Friday, September 19, 2008


After a long walk, a baroto ride across the river, and a non graceful clambering up of a muddy riverbank, we finally reached the hill also known to the Butuanons as "Bood". This is the place where the first easter mass was supposedly celebrated in the Philippines. (I'm not sure if the controversy regarding the true place of the first Catholic mass celebrated here in the Philippines has been resolved or not.)

This area is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, settlement in Butuan before people moved by the Agusan riverbanks.

If you're curious about the wooden structure in the middle of Masao river- it is what I know of as "bungsod"-- a structure especially made to catch fishes and other marine creatures.

Here are some links that might interest you:


I feel like I've fulfilled some sort of Indiana Jones fantasy with this trip, to tell you the truth. It wasn't anything terribly exciting but it did fit some sort of criteria of an Indie adventure that I never knew I had. Thanks Shiyaw for humoring me.

Oh and I just wanna tell you that we are planning on going on a trip that never in my wildest dream could come true. This won't be in Butuan but it will be on one of the most beautiful place in the Philippines. Cross fingers. I'll post a very lengthy and descriptive blog about it at my when it will push through.

Knock on the wood.


Tammie said...

oooh. a beautiful picture and something to look forward to. My interest is piqued.

hadeveyra said...

Oh wow, this is a beautiful place. Definitely worth all that clambering up muddy paths. Regarding the first mass.. you mean first Easter Sunday mass? or first Christian mass in the Philippines? Because I definitely know that the first Christian mass was held in Limasawa (Leyte). For historical purposes only of course :D

kayni said...

This one is so pretty and a perfect place to have a picnic.

Have a wonderful trip =).

Kris said...

This does look a lovely spot.

David said...

Seeing all your lovely pictures makes me wanna move to Butain!

Layrayski said...

tammie-- I hope I won't disappoint you!

hadeveyra-- This is what I mean by the controversy! haha see the link wikipedia link? If you have time you may be interested to read that and I will await your reaction to it. =)

kayni-- this place isn't really in the foremost in Butuanon's minds. But this could be a great place for recreation.

kayni-- it could be. =)

kris-- it was. Thanks kris.

david-- My hometown has a lot of pros and cons. I will post the cons one of these days! =) Thanks for visiting, btw. =)

supergirlhero said...

Asa mo adto Ly? :)

Layrayski said...

Sa Bood eco park may. =)

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