Dahilayan Forest Park

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If there’s one thing I’d like to do more often in my life, it is to travel and see new places. Any chance to do so is always welcome in my book. This is why there was really no hesitation when I learned that The Himig Singers were invited to sing for a wedding in Dahilayan, Bukidnon. Of course, I’ve also always been partial to singing in weddings. I think it’s a beautiful sight to witness two people exchange vows in the midst of God, family and friends. There won’t be any wedding-related photos in this post though, but really it was a wonderful event – simple and intimate, but heartwarming.

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Dahilayan is located in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon up in the northern portion of Mindanao. It took us about 8 hours to get to the place by van from Davao City, so if you’re one to get motion sickness whilst travelling by land, I would suggest taking a plane to CdO and drive from there instead. They say the ride will take about 3 hours coming from CdO.


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Arriving at about 1 in the afternoon, our group headed directly to our lodging’s cafe for a late lunch with our host and co-member of The Himig Singers, Ate Rina Baluyut. Here’s most of the group smiling for a photo inspite of the lengthy travel. We were just too happy to have arrived safely to a chilly place, away from the on-going rotational brownouts in Davao.

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Day 1 was made up of travel, some sleep and a singing engagement later that night. So needless to say, we were all pooped, and rested early. Day 2 commenced early as well and this allowed most of us to take some lovely photos before preparing for the actual wedding ceremony. Dahilayan Forest Park has a lot of picturesque spots and recreational activities both for kids and adults. They also have 5 beautiful pet dogs, Charlie, Sandy, Simba, Jaguar and Panini, all of whom caught our eyes.

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We couldn’t leave the place without trying at least one of the park’s rides, so we chose to do the Luge before heading home on the third day. It was so much fun, it made me feel like a kid again. There were still so many rides to try but oh, so little time. Perhaps the next time I come back, I can get to try all of them, if I’m not scared enough.19

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Thanks again to Ate Rina and her family for being so generous and warm to the group. We sure had a lot of fun!

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