Malaybalay Bukidnon Travelogue

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Do You Know the Way to... (Malaybalay) (Nov 13, 2003)
"Malaybalay is about two hours' drive from Cagayan de Oro. Cagayan is more than an hour's plane ride from Manila. I had been in Cagayan before, on my way to Iligan - and that's about it. And that was years ago."

Desperately Seeking Mario (Nov 14, 2003)
"A certain Mario was supposed to pick us up at the Cagayan de Oro airport. He was supposed to be holding a sign with our names. Well, he didn't show up. Even after we contacted the person who arranged for Mario's services."

Where to Stay: The Pine Hills Hotel - Bukidnon (Nov 17, 2003)
"We stayed at Pine Hills Hotel while in Bukidnon. It's a hotel with about 28 rooms. My boss asked our taxi driver if the hotel was a nice one on our way there and our driver said: "Maganda naman. E yun lang naman ang hotel doon." (It's a nice hotel. It's the only one there anyway.)"

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The Monastery of the Transfiguration, Bukidnon (Nov 18, 2003)
"Peace to all who enter. This sign greets you at the entrance to the monastery run by Benedictine monks. After following a relatively narrow and winding road, you come upon a place that appears to calm you just by being."

The Carmelite Monastery, Bukidnon (Nov 21, 2003)
"The atmosphere here is very much like Baguio. Very relaxing, cool, and quiet. To get to the monastery itself, you'll have to follow a narrow, winding road. By the time you get to the top where the monastery is, my phone has lost its signal. I suppose you don't need a cell phone to commune with God."


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Them Jemelina Trees (Nov 21, 2003)
"I now have a favorite tree - the jemelina tree. We saw lots of them in Bukidnon. They're tall and thin and they usually come in several rows. I look at them and end up relaxed."

Kuwentong Barbero (Nov 21, 2003)
"As we went around Cagayan de Oro on our way to the airport, we passed by an area where we saw several barber shops. The names were quite distinct, showing the Pinoy's sense of humor."

In Search of... Jamon de Punda (Nov 25, 2003)
"I got quizzical or smiling looks from hotel personnel and taxi drivers as I inquired whether they knew where I can get hold of my dad's request: jamon de punda. That's raw leg of ham, wrapped in cloth. As I stayed in Bukidnon from Wednesday to Friday, not a day passed by (I think) that I did not ask someone about Jamon de Punda."

More on Malaybalay, Bukidnon (Feb 24, 2004)
"Web visitor Amor Charmaigne writes to give tips on where to eat and stay in Malaybalay. She now works and lives in Cagayan de Oro but is originally from Malaybalay. So the place is Bukid-known ;-) to her. To Amor Charmaigne, thanks for visiting and writing and I will surely try out the places you mentioned if I am lucky enough to get back to Malaybalay."