If Cebu has the Temple of Leah, then Malitbog has its Cultural Center. If you’re going to the town of Malitbog in Bukidnon, don’t fail to visit the Malitbog Cultural Center, arguably one of Northern Mindanao’s interesting structures with its imposing Parthenon-like facade composed of ten large columns reminiscent of the famed temple ruins in Greece.

Malitbog is located some 30 kilometers east of the municipality of Tagoloan in Misamis Oriental about a 45-minute drive from Tagoloan proper through a well-paved highway. The Malitbog Cultural Center is one of its main attractions being located at the Poblacion.

photo by James Arviel Manatad Tenebroso
photo by Regineth Butic RF

Construction started in 1998 and according to some locals, it is still not completed two decades later but is now being used for various special events. See the massive columns below.

photo by Mj Felix Servillon

What makes the structure even more grand is its wide concrete steps.

photo by Gian Enrique

The one at right is the driveway.

photo by Jerlyn Edorot-Valledor Antiporta

Here’s another shot with the building looking more like an eerie structure.

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The Malitbog Cultural Center is also known locally as the Malitbog Municipal Gymnasium.

photo by Jackielou Abdala Balatero Neri

New additions at the site are two large figures of lumads.

photo by Cassie Marie

Here is a couple of aerial shots.

screengrab from JuLmar Films video
screengrab from JuLmar Films video

And finally, from Google Street View.

screenshot from Google Street View

The site has also been a favorite venue for photoshoots and selfies and groufies.

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