Bislig is a city located on the island of Mindanao. Positioned just over 200 kilometers north of Davao City and directly south of the stunning Surigao provinces, this pristine little city sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. The barangay of Mangagoy is its claim to fame and this bustling little part of Bislig that brings the whole landscape of the region to life.
Bislig is named after two known entities. First the word “bislin” referred to as a kind of gold which was mined in the hills that overlook the city and also found in the province of Agusan. This 16th century precious metal was used in daily bartering and trading with ships that sailed up and down the coast of Mindanao. It is also known that a vine called the ‘bislig vines’ saved the life of a Spanish era royal couple when they tried to cross a raging river. Once believed lost in the rapids they were later discovered downstream grasping the bislig vine, saving their life. In honor of that the Spanish era leaders named the city Bislig in celebratory facto.
The beautiful Magdiwata Mountain range fills the hills overlooking the city. Those that like nature hikes and adventures will enjoy a run or two up the mountain sides. Bislig’s number one claim to fame is the stunning Tinuy-an Falls. These falls are known by the locals as the “Niagara Falls of the Philippines”. This beautiful three layer falls has been featured around the world in publications and magazines. It is famous throughout the Philippines for its picturesque beauty and also for being the widest waterfalls in all the land.
Just outside of Mangagoy is a hidden treasure that everyone should discover. The Ocean View Park is a hillside retreat that will take your breath away. The steep walk up many stairs will give way to a panoramic view of the entire seaside area. Be sure to visit here in both the day and night as both views are equally stunning. While here eat at the local small restaurant which serves some Western style foods. This unique experience will have you back for more, I’m positive of that.
The white sand beaches on the island of Hagonoy are another great attraction in the area. This stunning little island sits at the bay of Bislig and has a famous beach on the Pacific side known as Lawigan. When stopping by the Baywalk in Bislig one can see the island up close without visiting it directly. The Baywalk area is another place to sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Bislig and Mangagoy. The ‘walk’ has many picnic pavilions and even two tired overview huts where picture taking is a must.
Bislig has so many other little hot spots to visit and see, they include Hinayagan Cave, Forester’s Park, International Doll House, Lake 77 and Kamayo Park to name just a few. If wanting to visit around the local festivals are sure to show up on the 3rd week of September. During this time the Karawasan Festival and the Kawadang Festival are back to back and run over a week long for your enjoyment.
Bislig City has a few unique features and those that take the time to stroll the streets will find beaches, hillside retreats and quaint homes tucked in the hills of Mangagoy. For those looking for an out of the city day try the Enchanted River which is just a few hours north and a trip worth every minute. Discover the town of Bislig and the beauty of a seaside village that offers so much to so many possibilities.