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Bislig City Mindanao

TBislighe town got its name from a vine of a rattan family that grow in abundance along the banks of its river. This vine called Bislig was noted for its strength and became known for saving a royal couple who crossed the swollen river in one of their hunting expeditions and who almost died as they were carried downstream by the rushing current.

Long before it became a town on January 1, 1921 per Executive Order no. 62 issued by Governor General Francis Burton Harrison on December 28,1920 with Primitivo A. Castillo as its first Municipal President, Bislig was already an established political instrumentality or “Pueblo” in the province of Surigao (now Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte).

On September 18, 2000, Bislig entered a new chapter in its colorful history with its conversion into a component city of Surigao del Sur by virtue of Republic Act no. 8804 and duly approved by the people in the plebiscite. It has a total land area of 40,503 hectares of which 21,518 hectares are forest land while the 18,985 hectares are alienable and disposable lands. It comprises of24 barangays having a total population of 105,100.

Committed to its Vision: Bislig, a vibrant and livable City; a leading producer of Agricultural and Aqua-marine products, and an ecotourism destination in Southern Philippines, the appointed as well as elected city officials led by City Mayor Hon. Librado Cubil Navarro joined their axes together in crafting orders, policies and ordinances to carve different illegal activities and to establish projects and programs geared toward a sustainable peace and development.

Bislig city is the home of now defunct PICOP Resources Incorporated or PRI which was the largest paper mill not only n the country but the whole of Asia. With the permanent shutdown of PRI, the economic activities experienced a greatest setback and the only hope for it to slowly regain its lost glory largely depend on the strong political will of the present leadership.

Blessed with abundant natural attractions, the City by the Bay is home to numerous waterfalls. The Tinuy-an Falls, a city's window to the world and one of its prominent attractions is the most dazzling and widest in the country and is noted by most people as "Naiagara Falls" of the Philippines. But one observer said, it is one of a kind. It has a three-tiered falls with a total height of 55 meters and bathing area of 95 meters with giant ferns along the river banks, multi-layered riverbed of stones skillfully crafted by nature.

A couple of minutes ride from Tinuy-an is the newly discovered tourist destination in Bislig City called the LAKE 77, a vibrant name with historical significance and soul-searching meaning. Lake 77 is a man-made lake containing 77 hectares of land constructed by then PICOP Resources Incorporated to provide adequate water supply for its paper plant operation. The City government decided to develop lake 77 as new tourist destination, a potential source of employment, livelihood and revenue generation.

Another tourist attraction is the so-called Delot cave. It is accessible through any means of land transportation by traveling the national highway towards Brgy. San Vicente which is 14 kms from the city proper and 16 kms to the junction road going to Delot cave. Aside from deep pool and the unfathomable portions of river which accumulates almost the whole passage with 1 meter high, falls and unstable flooring. The cave is potential for scientific researches to generate information or data base. It is a potential site for exposures to enthusiasts, researchers and students who have complete caving equipment and experience.

A 13 kms away from Bislig City is the Hinayagan Cave. It would take 10 to 15 minutes of hiking from the junction road to the cave. It is favorable and potential site for educational and recreational services because it does not possess hazardous characteristics.

The city is largely agricultural but it is also rich in aqua-marine researches and thus has an abundance of fresh sea foods. Mud crabs found in abundance. Likewise lobster, shrimps, sea urchins, giant clams, etc are found in Bislig and they are being shipped to neighboring cities and provinces.

Perched on top of a hill overlooking Bislig Bay and beyond, through a winding “stairway to heaven” serving continental dishes and showcasing doll collections from all over the world is the Ocean View Park and International Doll House.

One can also frolic in the sun, sea and sand at pristine white sand beaches and island, go for only Bislig Mud Skim Boarding.

Meanwhile, beach burns will surely be delighted by the pristine white beaches and blue waters of Lawigan Beach and the Pearl-shaped Hagonoy Island which are tops for picnics, swimming, skin diving and snorkeling.

Bislig City has its Baywalk, the favorite among prominaders during sunset, Florland Venture, Restisita Resorts, Sian Falls and Togonan Cold spring.

To emphasize Bislig’s special feature as a “City By the Bay” Karawasan was used as the centrepiece of the City’s continuing journey towards inevitable exodus of developments. Annually, the Karawasan Festival is being celebrated as an expression of peoples’ thanksgiving and abundance of gifts and blessings. It is highlighted by street dancing, featuring ethnic dances depicting the movement of crabs with the revellers clad in crab-inspired costumes.

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