Development of the 5.7-hectare complex surrounding the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine at Igbalalay Hills in the Balubal-Tablon-Agusan area will soon be realized as the 25-year development plan will be presented during the 22nd annual fiesta celebration on December 12, 2009 at the shrine site.

This plan perhaps is a result of City Mayor Constantino Jaraula’s order for all concerned barangay officials in the area as well as City Tourism Officer Imma Rae Gatuslao to develop and maintain the area which has become a favorite destination for nature lovers and religious pilgrims, especially during Holy Week.

The number of devotees has increased over the last few years due mainly to word of mouth passed on by those who have gone to the site.

The site straddles three barangays namely: Tablon, Agusan and Balubal of which Agusan River meanders and zigzags from its headwaters further south in Manolo Fortich. 

To reach the 3,080-square meter “holy” place, one has to trek through a four-kilometer trail, crossing nine times the tributaries of Tablon and Agusan rivers.

The site is situated within the 5.780-hectare area being allocated by the Balubal Integrated Social Forestry Association, Inc. (BISFFA), under the CBFM Project of DENR to ILOGDA, per Resolution No. 4.

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Igbalalay Hills was first celebrated in 1987, with the Holy Eucharist officiated by the late Rev. Fr. Edward Stock, a Columban priest, who allowed the construction of the original small chapel on May 7, 1987 making it part of the Holy Rosary Parish of Agusan, Cagayan de Oro.

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