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Gateway to sacred Mt. MalindangDon Victoriano, Misamis Occidental

DON Victoriano Chiongbian, or Don Victoriano for short, serves as the gateway to Mt. Malindang National Park, a complex volcano located in Misamis Occidental. The mountain range is home to many waterfalls, a crater lake, and virgin forests hosting rare species of flora and fauna. Don Victoriano plays host to those who wish to explore the majestic Mt. Malindang.

Fresh strawberries The Piduan curtain falls.

The Subanons, the gentle people of Mt. Malindang Natural Park, were originally river people. Their name is derived from the word soba or «suba,» meaning «river,» and the suffix «non» indicating a locality or place of origin. The Subanon originally lived in the low-lying areas near the river. However, due to the influx of other settlers like the Moros, Cebuanos, and Boholanons to the coastal areas, they were pushed further into the interiors. Now, many of them live in the uplands of Mt. Malindang and have become the guardians of this sacred mountain, planting flowering plants, fruits, and vegetables along its slopes.

Driving around Mt. Malindang. The breathtaking view of Mt. Malindang.

Cool weather and green forests

Don Victoriano is a small municipality with fewer than 10,000 people. The town center is situated at an elevation of 990 meters above sea level, with bamboo houses on stilts built along the ridges. With its cool weather and green surrounding forests, the place gives visitors the feeling of being in Sagada.

Barangay Mansawan or Nueva Vista is where the visitor center for climbing Mt. Malindang is located. Mansawan, where Lake Duminagat, an old crater lake, is situated, serves as the jump-off point for climbing the north peak of Mt. Malindang at 2,400 meters above sea level. Aside from climbing the peak and enjoying the enchanting Lake Duminagat, Don Victoriano offers many natural attractions to intrepid travelers in this beautiful town on the slope of Mt. Malindang.

The Don Victoriano Poblacion. The Pines Strawberry Farm.

How to get there

The quickest way to reach Don Victoriano from Manila is to take a one-and-a-half-hour flight to Ozamiz City. From Ozamiz, take a two-hour jeepney or van ride that climbs up to Don Victoriano. In Don Victoriano,