LOCATION : Butuan
is situated in the northwestern part of the CARAGA Region 13 ,Northeastern
part of the Agusan Valley sprawling accross the Agusan River. It is the
seat of government and serves as the trading center of the region. It's
strategic location makes it the natural gateway to the different parts
of the country . It is the home of "Balanghai's"
or "Butuan Boats", the
famous pre-historic native boat in Southeast Asia.
The place is one hour and 45 minutes from Manila and 55 minutes ride from
Cebu by plane. By sea, the city is 36 hours and 12 hours from Manila and
predominantly Butuanon, Cebuano, Tagalog and
to September ,Wet -
October to February
66 oF , Maximum
3rd Sunday of January at Barangay Libertad, Butuan City
A colorful Street Theater Presentation of Brgy.Libertad, Butuan to
celebrate the Feast of Sr. Sto. Niņo. It is Butuan's counterpart of the
Sinulog of Cebu.
FIRST EASTER MASS CELEBRATION
A re-enactment of Magellan's Landing and Planting of the Cross on March
31, 1521 at Mazaua, Butuan signifying the site of the first Easter Mass
in the Philippine soil.
It is a month long celebration of the City Fieasta in honor of Patron
Saint Joseph highlighted with the Search
for Mutya Hong Butuan , Cultural Shows, Street Dancing, Trade Fair,
and Sportfest. (May 19 -City Fiesta
Last Sunday of July
A riverside festivity in honor of Saint Anne, Patroness of Agusan River,
Highlighted with Baroto Races and indigenous games for men, women and childredn
vapped by a Fluvial Parade.
ADLAW HONG BUTUANAugust 02
The City's Charter day Anniversary Celebration , consequently becoming
a highly urbanized city highlighted by a Grand Parade and by the awarding
of " Outstanding Butuanons"
WHAT TO WEAR : Lightweight
clothing is recommended. Informal clothing is acceptable almost everywhere
except when visiting churches or offices. For formal occasions, the
traditional barong tagalog is acceptable for men. Bars,restaurants
and hotels have no dress code but it is considered improper to wear shorts
BUSINESS and BANKING HOURS:
Shops are open
from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. Government agencies
and offices, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Saturday. Banking
Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. but several
ATM machines strategically located throughout the City open 24 hours
a day,seven days a week for your withdrawal/deposits and other banking
Butuan has hotels with convention facilities
which can accomodate between 50 to 2,000 people. These establishments can
provide audio-visual equipment upon request and complete with telecommunication
facilities like NDD,IDD,FAX,INTERNET,E-MAIL facilities CABLE TV connections.
WATER/POWER : Water
is potable. Mineral & distilled bottled
water is available in all groceries, drugstores, hotels ,and reestaurants.
Electric Power distributed by Local
cooperatives (ANECO) generated by NATIONAL POWER CORPORATION.
HOW TO GET THERE
Butuan has one domestic airport , the Bancasi Airport ,which is located
6.5 kms. from the city proper . Bancasi Airport services two direct flights
from Cebu and Manila. PAL flies from Manila every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday
and Friday while Cebu to Butuan flies daily except Tuesday and Sunday.
Flying time is approximately one hour and 45 minutes ride from Manila and
55 minutes ride from Cebu by plane
Butuan is easily accessible by ship from Manila ,Cebu and Bohol. A
trip from Manila takes about 26 hours. Fares vary according to accomodations.
William Gothong & Aboitiz Lines Km 2 Libertad,Butuan City
Sulpicio Lines. Bading,Butuan City Tel. no. (085) 3425-790
Bus company ply the routes from Butuan City to other cities and provinces
around the Region and Mindanao and throughout the Philippines (via Surigao).
Jeepneys are used in main city streets ,to and from other municipalities
and towns of the province and region.
Bright colored tricycles are common in Butuan. They go around and even
outside the city proper
Rent-a-car services are available with rates depending on the type
of car used and distance travelled. 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 fare before boarding.
Tri-sikad or Motorized (bicycles with side car) are mode of transporation
in some remote barangays and subdivisions. And around the City from 10:00
p.m until around 4:00 a.m.