Detour and Discover Bukidnon towards the DEVCON Mindanao Summit 2024 – A Cultural and Adventurous Escape!

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As you prepare for the DEVCON Mindanao Summit 2024 in the vibrant city of Davao, consider taking a detour to the captivating province of Bukidnon. This province is not only a cultural gem and an adventurer’s paradise but also a budding hub for technological innovation. Enhance your summit experience by exploring Bukidnon’s rich cultural heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and emerging tech community.

A Tapestry of Seven Tribes

Explore the cultural heart of Bukidnon, where traditions come alive amidst the majestic landscapes. This province is renowned for being the home of the Kaamulan Festival, a vibrant celebration that honors the customs and heritage of its seven indigenous tribes: the Talaandig, Higaonon, Bukidnon, Umayamnon, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon, and Manobo. Each tribe boasts unique customs, music, dances, and crafts, offering a vibrant cultural experience. Engage with their stories and witness the artistic contributions of locals like Waway Saway, a renowned Talaandig musician and artist who embodies the province’s rich cultural legacy.

Emerging Tech Community and Educational Excellence

Bukidnon is also gaining recognition for its burgeoning tech scene. With higher education institutions like Bukidnon State University and Central Mindanao University leading the way, the province is training a new generation of tech experts. These universities are key in driving innovation and supplying skilled workers to support Bukidnon’s tech community.

Must-Visit Spots in Bukidnon

To truly appreciate Bukidnon, explore its top attractions. Here are some highlights that should be on your itinerary:

  1. Dahilayan Adventure Park – For thrill-seekers, Dahilayan Adventure Park in Manolo Fortich is a paradise. Boasting Asia’s longest dual zipline, the park offers a range of adrenaline-pumping activities like the Dropzone free fall and scenic luge rides. Surrounded by lush pine trees, it’s an adventure in nature’s playground.
  2. Lake Apo – Located in Valencia City, Lake Apo is a serene crater lake perfect for a tranquil escape. Its clear, emerald waters are ideal for kayaking, picnicking, or simply basking in the beauty of the surrounding hills. This peaceful spot is a favorite among nature lovers.
  3. White Rock Climbing in Kiokong– For the adventurous spirit, White Rock Climbing in Kiokong, Quezon offers an exhilarating climbing experience against the backdrop of stunning white limestone formations. It’s a challenge worth taking for climbers of all levels, providing spectacular views from the top.
  4. Adventurous Zigzag Roads in Quezon – Embark on an exhilarating journey through Quezon’s zigzag roads, known for their scenic beauty and thrilling twists and turns. These roads, often carved into mountain sides, offer spectacular vistas of lush greenery and picturesque landscapes. As you navigate the winding paths, each curve unveils a new panoramic view, making the journey as exciting as the destination itself. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a thrill-seeker, or simply seeking a memorable road trip experience, Quezon’s zigzag roads promise an unforgettable adventure.
  5. Communal Ranch – Experience the cowboy life at the Communal Ranch in Impasugong, the only government-owned cattle ranch in the Philippines. Spread over vast rolling hills, it’s an ideal spot for horseback riding and experiencing the rustic charm of ranch life.
  6. Monastery of the Transfiguration – This architectural gem in Malaybalay City, designed by National Artist Leandro Locsin, offers a serene retreat with panoramic views of Bukidnon’s landscape. The monastery’s pyramid-shaped chapel and tranquil ambiance make it a perfect place for meditation and reflection.
  7. RotyPeaks Ridge Camp – If you plan to go camping in the Philippines, check out RotyPeaks Ridge Camp, a full-fledged campsite in Impasug-ong, Bukidnon. Here, you can disconnect from the digital world and surround yourself with like-minded individuals, accompanied by breathtaking mountain views and pine trees. The campsite offers cozy cabins, clean shower facilities, a view deck, swings, and fire pits for bonfires. You can even rent tents if you need to get your own. They also provide a water source and a cooking service where you can have delicious meals prepared. You can also explore the nearby trails for trekking and hiking.
  8. Lovers Lane – located in Impasug-ong, a breathtaking landscape that will take your breath away with a scenery that you will love and truly enjoy. The green scene will make you amaze, thrill, and love Bukidnon as the destination in calming your mind and stress free environment. 

Bukidnon’s Culinary Delights

Exploring Bukidnon’s culinary landscape is a journey in itself. Here are some local delicacies you must try:

  1. Binaki – A delightful steamed corn cake wrapped in corn husks, binaki is a sweet snack that epitomizes Bukidnon’s agricultural heritage. It’s a treat you’ll find hard to resist.
  2. Nilubihang Puso ng Saging – Savor the traditional flavors of banana heart cooked in coconut milk and spices. This indigenous dish is rich, flavorful, and a true taste of Bukidnon’s culinary traditions.
  3. Bukidnon Pineapples – Renowned for their exceptional sweetness, Bukidnon pineapples are a must-try. Visit the plantations in Manolo Fortich to enjoy the freshest and juiciest pineapples straight from the source.
  4. Sikwate – A coffee like brew that is good especially on a gloomy and cold morning if you’re in Bukidnon, you should try this and combo it with “puto” or “pan”.

Enhance Your DEVCON Mindanao Summit Experience with a Journey to Bukidnon

While the DEVCON Mindanao Summit 2024 in Davao promises unparalleled opportunities to elevate your tech skills and forge valuable connections within the industry, we invite you to complement your summit experience by exploring the captivating province of Bukidnon. Just a few hours’ journey from Davao, Bukidnon offers a unique blend of rich culture, stunning landscapes, and delightful cuisine that will enrich your trip in ways beyond measure.

Join us at the DEVCON Mindanao Summit 2024 and embark on a journey to Bukidnon, where the allure of its indigenous traditions, breathtaking vistas, and mouthwatering delicacies will add an unforgettable dimension to your summit experience. Immerse yourself in a world where technology seamlessly intertwines with tradition and nature, offering a holistic adventure that promises to inspire and rejuvenate your spirit.