Province of Bohol - Land of History and Natural Beauty

Tagbilaran Travel Blog

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another ferry ride

After a merely 2-hour ferry ride from Cebu, we finally reached Tagbilaran City. Our friendly tour guide Mang Jun greeted us at the ferry port. First off, we dropped by the department store to buy goodies we'll be needing for our 3-day stay at the beach. I'm pretty sure those goodies are overpriced at the resort, haha! Then we started the countryside tour. We passed by St. Joseph's Cathedral, built in the 1800's. He's the patron saint of the city. This old church is right across the Capitol. Driving East, we then saw this group of old drinking buddies having a toast to their blood compact! Yes, it's true but that could have been hundreds of years ago, hihi. Around the 1500's. What we actually saw were just statues of Datu Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.

saw this while on ferry
They seem to be enjoying a very tasty drink!

Driving to the next town of Baclayon, we visited the oldest coral stone church in the region, Baclayon Church. It's one of the oldest in Asia and foremost among the best-preserved Jesuit-built churches in the country. They say that around 1500's the church was made of light materials, but then later rebuilt in 1727 with limestone. Btw, Bohol mainland is super rich in limestone and so lots of churches in the province are made of that material. The church had a museum of cultural artifacts, but we decided to no longer view them. We still have lots of places to visit! The streets of Baclayon are lined with lots of ancestral houses, reminding  us of the early Spanish settlement. Lots of protected mangroves lined up the coast as we passed by them on our way to the next town of Alburquerque. Driving east we saw Sta. Monica church, built in 1869 and made of coral stone. There was this Bolo Knives Factory (itak makers) , a small shop by the road side, where bolo knives are made using traditional methods.

Observing Tagbilaran and the nearby towns made me feel the strong sense of pride that these Boholanos have for their homeland. They do work together to preserve their culture, remember their history, protect its natural beauty and promote tourism for Bohol.

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another ferry ride
another ferry ride
saw this while on ferry
saw this while on ferry
welcome to Tagbilaran City
welcome to Tagbilaran City
just arrived
just arrived
St. Josephs Cathedral
St. Joseph's Cathedral
Baclayon Church Tower
Baclayon Church Tower
Baclayon Church Museum
Baclayon Church Museum
Blood Compact-Sikatuna & Legazpi
Blood Compact-Sikatuna & Legazpi
Drink Moderately
Drink Moderately
can we have some? haha!
can we have some? haha!
Beach view at Blood Compact Site
Beach view at Blood Compact Site
Bolo Knives Factory
Bolo Knives Factory
Tagbilaran
photo by: Deats