As a traveller, I have had so many chances visiting this lovely City of Butuan in the past, but this time is different. I explored the City starting off with my revisiting the famous Balanghay Museum which is being run by the National Museum in cooperation with the City Government of Butuan. As we are on our way to Surigao City from Pagadian City, we stopped at Butuan City for the night so at 4:30pm, I and my friend, Champrix Galeza, the owner of Pinukis Shop went on our own city tour by ourselves.
I texted Journeying James about his most recent travel to Butuan and asked for leads where to go after the Museum visit. He referred to me the tricycle driver but I cannot contact the driver, we took the public transport ourselves. We took the Route 7 jeepney going back to the City from where we alighted and left our companions at the local Petron Station. Upon arriving at the City proper, we went to the Museum and arrived past 4.30pm. The museum was closed but I prodded the security personnel to allow us to see the museum as we are travellers from Pagadian City and came by to check the museum for ourselves. The security guard is just generous to open again the museum, switched on the lights and allowed us to wander from one artifact to the other, in total oblivion and privacy.
After the Balanghay Museum visit, we took on the orange tricycles to go to the City Plaza that will eventually lead us to its most grand Cathedral. The City of Butuan is as pretty as other cities in Mindanao and its people friendly. The streets are also clean and the public areas are well-maintained save for some dilapidated donation markers. Journeying Butuan City by going through places we never had been and procuring ideas of locals is one great travel to do.
We took the time out to check the Cathedral and then walk around the City to remind us of our own humanity as traveller. From the Cathedral, we walked two blocks and we were at the corner of the famous Univesity of Butuan, the Father Saturnino Urius University.
We are tired of the travel and hungry too so we decided to take on the local cuisine resto by asking randomly at Butuanons where to eat its local food. A couple told us to go to Weegols or WeGolds. After walking for a while, we chanced on a locally built food resto albeit it is foreign culture, we were off to Rosario Dimsum House. Unfortunately, they never gave us Rosario but another place. As we were walking, we chanced at this dimsum house on a corner so we took on it and had heavy dinner of siopao, siomai and black gulaman.
For all it’s worth, my visit to Butuan City though too briefly has been an added perspective of the lovely city. It has given me time to reflect of its warmth hospitality and kind people, its rich cultural history and which we had been honoured to be a part of. Journeying Butuan City is one of the best travels I have done all my life.
We stayed at the Prince Hotel for the night, courtesy of our friend Troy Asugas!