Buhol-bohol is a Tagalog adjective that means all tangled up
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From Cebu, I got to Bohol thru a ferry. I was a bit nervous about taking this ferry because I do get seasick even with just 45 minutes of ferry ride, and this ferry trip would be almost 2 two hours. I was expecting torture but surprisingly, I didn't get seasick. Maybe because the ferry was bigger or maybe because I slept during most of the trip, hehe.
I have been to Bohol before, last year in fact with my family (read my blog about it here). I had a fantastic time at Bohol then, so I really didn't mind to go there again. I was a bit surprised though to find that at this monsoon season time, Panglao island would be packed.
Anyways, so I saw the Chocolate hills once again. They are magnificent still, with more than a thousand little hills, 100% natural (made from fossil) and not man-made. They got the name because they look like Hershey's kisses chocolates when the cogon grass that grows on them dries up and turns brown.
Now if you want to see a man made sight here that seemed natural, that would be the man made forest in the town of Carmen. It is quite near the Chocolate hills and actually you would be going thru a road that passes thru this forest when you go to the Chocolate Hills. This forest looks really nice, with tall mahogany trees. It was a government project of reforestration.
Then there's Loboc river. I was so fascinated with its green water when I first saw it last year so I got a bit sad to see that the water at this time turned brown. Could it be because of the season? I hope that's just it and not a permanent change. Anyways, this time I cruised this river on one of their floating restaurants (300 pesos per person for a lunch buffet). It goes for about an hour, stopping by at one area to watch some of the Loboc river performers, who are, by the way, wearing tshirts with the SMART logo, obviously sponsored by this telecom company.
Driving back after the cruise, we stopped by some souvenir shop along the way to meet some tiny friends, which would be another reason that makes Bohol popular: the very cute Tarsiers, the world's smallest primates (monkeys). Perhaps George Lucas' Master Yoda in Starwars was actually inspired by these Tarsiers, no? hehehe.
Next stop was Baclayon church, one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. This was my first time to go here, as last year we just passed by and didn't really stop. I liked the stained glass windows of this church, and its authentic foundations. However, the roof was a bit awkward, as it was obviously been changed as a repair or part of the restoration. When we got in there, there was a mass being celebrated and I got quite aghast when non-Filipino Asian tourists just walked nonchalantly along the nave, taking photos here and there without even thinking why there was a priest in front and a reader reciting the reading for the day. It was a big disrespect really, I could not believe it.
So next stop was the Sandugo Shrine. This shrine commemorates the blood compact of (sandugo means one blood) the traveling Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna of Bohol in year 1565 to seal their friendship, a custom of the Boholonians.
Then last stop was the Hinagdanan cave, an underground cave that has a pool of water inside. I should have brought my swimsuit but oh well, it was just a quick stop.
So there, that's just a few of what's to see in Bohol. This place actually offers a lot more sights to see, those not really written about or popular about. Bohol is one part of the Philippines where people are still quite religious and very much into Catholicism that it would not be unusual to see religious quotes everywhere, in automobile stickers, in sign boards, etc. It must be what makes the Boholonians such a warm and nice people. So there are many nice churches around besides Baclayon church.
Hmmmm, sounds like a good plan, I just might really do that one day.
Disclaimer: Bohol's name was not at all taken from the Tagalog term buhol-bohol. It's just me and my crazy brain at loose this time, hehe.
Some fast ferries going to/from Mandaue City, Cebu to Tagbilaran, Bohol for 500 pesos one way:
And from the resorts, you can ask the reception to get you a tricycle that will take you to the Pier/ferry terminal for 250 pesos.