IMPASUG-ONG’S CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DEVELOPMENT AND RECREATION

The old towering mahogany trees perfectly lining on both sides of tranquil unpaved footpath was the perfect welcoming scene as we enter the verdant world of Impasung-ong’s Center for Ecological Development And Recreation popularly known as CEDAR. This is the second leg of my Bukidnon Travel Series.

Fresh from the beat and heat of Kaamulan Festival in Malaybalay, together with another travel buddy Dr. Ophelia Casel, our Bukidnon-based friend Christopher Diaz brought us to nearby town of Impasug-ong to experience yet another Bukidnon’s point of interest they called CEDAR, an eco-tourism site packed with astonishing natural wonders and surprising manmade sights.

The Charming Entrance of CEDAR

CEDAR or Center for Ecological Development And Recreation is managed and developed by the Local Government of Impasug-ong, one of the 20 municipalities of the Province of Bukidnon in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The eco-park covers a total land area of approximately 1,703 hectares featuring manmade and natural forests, cold springs, grasslands, rolling hills and natural waterfalls.

The Camping Cabin of CEDAR

About 20 minutes ride from Malaybalay City, the capital town of Bukidnon, CEDAR can be reached conveniently from the highway of Barangay Impalutao, still in Impasug-ong. At the opening of the eco-park, the soaring trees that beautifully erected on both side of serene trail signaled the feeling of being one with the forest. That alone was a picture perfect view for us. Nostalgic, if only we had bicycles at that time, we could go cycling the whole day at that scene.

The Bamboo Bridge

Our points of destination at CEDAR were the three waterfalls that can be found there – Natigbasan Falls, Gantungan Falls and Dila Falls. These three waterfalls are surrounded by lush green vegetation. Big old trees and thick shrubberies abound the place making us feel being one with nature. Natigbasan Falls and Gantungan Falls are relatively close to each other while Dila Falls is pretty much secluded.

Natigbasan Falls

From the starting point in CEDAR, getting to Dila Falls would take about 30 to 45 minutes trek passing both Natigbasan and Gantungan Falls. Trekking down and up there is not that hard. Although some trails are slippery, to see these three falls is very much accessible, best suited for trekking neophytes. There is also a bamboo bridge over a gushing cold spring on our way to the falls.

Dila Falls

The stunning view of both Natigbasan and Gantungan Falls can be seen from our trails. Sadly, getting to its very base is unfeasible. According to Christopher, it is difficult to go nearer. It requires a lot of cliff trekking and river trekking to actually get there. Thus, we contented ourselves by seeing its beauty from afar. Dila Falls on the other hand is easily reached. There is an established trail that guided us right to the base. Upon reaching, the full sight of Dila Falls immediately greeted us. Abundant waters, gushing sounds, thick foliage – everything complemented each other. It is not as majestic and exotic as other waterfalls I have been in the country but it has its own beauty that captured me. As I always say, truly, nature has its own way of captivating the hearts of the many. Without any doubt, these three waterfalls are the highlights of CEDAR adventure.

This Blogger at Dila Falls with Doc Ophelia Casel and Christopher Diaz

Experiencing CEDAR and its attributes is one of the best things I had during my short stay at Bukidnon. Whether you are up for trekking, waterfalls chasing, or simply enjoying a beautiful countryside scene, CEDAR is just an ideal place. Most all, for me, a great place to commune with Mother Earth!

The Man-made Cold Spring Swimming Pool

VISITING THE GREEN PROVINCE OF BUKIDNON: The Travel Series

1. Experiencing Bukidnon’s Kaamulan Festival
2. Impasug-ong’s Center for Ecological Development And Recreation
3. 
Malaybalay’s Monastery of the Transfiguration
4. Climbing Musuan Volcano


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  1. “serene trail signaled the feeling of being one of the forest”. Olan this is very much true. The reason why I stick to this place because of the “tranquility that cures the restless soul”, when I set foot in this place in 1995. I admired and loved the place, away from bustling urban jungle. I like this place.:-). Congrats and thank you again olan for perfectly describing the feeling with your encounter with the forest.

    • Thank you Bonz. 🙂 Trekking CEDAR is definitely one of the must-recommend things to do while in Bukidnon. 🙂 very accessible, safe and enjoyable! 🙂 I love everything about this place. 🙂

  2. Thanks for this post Olan. It brings back lots of memories from my high school years. Hehehe. : )

  3. Ang ganda naman niyan… how i wish makapunta ako dyan.. so beautiful!

  4. I love reading through an article that will make people think.
    Also, thanks for permitting me to comment!

  5. awesomeness! I have just passed by Impasug-ong but this post made me wanna try and visit it too. Salamat Olan. Nice photos too.

  6. How to get here? asa’y jump start ani? The place reminds me of Tall Trees in Malagos.

  7. I love the concept of ecotourism because aside from the fact that it promotes tourism, the subject also finds time for the nature to be preserved … sana mas marami pang gumaya sa methodology ng Impasug-ong. Ecotourism at its best 🙂

  8. Karen Loed Tumacas says:

    Missing so badly this place,,, want to go home nah,, everything n impasugong are awesome ,,, fruits,, vegetables,,, even flower farm we had,,, mountains,,, trees,, rivers etc. U can see all this n our town impasugong,,,even n the progress og this town d culture and tradition and nature has been preserve,,,

  9. Hi Olan! I, born and reared in Bukidnon, find it very ironic that I’m reading a blog about CEDAR from a Davaoeño. It’s a shame that for years I have no time to visit the place and continue to be ignorant of the natural beauties in our province. After reading your blog, I’ve decided to explore and enjoy CEDAR in September. If you happen to come by Bukidnon again, you may visit Lake Apo situated 11 kms from Valencia City. To know more about the place, you can go to my site at http://mytravelsphilippines.com/bukidnon-my-home-my-lake-apo-experience/. More power to the “LAAGANS” in the world! =)

  10. marithes says:

    lovely place…

    Bukidnon is Mindanao’s Baguio… 🙂

  11. my old man said the same things when he was there 72 years ago, it was wartime & the japs run them up & down the hills and mountain of bukidnon they when this place to rest, for the first times in their life they were able to eat three times a day they have a swell time eating dried meat he describe this place as cold and at 10 o clock in the morning you cant see in front of your hands coz its foggy he always mention this place whenever he & his friends get together, when they talk about their war experience someday i want to see this place! he met his maker at the age of 68

  12. Ruth Siguiente says:

    Can we camp using our tents in the jungle?

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