Bacuag is considererd an old establishment founded in the 16th century. The original community was first established in Panhutungan. But some years later, this was abandoned and the people transferred to another place, now called Lungsod Daan,in the shore near the already well-established town of Gigaquit. In 1851, a super typhoon hit and destroyed the settlement. This made the founding elders to petition the authorities in Manila to transfer the settlement to a safer place. This petition dated March 2, 1853 was signed by a group of Kapitanes, namely; Simon Efren, Antonio Odjinar, Agustin Opalia de los Santos, Juan Ugay Mariano and Cipiano Orquina Francisco. This document was offficially endorsed by Fr. Gregorio Logronio, parish priest of Gigaquit. This petition was approved and consequently, Bacuag was transferred to its present site in 1855.
Land Area: 9,585.00 has.
Bacuag is situated along the northeastern coast of Mindanao, in the eastern part of Surigao del Norte. It is bounded at the northwest portion by Placer and on the northeastern portion by the Hinatuan Passage.On the Southeastern side, it is bounded by the Municipalities of Tubod and Alegria. Bacuag is 44 kilometers from Surigao City.
Located in Barangay Payapag, about 820 feet high, is a little paradise known as Little Baguio . It is 13 kilometers from the Poblacion and accesible by private vehicles or hired motorcycles. Its winding upward road, cool climate, and rich soil almost resemble that of Baguio City, hence, the name Little Baguio. The scenery of the wide mountain ranges is beautiful. The waterfalls, located in the heart of Little Baguio has clear and cool waters flow down into a stone basin and deeper into a creek. The view of trees, ferns, and vines surrounding the waterfalls area adds attraction to this beautiful creation of nature.
Commonly known as the Kag-alimpay Shrine, this site is 10minutes walk from the urban core and is located at the right side of the Catholic Cemetery. Shady trees serve as umbrella to the entrance of the rock-line shrine. Small mysterious looking caves are found with spring water coming out. Inside the cave are chairs and tables made out of rocks. Saint-like images seemed to be carved-out of the
rocks , completing, the shrine atmosphere.
Situated four hundred feet from the sea shore is a beautiful and virginal looking islet. The presence of coconut trees completes the scenery which is in contrast with the blue seas. The place is accessible by water transportation, 10 minutes by banca and 3 minutes by pumpboat, from the the mainland during high tide. You can walk to the island during low tide.
Located at Barangay Sto. Rosario, the cave can be reached after 15 minutes walk from the Barangay Center. The cave seems to like ordinary, but inside is a church-like structure withstalactite and stalagmite stones protruding from the ceiling. The cave serve as abode for birds locally known as “Kiabyaw” Thee is a lake inside the cave which, according to many folks, has cool and refreshing waters.
Situated at the heart of the Poblacion is a cozy place where one can relax.This park offers everyone good ambience, green atmosphere and good view of the beach.
The town fiesta celebration in honor of the Virgin of the Most Holy Rosary is always high lighted by street dancing competition, and other festivities.
Buses bound for Surigao,Butuan,Cagayan de Oro, and Davao cities ply the major roads, the jeepney (PUJ’s) also carry out transportation services along the national highway. The tricycles which are the typical Filipino motorbike with side car make available services within the minor town roads. These transport vehicles provides transportation works everyday especially on the market days.
The Municipal Health Center has a public health physician. It provides conterminous medical support with highly consultation services only. Some Barangay health centers are established to give free health check access nearest to the public.
A public calling station of the Philcom serves the public from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily. This telecommunication office can receive and contact both international and domestic calls . This existing SMART cell Site can provide signal coverage area for all SMART cellphone users nationwide.
The Green Bank of Caraga located at Barangay Poblacion along the national highway is open to serve its clients from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM every Monday to Friday.
Churches of all Christian sects are open to the residents’ spiritual needs. The population is predominantly Roman Catholic. Other religious groups existing are Iglesia Ni Kristo, Philippine Independent Church, Assembly of God. United Church of Christ in the Philippines, Baptist Chuch, Jehovah’s Witness, and the Seventh Day Adventist.