Thursday, August 7, 2014

Kublai Art Garden in Kapatagan

In Davao del Sur, Kapatagan has recently become one of the most popular outdoor adventure destinations for tourists who want to appreciate nature at its finest. With its several delightful sights to see and experience, it is truly a perfect quiet respite from the everyday noise of urban life.

Located at the foot of Mount Apo, the entire valley has lush vegetation with a rich variety of wildlife amid towering forest trees and stately pine trees in a well-manicured grass. It is also blessed with a cool weather comparable to that of Baguio and Bukidnon.

Within the valley, there are a number of beautiful destinations to visit. One of these is the Kublai Art Garden where various sculptures and some art pieces of Mindanaoan artist, Ray Mudjahid "Kublai" Millan, are showcased. Located in a landscape of lush greenery, it has also the Mount Apo, the Philippines' highest mountain peak, as its backdrop.

The Agong House

Kublai Millan has turned the entire place into one huge canvas filled with his artworks. The quirky characters of sculptures are scattered all over the field while being blown by cold winds. At the very heart of various sculptures and art pieces is the Agong House. It is a one-of-a-kind and eccentric-looking structure which is patterned after a percussion instrument that is widely used by the Mindanaoan tribes called the “Agong.” It is actually a rest house of the artist himself, who graciously allows the visitors to take a peek inside it.

The Kublai Art Garden is definitely a nice place to visit. It is recommended for those travelers who love to enjoy nature, appreciate arts, and at the same time want to understand the culture in the area.

How to reach the Kublai Art Garden

The Kublai Art Garden is about two hours drive from downtown Davao City, or an hour away from of Digos City proper. There are also buses at the Ecoland Bus Terminal in Davao City that ply to Digos City, and then, you can hire a utility van from Digos Terminal to Kapatagan. There is also a 5 to 10 minute motorcycle ride readily available at the Kapatagan Market. However, the easiest and most convenient way to reach the site is through a private transportation.


Note:    The photos posted above are not mine.


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