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Discovered and founded by Spanish exploring party led by Captain Pedro de Chavez and Franciscan Father Tomas Francisco Philippine Map on April 14, 1578, Buhi is in Southern part of Camarines Sur province in the Bicol Region. Its world-famous Lake Buhi, the habitat of the Sinarapan, earth's smallest commercial fish, was formed out of Mt. Asog's eruption on January 4, 1641 which, according to historical accounts, buried beneath said lake the first inhabitants of the town.

The present Buhinons are the descendants of the refugess and survivors who also fled from the wrath of Albay's Mt. Mayon when it erupted on February 1, 1814 hence the town's name nakaBuhi which means the one that got away or escaped.

General Information

Location Southern Part of Camarines Sur
Land Area 22,585 hectares
Elevation 200 feet above sea level
Population 60,000 as of May 1993
Number of Barangays 38 (6 at Poblacion, 32 rural)
Lake Buhi Area 1,800 hectares
Main Products Rice, corn, copra, freshwater fish, vegetables and root crops
Distances to: 15 kms - Iriga City, 52 kms - Naga City, 75 kms - Legazpi City, 600 kms - Manila
Means of transportation Bus, jeepney, tri-mobile and motorized bancas
Means of communication Telephone, telegraph, radio and cable TV

News Updates and Developments

Click on the above link to learn more about Buhi as compiled by Sherwin de Leon, or you may want to visit these related sites:

  1. Cyber Kamalig - Bicolanos' Home in Cyberspace

  2. Saint Bridget School - Buhi˝on Bridgetines Online

  3. Pilipinas Sierra Inc. - Asog - Caring for the Wilderness

  4. The Sixty-Niners Fraternal Klan oF BUHI

A Nature Lover's Nest

Four hundred fifteen years old, Buhi today is very rich in natural resources. Its rain forests, towering mountains, verdant hills, fields and valleys, singing brooks, springs, streams, rivers and waterfalls are intact for discriminating tourists, nature lovers, mystery hunters, futuristic investors and carping artists to explore and perhaps enrich. YES, Buhi is a watershed, a national park in the making with a Baguio like climate, destined to be nearest to your heart and countenance.

Itbog Falls Now either you may be a weary traveller, a restless soul, a surrendering poet, a never-satisfied-adventuring businessman, an avid searching investor, a nature drinker, an unaffected child of the universe, one who cannot tolerate anymore a deteriorating plastic world, a tired fellow of city life's everybody humdrums, or you reached up early the end of your rainbows who feels getting away but nowhere to go.

There is a place for you. BUHI, "the Beautiful, the Bountiful"

Lake Buhi Buhi means escape. Away from the wrath of it all. It's so remotely near. Hidden for centuries. A world famous unknown. A paradise preserved. Unspoiled. Quite ruggedly tamed. Believed to be a prehistoric caldera. A mystery. A paradox. A challenge. An oppurtunity. A jewel. Malauyay! To explore. To discover. To be a part of you.

Pick your choice: An excursion at the cascading waterfalls of Itbog, Baybay, Binangkaan, Pitong Sagurong, San Rafael, and Sinillaran. A magical climb to Mt. Asog via its seven lakelets and enchanted Sarikaw. An adventure hike to Asupre Spring of Iraya. A moonlight truce over Lake Buhi.

Buhi Mountaineers Attend the town fiesta on May 24-25 each year. Have a picnic at Buluang Springs and medicinal waters of San Vicente or at Antipolo's Pungol and Minabangka Springs. Or simply be alone with your family, lovers or friends at Magindara Resort, Punta Esmeralda, La Roca Encantada and Paayahayan along the lakeshores, or wherever you wish for there are myriads of wonderful places to go and unique events to enjoy all year-round in Buhi.

Come. BUHI beckons for a Special You...

From the original journal Buhi Beckons, May 1993, published by the Local Government of Buhi.
Comments to: Raul 'Bong' Nomo and to Angelo 'Kabz' Reyes, Town Councillor
HTMled by Bicolanos in Internet author, Jaime Jay So Jr.

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