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Published on February 12, 2009

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BUTUAN CITY : BUTUAN CITY The Historic City Of Caraga “In the beginning, there was no Philippines but there was BUTUAN.” GENERAL INFORMATION : GENERAL INFORMATION Location : Northeastern part of Agusan Valley in Mindanao,sprawling across the Agusan River; and the Regional Capital of Caraga Region -13 Area : 81,728 hectares Population: 267,279 27 Urban Barangays 59 Rural Barangays Climate : Dry Season (March to September) Wet Season (October to February) Dialect : Multi-Lingual (butuanon, bisaya & english) Accessibility : through Land, Sea and Air Butuan: The origin of its name : Butuan: The origin of its name Old folk insist that Butuan got its name from a sour fruit called “Batuan” (Batwan) Others pined that it came from a certain chieftain named “Datu Buntuan”, who once ruled Butuan. And scholars believed that the word Butuan originated from the word “But-an”, which literally means a person who has a sound and discerning disposition, or one who is thoughtful, pleasing in manners, noble, intelligent, understanding, kind, helpful and merciful. BRIEF HISTORY : BRIEF HISTORY Butuan is originally located Pinamanculan by the banks of the Masao River, about a kilometer from Libertad… Because of floods, the people moved to Baug, now the municipality of Magallanes at the mouth of Agusan River. Later, they transferred to Banza, about five kilometers inland of Agusan River. Still troubled with floods, the people once settled this time permanently, in a higher place called Agao, which is the present site of the city proper. The Agusan River greatly helped the booming of the “logging industry” (1960s – 1970s) which earned Butuan the name “Timber City of the South” HISTORIC SITES OF BUTUAN : HISTORIC SITES OF BUTUAN National Museum- Butuan Branch : National Museum- Butuan Branch This museum is the repository of historical and cultural materials and artifacts that proves Butuan’s prehistoric existence and rich cultural heritage. It has two exhibit galleries: Archaeological Hall and Ethnological Hall Balangay Shrine Museum : Balangay Shrine Museum By the 11th century, Butuan was the center of trade and commerce in the Philippines. The best evidence to prove this fact is the discovery of 9 balangays (the BUTUAN BOAT) in Ambangan, Libertad near the old El Rio de Butuan now, Masao River. This museum housed the balangay 1 dated 320AD. This wooden plank-built and edged pegged boat average 15 meters in length and 3 meters wide across the beam. Bood Promontory & Eco Park : Bood Promontory & Eco Park This historic site is where Ferdinand Magellan and his men erected a cross and celebrated the First Mass on Philippine Soil on March 31, 1521. This site is the highest elevation and promontory overlooking the whole of Butuan Bay then. Today, the indigenous “Hadlayati Trees” still abound lording over a clone nursery and tree park, and the serpentine Masao River amidst fishponds and archaeological treasures. Banza Church Ruins : Banza Church Ruins This site was one of the old poblacions of the city. The church built here in 1625 by the Recollect Friars was reduced into ashes by Moro Pirates. Remains of this church was only its bell tower now enveloped by banyan trees (Balete). Dubbed as the most beautiful church in the region before its destruction. Today, it is the oldest ruin of a stone church in the entire island of Mindanao. TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF BUTUAN : TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF BUTUAN Magsaysay Bridge : Magsaysay Bridge Diosdado Macapagal Bridge : Diosdado Macapagal Bridge Butuan City Hall : Butuan City Hall KAHIMUNAN FESTIVAL : KAHIMUNAN FESTIVAL Site of the Official & Formal Flag Hoisting in Mindanao : Site of the Official & Formal Flag Hoisting in Mindanao Abayan Festival : Abayan Festival Adlaw Hong Butuan : Adlaw Hong Butuan Slide 18: In Butuan, the present values the past and the past nurtures the present. Salamat Kadyaw! : Salamat Kadyaw!

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