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the chocolate hills


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.

man made forest made of tall mahogany trees
Bohol beach club was full and so we had to look for other alternative places. I was surprised at this point that the resorts there were now even more expensive than those in Boracay. Strange how one year can change things. I also didn't expect that the other resorts would be incomparable with Bohol beach club's wide white sand shore. I thought that the shore line would be similar since the resorts would be on the same beach (Alona beach). Oh well, that's what happens when you have expectations, you get surprises that you never thought was possible.

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.

Loboc river

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.

the cute Tarsier (the smallest specie of primates in the world)
Now I do understand the need for sponsorship but then again, I do wish the sponsors could be a bit more considerate with what they give, I mean these people were performing the traditional dances and songs of the Philippines, and they were wearing jeans and tshirts! Anyhow, going back to the cruise, it was nice but I prefer what we did last year, we just took a little boat which enabled us to go closer to the waterfalls at the end of the river, and also on the springs on the sides of the river, plus, we got to have the boat driver give some information about Loboc and Bohol.

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.

Baclayon church

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.

*Deep breath*

So next stop was the Sandugo Shrine. This shrine commemorates the blood compact of  (sandugo means one blood) the traveling Spanish explorer Miguel L√≥pez de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna of Bohol in year 1565 to seal their friendship, a custom of the Boholonians.

Sandugo Shrine to commemorate the blood compact and first friendship treaty in the 16th century
I smiled when I read tha this is considered as the first international treaty of friendship between two people of different races, a Filipino and a Spaniard (viva Espana! :)

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.

Alona beach in Panglao island
Then of course there would be the sights, the ocean, the fishing boat, there's just lots of relaxing views around. I think I'd like to try going around the town one day by myself and maybe drive around. Sometimes, it's even better to be alone than to be with someone you don't really know.

Hmmmm, sounds like a good plan, I just might really do that one day.

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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.

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Some fast ferries going to/from Mandaue City, Cebu to Tagbilaran, Bohol for 500 pesos one way:

Supercat

Wisaam

Ocean Jet

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.


 

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the chocolate hills
the chocolate hills
man made forest made of tall mahog…
man made forest made of tall maho…
Loboc river
Loboc river
the cute Tarsier (the smallest spe…
the cute Tarsier (the smallest sp…
Baclayon church
Baclayon church
Sandugo Shrine to commemorate the …
Sandugo Shrine to commemorate the…
Alona beach in Panglao island
Alona beach in Panglao island
Alona beach (Bohol beach club)
Alona beach (Bohol beach club)
Alona beach (Bohol beach club)
Alona beach (Bohol beach club)
there are more than a thousand of …
there are more than a thousand of…
the chocolate hills are not at all…
the chocolate hills are not at al…
hersheys kisses :)
hershey's kisses :)
Loboc river floating restaurant
Loboc river floating restaurant
these Boholonian singers in the cr…
these Boholonian singers in the c…
Loboc river in brown (used to be g…
Loboc river in brown (used to be …
Loboc river performers doing the T…
Loboc river performers doing the …
Loboc river singers
Loboc river singers
cute kid
cute kid
cute kids
cute kids
Museo de Loboc
Museo de Loboc
Master Yoda, I am. Touch my head, …
Master Yoda, I am. Touch my head,…
thats my hand
that's my hand
mmmwah, theyre so cute
mmmwah, they're so cute
do not disturb, im sleepy
do not disturb, i'm sleepy
Baclayon church altar
Baclayon church altar
i like Baclayon churchs stained g…
i like Baclayon church's stained …
Baclayon church belltower
Baclayon church belltower
Baclayon church door
Baclayon church door
tagay na!
tagay na!
hey guys, you need a lady in this …
hey guys, you need a lady in this…
cheers! :P
cheers! :P
entrance going down to Hinagdanan …
entrance going down to Hinagdanan…
inside Hinagdanan cave (see the gu…
inside Hinagdanan cave (see the g…
Hinagadanan cave
Hinagadanan cave
Bohol
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