Bayugan City? Have you been there? What does it look like? Like Metro Manila? Are there malls? Parks? Or Entertainment Center like Enchanted Kingdom?
Blank ideas surrounded my mind while inside car. Question was all around. I’ve never been to that place. Is it? Stunning? Awesome? But a lot of negative ideas came in to my mind because I’ve heard that Bayugan is the same as Bislig City. No malls, just small stores. No entertainment centers, just little parks. But it doesn’t affect my views. I wanted to see it for myself.
“We’re here people!”, shouted one of my co-contestant. “We’re here?” I asked myself. I rushed out to the car and what a big “AWE” was drawn on my face. It’s like I’m still in Bislig. Still normal feeling but a strange lookout because I really wanted to discover more.
Called as the “Rice Bowl of Agusan Del Sur”, the Bayugan City is located on the northeast part of Agusan Del Sur. It is bounded on the north by the town of Sibagat, on the east by Surigao Del Sur, on the south by the towns of Prosperidad and Esperanza, and on the west by Agusan Del Norte. Being a landlocked locality, Bayugan has no seaport. There is also no airport so the only way to reach the town is by land transportation. It’s not quite the same like other places, more like Bislig City.
Scanning through history books, I’ve learned that Bayugan City got its name from “bayug” trees which grow abundantly in the area. The city is proud of its rich culture. Many indigenous peoples such as the Manobo, Banwaon or Higainon tribes consider Bayugan City as their home.
Bayugan City is also host a majestic waterfall called Gethsemane Falls, an invigorating escape to the humdrum to the humdrum of urban life.
The original settlers in this town were migrants from Cebu that is why majority of the people speak Cebuano. Tribal communities include the Manobos, Banwaon, and Higaonons. The city celebrates the Kahimunan Festival If you’re not satisfied,...