MALAYBALAYCITYis situated in the province of Bukidnon which is a 3rd Class and capital city of its place.
In the early 18th century, Spanish explorers came to the town and asked for the name of the place in which the natives responded “Walay Balay”, the explorers mispronounced it to “Malaybalay”, and thus the name of the town was derived. Previously, it has been known as “Oroquita”. The original inhabitants of Malaybalay were people who came from the seashores of Northern Mindanao and were driven to the land due to sea pirates and the colonization of Spaniards. Malaybalay together with its nearby barrios became a settlement in 1850. On June 15, 1877 Malaybalay became a pueblo and known as “Oroquita Del Interior” under the province of Misamis.
Then on October 19, 1907, Malaybalay became a municipality, and in 1910 it became a sub-province of Agusan which later on became an independent municipality. It was only on February 11, 1998 when Malaybalay became a city under the proclamation act signed by then President Fidel Ramos.
The total land area of Malaybalay City is 108,258 hectares. Most of the land is classified as forest land and a landlocked area, thus the city is safe from typhoon and weather disturbances.
With the current population census, the city has a total population of 123,672 residents in 23,522 households. The rate growth is believed to be at 1.95%. The main language used is Filipino, followed by English and other local dialects.
COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
Major industries in Malaybalay are agri-based such as poultry and piggeries. Big corporations can also be found here such as San Miguel, Purefoods, Monterey, Swift, Asian Hybrid Philippines (feeds processing), Rubbertex (rubber shoes manufacturing), and Monastery Farms (peanuts and other preserved foods). Cattle ranches can also be found here.
Malaybalay City has a cool weather throughout the year, with dry season during months of November to April and wet Season during months of May to October. Mean temperature ranges from 18.50 °C to 29 °C.
ARTS & CULTURE
The city celebrates “Kaamulan Festival” every March annually. The festival brings together diverse talents of seven tribes in the province of Bukidnon, showcasing indigenous dance. The festival also brings forth trade exhibits, rodeo, and continuous dancing at night. The whole celebration is very colorful and many local and foreign tourists join the said festivity.
Local products come from Agricultural products such as rice, corn, sugarcane, vegetables, legumes, root crops and commercial products such as rubber, coffee, banana, and pineapple.
Malaybalay City has various native delicacies being sold in its vicinity, mostly made out of their agri-products.
Most of the Malaybalay residents are predominantly Roman Catholics and the rest are Christians.
LIST OF “BARANGAYS” (or communities)
Malaybalay City is subdivided into 46 barangays:
Barangay 1 (Pob.)
Barangay 2 (Pob.)
Barangay 3 (Pob.)
Barangay 4 (Pob.)
Barangay 5 (Pob.)
Barangay 6 (Pob.)
Barangay 7 (Pob.)
Barangay 8 (Pob.)
Barangay 9 (Pob.)
Barangay 10 (Pob.)
Barangay 11 (Pob.)
BIRD WATCH TOWER
This tower can be found in Barangay Dalwangan. A variety of birds some which are already endangered bird species can be found in here.
BUKIDNON FOREST, INC.
The forest is located in Barangay Sumpong, a place which tree planting project is provided and good for camping as well.
The monastery is usually held for retreat, prayer and meditation or spiritual reflection. The place is just five kilometers before reaching the city proper in Barangay Kalasungay.
MONASTERY OF TRANSFIGURATION
This is a monastery of Benedictine Monks ideal for retreat and meditation as well. It has a small and big Church inside, plus coffee harvest processed by the monks. It is located in Barangay San Jose which is also 5 kilometers away from city proper south bound.
The mountain has attractive rock formations and caves. This was believed to be an evacuation area during World War II. This place is just 18 kilometers away from the city going South through Barangay Aglayan.
The mountain is ideal for climbing adventure. It is said to be the 2nd highest peak in the Philippines with 9,636 feet above sea level. The place is now a national park and protected habitat for endangered Philippine eagle.
Tourists can enjoy a spring water bath surrounded by trees and plants. The place is situated 14 kilometers away from city proper south side in Barangay Bangcud.
PINES VIEW PARK
The park is ideal for camping and brisk walk. It also provides training and workshop facilities, log cabins and native houses on display. This is located behind the provincial capitol.
RAINFOREST SPRING RESORT
The spring is situated in Barangay Bangcud and is just near Nasuli Spring. This Resort is privately owned and yet tourists can visit this place, ideal for bathing and picnics.
This is a historical park in commemoration of President Roxas during his brief stay in the city during World War II. The place is situated in Barangay Casisang.
Malaybalay City can be reached through Lumbia Airport in Cagayan De Oro City. Manila to Cagayan is just an hour plane ride.
Malaybalay City can be reached just a two hours drive from Cagayan De Oro airport. The City is 91 kilometers away south of Cagayan De Oro City. There are also buses and jeepneys going to Malaybalay which approximately takes 2 ½ hours journey.