Maragusan is a small region, high in the mountains of Compostela Valley on Mindanao Island. This area is known not only for its beauty, but also for the cool temperatures and the high rocky mountain landscapes that encase it.
Often referred to as “The Summer Home of Davao Region,” the town rests at approximately 3,000+ feet above sea level and had been known as San Mariano in the past. Centuries ago the original settlers of this area were the Mansaka Tribe; their identity to the Philippines lies in the native word “Man-Agusan”, meaning a settler along the Augusan River.
The phonetical word “Man-Augsan” was changed to Maragusan and referrers to the gentle plains of Maragusan, Caragan, and Tag-ugpo and today are the combined parts of Maragusan Valley.
Mt. Candalaga surrounds the basin of Margusan and stands at a stunning 7,200 feet above sea level, a trekkers dream come true. The mountains in and around Maragusan and Compostela Valley are home to a rare flower known as the Rafflesia Mira. Rafflesia is endemic to Southeast Asia and is home to more than 10 species in all. The Rafflesia Magnifica is a new found breed growing in the region of Maragusan.
Rafflesia Mira is the largest blooming flower in the world and is known for its thick leather type formation and is also known for its horrific rotting smell too. Other outstanding flora and fauna can be found throughout the regions of Maragusan but many people flock to the area during the blooming of this magnificent flower during the month of October.
Maragusan Valley is filled with stunning waterfalls that drain into the basin of the lush green lands of Maragusan plato. Over 30 waterfalls in all make up the entire area and they are a major tourist attraction for those who visit here.
The Marangig Falls is one of the more unique waterfalls in Maragusan as it has a total of 13 drops down the steep mountainside. The first 2 are easy to access, but the remaining 11 can take the best of the best to reach their end. Those that trek up to this falls might want to look closely into the waters as the waterway is filled with ‘fool’s gold’ or pyrite. That gold sparkle makes many a people stop and take a second look.
Tagbibinta Falls has a drop of over 700 feet and the beauty of this cascading falls is simply amazing. With a nice picnic area nearby, the place is a perfect get-away to relax and enjoy with family and friends.
In the past many have heard of the devastating effects of Typhoon Pablo on the Compostela Valley region. The area of Maragusan lays high and protected, allowing the typhoon to skip over this particular area. Sorry to say, but other parts of Compostela Valley were devastated beyond comprehension in 2012.
Today, that very same region is still struggling to come alive and be the prospering farming communities that use to cement the people to this area.
For foreigners the area of Maragusan is a perfect place for those seeking to live in the cooler climates of the Philippines. With morning fog and the beauty of such a serene place of nature, there simply is nothing that can be duplicated anywhere else in the Philippines.
The roads that lead in and out of Maragusan are often broken from ravishing tropical storms. Those headed to Mati or Tagum City can easily get there by large travel jeepney or onward to Tagum by commercial bus.
If high mountains, waterfalls, mountain trekking and the beauty of nature that stands untouched, are your ideal place to live or retire, then Maragusan is for you. This area has called me back personally, time and time again and though this little town has nothing much in it at all, those who know and understand, it’s simply filled with pure bliss.
Mark down the regions of Compostela Valley and Maragusan on your next trip to the island of Mindanao. If you book your trip in advance, please let me know ahead of time as I’ll gladly meet you there, “my place, my heart, Maragusan.”
To “Learn More” about the plight of the Rafflesia Mira