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Sights and Sounds of My Travel Chronicles

Traveling, for me, is the best way to find one’s self; and the best part is, I am able to discover this marvelous archipelago so-called the Philippines. My creator is fully aware that, at the right time, I am going to be a travel junkie thus decided to give me life in this wonderful paradise on earth.

Let me tell you on how I started to write about my journey. Way back 2012, me and my girlfriend were very stressed out with our job here in Cebu, so we were thinking of having a quick escape from the reality of our daily routine. I was thinking of visiting my grandma in the province so I checked the best Cebu To Butuan flight deals on the net.  We decided to book with Cebu Pacific a trip bound for Butuan City; good thing there were still seats on sale at that time. We actually haven’t though of anything special for that trip. At first, we were just planning on visiting my family and relatives in Butuan and just take some time off from work. But as the date of our itinerary came closer, I tried to make a research on some places that I had been longing to visit; Enchanted River in Hinatuan and Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, both in Surigao del Sur province. When I saw the images on the net, it just hit hard on me and at that very moment I told myself “I should go there. I deserve to visit that place.” I suddenly became excited and told my girlfriend about my plan of visiting the place. She was also stunned with the image of enchanted river. She even told me “Is that photoshopped? Why is it so blue?” Even I myself would want to see the real thing for I believe in the old saying, “to see is to believe.”

After few more days, the next thing I know is that we are about to have the big break that we have been waiting for – Butuan, here we come! wooohoooo! Out of our excitement, we went straight to Mactan Airport around 5 a.m. and our flight was still around 7 a.m. Well, we better be sure than sorry.  Around 8:00 in the morning, we set foot in Butuan City. Ahhhhh, that freshness. I was able to smell the cool breeze and the warm welcome of mother nature – I saw the leaves of the trees waving and saying “hello” to me.

Upon arriving in Butuan, we took some time visiting few places like the Diosdado Macapagal Suspension Bridge and Provincial Capitol. I also knew that Butuan City is also known as an ancient settlement and locals told me that they already had trading partners long before the Spaniards came to our country. Their historical claims were supported by the existence of “Balangay” (Old Tribal Boat); the remains of these Balangays are still actually found in Butuan City Museum.

The day after we arrived in Butuan, we went off early for our 3-hour road travel going east, Surigao del Sur. Good thing we had my brother and cousins with us as companions. The road condition was fine, except for the ones going inland; it was about 70% bumpy. Our first stop was Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Surigao del Sur. The travel might be a bit inconvenient, but it was all worth it when you get to see the majestic Tinuy-an Falls. They dubbed it as the Niagara Falls of the Philippines; maybe because they are likely similar. Even you are about 100 meters from the falls, you can still feel its energy and the cool breeze brought by impact of the water.

            Tinuy-an Falls of Bislig, Surigao del Sur

After Tinuy-an Falls, we went to our next destination which is the Blue Waters of Enchanted River. I was already excited to see the real thing. We traveled about 1 hour from Tinuy-an Falls to Enchanted River. When I already saw a glimpse of the so-called river, I was ready to jump off and rush to the water, but of course, I did not do that. When we arrived, me and my girlfriend just walked slowly and voila, we were very happy and amazed with what we saw. The water was indeed very blue. I did not bother to ask the local on why the water was blue. All I was thinking at that very moment is “I got to test the water already, it is so tempting.”  Just about a few seconds after that, I am already in the water. I then thanked God that he gave me the opportunity to experience such adventure.

              Enchanted River of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

I then realized that that was the reality of life – not my daily routine of work-home cycle but finding myself through traveling. Me and my girlfriend then decided to travel once or twice a month just to shake off some stress in our system. We check on Airline Seat Sale every now and then. Traveling is also a good motivation to perform harder at work. The best part is, it changes your perspective in life thus making your life’s journey worthwhile. And as a couple, it would really help a lot in strengthening your relationship since you will be able to discover new places, new things, and even something new about your partner – there will be unlimited growth in your relationship.

So what are you waiting for? Get your sneakers and hit the road!

The Ancient Butuan City

Butuan City is the de facto capital of the province of Agusan del Norte.  However, due to its independence from the province, Cabadbaran City (a neighbor city) was declared as the province’s seat of government.  Butuan city is the center of trade and commerce of northern mindanao or the CARAGA region.  It is historically significant as ancient civilization was present at the very spot of the modern day Butuan.  It was then called Kingdom of Butuan.  It has trade relations with the Malays, Chinese, and even as far as Indian civilization.  One of the evidence of their historical background is the so-called Balangay – an ancient galley.  Now, Butuan city is a progressive city and considered as a highly-urbanized city.  It is a good place to spend some vacation in Butuan.

I have also been to Butuan several times already since both my mom and dad came from here.  Technically, my mom is from Buenavista, a town 13 kms away from the city proper.

How to Get There:

An image of the Port in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte

From Manila:  There are daily trips through Plane bound for Butuan through Cebu Pacific or PAL.  If you choose to sail through the sea, 2Go Travel can accomodate you with their trips.  Check their site for schedules.

From Cebu:  There are daily trips through Plane bound for Butuan through Cebu Pacific or AirPhil.  If you choose to sail through the sea, 2Go Travel can accomodate you with their trips.  Check their site for schedules.

Note:  For those who choose sea travel, the port is located in Nasipit town, around 20 kms from Butuan.

Where To Stay:

Dotties Place Butuan:

Address : J C Aquino Avenue 
          Butuan City 8600

Features : A place for relaxation and fun . Rooms with overlooking the swimming pool and view of the hotel . The swimming pool is said to be the largest in Butuan .
For Inquiries and Help in reservation of this hotel E-mail : jay@jjbargainstravel.com

Almont Inland Resort

J.C. Aquino Avenue
Butuan City 8600, Philippines

Tel : (63 85) 342-7414 & 341-2103
Telefax : (63 85) 342-9524

Email : inland.resort@almont.com.ph
Web: http://www.almont.com.ph/inland_resort

Butuan City is also home to food-loving individuals.  People here are so fond of Filipino cuisine - loving our own.  Scattered around the corners of Butuan are grill restaurants, seafood restaurants, and even class A Filipino Food Restaurants.  Butuanons just love being Filipino.  You can also find fastfoods around the city and few dimsum restaurants.

Here are the few places where you can eat:

Lutong Bahay ni Aling Cora
Located at R. Calo St. Brgy. Diego Silang, Butuan City (085) 342-5831

Weegols Garden

DoonganButuan City
Contact Person : Carlos Delector Telephone Number 342-5558

If you get hungry in the middle of the night, it is not a problem because this one could save your midnight cravings.

Where To Go/Visit:

Diosdado Macapagal Bridge

Balangay Shrine
Balangay is an ancient boat used by the ancient civilization in Butuan for trading.  This is one evidence that Butuan has long been a civilized village.

Mount Mayapay

Adventure seekers should not miss climbing in Mt Mayapay.

Gaisano Butuan

Or simply discover Butuan’s leading Dept Store/Mall..

Delta Discovery Park

If you happen to be in Butuan city, try out Delta Discovery Park (Butuan Highlands Adventure) which holds the current longest zip line record in whole AsiaDelta Discovery Park is located at Purok 7, Brgy. Bonbon, Libertad Butuan City.
Landline: (085) 345-8891 / 341-1557 / 816-1875
Mobile: 0918-2845556 / 0906-4728300

Timberlanes Bowling

If you are in the mood for some smashin’ bowl-heads, go for timberlanes. It is just located within the vicinity of Butuan proper.


If you are up for some party rockin’, this place might be a great place for your hangover.

I do not know what your interests are, but I am sure that there is something that is in Butuan for you.  Just give it a try.  It is nice to spend a weekend in this place, or even a week (if you are planning on visiting the World’s Largest Crocodile, Lolong; the majestic Tinuy-an Falls, or the Fascinating Enchanted River of Hinatuan, Surigao del sur).

Come along and discover the wonders of the Ancient Butuan!

Check out this Video and see the streets of Butuan.

Madyaw na Pagkani! (Welcome)


Enchanted River of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

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The inviting Enchanted River Somewhere around 100 plus kms away from the city of Butuan, you can find this very magnificent river.  They call this the “Enchanted River.”  I do not know of any stories behind the name but I … Continue reading