The Naliyagan Festival is a week-long festival celebrated annually at the Naliyagan Plaza in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur Province. The festival depicts the Agusanon culture and heritage. Indigenous tribes in the entire Agusan valley will display skills and grace in dancing as part of their ritual activities. Natives from far-flung areas of the province participate in the festivity by displaying their skills and gracefulness in a natural way. The Nalyagan Festival usually kicks off with the celebration of the Philippine Independence Day anniversary every June 12. A trade fair showcasing the province’s s own products also takes place at the Naliyagan Plaza. Booths and exhibits involve the province’s 13 municipalities including the lone city of Bayugan. Continue reading
Lake Himbang is located in Talacogon in Agusan del Sur province. It is more than an hour drive from the Maharlika Highway going to Lake Himbang in Talacogon. The lake is an alternative destination of Agusan Marsh. The thrill of riding a motorized small boat or a wooden-boat (made of a log) while admiring the tranquility and view of the lake plus a relaxing meal at the floating cottage are some of its attractions, which you would never want to miss. Continue reading
Mount Magdiwata is located in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur province and its mountain ranges span the Agusan Valley up to Compostela Valley in Compostela province. Mount Magdiwata rises 633 meters above sea level. Nature lovers, adventurers and Mountain enthusiast alike will certainly love Mt. Magdiwata. A lushfull virgin forest, with 14 series of water falls one can enjoy after another, the beautiful and endemic flora & fauna, the natural swimming holes and cold springs and also the biggest Bagrass tree can be found only here. . At almost sunset, Mt. Magdiwata has the semblance of a pregnant woman and during midnight looks like a crocodile eager to catch a prey. Mt. Magdiwata is sacred among the Manobo Tribes due to its legend and belief that the soul of Giant Magdiwata might punish those who cause destruction to its natural resources. The Continue reading
The Angot Festival is held annually in September in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur province. Performed on September 28th during the town Fiesta in honor of St. Michael the Archangel, the Patron Saint of Prosperidad, this festival is characterized by a ritual called “bat-ad”. The ritual is usually performed by a babaylan, a well-respected faith-healing old man in the village. Bat-ad is an offering of food to Angot or Ompo, the god of abundant harvest, which includes a plate of rice, a boiled egg, broiled mudfish, a white wine and a mama. After the ritual, all villagers join together for a merry-making. Angot means “a thanksgiving ritual for the abundant harvest”.
The Caraga Region was created through Republic Act 7901 which was approved on February 25, 1995 by then President Fidel V. Ramos. Also designated as Region XIII, the region is situated in the northeast section of Mindanao. It is bounded on the North by the Surigao Strait, on the West by the Provinces of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental, on the South by the Province of Davao del Norte and on the East by the Pacific Ocean.
The name Caraga already existed in the lexicon of Spanish-era Philippines, dating more than 400 years ago. Spaniards formed Caraga through a military garrison in 1609 to reinforce their invasion of Continue reading
Butuanons inhabit northeastern Mindanao, particularly the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur. A few live in Misamis Oriental and Surigao del Norte. The Butuanon are descendants of Austronesian-speaking settlers from South China, who came during the Iron Age. Butuanons prefer to be called Lapaknon, which in Libertad means “a person who lives in the swampy areas.” The Butuanon language had more than 30,000 speakers in 1990, but the number has dwindled precipitously since then. The language is closely related to Cebuano and has a very close affinity to Tausug of Jolo and Kamayo of Bislig. Continue reading
The province of Agusan del Sur once shared one governance with its sister province, Agusan del Norte. However, Republic Act 4969, enacted on June 17, 1967, divided the Agusan province into two: Agusan del Sur and Agusan del Norte. Agusan del Sur is CARAGA region’s biggest province. This landlocked province is inhabited by the indigenous groups of Manobo, Higaonon, Aeta, Mamanwa, and Bagobo. The most significant natural attraction here is the protected Agusan Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. This massive ecological wetland is a habitat of migratory birds and wild animals. Ride a boat for a surreal experience. Agusan del Sur is also bursting with waterfalls. Some are still hidden in the confines of dense rainforest and remain blissfully undiscovered. The two-tiered Tugonan Waterfalls gushes into enchanting emerald waters. Continue reading
The municipality of Bunawan is located at the southeastern side of the landlocked province of Agusan del Sur. Known as the “Gateway to the Great Agusan Marsh”, the municipality is also famous for housing the largest crocodile in captivity – Lolong. The saltwater crocodile is a male Indo-Pacific and weighs a whopping 2,370 lbs and measures a length of 6.17 meters (20 feet 3 inches). Lolong was caught in a Bunawan creek in the province of Agusan del Sur last September 3, 2011. The creek was said to be part of Agusan Marsh. The success of the capture was due to the joint cooperation between the local government of Bunawan, local residents and some crocodile hunters from Palawan. The crocodile got its name from Mr. Ernesto “Lolong” Goloran Cañete, one of the veteran crocodile hunters from the Palawan Crocodile and Continue reading