Monastery of the Transfiguration in Bukidnon


Known to many as the Bukidnon Monastery, the Monastery of the Transfiguration in the province of Bukidnon is one of the most visited religious communities in the Philippines. It is located on a hill in Barangay San Jose, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. The pyramid structure was made by national artist Architect Leandro Locsin and was dubbed as a “Magnum Opus”, a Latin word which means “Great Work”. Architect Leandro Locsin (1928-1994) is a Negrense known as “The Architect of Space” and the Monastery is one of his famous works and one of his lasts.

The magnificent Monastery of the Transfiguration is a place of peace, guidance and prayer. It is where one enjoys the prosperity and intimacy of nature during prayer and thanksgiving. A picturesque view of the mountains of Bukidnon including the towering Mount Kitanglad and the vast rice fields is experience while you are in the Bukidnon Monastery. Local flowers and trees grow around this wonderful spiritual environment where Benedictine Monks live and pray for the souls of each and every people in the world every day.

The Monastery of the Transfiguration has been visited because of its religious edifices situated inside the compound which includes a Retreat House which has accommodated famous government officials and other influential persons. Notable inside this Bukidnon Monastery is the “Monk’s Blend”. It is a coffee produce, grown and processed by the Benedictine Monks themselves. There is also a giftshop which sells delicacies and religious items.

New Monastery of the Church of Transfiguration

New Monastery of the Church of Transfiguration

After you reach the main gate of the Monastery of the Transfiguration, you will need to decide where to go first as there is a fork road. The road to the right leads you to the Old Monastery Church of the Transfiguration, Old Monastery – Guest House, Monastery Accounting Office, Monastery Gift Shop and Monastery Farms while the road to the left leads you to the New Monastery Church of the Transfiguration and the New Monastery – Guest House. The road to the left is ideal to take first to avoid losing a lot of your time spending it the Souvenir Shop and the view of the Bukidnon Mountains at the Old Monastery. Take note to wear the proper attire when you are visiting the place. Those who are wearing shorts, sleeveless shirts or anything informal are not allowed to get inside the Monastery because it is a holy place and needs much respect.

The Monastery of the Transfiguration is located about 5 kilometers south from the City Center of Malaybalay. Multicabs and motorcycles can take you there at a negotiable price. Some of the drivers don’t know the direction so just tell them it is near Alma Moreno’s house. From there you won’t miss the corner going to the Bukidnon Monastery.

There are regular masses held in the Monastery especially during Sundays and holy days. If you have the time, attend mass at the Monastery of the Transfiguration and experience the solemn and spiritual presence of the holy.

Bamboo Shelter to be used during gatherings

Bamboo Shelter to be used during gatherings

Be Still and Know that I am God

Be Still and Know that I am God

Holy Child

Holy Child

Inside the Monastery of the Transfiguration

Inside the Monastery of the Transfiguration

Monastery Souvenir Shop

Monastery Souvenir Shop

Inside the Monastery Souvenir Shop

Inside the Monastery Souvenir Shop

Inside the Old Monastery of the Transfiguration

Inside the Old Monastery of the Transfiguration

My House is a House of Prayer

My House is a House of Prayer

Old Monastery of the Transfiguration

Old Monastery of the Transfiguration

One of the Prayer Rooms of the Monastery

One of the Prayer Rooms of the Monastery

Pointed Leaves

Pointed Leaves

Series of Pillars

Series of Pillars

View of Mount Kitanglad and Landscape from Bukidnon Monastery

View of Mount Kitanglad and Landscape from Bukidnon Monastery

New Monastery of the Transfiguration - Landscape

New Monastery of the Transfiguration - Landscape

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  1. odie says:

    Hi!

    how did you get to the monastery? did you hire a van? how much? or rode a jeepney? thanks.

  2. kabing says:

    i am from malaybalay, bukidnon. this is for odie:
    from cagayan de oro, you can ride on a bus (Rural Transit Bus) in Agora Terminal to Malaybalay. You only need about Php 130 for the bus. upon reaching the malaybalay bus terminal, you may ask a multi-cab bound to san jose for Php 8. you can ask also the driver of the multicab to get you to the monastery of the transfiguration with an extra payment. that is, if there is no other passenger in the multi-cab. you can also drop at the highway of san jose going to the monastery and take a walk. i think, it’s about 1 km only from the highway.

    i hope it can help.

    • jc says:

      hi there! Thank you for that information! I am from CDO and I want a retreat in a peaceful place. This sounds great a place, but I’m more interested in the Carmelites Sisters’ Monastery also in Malaybalay. May I ask for directions on how to go there. I just want to commute through Malaybalay. Thanks in advance! Your reply would be appreciated. :)

    • Alex says:

      Hi,

      Thank`s for information about Bukidnon Monastery. I will be in Malaybalay at second part of september and try to find not expensive hotel.

      Maybe you know some hotel in Malaybalay to 300-400 peso per night?

      I`m from Russia

  3. mai says:

    hi,

    i was really amazed by the architectural design of the church of the transfiguration, hope i could visit there one of these days.

  4. ashley go says:

    can I ask for the schedule of the mass tomorrow (april 7, 2012). Thank you.

  5. geraldine galinato-maribojoc says:

    can i wear jeans and shirts to get in to the monastery?, or is it included as informal outfit?

  6. Rolly Salon says:

    I leave the broken pieces of me on the ground of the Church of the Transfiguration. Beautiful as it is…………..

  7. Rolly S. says:

    ….serene & beautiful place as ever. ……….Mitch L. , I hope to bring you here someday and find love & peace in your heart…………..

  8. Rolly S. says:

    serene & beautiful as ever…….I leave the broken pieces in me at the ground of the church of transfiguration………………….Mitch L.,….I hope to bring you here,so you can find peace & love in your heart……………..

  9. babsie says:

    hi i need a contact number to kuye melvin, his the wedding incharge…

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