A Weekend Getaway At Jive Highland Resort in Buda

Jive Highland Resort

Yuri is having the time of his life at the playground right now (with his tito and lola), so I have all the time in the world to work on backlog. Woot! Here’s what I’m currently seeing:

A little downtime before the weekend officially ends (while the boy is at the playground teehee) #wahmlife #wahm #blogger #momblogger

A little downtime before the weekend officially ends (while the boy is at the playground teehee) #wahmlife #wahm #blogger #momblogger

Ah, my favourite time of the day is me-time. Haha!

Speaking of me-time, I had a fabulous vacation by myself last Christmas. Well, technically, I wasn’t alone as I was with my work friends, but it was the first night ever that I was away from Yuri. A little backgrounder: I was a little anxious that Yuri would miss me or would keep crying without me, but it turns out he didn’t even think about me at all. Yay, I guess? LOL!

Before I digress even further, let me tell you about that mini vacation. My workmates Jona, Sarah, Lenz, and I spent a night at Jive Highland Resort in Marilog District. That part of Davao is also known as Buda as it connects Bukidnon and Davao City. Yes, it’s still part of Davao City but it’s three hours away from the city proper — at least by bus. But it’s pretty far away.

Local folks call it the Baguio of the South since the temperature drops when you get to the mountains of Marilog District. Funny story: our trip was scheduled right in the middle of a storm, Typhoon Onyok, whose track included Davao and Bukidnon. However, we decided to push on with the trip believing that Onyok will dissolve overnight.

Guess what? The night before our trip, PAGASA announced that Onyok deteriorated into a low pressure area! God you are so good!

But since there was a low pressure area, it was raining and it was really cold! I think that made our vacation even better since we wanted Baguio-weather anyway. And travelling through all that rain and fog was worth it. Just look at these pictures!

Jive Highland Resort Buda

We opted to travel by commuting via bus

So foggy!


We admittedly didn’t do enough research SO we didn’t know that unless you brought a car, the only way up the mountains is a motorcycle. So up we went!

Hisilicon Balong

After 3 kilometres of rough, steep road, we finally arrived!

Jive Highland Resort Buda

Look at that view

Jive Highland Resort

The lobby/convention centre (left) and the dormitory rooms where we stayed (centre)

Jive Highland Resort Buda

Red cottage by the waterfalls

Jive Highland Resort Buda

Waterfalls! I think this was the Anak Falls. We weren’t able to visit the other falls (and cave) since the roads were slippery and there is a preggy woman in the group.


Jive Highland Resoirt


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Hisilicon Balong

Imagine having that as your breakfast porch


Hisilicon Balong

Imagine waking up to that view every day

Hisilicon Balong

Yellow cottages (sorry I forgot the exact names of the accommodations)


Upon learning that one of us (Sarah) is pregnant, the owner offered to let her driver drive us down to the highway. Yay! No more motorcycles for us! But before that, we made a quick visit to Bemwa farm known for its yummy, organic produce.

Bemwa Farm Buda
Bemwa Farm Buda

Bemwa Farm Buda

Bemwa Farm Buda

Bemwa Farm Buda

Bemwa Farm Buda
Bemwa Farm Buda Bemwa Farm Buda

I was able to bring all of these bags of veggies for only around 200 pesos! So much win!

Bemwa Farm Buda

As well as these delicious homemade vinaigrettes for just around P140 each (I hope I remember it right):

How to go to Jive Highland Resort (commute)

1. Take the bus going to Bukidnon-Cagayan de Oro at the bus terminal. Tell the conductor to drop you off at Jive Highland Resort (Datu Salumay, Marilog District). From Ecoland terminal to Datu Salumay crossing, the fare is P90.

2. Make yourself comfy and prepare for a long (cold) trip ahead!).

3. Hail a motorcycle (there are many motorcycles at Datu Salumay crossing) and tell the driver to take you to Jive Highland resort. Fare depends on how many passengers there are (these motorcycles are locally known as skylab – they have wooden planks at the sides where more passengers can sit on). Since there were only 2 of us on the motorcycle (God forbid we sit on those planks on a slippery, mountain terrain), we paid P50 each.

4. That’s it!


1. If you’re not used to travelling backpacker-style, book their houses (A-House, Red House, etc) instead of the dormitory rooms. The dormitory rooms are their cheapest accommodations but they are quite sparse. Each dormitory room has its own bathroom, though, plus a log cabin-style porch.

2. If you’re not willing to commute, don’t be afraid to drive. The terrain may be different than our usual cemented roads, but it can be manoeuvred even by small cars, even hatchbacks. We went down from the resort riding a Honda Fit.

3. Make sure to call to double-check your reservation. You wouldn’t want to go through 3-hours of travel (via commute) without a sure reservation.

4. If you choose to commute, prepare to ride the bus going home standing up. I swear, all three of us (except our preggy peer, of course) rode the bus standing all the way to Davao City.

Bus fare: 90 pesos

Sense of adventure: Priceless

Check out these Facebook pages to know more about Jive Highland Resort and Bemwa Farm!

Bemwa Farm

Jive Highland Resort

All pictures taken using a Huawei Honor 4c

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  • Reply Lady Anne Louise Barrun January 25, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Such a beautiful place and the farm looks marvelous. I would love to have a farm like that.

  • Reply May De Jesus-Palacpac January 25, 2016 at 9:51 am

    So you rode a motorcycle going up? Wow, that’s an adventure. The place looks so serene!

  • Reply berlin January 25, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Do they call the motorcycle habal habal din? when we went to Palawan, we rode a lot of habal habal wherein 3-4 persons can fit in talaga sa likod ng driver. Ihihi.

    Nway, such an adventure. Priceless and for keeps. Surely, your Yuri misses you.

    • Reply Maan January 25, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      Yes, habal-habal! But this one’s called skylab because of the wooden planks at the side haha

  • Reply Meikah Ybañez-Delid (@Meikah) January 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Wow, Buda has a treasure hidden there! Sayang di na ako Mindanaoan hehehe! But still, I could visit one day! 🙂

  • Reply Coi January 25, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Ang gandaaaaaaa!!! Hope to visit Davao soon!!!

  • Reply Joy Mendiola January 25, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    ang I thought this place is not in the Phils! whoa, very nice! I have a friend in Bukidnon, maybe I should visit her and ask her to bring me at Jive . Thanks for posting!

  • Reply Charley's Mommy January 25, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    It seemed like everyone had a good time! I can’t wait for a vacation, too! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Mommy. 🙂

  • Reply Madz January 26, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Wow the places look relaxing! I would love to go there! I haven’t been to Davao yet!

  • Reply celin mendoza January 26, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Awww. me and my husband should go there! The falls and the porch are awesome! How much is the overnight stay?

    • Reply Maan January 26, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      Just around 2000-3500 per night depending on the room!

  • Reply Mommy Pehpot January 26, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Para kang nasa Baguio with the fog and all!

    Kaya pala it’s called BuDA (BUkidnon x DAvao)

  • Reply Rowena Wendy Lei January 26, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Looks like a nice and quaint little place but I just noticed the water seems murky… hope to visit Davao someday though!

    • Reply Maan January 26, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      That was right after a heavy thunderstorm kasi. On sunnier days, the water is clearer 🙂

  • Reply TweenselMom January 26, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Ang saya, you are so lucky to discover such spots!

  • Reply Celerhina Aubrey ★ January 26, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Ay sobrang gandaaa!!! And yay for that fact na hindi ka na-miss ni Yuri. Hihihi! Sana ako din maka overnight. Kaso feeling ko wala pa, di pa kaya ng bagets ko. Magwawala pa sya. I really wanna go to Davao soon.

    • Reply Maan January 26, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      Please do! Naku I can totally relate. Ganyan din si Yuri until very recently lang!

  • Reply Louisa January 26, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    This looks like a wonderful place for a family vacation!

  • Reply Kharla Canta January 28, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Place looks amazing!

  • Reply Mhaan Arambulo (@momyrockinstyle) January 30, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Oh my! Ang ganda! Gusto ko pumunta dyan!

  • Reply Ayi January 30, 2016 at 9:55 am

    This is so refreshing. I haven’t had a me-time away from my kids since Day One! Looks like you had fun! 🙂

  • Reply Jackie January 31, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    This is beautiful! I didn’t know about this while we were in Davao. Hope we can visit this next time!

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    Beautiful and serene place! I drooled over the vegetables, they’re fresh! Ibang-iba talaga sa province compared here in the metro.

  • Reply Denice February 6, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    What a beautiful place! Perfect for unwinding and a bit of soul searching. 🙂

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    ooh nice! another place to add to my travel list 🙂 love the red cottage

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  • Reply Yan Villavicencio January 10, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Thanks for sharing your adventure. I now have an idea on what to expect upon going there. Been checking out the reviews and the likes around the internet since we’re all first-time goers to that place.

  • Reply Charlotte October 9, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Hi, Ma’am. I’ll be commuting to Bukidnon next week. Just to make the trip worthwhile, I’m planning to get off the bus after reaching Buda and make a side trip to Jive, Bemwa and Gethsemane. Is this possible to accomplish within 4 hours? I’ll continue travelling to Bukidnon after checking out the mentioned places.

    Thank you very much for your help.

    • Reply Maan October 9, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      Hi Charlotte, Jive and Bemwa are near each other so it’s very doable. Do check out the fresh produce! I haven’t been to Gethsemane but locals say it’s just near Jive. 🙂

  • Reply Joe Modaka May 18, 2018 at 4:54 am

    Hello, I will be going around Buda in the near future. Is it difficult to catch a bus going back down to Davao?

    • Reply Maan May 20, 2018 at 5:41 pm

      In my experience, yes. I recommend against it especially if you’re bringing kids/senior citizens with you. You’ll catch a bus eventually but seats are not guaranteed – we had to stand up inside the bus for most of the duration of our trip going back to Davao.

  • Reply Drexine Regidor January 22, 2020 at 7:56 am

    Hi, do you have like the rates for the resort? Naga cater din po ba ang resort nang group? Like 16 ppl?

    • Reply Maan January 22, 2020 at 10:21 am

      Hi, sorry I am not connected to this resort. Kindly contact them nalang. Thanks!

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