Posted by: buntuan72 | June 14, 2010

Back to where it all started . . . Butuan

Over the summer, I was able to go back to my hometown after a very long time. I cannot remember the last time I was there but it was nice to be able to go back home to Butuan. Actually, I was not planning to go back home due to my heavy work schedule. However, I got an SMS message from my mom telling me that one of my uncles was coming home to Butuan for the fiesta after ten years. As soon as I got the text, I immediately booked myself a flight home. Although the flight to Butuan was not quite as smooth as I thought it would be due to some glitches with the airline that I booked my flight with, I was able to reach Butuan in time for the fiesta. Unlike Bohol which have their fiesta for the whole month of May, the fiesta in Butuan falls on May 19 or during the feast of St. Joseph. Anyway, it was a nice reunion with my uncle whom I haven’t seen for a decade. And since I was in Butuan, my cousin brought me to two tourist sites in the city which I was not able to go to during my last visit.

One of the places that we went to was the Bood Promontory First Easter Mass Eco Park in Barangay Pinamanculan. Bood is a small hill in Butuanon language. According to

A promontory is a prominent mass of land which overlooks lower lying land or a body of water.

This was the historic site where Ferdinand Magellan planted a cross and celebrated the first mass in the Philippines on March 31, 1521. Although much debate has been made over the actual location of the first mass, as a Butuanon, I believe that this was the actual site where Magellan celebrated the first Catholic mass on the archipelago. Since the sun already set, I was not able to get a lot of pictures of the site.

Aside from the site of the first Easter Mass, I was also able to visit the Banza Church Ruins. According to the Butuan Government site, this was the site of the old poblacion of the city. A church constructed by the Recollect Friars in 1625 used to stand at site before it was destroyed by Moro pirates in 1753. The remains of the bell tower of the church is now enveloped by a balete or banyan tree. This just shows that sooner or later, nature will reclaim whatever structure man has built. This is the oldest stone church ruin in the whole island of Mindanao.

This was definitely a fruitful trip back to my hometown. Not only was I able to have a mini-reunion with an uncle whom I have not seen in a decade, I was also able to check out some of the tourist sites in the city of Butuan.



  1. I have never been to Butuan. I hope I can experience the beauty of this place in the future. Thanks for this post.

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    God bless you!

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