CLIMBING THE SCENIC MUSUAN VOLCANO

Musuan, abode of Central Mindanao University, is not only renowned as the Academic Paradise of Southern Philippines but also known being the home of Musuan Volcano, one of the 22 indentified active volcanoes in the Philippines belonging to the so called Pacific Ring of Fire. This is the last stop of my travel series to the Green Province of Bukidnon.

Persuaded by my two Bukidnon-based friends Christopher Diaz and Nancy Arelas, I agreed to climb the Musuan Volcano situated at the nearby Central Mindanao University in Maramag, Province of Bukidnon. I learned from them, being alumni of the said University, that Musuan Volcano, also known as Musuan Peak and locally called as Mount Calayo, is the most favorite hiking destination among students, teachers and locals in this part of the province. This is where they frequented when doing zoological and botanical research. But for Christopher and Nancy, this is a perfect place to relax and unwind; and the easiest way to commune with mother nature. Hence, I must try it for myself.

Trekking Musuan Peak is made very convenient, fun and easy. The jump off point is situated at CMU’s Zoological and Botanical Garden located along the national highway. The open trail going to the peak is much established. In fact, 4×4 trucks can actually pass through it. But of course, hiking and trekking that will take for only an hour going to the peak of Musuan Volcano is more fun! With the scenic view of everything that surrounds it, trekking Musuan Peak is more than just the usual. An hour trek is worth a thousand joy seeing everything up there and all that envelops it.

Being situated in the middle of the vast valley, Musuan Peak is the perfect place to get the overlooking view of the various natural sceneries of the Province. The countryside is visibly seen from the top giving one a perfect view of Mount Kitanglad on one side, Pulangi River on the other, and the green valleys, plateaus and mountains that are amazing sights to behold.

Although Musuan Volcano is an active volcano, it has no signs or threat of eruption since its recorded explosion in 1867. Now a lava dome and tuff cone covered with lushes of vegetation, Mount Musuan is among the recommended destinations to see when in the Province of Bukidnon.

With my travel soulmates Christopher Diaz and Nancy Arelas

With its scenic view and convenience, trekking Musuan Peak is definitely a must thing-to-do in this part of Bukidnon. In fact, having experienced its thrill and fun, I considered our trek that day as one of the best things I did while I was at the Green Province of Bukidnon.

Me and my new friend ANGEL at CMU’s Zoological and Botanical Garden located at the foot of Musuan Volcano

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


VISITING THE GREEN PROVINCE OF BUKIDNON: The Travel Series

Whenever I think of a perfect Province, what come in mind are quaint towns and charming cities dotting with breathtaking sceneries from highlands to islands. Maybe because most of the provinces I’ve been too are made up of towns and cities blessed with both stunning mountains and beautiful islands. Thus, I always thought that the perfect kind of a Province are those with mountains plus beautiful islands and fine beaches. Not until I spent one electrifying weekend at the landlocked Province of Bukidnon. No islands. No beach. More of mountains and hills. But one helluva province of an ultimate adventure!

I’ve passed by the Province of Bukidnon for several times especially when visiting Cagayan De Oro City but never been allured to explore its hidden splendors and secret gems. Persuaded by my travel buddy Christopher Diaz and fellow Pinoy travel blogger Bonzenti Panganiban who are both Bukidnon-based, I traveled to Bukidnon for the main purpose of witnessing the province’s renowned Kaamulan Festival but what I witnessed was not only the authentic ethnic festival. I was brought to see the many breathtaking sceneries of the Province that have totally changed my whole perception about Bukidnon as a great tourist destination.Situated right in the very heart of Mindanao, the highlands of Bukidnon is literally made up of breathtaking sceneries from its cool climate to rugged mountains, magnificent plateaus, grand canyons, majestic waterfalls and cool springs, to its extremely diverse flora and fauna and to the colorful hill tribes of Bukidnon, Higaonon, Talaandig, Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon and Umayamnon. All these make the Province of Bukidnon an emerging Eco-tourism and Cultural Heritage Capital of Northern Mindanao.

For two days that I was at the Province, I witnessed not only the rich cultural heritage of the 7 Hill Tribes of the Province but I experienced, firsthand, a fun-filled eco-tourism adventure where thrill was great and communing with nature was at its finest. From Kaamulan Festival in Malaybalay, I was brought to nearby towns to explore the waterfalls and cold springs of CEDAR, wander around the Kaamulan Tree Park, visit the Monastery of the Transfiguration and climb the Musuan Peak. I was blown away seeing all those places. I was totally captivated. After experiencing all those, I concluded, not all pretty Provinces are made of beautiful beaches! Bukidnon is one great example. What I visited and experienced at Bukidnon are just among the MANY MANY things to see and discover in the whole province. My friends told me those were just teasers! There are more to explore in this green province of Mindanao.

As an emerging Eco-tourism and Cultural Heritage Capital of Northern Mindanao, Bukidnon is a must visit destination in this part of the country. Its proximity to the Cities of Davao and Cagayan De Oro makes it accessible to both domestic and international tourist. Malaybalay City, the province’s capital is about 2 to 5 hours away from these major cities by land travel. Accommodation is not a problem. There are plenty of hotels to choose from once you get there.

JOIN ME as I chronicle this exciting adventure from my home in Davao City to these spectacular places in Bukidnon.

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