In order to benchmark the best practices for public restrooms, tourism areas, and the involvement of IP communities particularly in weaving and livelihood, the Provincial Tourism Office of Surigao del Sur visited the City of Malaybalay.

City Tourism headed by Ms Honolou Marie Cruzin, Supervising Tourism Operations Officer and staff conducted a quick tour for the visitors headed by Ms. Mary Vil Chan, Provincial Tourism Officer, Ms. Nerissa Espinosa, Provincial Tourism Council Advisor, Michelle S. Pareja, Supervising Tourism Operations Officer, and Nida Grace Barcena, PIA Manager last December 6, 2022.

The group visited Kaamulan Park, Provincial Capitol, Abbey of Transfiguration in Barangay San Jose, Malaybalay City and Luyungan IP School in Bangcud.

The Abbey of Transfiguration — known to be a haven for peace and reflection away from the bustle of the outside world, and an excellent place to meditate. The visitors were astounded of the unique experience as it provided them with mental and physical relaxation during their visit at the monastery.

They also toured the monk’s museum that exhibits various liturgical vestments made of Philippine fabrics. And a quick stop buying souvenir items at the Tagolwanen Women Weavers Association (TWWA) store. The showroom displayed a wide range of arts and crafts.

Afterward, they went to the City Economic Enterprise Development and Management Office where they had a brief conversation about how the office run and improve its daily operations and processes.

The guests then proceeded to Brgy. Bangcud and were welcomed by Dr. Romil Jabonero, the principal of Luyungan National High School (IP school). Provincial tourism of Surigao del Sur was amazed by how the school is preserving IP culture and improving their lives.

By: Emmie Jane G. Palomares, CMO Tourism – NADA