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.