I won’t leave my home town without hearing mass at the Monastery of the Transfiguration. This is a Monastery run by the Benedictine monks. And ever since I was child, we would hear mass here every Sunday at 8AM.
Such a breathtaking site! This photo didn’t do any justice to the Church!
This pyramid-shape monastery is located in between the hills of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. No wonder the mass is very solemn. You would see wonderful views of the mountains when you are at the church. It is quite popular in the province. The new church was designed by the National Artist for Architecture, Mr. Leandro Locsin.
The fun thing about my visit to the Church was the brunch we had with the Monks right after mass. It was sponsored by my cousins so we had free meals. I was able to try the Callos, Pansit, Fried Chicken, and Beef cooked by the monks. Of course there was Monk’s Blend Coffee and ginatan – something that I missed eating so much. A comfort food.
Recently they had built a new museum that visitors can see.
A Priest’s Sultana Made of Pinya (Very Nice!)
Pinya and Abaca Collection
I’m glad that they were able to build this Museum. It is something that tourists can see after they hear mass. A little bit of history about the Benedictine Monks who built this compound.
The Monastery of Transfiguration
Address: San Jose, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon
Tel. No.: +184.108.40.2063
Daily masses at 5:20am
Sunday Mass at 8am
Here’s the how to get to Malaybalay, Bukidnon (**Grabbed from www.BackpackingPhilippines.com**):
There are no direct flights to Bukidnon, so you need to book flights to Cagayan de Oro (CDO) or take ferries going there from various other ports. From airport or pier, hire a taxi to take you to CDO Agora Bus Terminal (this is quite far about 15 kilometers) then commute by bus to Davao (via Malaybalay) or Valencia, Bukidnon (buses leave the terminal every 30 minutes). The two hour trip that passes by Del Monte pineapple plantations and the zigzag roads of the plains and breathtaking terrain and Mt. Kitanglad (ideal for trekking/hiking). In Malaybalay, you will need a motorcycle or a car to take you as there is no public transport to take you to the place on a hill.