What To Do In Butuan City, Philippines

Note: featured photo from Butuan City Today

By some unforeseen circumstances, this blogger will find himself spending the holy week in the historic City of Butuan, the capital of Agusan Del Norte. It shouldn’t be a surprise since I’m from there though I happen to work here in Manila.

I say unforeseen because this was totally unexpected. I have accepted the fact that I will be working through the holy week (yep, including black saturday) since I’m supporting some European country and we’re about to migrate some of their work here. This european country however is strictly catholic (think in terms of Padre Damaso and Fray Butod and you’d know which country I’m talking about) and they decided not to come to the office, which means I’ve got some time in my hands. It also helped a lot that the significant other made arrangements for me to fly tomorrow which is really awesome.

So barring any force of nature, I should be in Butuan by noon tomorrow. Now if by some stroke of luck you find yourself in Butuan City, what do you do, where do you go, and where do you sleep. Despite being a city and all, Butuan is still a very small place with very limited options. No offense meant, I’m talking relative to Manila here. Anyway, there are still very nice places to go to within the city if you have time to spare.

If you’re an internet addict like myself and you’ve got your own wifi enabled laptop, you can always go to Margies at the Pan De Pugon along forgive-me-i-forgot-the-name-of-the-street, lol. But the place is very popular so you shouldn’t have any problem asking the tricycle driver to take you there. In a way this is where the ‘sosyal’ set hangout (that’s what I heard anyway). They have free wifi and their cakes are awesome. Ask for a whole chocolate cake and you’d be set back by around P800. In fairness, Margies does not skimp on the ingredients so it’s sinfully delicious. I have yet to taste a chocolate cake that’s as rich as the one that Margies has. Yep even here in Manila. Conti’s? Puhlease.

If you’re looking for a meal on the gourmet side, you can always go to True Brew where they serve those mouthwatering pork ribs and those hungarian sausages that are bigger than the sausages you see in porno movies. Sorry, bad joke. But really, the food they serve there is first rate. Trust me on this one, everytime I’m in Butuan, I always manage to gain a couple of pounds from visiting True Brew so much.

Butuan also has its share of little cancer centers in the form of BBQ stalls near the public elementary school. Again the name of the street escapes me. But these stalls are only open from late afternoon onwards. If you’ve got the grilled meat munchies, this is the place to go to. I often go there with my and eat our hearts out, the big gluttons that we are.

If you’re after seafood and chicken (the ubiquitous chicken inasal) there’s always Weegols and Aling Cora. I prefer the latter though. The kinilaw there (sort of like sashimi but bathed in vinegar with lots of chili if you like) is absolutely fantastic, pair that one with grilled Ketong (nope not the disease dummy, it’s a kind of fish) and you’re in for an absolute treat.

After all these pig-outs, you may want to get a little pampering and head on over to Body and Sole. You can get a facial or a full body massage at ridiculous prices. You’ll easily find yourself snoring after all the pampering you get.

Now the good thing about all of these is that this is Butuan, and as I said a very small city, which means that all of these things will cost you very, very little.

In terms of shopping, there’s really only one destination– Gaisano Mall. And while you’re at it, you may want to visit Bambi’s. It’s a can’t miss store and if you have the hots for anything Barbie or Hello Kitty and all those cute little characters that’s the place to go. They might even give you a discount if you mention that you know of Bambi’s through this blog. The beautiful Bambi better be prepared to compensate me for this plug. Lol.

31 Comments… add one

  • blogger Apr 9, 2009

    haha…the sausages kinda made me laugh…lolz….juz droppin by…

    • pinoytraveller Apr 10, 2009

      Thanks for dropping by!

  • butuan_today Apr 9, 2009

    Its a good thing you will find it your way back home again in Butuan….though seems NOT of your will and choosing….but perhaps by divine intervention…ha..ha..ha

    Seems you have many things to get re-acquainted again to your home city…not to mention the street names…but other newer spots as well.

    But I wont be naming them (for purposes of surprise by the time you arrive) :)

    Thanks for featuring my blog link in your latest post…..I suggest we interlink or exchange links…..waddya think.?

    Enjoy your holidays….Looking forward of hearing from you..

    e-mail: butuan_today@yahoo.com

    • pinoytraveller Apr 10, 2009

      Hey no problem! If you have blogger friends in Butuan, we should do a meetup this Sunday! What do you think?

  • Abbie Apr 10, 2009

    I lived in Butuan City for 8 years from 1990 to 1998. At the time we left for Cebu, the boat fare was only 300. Now, it's a thousand! I wanna go back to Butuan so badly. I miss Weegols Chicken Inasal, the peanuts near Busa, the riverboats going to Magallanes, the park in Capitol. I actually went back there in 2007 but I didn't go around much because I was in some sort of a business trip. hehehe. I'll try to plan a trip for Butuan via CDO maybe. 😀

  • Amy Apr 10, 2009

    This is one awesome site!

  • pinoytraveller Apr 10, 2009

    Thanks Amy!

  • pinoytraveller Apr 10, 2009

    Hahaha, looks like you're homesick mate. :)

  • pinoytraveller Apr 10, 2009

    I've already linked you man. Your pictures are awesome!! I will be going to Cagwait tomorrow, and hopefully next time I'll be able to visit the Enchanted River and the Tinuy-an Falls.

  • pinoytraveller Apr 10, 2009

    Thanks for the visit! Do drop by again sometime.

  • Miah Apr 18, 2009

    my bestfriend works there in butuan and she's been really trying hard to convince to go there but Davao City is 7 hours away from Butuan… so I always say no to her invitations hehehe…

  • pinoytraveller Apr 18, 2009

    Hi Miah, thanks for your comment. 7 hours is just a blink of an eye! But in return, you'll have lots of stories to tell your friends. :) Should be worth the trip. Come on down! lol.

  • Re Apr 24, 2009

    awesome blog.. and your pictures are great.. loves it all!!

  • Charles May 27, 2009

    I've always wanted to travel to the Philippines, but I've heard some horror stories involving shady taxis.

  • pinoytraveller May 28, 2009

    Hi Charles, there are opportunistic drivers here as in everywhere but that shouldn't deter you from travelling. :)

  • Deviant Riddler Jun 9, 2009

    Punta kami ng Tinuy-an Falls…this june 12-14, 2009
    From davao here…
    Cno dito pwede mag post ng affordable itinerary…
    At sino gusto sumama ung di pa nakapunta or gusto bumalik… para the d more d merrier tau! at mas maka mura kung marami! hehehe

    PLS… ung heartily kind dito.. pls post a clear direction and itinerary

    thanks!!!!!!! God bless


  • layrayski Aug 31, 2009

    I found your blog while googling True Brew in Butuan. Very humorous take on the sausage and the bbq stalls. =)

  • pinoytraveller Aug 31, 2009

    Hello Lay, visited your blog too! Nice concept. :)

  • pizzasoup Sep 13, 2009

    hello! asa diay na dapita?

  • pinoytraveller Sep 13, 2009

    Err… Butuan? :)

  • dom Oct 31, 2009

    I heard Butuan now has a “cruise” thingie on the Agusan River… There's also a sky diving spot… And if you want to chill with nature, the Bood Eco Park's boating activity is a must! =)

  • dom Oct 31, 2009

    I heard Butuan now has a “cruise” thingie on the Agusan River… There's also a sky diving spot… And if you want to chill with nature, the Bood Eco Park's boating activity is a must! =)

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  • xeroic Dec 21, 2009

    I have a biz trip to Davao in feb. I have enjoyed reading ur blogs and the info. I was intending heading to Siargao for surfing but now ur info has diverted that thought. I wanna check out hintuan & da river now. Are you aware of any surfing places along that coast? Is it possible to rent a car in a city like batuan?
    great pics, great comments, and funny.

  • pinoytraveller Dec 23, 2009

    Hi xeroic, I think you can do both if you have a couple of days to spare. I think half a day in Hinatuan River is more than enough. Make sure you go there early morning though when it's at its awesomest. You can then swing over to Siargao afterwards. If you can rent a car for a day, I think you will be able to make it to Surigao City (jump off for Siargao) before nightfall. Regarding car rental in Butuan, you can always check with the City Tourism office, they have their office beside the city plaza. They usually have a list of accredited operators just so you don't get scammed. You can always get one of those city tricycles to take you there.

    I would have referred you to their website but their web account has been suspended (epic fail, lol). Enjoy!

  • xeroic Dec 23, 2009

    thx mate much respect.
    appeciate ur time.
    I will wander around the region for a week and give it a good going
    over. lol

  • Dual Sim Phones Jan 19, 2010

    nice post

  • Butuan City Website Design Feb 1, 2010

    Great post! There's a lot of new places to go and new things to do in Butuan like the wall climbing attraction in Libertad and the shoes and bags ukay-ukay near Otis grocery store.

  • gautebjo Feb 6, 2010

    Hi to someone.
    I am a Norwegian who are going to Butuan for the first time. I want to rent a car with driver to go to Ozamis for 3 days. Can someone tell how much this will cost. Expect I have to pay for food and accomodation for the driver too.

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