Balanghay Shrine Museum

“Madyaw na Hinaat” that is greeting someone good morning in Butuan. I have visited this place twice already. It is a 10-hour drive from home though air buses are now readily available. Locals in Butuan believed that Butuan’s Masao was the site of the first mass ever held in the Philippines in the year 1521. They claim that “in the beginning, there was no Philippines; there was Butuan”. This place is the home of the “balanghays”, those boats with simple sails that were able to travel at sea. If you are interested in history, this place is right for you.

By day, you can check the Balanghay Shrine Museum in Ambangan, Libertad located near the El Rio de Butuan. You will be able to see different out- of- the- ordinary artifacts excavated at the site. By night, you can visit Barangay Bingkilan where the only cable-stayed bridge with steel deck and single tower in Mindanao is located. It is the Diosdado Macapagal Bridge. Want the best breakfast ever?

Head for the True Brew Coffee Shop where they serve the best coffee plus sandwiches and tacos. Best buys? Try Butuan’s Palagsing, a rice cake delicacy similar to suman that Butuan is famous of. What are you waiting for? Explore Philippines, explore Mindanao!

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