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Agusan del Sur - Treasures Of Old

Agusan del Sur is the fourth largest province in the country. It is endowed with rich natural resources contained in its vast agricultural, forest, and marsh lands. This is reflected by the numerous natural tourist spots found throughout the province. Much like the Golden Taga dug up on its grounds, Agusan del Sur is a treasure waiting to be unearth and presented to the world. Its treasures awaits those who seek the beauty of the Philippines that are surely priceless.

Demographics

1. Population – 609,447 (as of 2007 Census)
2. Land Area – 9,989.52 sq. km
3. Capital – Prosperidad
4. Language/Dialect – Cebuano, Boholano, English, and Filipino
5. Divisions

Cities (0)

Municipalities (14)

  • Bayugan
  • Bunawan
  • Esperanza
  • La Paz
  • Loreto
  • Prosperidad
  • Rosario
  • San Francisco
  • San Luis
  • Santa Josefa
  • Sibagat
  • Talacogon
  • Trento
  • Veruela

Golden Tara
The Golden Tara is the earliest known image of Indian Origin, a Buddhist image of the Sailendra Period of the Sri-Vijaya history dated 900 to 950 AD.

Mt. Magdiwata
This mystical mountain located in San Francisco stands 633 meters high, making it the perfect site for a fun climb by regular mountaineers.

Kaamulan Festival
The Kaamulan Festival is a yearly convergence of all tribal leaders in Agusan del Sur.

Naliyagan Festival
The Naliyagan Festival depicts Agusanon culture and heritage.

Agusan Marsh
This is a vast expanse of marsh covering an area roughly the size of Metro Manila, connected to the Agusan River

Cultural

Golden Tara
Location: Chicago Field Museum of Natural History, USA.
The Golden Tara is the earliest known image of Indian Origin, a Buddhist image of the Sailendra Period of the Sri-Vijaya history dated 900 to 950 AD. It is an eight-inch tall image of a woman in pure gold. It was recovered in 1917 at the Wawa River, a tributary of the Agusan River.

Natural

Mt. Magdiwata
Location: San Francisco, Agusan del Sur
This mystical mountain stands 633 meters high, perfect for a fun climb by regular mountaineers. A scenery of nature in perfection, the mountain's peak offers a panoramic view of Agusan del Sur and its neighboring provinces, which poses as a backdrop of San Francisco.

Agusan Marsh
Location: Agusan del Sur
Agusan Marsh is one of the most ecologically significant wetlands in the Philippines. Found in the heart of Mindanao's Agusan Basin, this vast expanse of marsh covers an area roughly the size of Metro Manila. It contains nearly 15 % of the nation's fresh water resources in the form of swamp forests.

Binaba Falls
Location: Rosario, Agusan del Sur
The Binaba Falls is situated in the heart of a jungle-like foot of the mountain, with clear waters emitting from the springs, cascading onto boulders of limestone. The falls offer a very refreshing bath after a fifteen-minutes ride on a motor-banca from the mini wharf of Prosperidad town passing along the Gibong River

Tugonan Falls
Location: Brgy. San Lorenzo, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur
The name derived from the word "Tugon" meaning a promise. It offers a natural wonder where one will surely promise to come back after a visit. The towering trees on its vicinity with wild ornamental plants and orchids hanging on branches, one could have dreamed having gone to paradise.

Bega Falls
Location: Brgy Mabuhay, Prosperidad,
It is a haven for mountain trekkers, adventure lovers,environmentalists and bio-diversity researchers. Once within the realm of the falls, the 18 turquoise-green and pristine waterfalls will soothen a visitor's weary soul.

Kaamulan Festival
Place: Salug, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur
Date: September 23
The Kaamulan Festival is a yearly convergence of all tribal leaders in Agusan del Sur. The festival's highlight is the performance of authentic tribal rituals by the tribal priests.

Naliyagan Festival
Place: Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur
Date: June 12 to 17
The Naliyagan Festival depicts Agusanon culture and heritage. Natives from far-flung portions of the province usually come down to display skill and grace in tribal dances and rituals. A trade fair displaying the province's own products takes place at the Naliyagan Plaza.

Kahimunan Festival
Place: Bayugan, Agusan del Sur
Date: first Sunday of January
This festival is the province's own version of the Sinulog Festival of Cebu. The main attraction is street dancing that portrays tribal life in Agusan del Sur.

Santikan Festival
Place: Trento, Agusan del Sur
Date: June 12-15
Santikan is a Manobo word which means the striking of two hard objects to create friction or fire, alluding to the different friendly competitions throughout the festival.

Diwata Festival
Place: San Francisco, Agusan del Sur
Date: June 18-21
The festival showcases the Manobo culture of Agusan del Sur. Street dancing adds color to the celebration, which coincides with the foundation anniversary of San Francisco.



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