Posted by March 20, 2009on
The Monastery of Transfiguration in Malaybalay Bukidnon is just one of the places that I really wanted to see when visiting the province known for its pineapples.
Inside the huge Monastery complex, a Chapel of the Transfiguration was built on top of a small hill, giving a breathtaking view of the Bukidnon mountains. The pyramidal shaped chapel was designed by no less than the National Artist for Architecture himself, Mr. Leandro Locsin.
Among his other works are the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the University of the Philippines Chapel, Davao International Airport and the Nurul Istana Iman in Brunei Darussalam.
Aside from the Chapel, the place is also known as the source of the popular Monk’s Blend coffee.
The Monastery is run by the Benedictine Monks who live in a life of prayer, silence and simplicity.
A few hundred meters away from the chapel is the monastery gift shop/ pasalubong center.
From here, guests can pick a variety of items for pasalubong like rosaries, prayer books, Tshirts, St. Benedict medals and the popular Monks Blend coffee. The Monk’s Blend comes in two variants: whole beans and finely ground coffee.
Going to the Monastery of the Transfiguration may be a bit tricky. Since it would entail a very long walk if you take the public transport.
so what we did to get there was arrange with a jeepney driver at the Malaybalay Jeepney Terminal. We agreed at the rate of 300 pesos. Not a bad price since the chapel is really far from the highway.
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