Bukidnon, Food Basket of Mindanao

View from Musuan Peak of the Maapag Plain of central Bukidnon.By Obsidian Soul – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55055079

Bukidnon, known as the “Highland Paradise in the Heart of Mindanao,” is a landlocked province located in the Northern Mindanao region of the Philippines. Its provincial capital is Malaybalay City

As the 3rd largest province in land area in the country, this province is characterized by its picturesque landscapes, rolling hills, and vast plantations, which create a serene and refreshing environment away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

Rich Cultural Heritage

The culture of Bukidnon is deeply rooted in its indigenous tribes, notably the seven hill tribes known as the Bukidnon, Higaonon, Talaandig, Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon, and Umayamnon. These tribes are known for their intricate rituals, colorful attire, and traditional music and dances. One of the most celebrated cultural events in the province is the Kaamulan Festival, which showcases ethnic street dancing, traditional games, and agricultural fairs.

Breathtaking Natural Sights

Bukidnon is home to some of the country’s most stunning natural attractions. Mount Dulang-Dulang, the second-highest peak in the Philippines, is a famous destination among hikers and mountain climbers. The Kitanglad Mountain Range, a declared ASEAN Heritage Park, offers a rich biodiversity and unique ecosystem that draws nature enthusiasts from all around the world.

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The Heart of Agro-Tourism

Agriculture is the backbone of Bukidnon’s economy. The province is a major producer of rice, corn, and sugarcane, and is dubbed as the “Food Basket of Mindanao.” Visitors can tour pineapple plantations like the Del Monte Philippines plantation, which is one of the largest in the world. The cool climate also supports vast flower farms, notably in the town of Manolo Fortich, contributing to the agro-tourism in the area.

Adventure and Leisure Activities

For those seeking adventure, Bukidnon offers a range of activities. From the exhilarating zipline experience at the Dahilayan Adventure Park to horseback riding on the vast plateaus, there is something for every thrill-seeker. Those looking for a more laid-back experience can enjoy golfing in one of its scenic courses or simply relish the province’s cool climate and scenic views.

A Haven for Peace and Tranquility

With its natural beauty, cultural richness, and peaceful countryside vibe, Bukidnon welcomes visitors who are looking for a respite from the chaos of daily life. Its high elevation and cool breeze make it an ideal retreat for those seeking solace, rejuvenation, and inspiration.

In essence, Bukidnon is not just a place to visit, but also a vibrant community that offers a glimpse into the harmonious blend of nature, culture, and agriculture in Mindanao. It stands as a testament to the Philippines’ diverse topography and cultural tapestry.

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