Buhisan, Cebu: One With Nature

The Buhisan Dam is the source of water for the city of Cebu. The Buhisan Dam is situated in the mountains of Barangay Buhisan. The area around the dam is surrounded by huge trees which make the place cool even at high noon.

A number of tree-planting projects are held in the Buhisan Watershed each year for the protection and growth of the reserve. Due to the reserve’s sensitive nature, entry is strictly limited. The destruction of surrounding natural resources is also considered a very grave and punishable crime.

The blue-colored dam of Buhisan

To get to the dam, you have to follow a long barangay road which would take you through Barangays Labangon and Buhisan.


The Buhisan Elementary School is situated along this tiny road.

A small bridge connects barangay Buhisan to the rest of the city of Cebu.

As this turn is quite tricky, motorists are advised to take extra caution and care when negotiating this blind curve.

As the Buhisan Dam is the source of Cebu City’s water supply, the following activities are extremely prohibited in the rear::

Swimming, Fishing, Cutting of Trees, and Littering

Visitors must book in advance to be able to access the whole park.

The mountains of Buhisan and other surrounding barangays.

The Buhisan dam as seen from an adjacent mountain

Some of the tallest and healthiest natural trees in the area.

Trespassing is extremely prohibited in Buhisan.


Cutting through the property, one can see the long and gorgeous road which takes vests to To Toong.

The blue dam and the surrounding areas.

A triangular tree-house sits on the edge of a tree near the Buhisan Dam.

52 thoughts on “Buhisan, Cebu: One With Nature

  1. My family lived in Labangon for a year. We used to go up there, the road wasn’t paved yet.=) I still love the mountain view! Do we sell bottled spring water in Cebu? If we do, that means I don’t have to boil the water for drinking for my family. My friends’ family got sick when they drank the regular water, they’re just not used to it.

  2. I remember way back in College. The Scholarship organization to which I belong will hold tree planting activity there at Buhisan at least once every semester… But the most anticipated part is the Lunch Picnic by the river and at the middle of the woods….. Very nice!!!!!!!!!!

    Come to think of it, dag-ko na siguro to amo gipangtanum didto nuh?

    1. what year have you been there in buhisan to do tree planting???
      i am sure all trees you planted along with your mates are now big helps
      to our mountains and protect from floods down….

  3. i’m from buhisan. well, not buhisan proper, though. but me and my friends went there years ago since we lived nearby. but i didn’t appreciate it back then. hehe!

    nice to have a fellow bisdak blog about cebu. keep on blogging!

  4. bai, naka abot ba mo sa small falls diha sa buhisan? i remember when i was still elementary sa don bosco nag hiking mi diha (mga mid 80’s pa hehehe), agi mi sa dam nya adto pud mi sa falls, gamay ra nuon nga falls, but pwede laigu-an.

  5. I really appreciated your effort to put Buhisan in your Blog. My parents and siblings together with their family are residents there. I lived in this place for almost 11 years before migrating with my husband and kids to Perth, pero kutob ra ko Buhisan Elemntary school. With your blog… kita na ko dam. Salamat mate!

  6. bai.. taga buhisan kuh! hahhaha.. faetahh.. nya bata pa au kuh ka ara ngara….. nya 13y/o pah ganeh kuh karun.. wahhaha….nya dili nmn kuh sugtan mu ara.. delikado.. dghan kaau mga bogoy nya naa puy mga gangster.. ahak kaau… as far as i can remember….. naglakaw na me padung ngara kay dili nmn mu abot and tricycle sa kinatumyan… hehe.. xer lang kkuuhh….

  7. i went there just this year(2008)we have a nice tour together with my classm8…it is so fun to be there….we enjoy playing around till we go up to the mountains and have tree planting… nagskul man ko STC mao anha mi sa Buhisan…nyc jud au did2…

  8. ako taga buhisan ko niadto, i live buhisan for almost 3yrs. jud nag-abang mi dha kilid sa simbahan.. i miss dat place kay memorable pod na nako ang lugar hehehe.. sayang wala man naapil ang simbahan sa Buhisan ug picture drea :).. butangi nya sunod dong ley ha thanks mwahhhhh fr. switzerland hir

  9. what is BULIGI means?? :-s

    i think it means ‘shower upon’ or ‘grace’ or ‘give’. so buligi kami sa imong kaluoy would mean shower us with your mercy.

  10. “Bulig” is to help or to cooperate. “Buligi” is a more polite request than the ordinary “tabangi” becauise the former connotes the word “please”. One adds “palihug” to “tabangi” to be polite or “intawon” to denote “mercy”. Mga taga-LUDABI, naa pa mo diha? Palihug tabangi mi ani, beh?

  11. BULIGI or BULIG its a term used in Ilonggo in cebuano meaning Tabangi or Tabang. Kahinumdon man ko nga diha man mi mamusil sa una mga 80’s pato duol raman na sa amo gud hehehe i luv 2 c dot pics.

  12. hi sa akong mga klasmet ug silingan nga mga bogoy..hehehe..ilabina sa akong family..of course agustin family..ug sa akong bestfriend nga gwafa kaau si miss adai kaffa…

  13. Thank you for the pics, I graduated in Buhisan Elem. I Love that school the long stairway, we use to eat lunch ( corn w/ ginamos wrapped in banana leaves) on top of the big rock very cool to seat on and relaxing. ohhhhhh how much i miss my childhood days. again thanks

  14. Hello everyone i had good memories along with my parents living in DENR Camp site back on late 70’s.my father was officer in charge at the camp.i know lots of students from different Universities in Cebu were going there to sacrifice doing tree planting every weekend.
    I always remember what my dad said “those trees they planted are big help for the future generations who can enjoy the benefits of thier hardwork”.it will protect from floods too…hope anyone who involved those tree planting time…plz keep in touch ..i am now living in England but keep visiting our dear families back home.

  15. ley, it brings me back memories , everytime i see this particular picture…taga punta man ko , used to go fishin’ telapia sa ilalum sa dam…back in the ’60s and give it to the old people nearby unya taga-an mi nila ug pinya in exchange….omg….nanglimbawot ang akong balahiboo……morag theraphy ning imong blog bhay….thank u ka-ayo henry sanchez nj usa cheeseson123@aol.com

  16. just wanna know and i’m quite curious kung ang nahitabo sa luzon dili basad mahitabo diri sa atong lugar simbako lang palayo…right now nag sigi na intawon ko search sa mga dam diri sa cebu city ug cebu province,,,at least kabalo ko asa dapit..

  17. When I was a student at Don Bosco (back in the 1970’s) we used to go up to Buhisan to plant trees. It felt good looking at the pictures thinking that maybe, just maybe, some of the trees that we planted back then are still around. It has been 23 years since I last visited Cebu and this photo blog site kind of fills the void.

    Regards from Las Vegas.

  18. did the people here knows that you’re gonna have a pictorial in this place? or they are by nature clean? lol it looks so clean here!

  19. this place is so nice…we went to buhisan dam last year for our educational trip…it was tiring but we had so much fun!

  20. The place has a fresh wind, fresh water, many trees. Our educational trip was fun cause we are all boys in our group.Fun Trip. I learned a lot. I am very grateful to our guide.

    MHCS 2009-2010
    2nd yr. Educational Field Trip

  21. Im really amazed with both your blog site & adventures… makes me think of going with you whenever ur adventure is… can we join ur explorations…. ? Looks like a worthwhile life experience.

  22. Hi my name is Ruth Prince, previously Ruth Tabay
    Im born and bred in buhisan and went to school
    in buhisan elementary. I wish I could have written
    this comment in bisaya but it won’t make sense. I left Cebu in 1994
    for Australia. Most of my classmates still live in
    the area. Buhisan is one of those places you will
    never forget. I often talk about buhisan with my
    friends here in Australia and they want to visit. I remember
    fruit picking santol and lomboy during lunch with
    school friends, Ryan, Jerry, bater, Judith, girly and so on.
    Writting this makes me miss my childhood and
    hometown Buhisan.
    going fruit picking santol and lomboy during my lunch breaks.

    1. By the way dugay nasad diay ko wala na makauli sa buhisan kay naa ko kron sa brunei.kumusta kana ruth.

  23. Hi, kumusta kana dinha its been a long time na wala ta mag kita.siguro may anak kana.Hoping na mobalik ka diri sa buhisan.para magkita kita pa kita sa ato mga kauban.

  24. by the way ruth ikaw ha wla ko nimo gi apil sa imo friends nakalimot kana nako si Niel.Ito pala number ko dito sa brunei +6738931014 hoping someday makatawag ka nako.Oo naka miss gyod sa buhisan dam labi na sa ato mga kauban.wala nimo gi apil si domilito,erineo ug uban pa.

    1. sakay kag any jeep padung labangon, nya naug ka sa Jollibee sa Punta nya pangitag habal-habal, naa may daghan muhatod padung dra dapit sa Dam, ambot lng if pwede pa ba makasulud dha

  25. Ako I grew up in these mountains. Niadtong highschool mao ni akong favorite place nga adtu adtuan, mo cutting classes pako para lang muadtog dam, pamutan ug toong ug sa tulo ka kuros with my classmates and neighbors. Sa una pwede pa musulod sa dam, ug naay daghan mini waterfalls dinha kung subayon ang sapa. Karon nga minyo nako ug wala nako gapuyo sa Buhisan, I still go there para mag hike, mag bike ug mag camping with the family. Buhisan mountains will always be a part of me.

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