I’ve been to Malaybalay many times before, when I was still based in Davao City and Cagayan de Oro, I have been passing this sleepy city up in the Bukidnon highlands. It was only last year, when I first witnessed the Kaamulan Festival, that I had more time to spend here.
First impressions? The weather is just cool that it reminds one of Tagaytay, but more beautiful. The great Kitanglad Range looms in the distance, the great plateaus of the province is awe inspiring and it has a great provincial atmosphere that you will just love.
It’s not so much with big structures but low lying constructions, a mall and a main arterty, Sayre Highway, that just brings you in and out of this inconspicuous city.
But I do love this city and what it can do to one’s disposition. After the workshops, I just head back to where I was staying. Sleep or just go online and check tickets website. By dinner, blogger friendds, Bonz and Earl invite me to one of the local restaurants. But what I do like is the unhurriedness of life here. There’s this slow tedium. You wake up to a cool morning without the need for electric fans and airconditioning.
You just appreciate the cool weather and the simplicity of life here. No big malls, no cinemas. The morning light will just cast a beautiful illumination at the range of hills that people call a particular spot, Two Trees. You have breakfast or lunch in one of the eateries, simple yet filling and cheap.
And for one who is preparing emotionally for my needed closure, Malaybalay has been a great place to be.
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