This highland paradise is the heartland of Mindanao. Bukidnon is home to the biggest pineapple plantation in the world and a classic golf course that was established in 1928. The province is the top cattle producer in its region. Being the "Food Basket of Mindanao," it is a major producer of rice, corn, sugarcane, and bananas. It is apparently well endowed with many natural attractions. Bukidnon has also been identified as among the Philippines’ richest biodiversity because of its vast array of endemic species of flora and fauna.
Bukidnon is linked to Davao in the south and to Misamis Oriental in the north. It is a rich tableland, a landlocked province within northern Mindanao. The land area is occupying an extensive plateau. Topography is mostly consisting of rolling tableland of grassland, about 915 above sea level. The terrain is characterized by low plains that alternate with rolling uplands, valleys, and deep canyons.
There are 21 towns in the province. The population of 1.19 million is the 21st highest in the country. Two important landmarks are Pulangi River and Mt. Kitanglad. Bukidnon is Mindanao’s watershed. It has six major river systems carved within its landscapes. These rivers are not only useful to the livelihood and industries; most of them also facilitate fun and leisure activities for tourists and vacationers.
Aside from its countryside appeal, Bukidnon has a traditional culture that is a source of its pride. Among the major tourist attractions are festivals that highlight Bukidnons’ hospitality, heritage, creativity, and ethnicity.
The Kaamulan Festival – held every last week of February to first week of March is a cultural event that presents the province’s rich customs and traditions. The festival is celebrated to coincide with Bukidnon’s Foundation Day. The event features programs that highlight historical beginnings of the province, trade fairs, food fests, garden shows, street dancing contests, ancient rituals, and rode shows. Kaamulan is a Bukidnon word for ‘gathering.’
How to get there
Because of its geographic location, there is no seaport in the province. The capital of Malaybalay City is where its lone airport is located. Vacationers and travelers usually take land transport from the nearby Cagayan de Oro City, where there are daily flights from Metro Manila and other key cities in the country.