Make way for the Bukidnon Visitors' Guide

Businessman Rey B. Gallo, a member of the City Tourism Board, plans to publish the guide once in two months.

Its primer says it will be a regular update "on how to get to where in the cities of Malaybalay, Valencia, and the rest of Bukidnon".

City Mayors Florencio T. Flores Jr. of Malaybalay and Leandro Jose Catarata of Valencia have welcomed [the upcoming release of the guide].

"Your initiative in promoting the best of our beloved province is both commendable and worth emulating. Indeed, we need more avenues to promote the goodness and surprises that Bukidnon offer," Catarata said in a message to the team behind the guide.    

Gallo said the guide, a pioneering initiative, will be a boost to the tourism promotion efforts of the local government units in the province.

The guide's contents may include schedules of municipal and provincial activities such as the Kaamulan Festival. There will be city maps, guide to points of interests, and a taste of Binukid (dialect used by the tribes) phrases for the visitors.  It will also include a commercial directory for places where one may dine, stay and visit.

The guide also contains supplemental editorial contents. The guide will feature in its first release the new Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center and “Batbat hi Udan,” the first epic novel of Higaonon writer Telesforo Sungkit Jr.

It is the local version of visitors’ guides released in Cebu, Bohol, Dumaguete, and Cagayan de Oro cities.

The tentative release of the guide is in time for the 22-day Kaamulan Festival from February to March, Gallo said.  (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)