They have
resorted to the traditional and tribal way of resolving conflicts
and maintaining peace thereby preserving relations and harmony
among the dwellers. Customary law is also enforced.
(Stome Mark of Yoshito’s Grave
Location: Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon
A stone inscribed with Japanese characters mark the grave of
high-ranking Japanese Officials who was killed during World
War II. Roughly elliptical and measuring about 3 feet and 1
foot across, the stone bears two nets of inscriptions that translate
as: "On this spot died Miyazaki Yoshito, Chief of Army
and "Emperor Chiao". In memory of Kaji Battalion,
May 8, 1942."
Del Monte Philippines
Inc. (DMPI) Pineapple Plantation
Location: Manolo Fortich, Sumilao, Impasug-ong and Libona, Bukidnon
DMPI was incorporated in 1926 and is one of the oldest and largest
agro-industrial firms in the Philippines. It is the largest
agricultural operation in Bukidnon
Atugan New Bridge
Location: Sayre Highway, Impasugong, Bukidnon
This is said to be the highest bridge in the country, constructed
with the latest trend of structural engineering.
Pulangi IV Hydroelectric
Location: Kiuntod, Barangay Camp 1, Maramag, Bukidnon
National Power Corporation (NPC) operates with a capacity of
255 megawatts, contributing 25% of Mindanao’s power needs.
Busco Sugar Milling
Location: Butong, Quezon, Bukidnon
The first sugar mill in the province of Bukidnon and the second
in Mindanao, erected sometime in 1975, it has a capacity of
4000 TCD. BUSCO now operates with a rated capacity of 18,000
tons of cane daily (TCD). It the largest mill/refinery in the
Philippines in terms of sugar produced per seasonal crop. It
also has the largest refinery in the Southern Philippines, with
an estimated capacity of one-third its milling capacity.
Location: Cananglasan, Bukidnon
This is the most accessible white-water river in the country,
with only four kilometers away from the Cagayan de Oro Airport.
Waves here are large and often irregular. The 25km whitewater
run is consistently fast and drops can be severe. In some sections
the river narrows dramatically and runs into sheer rock walls,
making 90 degree turns.
Location: Brgy. Kalabugao, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon
Flowing down the inlands of Bukidnon, this majestic river entails
a scenic and serene view devoting itself to the beauty of nature
with lush forests and hills along its riverbank. It is one of
the main tributaries of the Rio Grande of Mindanao
Location: Can-ayan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon - Tagoloan, Misamis
Its headwaters in the mountains of Can-ayan, Malaybalay City.
It traverses the province northwestward passing through Malaybalay
City, Impasug-ong, Sumilao, Manolo Fortich, Malitbog and finally
empties into the sea at Misamis Oriental
Location: Talakag, Bukidnon - Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental
Its headwaters are found in the Kitanglad Mountain Range in
central Bukidnon. The river flows northward through the municipalities
of Talakag and Baungon. Its mouth lies at Cagayan de Oro where
it is the main source of potable water.
Location: Lantapan, Bukidnon
It is a major tributary of the Pulangi River. It forms part
of the natural boundary of the Valencia City and Lantapan. It
flows eastward towards Malaybalay City, eventually joining the
Pulangi River in Valencia City.
Location: Guinoyoran, Valencia City, Bukidnon
Lake Apo is a 25 hectares lake dubbed as cleanest and greenest
inland body of water in Region 10. Foreign, domestic and local
tourist already visited the area.
Location: Brgy. Pinamaloy, Don Carlos, Bukidnon
It is the biggest lake in the province, covering about 50 hectares.
Location: Brgy. Pigtauranan, Pangantucan, Bukidnon
The lake covers an area of 36 hectares and is one of the tourist
spots in the municipality. There are 24 islets floating in the
Mt. Kitanglad and
Mt. Kitanglad Range National Park
Location: Talakag, Baungon, Libona, Manolo Fortich, Impasug-ong,
Lantapan and Malaybalay City, Bukidnon
M.t Kitnaglad, the fourth highest mountain in the country, towers
up to more than 9,000 feet and serves as the base of the province’s
long distance communication system. The National Park, proclaimed
through R.A. 8978, has an area of 31,295 hectares composed of
more than a dozen mountain peaks, including Mount Kitanglad,
Mount Lumuluyaw, Mount Maagnaw, Mount Tuminungan and Mount Dulang-Dulang,
the second highest mountain peak in the country.
Location: Sitio Kalanganan, Brgy. San Vicente, Baungon, Bukidnon
Rafflesia, known as “kolon busaw” among the local
dwellers and Higaonon tribe, is the largest flower in the Philippines,
having a diameter of seventy (70) centimeter. It was first discovered
and collected on Mt. Parag in Mindanao sometime in 1882. The
flower gets to bloom only once a year and possess a lifespan
of less than one week. When it blooms, it exudes a smell akin
to the stench of a rotten flesh.
Location: Brgy. Kilabong, Sumilao, Bukidnon
The cave boasts of its abundance of stalactites and stalagmites
and has a length that stretches to about 1,850 meters. One of
its unique features is its exit where one has to dive underwater
to get to the other side of the wall in the exit passage. The
height of the cave varies from one meter to 20 meters and its
width varies from less than a meter to a more spacious 9 meters.
Location: Poblacion, Don Carlos, Bukidnon
Measuring at approximately 50 hectares, it has a guitar shape
and planted with Gmelina and Mahogany trees. Domestic and local
tourists already visited the area. It is also good for boating
and picnic area.
Center for Ecological
Development and Recreation (CEDAR) Eco-Tourism Site
Location: Brgy. Impalutao, Impasugong, Bukidnon
It is becoming a popular recreation and amusement park in this
side of Mindanao. CEDAR has a total land area of approximately
1,703 hectares with an elevation ranging from 600 to 1,200 meters
above sea level. Diverse flora and fauna thrive in the area.
Location: Malaybalay City, Bukidnon
The Park has been the site of provincial fairs, foremost of
which is the Kaamulan Festival. The park in its natural setting
is abounding with pine trees. The Kaamulan Tree Park,
with its vast expanse of green foliage and cool air, is an ideal
place for picnics and quiet moments with family and friends,
or for a good jog in early mornings or a more leisurely walk
in the late afternoon. The area is best used for camping and
Monastery of Transfiguration
Location: Brgy. San Jose, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon
Made by National Artist for Architecture Leandro Locsin, The
Monastery offers a tranquil place where one enjoys the profound
serenity and beauty of nature while relating to the spiritual
Location: Pal-ing, Brgy. Kalasungay, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon
The Carmelite Sister’s Monastery is a place for retreat
and prayer. The refreshing air, well-kept flower gardens and
a beautiful view of some mountains in this part of the city
makes it ideal for quiet moments to ponder and take a breather
from a busy life.
Date: Last week of February to First week of March
Kaamulan comes from the Binukid word amul, meaning
“to gather”. The feast is celebrated at the same
time as Bukidnon's Foundation Day. It features programs highlighting
the historic beginnings of Bukidnon such as trade fair, garden
show, food fest, agri-fair, rodeo and horse show, street dancing
contest, and rituals showcasing tribal Bukidnon culture.