Wednesday, April 1, 2009
BOOD PROMONTORY 1st EASTER MASS ECO PARK
This hill site - Bood in Butuanon dialect - holds a dual historical significance. This hill overlooks ancient Butuan and Masao River and is the highest elevation nearest to the seaside village of present day Masao, surely it must have been a mute highness to the glory of ancient Butuan as an importnat trading port with extensive links to various Asian Kingdoms and center of the gold industry from the 10th to 13th century.
The bood promontory Eco-Park is the site of commemoration of the First Mass where Magellan and his men erected a cross on March 31, 1521.
It is the highest elevation and promontory overlooking the whole of Butuan bay then. Today, the indigenous “Hadlayati Tree” still abound lording over a Clonal nursery and tree park, and the serpentine Masao River (ElRio de Butuan) amidst fishponds and archaeological treasures.