On our way back to Davao from Camiguin Island, we visited the Monastery of the Transfiguration (also known as Transfiguration Church) located at the outskirts of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Base from what I’ve learned from my Humanities (Art and Society) subject, this building was designed by Leandro Locsin, National Artist for Architecture. Coincidentally he’s the same man behind the iconic old terminal of Davao International Airport.
Famous from its modern architecture, the Transfiguration Church houses the monks who vowed to follow the Rule of St. Benedict by living a contemplative life in their quest for God.
The place was eerily quiet when we entered the monastery and I must say that I was really impressed by Locsin’s design. Base from my research, Locsin died months before the monastery’s completion.
Wood and glass are the two most dominant elements of the building’s interior. It was cool and breezy inside the church.
We went outside to explore the church and as well as to take some pictures. The picturesque green landscape of Bukidnon can seen clearly from the church’s backyard.
Of course, I do have souvenir photos from the Monastery of Transfiguration together with my Bio ‘09 friends!
And I will never forget the sad face of Genevieve the Labrador!
We didn’t stay long due to time constraints. But our short visit at the Monastery of the Transfiguration was definitely a great experience. The place was peaceful, calm and stress-free. And oh, one can opt to spend an overnight stay at the monastery!
For inquiries, please contact Dom Martin Gomez, OSB at (0917) 5105585.
Monastery of the Transfiguration
San Jose, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon 8700
Tel. No. (088) 2212373 / 2214708
Monastery Farm (0927) 3975350
Gift Shop (0915) 9860167
Guest House Reservations (0917) 5105585
Wedding Reservations (0915) 9860167
Breakfast with the Monks (0916) 4545916
Vocation Inquiries (0916) 3650147
I’d definitely visit this place again! And oh, here are some of my photos on our way back to Davao City. These were taken near the border of Davao City and Bukidnon:
Oh I just love Bukidnon.