Agusan del Norte is the northwesternmost province of the Caraga Region. On June 17, 1967, upon the enactment of Republic Act No. 4979, the former province of Agusan was split into two, Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur. The Municipalities of Carmen, Nasipit, Buenavista, Cabadbaran, Tubay, Jabonga, Kitcharao, and Las Nieves comprised Agusan del Norte. Butuan City was retained as the capital. Under Dean C. Worcester, the Philippine Commission by virtue of Act No. 1693 created the province of Agusan on August 20, 1907. The new province was composed of the sub-provinces of Butuan and Malaybalay. RA 4979 was authored by Congressman Jose C.Read More →

After scouring most of Butuan’s historic places and landmarks, my energy was zapped. So, I asked my friend Jhoanna, who volunteered to be my driver and guide, where to get the best coffee in the city. She pointed Kapihan sa Datu, an unassuming coffee shop near the city’s sports complex. I found out that their coffees are excellent. The fact that theirs are Manobo blends, that made it even better. Kapihan Sa Datu sits on a sprawling lot. They made the open space into a mini playground. Coffee for adults, wi-fi connection for the young, and a playground for the kids. Now, who would haveRead More →

Setting their sails, inspecting their products, and completing and double-checking their provisions for a long voyage in a route already they became accustomed to, the seafarers and merchants bade adieu. This has been their life, their familiar routine, their tradition. And for decades and centuries during the Age of Sail, seafaring and the inherent commercial activities consequently made Butuan a flourishing state. The Age of Discovery, as the Western scholars would like to romanticize their relentless pursuits of new territories and eternal sources of riches, may have contributed to the subjugation of the thriving Butuan rajahnate. Its death knell may have resonated all the moreRead More →

“In the beginning there was no Philippines but there was Butuan.” This is not an empty boast but a definitive declaration that resonates deeply into the annals of Philippine history. As early as the 4th Century, formal settlements along the banks of Agusan River and the valleys that surrounded it were already thriving. The strategic location of Butuan shielded it from marauding pirates, tropical storms, and raging floods. Naturally gifted and knowledgeable and highly advanced in their time, the Butuanons were skilled boat builders and expert seafarers. Relics of nine balangays, their signature boats, were discovered around the city. Buried 1.20 meters from the surface,Read More →

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