My family were from Manila going to Bohol was our first time to explore the southern part of the Philippines., It’s been a year since my family had gone to Bohol and I’ve thought that sharing our tour would also make you decide to explore the beautiful islands of the Philippines. Our first stop was
The Blood Compact Site
Blood Compact Site is located in the barangay Bool, Tagbilaran City, Bohol Philippines. The bohol Blood compact sculpture was made by the National artist Napoleon Abueva, a Boholano himself. It is placed on an open and raised dais portraying five (5) life-sized images of men gathered around the table with Legazpi and Sikatuna supposedly making a toast.
Sikatuna-Legaspi blood compact is considered as the first treaty of friendship based on respect and equality. This event is commonly known as “sandugo” or in English term “blood compact”
The Chocolate Hills
The Chocolate Hills are Probably Bohol’s most famous tourist attraction. The hills, which looks like giant molehill, are considered unusual geological formation that consists of at least 1,268 individual mounds that are scattered throughout the municipalities of Carmen, Batuan, and Sagbayan. The hills range from 30 to 50 meters high and are covered with green grass which turns to brown during dry season, making them look like chocolate mounds.
Legend has it that hills came into existence when two giants threw stones and sand at each other in a fight lasted for days. when they were finally exhausted, they made friends and left the island, but left behind the mess they made.
Our Third Stop was with the Philippines Tarsier (scientific name: Tarsius syrichta) is a very small animal. In fact, it is one of the smallest known primates, it is no larger than an adult men’s hand. Mostly active at night. Its main diet is insects. According to our tour guide Tarsiers were compared to six different animals:
1. Bat: being nocturnal
2. Frog: because of the looks of its hand and feet
3. Owl: because of its big eyes
4. Koala bear: being insectivores
5. Rat: because tarsier has a long hairless tail
As told also by our tour guide tarsier’s brain is smaller than their eyes and the top part of their head is not protected by bones that is why they can’t be touch. Do you wonder why tarsiers can only be found in Bohol? it is because tarsier tends to be homesick and most likely if they were homesick they resort to suicide by simply bumping their head on tree branches, and for sure they will die because of it.
Next is Rio Verde Floating Restaurant located in Loboc. Loboc is a 5th class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. It is mere 24 km away from Tagbilaran City, the provincial capital of Bohol. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 16,299 people. It is the music capital of Bohol. Loboc known for its Floating restaurants along the scenic and winding Loboc River. We’ve taken our lunch in this floating restaurant.
During our ride most of the passengers were Korean and Japanese nationals.
We were able to get along with the Ati Tribe near the river side of Loboc. The Ati tribe contribute to the amusement of the tourist because of their suit and their exotic dance steps.
During our travel to Bohol we were able to see the Philippines longest and probably the heaviest python its name is Proni which has a length of 24 feet and 200 kilos in weight. It’s main diet was a huge chicken and sometimes the owner feed the python with a piglet. I would love to touch it’s skin but my 3 year old son does not allow us to be near it. Base on the information the Python was found by a women 11 years ago, during that time it is only five feet long.
In the afternoon we were able to get inside the Baclayon Church base on what our tour guide have said it is the second oldest church here in the Philippines. By the way the oldest was San Agustin Church located inside the vicinity of Intramuros, Manila. Picture taking was not allowed on its attic because you can see there the “soutane” worn by priest during the spanish times which contains pure gold. It is our first time in this church so we do make a wish.
Our last stop during our day 1 tour was Soledad Suite. Located at Lou Square, J.C. Borja cnr M. Parras Sts., Tagbilaran City, Philippines. It would only take five minutes ride from Tagbilaran Airport. By the way our tour guide was accredited by Philippine Tourism Authority. Hope you enjoy reading this article.