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Bulusan

Photo by: romadz_op (2002) All Rights Reserved

General Information

Description Lake Bulusan is located within the Bulusan Volcano Natural Park. The area was first designated as a National Park in 1935 and later designated as a Natural Park in 2000 by the National Integrated Protected Areas System.

Bulusan Lake has interesting legends. It is said that a village once stood where Bulusan Lake is currently located. The legend suggests that a pagan chieftain once managed the land, and one day when he did not honor a promise he made to set his slaves free, waters came from the skies and flooded everything creating the lake. His slaves that were working in the fields survived the floods and are believed to have been the founders of the city of Bulusan. Reference

Country Philippines
Latitude 12° 45' 0" (12.7500)
Longitude 124° 6' 0" (124.1000)

Physical Characteristics

Description Bulusan Lake is surrounded by a secondary growth forest that is home to a number of butterfly and bird species. Approximately 41 tree species have been identified in this surrounding forest.

There are no streams or rivers that visibly flow into the lake. The major source of water is considered to be seepage from underground water surrounding the lake. Also, surface runoff contributes to the lake volume, but only during the rainy season.

Surface Area 0.16 km2
Depth Maximum depth: 21.0 m

Socio-Political

Economic Value
Major Cities

Watershed Management

Description Until October 2003, Lake Bulusan was managed under the authority of the Bulusan Volcano National Park, created in 1935. In late 2003, management of the lake changed to the Local Government Unit of Bulusan. This temporary management appointment is scheduled to last five years.
Issues
Monitoring

Biodiversity Conservation

Description Bulusan Lake lies in the center of a Philippines Natural Park. Due to the absence of development the area directly surrounding the lake has managed to preserve its pristine nature.
Designations National Designation
Species of Concern The Sailfin water lizard (Hydrosaurus postulatus) is considered vulnerable, the Philippine duck Luzon bleeding heart, Indigo-banded and spotted-wood kingfisher, and the Rufous and Luzon tarictic hornbill are all considered near-threatened.

Faunal species observed withing the lake include: Tilapia, Carpa, Plapla, Shrimp, Long-shelled and short-shelled snails, small and large water striders and various species of butterflies.

Documents

Resources

Institute for Environmental Conservation and Research
Si Bulusan nan si Agingay

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