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Cdo-Bukidnon Tour

An experience in a tour is really worth remembering for especially in an actual day, place and time of a visit. It inspired us to develop and enhance our capacity as a tour guide someday. The proper preservation of its ecology without degrading its natural beauty and giving importance to the culture and tradition of a particular place was our goals why we conducted this kind of educational tour.
      Last March 7-9.2008, the second year student of BS-Ecotourism had an educational tour at CDO-Bukidnon as a requirement of the course subject Tour 4- domestic tourism with Mindanao tour.       
     We leave the port of Camiguin at around 5:00 o’clock in the morning and arrived at the port of Balingoan approximately 6:00 o’clock. There were 2 vans waiting at the port to bring us to our destination. Our first stop was the office of the department of tourism CDO, headed by Mr. Catalino Chan. One of the DOT staff gave us a brief lecture about tourism Industry. Mrs. Elena Manalo discussed with us about Domestic tourism. There components and multiplier effect of the Tourism industry. She also discussed the basic characteristic of a good tour guide and the proper ways in entertaining a guest. She also introduced some of their new project such as the “Home Stay,” where locals of a particular place can offer their vacant rooms for tourist who wanted to stay for a “Pay,” There a lot of things that we learned from her. After the lecture we went to Gaisano Mall for our lunch and Malling.    
       Then we proceeded to our second destination which was the “Garden of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village,” located at Cugman, Cagayan De Oro City. This site has a breathtaking view of the Macajalar Bay. The gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village distinctly sits on 7.2 hectares which gives you a colorful glimpse of the ecology and rich ethno-Filipino heritage of Northern Mindanao showcased through various artifacts, customs and tradition, flora and fauna. The ETHNIC MUSEUM, offer a bastion of hand- on experiences of handicrafts, musical instrument indigenous and endemic ornamentation and weaponry.     This Eco cultural is considered a meaningful learning center for greater understanding, appreciation and enhancement of education, science, cultural and ecological interest.         
       In the evening of that same day we went to the Kaamulan Park to witness the “Piniliyapan hu Bukidnon” or a glimpse of Bukidnon’s ethnic cultural presentation. The presentation was highlighted by the performances of 3 different participating schools namely: IIT, CMU and BSU dance troupe together with the BSU chorale. They showcased the different ethnic dances and songs of the seven different tribes of Bukidnon namely: Higaunon, Matigsalug, Umayamnon, Manobo, Tigwahanon, Talaandig, and Bukidnon. For the people of Bukidnon “Kaamulan” means “Gathering” it was inaugurated on September 16, 1977. It is also participated by the “Laga ta Bukidnon.”     
      In the morning of March 8 was the highlight of the Kaamulan festival which was the street dancing and tableau presentation. There were 7 contingents performed depicting different participating municipalities of Bukidnon. The winners of the float contest were:  Don Carlos Libona and Baungon respectively. The municipality of Lantapan got the first place for both the steer dancing and tableau presentation followed by Malaybalay and Don Carlos, respectively.    
      In the afternoon, we visited the monastery of Transfiguration along barangay San Jose, Malaybalay City. There you can experience peace and serenity, ideal for genuine escape of the stressful Kaamulan Festival. We also experienced Kaamulan night. Its different booth can satisfy the needs of tourist from souvenirs, entertainment and foods.     Montegelo Agri-Tourism farm was our best destination. This place is very good for Eco Tourism destination. They have different kind of flora. Its natural landscape and nature gives beauty to its site and the facilities coupled with their warmhearted staff is the reason why this place is good. Dr. Obrero gave us a lecture about his place, and according to him he did not even advertise his place but there are groups of people who kept visiting their place just by the word of mouth.    
      After our lunch we proceeded directly to Balingoan to catch up the last trip.    During our two-day educational tour, we learned lot things especially on preserving the nature and culture of a particular place. It also gave me additional information that can be useful to me someday, in the field of Tour-Guiding.


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