Mount Magdiwata is located 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.
Mount Magdiwata Watershed News
A watershed has protected this town from massive floods that swept the entire province last month, according to a local forest expert.
Bonifacio Narca, forester of San Francisco Water District (SFWD), said at least 1,650 hectares of Mt. Magdiwata had been declared as a watershed free from commercial activity, including logging.
Narca said the watershed continues to enjoy a 95-percent forest cover which had been effective in preventing runoffs from flood from reaching the town center's five villages.
Parts of the watershed that had been destroyed, manifested by a crack about a hectare ...
Find out why Agusan del Sur is not your typical getaway.
Remember the giant alligator "Lolong" was caught in Bunawan in Agusan River in 2011? Measuring 6.17 meters and weighing kilograms, he was declared by the Guinness Book of World Record as the longest of its kind.
For more than a year, people from all over the country trooped to this sleepy town to see this wildlife sensation up close at the Bunawan Eco-Park. He died in February 2013, and there are talks that he is undergoing animal preservation and will be returned to same place.
A landlocked province in the Caraga Region or nort ...
Agusan del Sur, a landlocked province in the Caraga Region's (Northeastern Mindanao), has a land area of 8,966 square kilometers??"the country's seventh largest province and the biggest in the region. It derived its name from the word "agasan", meaning "where the water flows", referring to the meandering 250-kilometer Agusan River, the country's third longest river.
Its history is inextricably linked with its mother province, Agusan del Norte, from where it was carved out in 1976. Its pre-colonial history dates back to the Majapahit Empire through the archaeological discovery of an eight-in ...
Residents of the booming town of San Francisco in Agusan del Sur province took pride in celebrating World Water Day last week as they enjoyed an abundant supply of water in their homes coming from Mount Magdiwata.
San Francisco Water District (SFWD) said water from the four spring sources inside the 1,658-hectare watershed area was "200 percent" more abundant, noting these could supply the town's needs in the next four years.
Progress in San Francisco has been so rapid in the last five years that it now hosts three big shopping malls.
There is more than enough supply of water because ...
As one of the sidetrips of our Mt. Hilong-Hilong hike, we went to San Francisco, Agusan del Sur to climb Mt. Magdiwata, a low but very wide mountain that is held in high esteem by the indigenous Manobos as home to supernatural spirits (diwata). We took a van from Butuan City and asked a tricycle to take us to the "swimming pool used by Boy Scouts", where we had imagined an access point to the mountain would be.
It turned out, however, that there was virtually no trace of the trail, given that very few actually climb the mountain! From what I billed to be a relaxing dayhike, the adventure ha ...
A young Brahminy Kite eagle found near a swimming resort inside the Mt. Magdiwata watershed on Thursday is now under the temporary care of the San Francisco Water District.
Elmer Luzon, SFWD manager, said they decided to temporary take care of the raptor (scientific name: Haliastur indus) before they will turn it over to the Philippine Eagle Foundation in Davao City as the bird became weak and could not fly.
"We will feed the bird to recovery before we will formally bring it to the PEF," Luzon said.
Residents living near the mountain swimming resort said the young bird, locally known ...