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Malaybalay City Mindanao


The original inhabitants of Malaybalay come from the seashores of Northern Mindanao (Misamis Oriental area) but were driven towards the mountains because of pirates and the arrival of Spanish colonizers. Before the final conquest of the central part of Mindanao (Bukidnon area), Sumilao, Linabo, Mailag and Silae has been established by Spanish missionaries (Dominicans and Jesuits). In 1850, Kalasungay (an old settlement site in Malaybalay), was burned down by the Spaniards during their final battle with the lumads, in which all male adults were killed and the women and children were taken as hostages. This battle is the last recorded resistance by the original inhabitants against the Spanish conquerors.

A few years after their defeat, the survivors of the said battle who fled to Silae slowly returned to the area ans established a new settlement near the Sacub River (present-day Rizal Park) under the protection of Datu Mampaalong. Together with thirty (30) other datus, Datu Mampaalong accepted Spanish dominion and embraced Christianity on June 15, 1877, ending the long standing war between them. On that day, the Spaniards made Malaybalay into a pueblo named Oroquita del Interior with a territory covering the area of what is now the province of Bukidnon, but the name of the settlement was still retained as Malaybalay.

Malaybalay City, the capital city of Bukidnon is located in the central part of the province. It is bounded in the east by the municipality of Cabanglasan and the Pantaron Range, which separates Bukidnon from the provinces of Agusan del Sur and Davao del Norte; on the west by the municipality of Lantapan and Mount Kitanglad; on the north by the municipality of Impasug-ong; and on the south by Valencia City and the municipality of San Fernando.[9][10]

The whole eastern and southeastern border adjoining Agusan del Sur and Davao del Norte is elevated and densely forested mountains, which is one of the few remaining forest blocks of Mindanao.

The nearest sea and air ports are in Cagayan de Oro City, which is 91 kilometers away.


The period from May to October is where heavy rains occur. Rain falls at a yearly average of 2,800 millimeters (110 in) and occurs throughout the year, though it is more intense during the country's rainy season from June to October. On the other hand, November to April are the dry months. Compared with the rest of the country, the climate in Malaybalay is relatively cooler the whole year round and the area is not on the typhoon belt.


Public utility buses and jeepneys serves as the main mode of transportation for the City's inhabitants. The Rural Mindanao Transit, Inc. operates the Cagayan de Oro to Davao City route, Cagayan de Oro-Tacurong City route, Cagayan de Oro-Wao and the Cagayan de oro-Libungan route that all passes through the City.


Malaybalay City has no airport, the nearest airport being the Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro. The city also relies on the Cagayan de Oro seaport for the delivery of its products to other destinations in the Philippines as it is the closest seaport to the city.


  • Jollibee
  • Mang Inasal
  • Chowking
  • Sir Edward Bar Grills & Seafoods Restaurant
  • Mister Donut
  • Yoly's Fastfood
  • Loiza's Pavillon
  • The Garden
  • Rey's Bar and Grill
  • Mindy's Foodhouse and Net Cafe
  • Laurel's Bar & Grill
  • Plateau



Most of the Hotels and Inns of Malaybalay are conveniently located in the Poblacion and nearby barangays which makes them accessible. These hotels offer outmost accommodation for travelers, tourists and guest visiting the City.

  • Pine Hills Hotel
  • Villa Alemania
  • Haus Malibu
  • Small World Traveller's Inn
  • First Avenue Apartel/Inn
  • Pitcher Plant Farm



  • Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center
  • Malaybalay Polymedic General Hospital
  • Malaybalay Medical Hospital
  • Bethel Baptist Hospital



Taking place every March 22 annually, the date is declared as a special working holiday through Republic Act 8813 as a commemoration of Malaybalay's anniversary as a chartered city in the country. Different events are lined up by the City to enable residents and visitors to come and experience the City's charter day activities.


Taking place every May 15 in honor of the City's patron saint, Saint Isidro Labrador, the patron of agricultural workers, labourers and livestock. The City fiesta is a 2-day event starting May 14, a day before the Fiesta, wherein residents actively prepares for the festivities, up to Fiesta day proper (May 15).




Malaybalay has several notable tourist destinations.


The Church of the Monastery of Transfiguration, San Jose, Malaybalay City

The City's 25 years Monastery of Transfiguration on San Jose hill, is made of heavy lime blocks, designed by National Artist for architecture Leandro Locsin. The first Filipino Abbot, Fr. Eduardo Africa and former Malaybalay bishop Gaudencio Rosales inaugurated it on August 6, 1983. Today, 10 monks had its 7 hectares planted to rice, 25 hectares to corn, and the rest for planting the world-famous Monk’s Blend Premium coffee. Its two-story Museum of Transfiguration Monastery (MTM) houses Dom Martin’s 50-piece vestment collection included in Philippines' 1998 centennial celebration. “Worship and Weave” book on the vestments won the 2001 National Book Award (art category).


Located in Brgy. Bangcud, this spring has crystal blue waters deep enough for diving and swimming. It also serves as picnic grounds for families bonding together or a place of refuge and recollection.


This 39,000-hectare reforestation project (21,000 hectares of which are plantable) demonstrates the compatibility of nature with economic objectives. Funded with the assistance of the New Zealand government under the auspices of DENR, the project has been operational since 1990. The City of Malaybalay and the municipalities of Impasugong, Manolo Fortich and Malitbog are the areas covered by the plantation. Its 5-hectare nursery is capable of producing 5.2 million fast-growing seedlings every year.


Located at Brgy. 1, Kaamulan Grounds serves as an activity area, refuge and recollection, picnic and other outdoor activities one can think of. An intimate environment where pine trees abound, the Kaamulan Park bids one a breather from the busy hub of the City of Malaybalay. The Folk Arts Theater, where some provincial activities and events are held, is also found here.


A sanctuary for those who seek serenity and peace, the Carmelite Sister’s Monastery is a place for retreat and prayer. The refreshing air, well-kept flower gardens and a beautiful view of some mountains in this part of the City of Malaybalay makes the place ideal for quiet moments to ponder and take a breather from a busy life. It is located at Pal-ing, Barangay Kalasungay; some 5 kms from the city proper bound to the south.

Mt. Capistrano

Mt. Capistrano viewed from Brgy. Cabangahan.

Famous as the evacuation area in the historic World War II, this mountain is characterized by its unique rock formations and challenging caves that it houses. Nature trekkers and mountain climbers find a good spot at the top of this rocky mountain, albeit rough and sharp, to see a vista of Bukidnon’s grandeur as it offers a free, panoramic view of the nearby mountains and the acres of rice and cornfields from the lands down under. Located at Barangay Managok, it is 18 kms away from the City of Malaybalay proper bound south.

Roxas Monument

A Historical Park which principal feature is the monument of the Philippine’s first president of the independent Republic, Manuel Roxas. History has it that President Roxas hid secretly in the old school, now known as Casisang Elementary School, after escaping from Japanese Imperial Army at the height of World War II on his way to Australia. The monument was erected in honor of President Roxas’ brief stay as well as to remember the WWII prisoners of war. The Roxas Monument is located at Casisang, City of Malaybalay; a few minutes ride going South from the city proper.

Dalwangan Centennial Marker

This is the spot identified to be where the Northern and Southern Army of the US Air Force linked in World War II. The centennial marker is erected at Barangay Dalwangan, City of Malaybalay.

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