If you speak Cebuano, you’ll probably startle upon hearing “Isla Baksan”. “Baksan” of course is the local name for Boa Constrictor or Python, one of the largest snakes in the world – and the name implies “Python Island”. Actually, it is one of the islets near Barangay Consolacion which is being eyed to be developed into man-made forest by the Safer River Life Saver Foundation, Inc. (SRLSFI) of Liceo de Cagayan University.

I got this info from a feature article by Joe Palabao of Business Week Mindanao. Correct me if I’m wrong, ISLA BAKSAN is that islet between Consolacion and Kauswagan which you can clearly see if you cruise along the Puntod-Kauswagan Bridge as shown above.

According to the plan, the development of Isla Baksan situated at the river banks of barangays Kauswagan and Consolacion as envisioned by (SRLSFI) as a future man-made forest with a Bee Garden, Butterfly Garden and Bird Sanctuary.

This is also in the aqua tourism plan of the foundation, with floating cottages, fish cages as livelihood projects and adapt One Barangay One Product (OBOP) Concept of all 17 riverside barangays in the city.

But the term “ISLA BAKSAN” is the real catch – lets count the snakes!

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