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 sunsetmindanao.blogspot.com when it will push through.
Knock on the wood.