of BUHI, Camarines Sur
is located at the island of Luzon in the Bicol Region, province of Camarines
Sur. It is bounded on the east by Mt. Malinao, on the west by Mt.
Asog, on the north by Sangay-Buhi mountain ranges and on the south by low
lying ranges of Polangui, Albay. Buhi has a total land area of 22,851
hectares. 1,800 hectares of which comprise the lake and 8,463 hectares
are timberlands. The land area is subdivided in 38 barangays.
has a lot of beautiful spots are Lake Buhi, which is the habitat of the
world's smallest commercial fish known as Sinarapan, Itbog
Falls, Baybay Falls, Binangcaan Falls, Buluang Spring Resort, Pongol Spring
Resort, La Roca Encantada, Mt. Asog, Buhi Villa Resort, Buhi Magindara,
Katugday and Manapao Lakelets, Parish church of Buhi, which prides
of having the tallest belfry in Bicol and pleasant bell sound,
and the Municipal Aquarium at the town hall
where one can observe the wriggly swimming sinarapan
of the aforecited man made and natural scenic, world known and extra-ordinary
features, Buhi has been chosen as a pilot tourism area by the Philippine
Tourism Authority which is now constructing a lodging house, pavilion,
docking area and other tourism facilities at Buhi Magindara.
the past writings of friars and native historians we learn that somewhere
between what is barrio Sta. Cruz and the sitio of Sapa was a little lake
called Buyok-Buyokan. So called because of the faint circular motion
of the water. Along the shores of this lake were small huts of the
Aetas who lived by fishing and hunting.
April 14, 1578, Captain Pedro de Chavez and a certain Fr. Tomas Francisco,
a Franciscan and some members of the exploring party discovered and founded
Buhi. Its inhabitants at the time were estimated to be 5,645 pagans
scattered in the different settlement. In 1605, through the painstaking
efforts of the Franciscan Fr. Antonio Mendez, they received their Catholic
baptism in the jungles and denses forests where they lived.
January 4, 1641, at 1:00 o'clock in the afternoon, all the well known volcanoes
in the Bicol region erupted simultaneously. The side of a high mountain
in the Bicol valley blew up and in the subsequent earthquake that followed,
the valley on the eastern side of this mountain sank and a fine lake come
the waters of the small lake Buyok-Buyokan joined the waters of the new
lake because this small lake disappeared. What only remained were
the two sitios of Buyok-Buyokan and Sapa. Many of the inhabitants
perished in this volcanic upheavel. The few of them who survived
scampered to the northeastern highlands. Thus another hamlet was
February 1, 1814, Mayon volcano had its worst eruption. The thriving
community of Cagsawa at the foot of the volcano was buried under lava and
ashes. Only the upper portion of the frontage of the church and the
belfry remained. It still can be seen up to this day. Many
of the people living near the sides of the volcano fled to their lives.
is told that two brothers who are survivors of a family that was exterminated
by a venomous snake in a spring in Lingnion near old Albay and Cagsawa
town trekked to Riquit. This is a forest near a clear pond currently
known as Maydanao in Polangui. It was there that the refugees caught
up with them. Because they were familiar with the place, the two
brothers became the leaders of the caravan. They reached Macaangay
and still pushed farther west until they reached Buraburan. Feeling
still insecure, because they could still feel the tremors of Mayon, they
continued northward until they saw a lake. Here on the shores of
the lake they decided to stay because according to them it was "Maray na
Raga" meaning "Good Earth". As the years rolled by, the phrase "Maray
na Raga" was abbreviated to "Marayag which is now the name of the place
and a sitio of barangay San Buenaventura.
a few years the inhabitants of Marayag realized that the place has grown
small for them.. So they migrated westward by crossing a river. Here
on the other side of the river they made a clearing for their homes in
a dense forest. Thus, the stage was set for the founding of Buhi.
For whenever the natives asked these migrants who they were, they would
answer "nacabuhi" from Mayon, meaning that they were able to escape from
the wrath of Mayon. Incidentally, the word "Buhi" is either an Albay
or Visayan origin which means "escape".
It is how
got its name.
BUHI WAS ADJUDGED AS THE 1996
CLEANEST LAKE IN THE PHILIPPINES
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SOURCE : 1997 BUHI TOWN FIESTA SOUVENIR