About Bukidnon Online
Bukidnon Online is a privately owned Bukidnon blog that has been live since 2007.
Bukidnon Online is run by a multi-award winning international blogger, publicist, social media specialist and a proud O visa (special visa for people with extraordinary abilities) holder. She was invited to tour America as an official 2012 International Visitor Leadership Program delegate (U.S. Government-sponsored program for global leaders).
Aside from featuring Bukidnon tourist spots, festivals, events and updates, Bukidnon Online also prides itself as a source of highly exclusive news, interviews and videos.
This Bukidnon blog was nominated as Best Travel Blog in the 2009 Philippine Blog Awards and was declared as Best Travel Destination Blog for Mindanao finalist in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards. Bukidnon Online is also the prime mover of the Bukidnon Bloggers group.
It also organized the first-ever Blogging 101 and How To Make Money Online Workshop in the province. BukidnonOnline.com also spearheaded the historical Google Mapping Party where volunteers created Bukidnon maps and placemakers via Google Maps.
Bukidnon Online also helped make possible the visit of the Ambassador of Malaysia during the 2011 Kaamulan Festival as their private guest. The Kaamulan visit was the very first ever of a foreign ambassador.
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The Province of Bukidnon is located at the southern part of the Philippines. Commonly known as the food basket of Mindanao, the province is known for its rich culture, interesting ethnic history and excellent scenery that is a true reflection of the Filipino way of life.
Bukidnon is a product of a very colorful history. It is originally home to two of the main ethnic tribes that inhabited Central Mindanao namely the Talaandig and the Manobo.
These days, though, Bukidnon has become an interesting mix of different types of people from the various parts of the country. The province is currently home to more than a million people of different ethnic affiliations.
Before the Spanish era, various migrant tribes from the Visayas islands have started settling on the land thereby driving its original settlers to the mountains. This is how Bukidnon came to be known by its name. The word Bukidnon originally referred to these people who were forced to move to the mountains due to the influx of migrant tribes. The word actually means “people of the mountains”. Through the years, the province saw a steady increase in migrant settlers which rose even higher after the Second World War when it opened its gates to different tribes coming from Cebu, Panay Island and even as far as the Ilocos regions.
The Bukidnon culture as it is today is a mixture of the various ethnic tribes that inhabit the province. However, it is still fairly easy to find the old traditional lifestyle through the people who live in its remote areas. Most of its people have managed to preserve its unique tradition and the only traces of assimilation are seen in the city.
Bukidnon started out as a municipality of Misamis in 1850. At that time, it was called Malay-balay. This term meant – quite literally – “few houses”. It was a municipality of Misamis until the year 1907 when it became a sub-province of Agusan by virtue of the Philippine Commission Act No. 1693. Ten years later, on March 10, 1917, Bukidnon became a separate province through the then newly-established Department of Mindanao and Sulu.
The province of Bukidnon is currently in the spotlight due to the highly controversial Sumilao march. This is in protest of the conversion of a 144-hectare land located in Barangay San Vicente, Sumilao into a hog farm by a multi-national corporation. Fifty-five farmers from the area started their march through 13 provinces from Mindanao on October 10 of this year and arrived in Manila on December 3 to request for an interview with the President to address their concerns.
The property in question was awarded to the Sumilao farmers in 1995 but was reclaimed towards the Quisumbing family who were to use the land for agri-industrial purposes. The project turned out to be the San Miguel Corporation’s construction of a hog farm on the said Bukidnon property. The farmers organized the march in order to air their land issues to the government and hopefully come up with a cease-and-desist order to stop the development of the contested property. To this date, the Department of Agrarian Reform and the Malacañang are yet to provide a favorable response to the protesters from Bukidnon.
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