Agusan del Norte is a province in the Philippines located in the Caraga Region of Mindanao. Its capital is the city of Cabadbaran.
It is bordered on the northwest by the Butuan Bay; northeast by Surigao del Norte; mid-east by Surigao del Sur; southeast by Agusan del Sur, and southwest by Misamis Oriental. Agusan del Norte has a total land area of 2,730.24 square kilometres or 1,054.15 square miles.
About Agusan del Norte
Agusan del Norte, officially the Province of Agusan del Norte (Cebuano: Amihanang Agusan; Butuanon: Probinsya hong Agusan del Norte; Tagalog: Hilagang Agusan), is a province in the Caraga region of the Philippines. Its capital is the city of Cabadbaran with several government offices located in the city of Butuan.
|Current Agusan del Norte capitol in Butuan City|
It is bordered on the northwest by Butuan Bay; northeast by Surigao del Norte; mid-east by Surigao del Sur; southeast by Agusan del Sur, and southwest by Misamis Oriental.
Agusan Del Norte in Details
The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.
- Province: Agusan del Norte
- Location: 9°10′N 125°30′E | View Map
- Year Founded: 1967
- Capital: Cabadbaran
- Area: 3,546.86 km2 (1,369.45 sq mi)
- Population: 387,600
- Density: 130/km2 (340/sq mi)
- Division: Mindanao
- Region: 13
- Demonym(s): Agusanon/-a
- Elevation: 1,920 m (6,300 ft) (Mount Hilong-Hilong)
- Time Zone: PST (UTC+8)
- Zip Code: 2800–2826
- Area code: +63 -(074)-XXX-XXXX
- Electricity: Standard voltage is 220V. Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well. Bring A to B adapter(s).
- Currency: Philippine Peso (PHP)
- Exchange Rate: Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP
- Religion(s): Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion of the people
- Language(s): Cebuano,Butuanon,Agusan,Higaonon,Mamanwa,Surigaonon,English
- Known For: The city is known for its lugging services
- Major Industries: Iron, gold, silver, nickel, chromite, manganese and copper. Its leading crops are palay, banana and coconut.
- Climate: Tropical.
- Best Time to Visit: January
- Clothing: The most appropriate clothing for this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
- Airport(s): Butuan Airport
- Seaport(s): Magallanes Port | Masao Port | Nasipit Port
- Website: www.agusandelnorte.gov.ph
Agusan Del Norte History
Spanish and American era
Prior to its creation as an independent province, Agusan, as it was once undivided, was under the jurisdiction of Surigao province during the Spanish colonial period. In 1907, Agusan was separated from Surigao by the American government, creating the Agusan province.
World War II
During World War II in 1942, the Japanese Imperial forces landed in Northern Agusan.
In 1945, Filipino soldiers of the 6th, 10th, 101st, 102nd, 103rd, 107th and 110th Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army and the 10th Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Constabulary together with the recognized Agusan guerrilla fighter units against the Japanese forces beginning the liberation in Northern Agusan during World War II.
During the war, a unit of the joint Philippine-American defense force were located at Manot, Talacogon, in the interior of the Agusan Valley.
In 1967, Republic Act 4979 divided Agusan into two independent provinces: Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur.
On August 16, 2000, the seat of provincial government was transferred from Butuan City to Cabadbaran through Republic Act 8811, although the province is yet to complete the transfer of provincial services and functions to the new capital.
The Agusan del Norte province is divided into 10 Municipalities, 1 City:
- Las Nieves
- Remedios T. Romualdez
ATTRACTIONS TO SEE IN MANILA
How to Get to Agusan Del Norte
The nearest airport and seaport is in Butuan City.
A domestic airport in Bancasi can get you to Butuan from Manila (one hour) or Cebu (45 minutes) either by Cebu Pacific or Philippine airlines.
You can reach the city from the port in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte for about 26 minutes, aside from other ports in Cebu and Bohol. There also bus routes to Davao or Surigao from Manila which can get you to the city -- this would perhaps be the cheapest way to travel but it will take you three excruciating days sitting on the bus seat and being loading and unloaded to about three of four RoRo of Roll On Roll Off ports.
If coming from Mindanao neighboring cities, Butuan City is accessible by bus, hired van, or private vehicle. Butuan City is accessible via Davao City from the south, Cagayan de Oro City from the west, and Surigao City from the north. The bus company that caters trip in and out of Butuan is Bachelor Express, Surigao Liner, and etc. A van can be also hired towards Butuan City.
Best Time to Visit Agusan Del Norte
The climate in this province is with a significant rainfall. Even in the driest month there is a lot of rain. According to Köppen and Geiger, this climate is classified as Af.
One of the best times to go there is on every 2nd week of January when the province celebrates the Saging Festival, an Agri Fair highlighting the bounties of Buenavista which are bananas.
ACTIVITIES AND TOURS IN MANILA
Agusan Del Norte Tourist Spots
The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Agusan del Norte province:
- Balangay Shrine Museum
- Butuan National Museum
- Delta Discovery Park
- Agusan River
- Banza Church Ruins
- Bood Promontory Eco Park
- Magellan’s Landing Site
- Punta Diwata Cave
- Masao Beach
- Mt. Mayapay
- Diosdado Macapagal Suspension Bridge
- Guingona Park
- Sprinkles Waterpark and Event Center
- Our Lady of the Assumption Church
- Dagangdang Falls
- Diocesan Ecclesiastical Museum
Agusan Del Norte Festivals
The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Agusan del Norte throughout the year:
- Araw ng Agusan del Norte (June 13-17) – (Province-wide)
- Saging Festival (2nd week of January) – Buenavista
- Sumayajaw Festival (August 14) – Jabonga