We've met again, Malaybalay

We’ve met again, Malaybalay

Wide and clean street, Sayre Highway in Malaybalay

Wide and clean street, Sayre Highway in Malaybalay

The bus from Agora bus terminal in Cagayan de Oro

The bus from Agora bus terminal in Cagayan de Oro

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.

Motorela, the main kind of transport within this city

Motorela, the main kind of transport within this 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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Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.


  1. Bonzenti,Con Tour
    March 7, 2013 @ 21:32

    Bai. I admired the way you write this post. Its sincerely comes from the heart of a true Langyaw (stranger). Honestly written bai, without bias.:-).

  2. estancabigas
    March 8, 2013 @ 16:25

    Thnx bai

  3. Earl, Suroy Pilipinas
    March 8, 2013 @ 21:51

    Thanks for this bai! Balik-balik!

  4. Ephraim Arriesgado
    March 10, 2013 @ 18:10

    I miss this place! been here many times before while I was still studying in Valencia, Bukidnon. 🙂

  5. estancabigas
    March 10, 2013 @ 20:31

    Bai, i also want to go back 🙂

  6. Micole l Philippine Traveler
    March 11, 2013 @ 14:05

    Hello again sir estan! I’m actually from Davao so I know about this but have not been here. I hear good things though and I’m glad I heard this from you. Another place that should be visited by people needing to get away even just for a while. Parang upgraded style of province life. More power to you po!

  7. estancabigas
    March 11, 2013 @ 14:06

    Thnx Micole 🙂

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