I visited Bukidnon, Mindanao, in 2015, and it’s been years since I visited the province. Now, that I have finally gotten a chance to come back, I was totally surprised by how the province has retained its beauty as time has gone by.
To be honest, what comes to mind whenever I hear about Bukidnon is its well-known “Dahilayan Adventure Park,” where the longest zipline in Asia is located. Also, the province reminds us of how it is popular for having the biggest pineapple plantation in the Philippines.
However, I had no idea that I would fall even deeper in love with Bukidnon (which is actually part of my Northern Mindanao backpacking trip!) after my return. One of the places I visited in the province was the Communal Ranch situated in the town of Impasug-ong, a not-so-secret paradise in Bukidnon.
About Communal Ranch
The Communal Ranch is located in Impasug-ong, Bukidnon, and is the only government-owned ranch in the Philippines. It boasts stunning mountain ranges, grasslands, and a man-made pond, which makes it one of the most amazing views you might have ever seen.
According to the Department of Tourism – Northern Mindanao, the Communal Ranch has 642 hectares and is located at barangay Capitan Bayong, which is known as the “Cinema Capital of Impasugong”. In fact, the place was featured in one of the most well-known Filipino movies from 2008 called “Love Me Again,” starring Piolo Pascual and Angel Locsin.
How to get to the Communal Ranch, Bukidnon?
Getting to the Communal Ranch in Impasug-ong, Bukidnon, is not that difficult. Whether you’re traveling solo or with a group, it’s very accessible to get there. Being said that, here are the steps on how to get to the Communal Ranch, Bukidnon.
- From CDO, take public transportation to the Agora Terminal.
- Then, take a bus bound for Davao City, and just tell the bus conductor to drop you off at the municipality of Impasugong. The ride takes you about 2–3 hours.
- Once you get off the bus, you’ll probably notice the sculpture of the giant statues of the Lumads of Bukidnon.
- Then, head over to the tourism office, which is just at the back of the giant statues. Take note that you need to drop by the tourism office before heading to the Communal Ranch.
Travel Tips and Reminders
As mentioned earlier, it’s essential to get in touch with the tourism office in order to make the necessary arrangements before going to the Communal Ranch. To elaborate further, the following is a list of some of the travel tips that you need to keep in mind:
- Coordinate with the Impasug-ong Tourism Office one week before the visitation. You may contact them through their Facebook page “Impasug-ong Tourism”, or via their phone number. You may reach them at 09656735658.
- Once your date of visitation is confirmed, make sure to bring a valid ID and your vaccination card. After that, you will be given an entry pass to the Communal Ranch which will be checked upon entering.
- Keep in mind that you won’t be allowed to visit the Communal Ranch without visiting the Impasugong Tourism Office. Getting an entry pass is required. An entry pass costs Php 20 only.
- Better to visit on a weekday and early in the morning to avoid the crowd.
Estimated Budget and Expenses
- Agora Bus Terminal to Impasug-ong, Bukidnon: Php 155
- Habal habal tour (day tour): Php 1500 (good for 2 pax) Please note that the cost of this tour also includes visiting the Roty Peaks.
- Entry pass to the ranch: Php 20
- Horseback riding: Php 250/hour
- Impasug-ong to Agora Bus Terminal: Php 155
Things to Do at the Communal Ranch
Go horseback riding.
If you want to do something exciting, you can go horseback riding at the ranch. The activity only costs Php 250 per hour.
Based on my experience, I got a little terrified while riding a horse since it was actually my first time doing it. Eventually, it was a super fun, one-of-a-kind experience!
Take lots of pictures.
It’s no wonder that the Communal Ranch is one of the most picturesque places to visit in the Philippines. I would personally say that the place is such an Instagram-worthy spot for everyone who loves doing it for the gram! (Including me, haha!) But on a serious note, the place looks so mesmerizing and truly unbelievable. While I was there, I couldn’t imagine that I was still in the Philippines. I totally felt like I was in another country, like New Zealand. Damn! The views are so breathtaking!
If you want to fully enjoy the breathtaking views of the Communal Ranch, you may also go camping or stay overnight here. You can bring your own tent and other camping gear for your stay. You may ask the tourism office for more information.
My Thoughts on Visiting the Communal Ranch, Bukidnon
My friend and I didn’t have much time to stay at the ranch the entire day. But personally, I was still super grateful to be able to see and visit the Communal Ranch in Impasug-ong, Bukidnon. The views were seriously jaw-dropping. Everything in this place was totally breathtaking. The photos of the ranch circulating on different social media platforms could not justify the real beauty of the place. Damn. It was worth visiting. Most people might visit the place for the “gram”, but I’d personally say that it’s more than just that. This is definitely one of the most breathtaking places to visit in the Philippines!
As a sucker for nature’s scenic views, it made me feel so emotional seeing the amazing views of the mountain ranges, the grasslands, and even the man-made pond. Everything was indeed so beautiful and priceless! Not to mention the fact that visiting the place doesn’t cost that much. I just hope that every traveler will be more responsible and accountable when visiting here so that we can preserve the timeless beauty of nature and the ranch itself. To be honest, most of the photos taken from our phones didn’t need editing!
If you’re heading to Bukidnon, make sure to visit the Communal Ranch in Impasug-ong!