Bohol, 2016 Pt. II

Thursday, January 5, 2017

I'm probably a very annoying companion when you're traveling with me and there'd be a tourist guide saying boring things about history. Okay, so I'm not into history that much. What surprised me is that my boyfriend was listening intently and was actually enjoying the "lecture". I should have listened and made a pop quiz just to test him. Lol!


Given that, I have more pictures than words to say on this entry. 

TARSIER CONSERVATORY
 
You haven't visited Bohol if you haven't met these tiny but really cute creatures!
By the help of Google here's a short description:

Tarsiers are haplorrhine primates of the family Tarsiidae, which is itself the lone extant family within the infraorder Tarsiiformes. Although the group was once more widespread, all the species living today are found in the islands of Southeast Asia. (Hence, Bohol! :D)

PS
I remember our tour guide reiterating that they are NOT monkeys!
 


BUTTERLY FARM 








CHOCOLATE HILLS
The Chocolate Hills are probably Bohol's most famous tourist attraction. They look like giant mole hills, or as some say, women's breasts, and remind us of the hills in a small child's drawing. Most people who first see pictures of this landscape can hardly believe that these hills are not a man-made artifact. However, this idea is quickly abandoned, as the effort would surely surpass the construction of the pyramids in Egypt. The chocolate hills consist of are no less than 1268 hills (some claim this to be the exact number). They are very uniform in shape and mostly between 30 and 50 meters high. They are covered with grass, which, at the end of the dry season, turns chocolate brown. From this color, the hills derive their name. At other times, the hills are green, and the association may be a bit difficult to make.

Legend has it that the hills came into existence when two giants threw stones and sand at each other in a fight that lasted for days. When they were finally exhausted, they made friends and left the island, but left behind the mess they made. For the more romantically inclined is the tale of Arogo, a young and very strong giant who fell in love with an ordinary mortal girl called Aloya. After she died, the giant Arogo cried bitterly. His tears then turned into hills, as a lasting proof of his grief.

Source: BOHOL.PH








LOBOC RIVER

Source: Loboc River
The Loboc River (also called Loay River) is a river in the Bohol province of the Philippines. It is one of the major tourist destinations of Bohol. The source of the Loboc River is located in the town of Carmen, almost in the center of Bohol. From Carmen, the river takes a westerly course for a distance of about 1.5 kilometers then flows due south into the Mindanao or Bohol Sea. Its drainage area of approximately, 520 square kilometers is bordered by a horseshoe-shaped chain of mountain peaks rising to an elevation of 800 meters. Rainfall is distributed almost uniformly thoughout the year, thus Loboc River has a steady and high base flow. 

A river cruise on a floating restaurant is the main activity that th Loboc River offers, attracting both local and foreign tourists. The river cruises start in the Town of Loboc and travel upstream to the Busay Falls. Because of its green and peaceful river environment along with the local foods served, the place is now widely known across the country.


PS
I did NOT enjoy  any of the food on the floating restaurant. 

 BACLAYON CHURCH

The church was under construction because of Typhoon Yolanda but here's a brief description of the church from Wikipedia

La Purisima Concepcion de la Virgen Maria Parish Church (also named The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary Parish Church), commonly known as Baclayon Church, is a Roman Catholic Church in the municipality of Baclayon, Bohol within the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tagbilaran. Baclayon was founded by the Jesuit priest Juan de Torres and Gabriel Sanchez in 1596, and became the oldest Christian settlement in Bohol. It was elevated as a parish in 1717 and the present coral stone church was complete in 1727. The Augustinian Recollects succeeded the Jesuits in 1768 and heavily renovated the church since then.

Very few photos, sorry.


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