Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Traversing the Davao-Bukidnon Border

Buda is the place to be.

If there's one place in Davao Region that I would want to visit all over again, it's definitely Buda (Bukidnon-Davao). Buda is the favorite destination of travelers who choose to unwind and relax from the bustling metropolis, all thanks to its cool climate and clean environment.

Buda is approximately an hour and a half away from downtown Davao and can be reached via Davao-Bukidnon Road. Situated along the mountain slopes of Mount Talomo, the Davao-Bukidnon highway traverses the districts of Marilog and Marahan, Calinan, and Arakan Valley, North Cotabato. The quarantine checkpoint marks the boundary of Davao City and the province of Bukidnon. This particular road network is the fastest way to reach Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro City of Misamis Oriental.

And because the climate here is relatively cooler (altitude: 4500 ft ASL), conifers are abundant as well as strawberries and other exotic flowers.

Buti walang 10-wheeler truck na dumaan. LOL


Buda offers a lot of mountain resorts such as Seagull Mountain Resort, owned by a prominent politician here in Davao. If you're an adventure seeker, explore the innards of Buda and discover its hidden gem that everyone will surely love.

BUT FIRST, you must finish a challenging task.

The Task

The task involves trekking a muddy and rocky slopes for at least 30-40 minutes, depending on your pace. Sounds simple, but the trail's a bit treacherous. You know, I slid a couple of times and it hurt my butt and back big time! The trail can be difficult most especially if it rained prior the trek. Pero keriboomboompaw lang. As long as you wear proper trekking attire, everything's gonna be fine.


The Hidden Gem Named EPOL

Tadaaaaaaaa! Epol Falls! EPOL stands for Everlasting Power of Love (what a powerful name for a waterfall) and formerly known as Spring Valley Resort. It is a cascading waterfall and one can take a dip along the catch basin of the falls. Although I have to warn you that the water is so cold. As in tubig-na-galing-sa-chiller cold.

But still, it's a best place to bond with your family and friends. But I don't recommend of bringing your asthmatic or yung mga may sakit sa puso/highblood friends. Aside from killing the 'joyous' moments of your trip, it's waywardly dangerous.


Class picture before leaving Epol Falls

Chilling at the Mountain

We stayed at Kuya Drew's rest house near Lorega, Bukidnon. The place itself is very peaceful, clean and cold.

Abella rest house!

The 2012 Davao Bloggers Officers

I kinda miss the cold weather.


And oh, we featured this in our travel show, so stay tuned!


  1. I miss that place. Dyan ako nagpaka-outdoors nung bata ako. I stayed overnight in that area even before the house was built. And imagine me cimbing down the slope then back up to the highway when I was around 10 years old. WAHAHA!

    1. LOL di ko maimagine na nagawa mo mga outdoors-y stuff, te Ri! :)) Effort baya masyado mag akyat-baba sa rest house niyo :)

    2. I miss the cold weather too! Balik tayo with Kusina Maria!? :)

  2. My all time favorite Renz is Buda. hehe.. I can live there forever!

  3. EPOL APOL... BUDA BIDA... The coolest place to stay in Davao... LINGAW kaayo ni ni! Tagam si Mark! Ingnan bitaw nga mag shoes! Hahaha.

  4. baka ma silip namin ito renz. malapit lang kami dito sa EPOLs. Galing ng pag kakuha mo ng pictures sa falls renz.:-).

  5. i cant comment sa imong lakbayan! dapat sabay na ta mag A... murag wala pakoy sked travel karon... az en!!!

  6. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well. In fact your creative writing ability has inspired me.

  7. This blog is daebak! :) Continue writing, inspiring people and sharing them the joys of travelling.

  8. Hi there, can I ask how to get there at drew'd rest house? Pde din po ba xang rentahan? Thank you po :)


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