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History of Butuan City

Halfway round the city to the southwest, roll the gently sloping hills over there Mount Mayapay looms. To the east, the majestic Hilong-hilong and Diwata mountain ranges protect the entire valley from fierce Pacific storms. Its very difficult to pinpoint the exact time when the name Butuan first emerged. Certainly, the name Agusan came into being upon the creation of the province in 1914. Before this, the entire area had been known as such, as can be born out by old historical records.

Antique Potteries and the Balanghais

The stability of an agricultural industry and a trading post resulted in the early Butuanons permanently settling in the area. The importance of Butuan during the time is manifested in it being mentioned in numerous historical maps.

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