ABOUT BOHOL ISLAND
is like a jade brooch set on a velvet-blue sea. Its
fertile land has hills that roll gently around lush
forests and grassy meadows. Marine life - from schools
of tiny reef fish to bigger pods of dolphins and whales
- teem in the surrounding waters.
market, one can have a pick of the day's fresh sea catch
and have them cooked home-style at any of the food stalls.
of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon
is considered to be one of the oldest churches in the
Philippines. It is one of the best persevered Jesuit
build churches in the region, although in the 19th century,
the Augustinian Recollects added a modern facade and
a number of stone buildings that now surround the church.
are also fishermen selling Neptune's bounty for instant
grills. A river cruise through pastoral Cambuhat River
in Buenavista leads one to the oyster farms from where
one can indulge in real fresh "slipper oysters."
Panglao Tropical Villas features information, travel
tips and advise on Bohol flights and Bohol tours.
its limestone foundation, the province of Bohol is also
known as "Cave Country." An average of 30 caves are
found in each ofits 47 towns, many of them still unexplored.
It is said that Bohol got its name from the word boho,
meaning "hole." [ the term boho really means hole from
which spring water usually gush forth, common in many
coastal areas of this island].
Dagohoy Cave in the town of Danao is especially noted
for its historical role. It was once the headquarters
of the Boholano patriot Dagohoy who led an extended
rebellion against Spain starting in the first half of
the 1700's. One of the many crystal-studded passages
within the cave's maze has an underwater route leading
to dry land. Local lore has it that every time Spaniards
would enter the cave, Dagohoy would dive under and hide
in the breathing space.
The largest cave, however,
is Sudlon. Nestled in a lovely mountain environment,
it hosts a huge population of bats which emerge like
vast stormy clouds at dusk.
DIVING IN BOHOL
of Asia's finest diving destinations, Bohol boasts of
an undersea panorama filled with impressive coral gardens
teeming with colorful marine life.
The dive sites
of Bohol are noted for their deep, steep walls - the
creation of continental shifts during prehistoric times.
Just over the causeway from Tagbilaran is Panglao Island
with its spectacular drop-offs.
Balicasag Island has long established itself as a great
dive spot. From here, island-hopping and whale-watching
expeditions can be organized right here at Panglao Tropical
Pamilacan Island is yet another popular
diving destination. Pamilacan, which means "resting
place of the mantas," is also noted for its big whales
called "balilan" and the highly prized rare seashell
Pantudlan in Cabilao Island is frequented
by many foreign diving enthusiasts.
WONDERS OF BOHOL
Tarsier Trail is a pathway from where one may become
acquainted with a wide variety of local flora and fauna,
including the tiniest primate on Earth.
a distance of roughly 15 kilometers, the trail meanders
through the gently rolling terrain of the interior towns
of Corella, Sikatuna and Loboc. It traverses the natural
habitat of the Philippine tarsier, one of Earth's oldest
mammal inhabitants. A 45-million-year old prosimian
species, it is popularly known as "the world's smallest
Going deeper into the trail, one gets
the chance to see some endemic birds like the serpent
eagle, brahmini kite, woodpecker, rocky-tailed blue-headed
parrot, grass owl, bubock pigeon and water cock. There
are jungle animals like the monkey, python, cobra, macock
and palm civet cat. It also teems with insects, the
staple diet of the tarsier.
From the forest,
the trail crosses over into Loboc River. Here, bamboo
rafts are for rent, from where one may glide down the
placid, green river to the seaport of Loay. One can
also partake of a native seafood buffet or a hearty
snack in any of the floating restaurants that cruise
on the river.
Trained volunteer guides, mostly
college students from Tagbilaran, bring trekkers through
the 134-hectare forested area that has been set aside
as the Tarsier
the 16th century, a "Treaty of Friendship" was forged
between the brown and white races, sealed by the blood
compact of the Boholano chieftain Datu Sikatuna and
the Spanish Captain Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.
Some 302 years of Spanish rule followed after the
treaty. It was a rule bathed with sweat and tears, as
native sons plodded in hard labor building massive fortresses
and grand colonial churches. More blood was also shed
in the many attempts to free the motherland from the
shackles of Spanish domination. To this day, there still
stands in Bohol many structures that serve as mute testimonials
to its rich historic past.
HISTORY OF BOHOL
Church, is the best preserved Jesuit-built church in
the region, although its facade and most of the stone
structures surrounding it were built by the Augustininan
Recollects in the late 19th century. The Christian community
organized by the Jesuits on November 17, 1596 and thereafter
a visita was erected on the site. Baclayon was canonically
raised to the status of a parish only in 1717, the present
stone church was completed in 1727. The Casa parroquial
was built by the Augustinian recollects in 1872. An
ecclesiastical museum was established in 1969/70. Its
narthex has the cuadro paintings of the historically
acllaimed Filipino painter Liberato Gatchalian. Paintings
were executed in 1859. Declared a national historical
landmark in 1995 by the National Historical Institute.
Its convent has been transformed into a museum and houses
priceless religious artifacts.
churches of architectural distinction include Dauis
Church with its beautiful frescoes, Loboc Church with
its three-story convent, Panglao Church with its ornate
antiquities and ceiling murals, Loon Church, the most
stunning church built by the Recollect Friars, and the
19th century Maribojoc Church.
Also found in
the town of Maribojoc is the ancient Punta Cruz watchtower
which used to serve as a look-out for marauding pirates.
It now serves as a view deck and offers a picturesque
vista of the Mindanao Sea and the provinces of Cebu
Other watchtowers of note can
be found in the towns of Loay, Balilihan and Pamilacan
than 1000 hills in number - consisting of thousands
of cone-shaped mounds scattered over 50 sq kiliometers
around the towns of Sagbayan, Carmen and Sierra Bullones
in central Bohol. Each hill rises 30 to 120 metes above
the surrounding plateau. The hills look like chocolate
drops when the grass turns brown, hence the name. Two
of the hills have been developed into a resort with
youth hostels, cottages, a swimming pool, and tennis
Also on top of one is an observation deck
213 concrete steps. In the dry season when the grass
is dry, the grass become chocolate coloured, because
of that, the name "Chocolate Hills". The most lovely
time to see the Chocolate Hills is early in the morning,
so you can see it in the sunrise!
Origin of the Chocolate
first legend tells of a fight between two giants who
threw stones and sand at each other for days, until
they were so tired and exhausted they made friends and
left the island. They didn´t however, tidy up the battlefield,
leaving the Chocolate Hills.The second legend is a lot
more romantic. Arogo, a young and unusually strong giant,
fell in love with an ordinary mortal, Aloya. After Aloya´s
death, Arogo cried bitterly. The Chocolate Hills are
proof of his grief, for his tears turned into hills.
Some geologist, means Bohol lay under water in prehistoric
times. Volcanic eruptions caused unevenness in th bottom
of the sea which was gradually smoothed and rounded
by the movement of the water.
Most serious geologist
means the explanation as nonsense. Even though the geological
origin of the hills has not yet been explained beyond
doubt, the consensus is that they are weathered formations
of a kind of marine limestone laying on the top of impermeable
clay soil. Comparisons have been made with hundred Islands
of North Luzon.
friendly staff doesn't simply provide our guests with
a place to rest or park their luggage, they also share
the best of what they have. This warm, effusive brand
of Boholano hospitality is what distinguishes Panglao
Tropical Villas from the others.
Loboc River Dinner Cruse, Loboc Bohol
Department of Tourism