"Timber City of the South"
 
 
   Butuan often graces the pages of history books. Known as one of the oldest settlements in the Philippines, its rich cultural heritage seduces travelers thirsty for ancient history. The balangay is Butuan’s iconic symbol. Pay a visit to the Balangay Shrine in Brgy. Libertad which houses the ancient excavated boats. Butuan history, culture, arts and people date back to the 4th Century as reflected in museums, festivals and events that make Butuan an exciting source of Cultural artifacts in Mindanao.


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GETTING THERE
By Air:
There are daily flights from Manila to Butuan City. The airport is roughly 10 km west of the city center.

By land:
There are several buses at Butuan Integrated Bus Terminal that runs to and fro Surigao City, Balingoan (Cagayan de Oro), and Davao City.

By Sea:
There are ships from Manila and Cebu sailing daily to Agusan del Norte through Nasipit and Surigao.

GETTING AROUND
There are taxis in the city,and also there are multicabs and motorized tricycles that can take you to short distances. There is a bus terminal at Langihan which can take you as well to other nearby towns and cities such as Surigao, Davao and Cagayan de oro. Cars for rent are available upon request in most hotels and at the airport, but all are not metered, so remember to agree on the fee before boarding.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

  • Surigaonon
  • Cebuano
  • Butuanon
  • Manobo
  • Tagalog
  • English

 

MUST SEES!

  • Balangay Shrine Museum
  • Butuan Regional Museum
  • Mount Mayapay
  • Agusan River
  • Banza Church Ruins
  • Magellan's Landing Site
  • Nipa Wine Distellery

LET’S GO TRY

  • Palagsing or thin dark brown suman
  • Putong Balanghoy or steamed cassava cake

 

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • Choose your adventure.
  • Don’t miss seeing the shell middens of Brgy. Bonbon.

 

LET’S GO TO FESTIVAL & EVENTS

  • Kahimunan Festival (held every 3rd Sunday of January-A colorful street dancing competition in honor of Sr. Sto. Niño)
  • Balangay Festival (held every May 1-31-It is a month-long fiesta celebration of Butuan City.)

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT

  • Butuan City is known as the “Home of the Balangays”.The balangay, a form of ancient boat, is an iconic symbol of Butuan City especially because of its status as a port city and because these boats were excavated just across Masao River. 
  • The original balangay, dubbed as Balangay 1, was dated to be from 320 A.D. and now lies in the Balangay Shrine Museum in Butuan City. 
  • The city is the educational hub of the CARAGA Region.

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