Roadtrip back to Davao

On my latest trip to Northern Mindanao, I had an interesting road trip with a couple of friends to and from Cagayan de Oro City. The trip going was uneventful and rather tiring because I had little sleep the previous night, and it rained hard.

On the other hand, the trip from Cagayan de Oro back to Davao via Bukidnon was quite rejuvenating, even though it was physically tiring. I’d missed traveling by land, that’s why I jumped at the chance to go with my friends.

I had mixed feelings, though. Not much has changed in the landscape, if you consider the larger picture. But when you look close enough, you’ll see that progress has indeed started to make inroads in the countryside. There are quite a few more buildings around, especially in places like Malaybalay and Valencia. Even in Buda (short for the Bukidnon-Davao border) you see more people and houses around.

The highlands of Davao City — Marilog, Epol, Salumay, Bagani, and beyond — aren’t as pristine anymore. Signs of progress, like carved out mountainsides, garish lighting all around, and others, are much in evidence. That rather depresses me. Little by little, the days when going to Epol was an adventure is becoming a thing of the past. Now it’s so easy to go there by motorized vehicle; there are trails all over the thinning jungle; and uncollected trash riddle the caves and waterfalls.

And it wasn’t as cold as before any longer. I was surprised when we took a brief break somewhere in Salumay (that’s about 2 hours away from Davao’s city proper), because the late afternoon wind wasn’t as bitingly cold as years before.

Don’t get me wrong, there are still many breathtaking sights along the Davao-Bukidnon Highway (which my grandfather built in the 1970s)… It’s still a trip worth taking… But if we don’t stop and think about preserving nature and taking positive action, the generations after us might not get the chance to enjoy the lush forests and pristine rivers that once were.

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6 Responses to “Roadtrip back to Davao”

  1. beejing says:

    I missed traveling via BUDA. big grin

  2. Blogie says:

    @beejing — You should do it again soon! wink

  3. Mindanao Bob says:

    The temperature varies. I’ve been up there at times (recently) when I would consider it downright cold! Other times it is warmer. It still gets cold up there, though. I travel that area pretty regularly. You are right, though, there have been a lot of changes in that part of Mindanao, especially after the highway was finally completed a few years back.

  4. byncah says:

    hi, just read your blog upon searching the net hoping to find an information for our incoming cd0-davao trip via bukidnon.It’s fun, isnt it? But I was afraid also coz it my first time and I havent known to which place, to what road we should go..Can you help me? just infos as to right directions..Thanx po.

  5. Blogie says:

    @byncah — Yes it’s fun, especially when you’re traveling in a group. I just don’t know if I can give you directions, because I don’t know the names of the places along the way. Anyway, it’s all pretty much straight on all the way. Have fun!

  6. wheng says:

    people in davao city are so kind. . . syempre,taga dun din ako. . hehehe…miz ko na kayo lahat diyan mga kapatid and my loving parents….see u soon. . . grabe!!!!miz ko na rin ang DURIAN. . .hello din sa mga taga sto. nino matina…….

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