7.10.12

Why Bohol is Worth Discovering !

Fine beaches. Breath-taking views. Magnificent landscapes. Hospitable People.

What is more to describe Bohol?

If you want to have a good vacation in budget, Bohol must be a very good option for you. Other than being known for its tourist spots, I’ve realized that there’s so much to explore in the island that only first-hand experiences can describe. Bohol has remained to be the mysterious island that we’ve constantly attempted to profile. But there’s something in that place that really entices people to stay for Boholeños and attract visitors to come to the island.


We took a fast craft to Bohol after we re-routed to Cebu. That just costs about P550.00. As soon as we set our foot in the port of the island , we were welcomed by a very good-looking jellyfish. Actually, this is the largest one that I’ve seen in real life. And it is glowing in colors so I was really amazed that the jellyfish lives near the port. And if you look at the port waters, it’s very clean. This just goes to show that Bohol waters are really that clear. Their port areas have crystal waters already, how much more are those in the beach resorts themselves?

Then I told myself, this is yet the start of another 4 days exploring this beautiful Visayan island. We took a snap view of the Tagbilaran City and we saw awesome spots. Tagbilaran is not really a big city and it’s perfectly just right for being an ecological niche. I don’t think commercialization of the area is even a good thing. And the GPS of the car helps in getting acquainted to the different structures and major highways.

Our next stop is the Panglao Beach, one of the most popular attractions in Bohol because of its white sand beaches and different sites of activities. Panglao is actually a very good starting point for island hopping, scuba diving and dolphin watching. We arrived late already so we can’t do the dolphin watching. But that is what all of us have been rooting for.  So to compensate for that, I just took this fun photo!


I actually love dolphins a lot and I really think they’re cute enough to be adored by humans. I think scuba diving and dolphin watching should be made cheaper so that a lot of people are going to develop a greater affinity towards their preservation, as well as to the locales so that they would appreciate the beauty of what’s adjacent and protect their habitats from destruction.  

There are so many food choices in the area. Looking at the photos, you can see how they market the seafood in the place. And we’ve got a fair share of this taste after trying some of the best offers in the restaurant. 


The Mango Shake wins, with the perfect blend of guitars strung at my back's wind gushes as I lay my tired spine in the relaxing platform near the sand's glittering white.

We took some vanity shots just to deal with the beauty of Panglao. But other than that, because we really think that it's a good place to live for someone's vanity. Walking along the beaches of Panglao in sunset time makes you feel like you're in Boracay. The presence of so many foreigners, scuba divers, beach stalls, souvenir shops, girls in bikinis and everything kind of leaves that elating feeling of being back in Bali or having gone to Boracay Island.



This is definitely one of the highlights of my trip - the Bamboo concert. We were in the front line and he is one of the guest performers in the convention, so we were able to take many shots. Bamboo really makes some good music, and he's one of the icons I was looking forward to meet before. 

After the overnight convention is the start of our very busy schedule travelling all over Bohol. It feels great that we were a bit inspired by the lessons that we have acquired in that transformational experience. I wasn't able to take a lot of shots in the convention because it's not really a formal one. It's an overnight event,with concerts, a couple of dancing, leadership reflections and team-building activities. 
This is a picture of me asking one of the speakers about his personal experience and how it inspired him to continue his endeavors.


This is the site of the blood compact in Bohol between Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna on March 16, 1565. The Blood Compact is also called "Sandugo" and is even the theme of the festival three days after the Sigala every June of the year in Bohol. Actually, it has been really argued in the place where exactly is the location of the compact since in an adjacent barangay, you can also see another blood compact place. But this is the popular monument to go and tourists usually drop by in the area as a starting point of the day long travel exploring the  beautiful island in Visayas. 



We went to different stops of the famous floating restaurant that sails along the Loboc River. Actually, we just went to the terminals of the restaurants and took photos alongside. I think the picture is a meal with some musicians playing violin or the sexy sax in the background. And as soon as the restaurant guests arrive in the stop, there will be some performers in traditional attires who will dance some traditional dances of Bohol.


Visiting the Largest Python Zoo is a big thing to me because snakes are ultimate fears. I just wasn’t able to develop that forward feelings towards them. I could die just by seeing a snake staring at me. But this python is really big. The snake is 15 years old, of Vietnamese origin and when it was caged,it is still very little. And thank God, he is sleeping when we went to his place that time. The zoo also has other animals like “melo” or the palm civet cat, monitor lizard, crow and many other species of birds, etc. The zoo houses some endangered species as well. It's just that I haven't felt the beauty of it being so natural. I mean, I can't expect zoos to be so natural, right? Like just by seeing those animals caged is not natural to begin with. But I have seen zoos that are educational and at the same time, see in the animals that they still have quasi-freedom because there's an attempt to parallel their habitats with that of the zoo. And a perfect example of which is Zoobic, that zoo in  Subic that is a center for conservation of species and the Manila Ocean park which is geared towards baseline awareness of marine life. And I quite didn't feel these values in this zoo. 


Anyway, one of the things that made this trip a lot more interesting is the fact that we went to several churches and ancient towers. I think going deeper historically is a tradition for any tourist in an area and you can just find many old churches in Bohol that were built way back centuries ago. Here in the picture, you can see the inside structure of Baclayon Church, which is one of the most-well preserved by the Jesuits and oldest churches in the Philippines.We also went to Loboc Tower.



In here is an awesome picture of my friends taking a jump shot with the famous Chocolate Hills in the background. I was taking the shot actually so I'm not part of the group picture. The hills entail a story with it and a lot of people have different interpretations of the story. It actually turns gray during summer because the grasses that cover the hills fade due to the weather. And I guess that's where they got the name of it because it looks like lumps of chocolates during summer time.




After going to Chocolate hills, we went straight to the Tarsier Conservation Area. Along the way, we met Christopher, so we took a photo with him. He is shooting for a show about Tarsier conservation. One of the things that I have learned in the area is that tarsiers are very sensitive to lighting. And that is the reason why flashes are absolute no-no's when you take photos of them. There are many tarsiers in the place, but you can just count them.



Then we went to the Ship Haus. There are souvenir shops below the house. It just opened for public viewing and the house was once featured in Rated K. The cool thing about it is that all the staff in the house are dressed like marine officers. They're very friendly and they even welcome you right ahead. They're also very willing to take photos of you. It's kinda ironic though that the Ship Haus is located far from the seaside, like really in the mountainous elevations. But overall, the architecture is great. 

This is the Loboc Man-made Forest. I can imagine how scary the place would be during the night. But it's beautiful during the daytime. You can also drop by and  avail some souvenir shirts in the stalls located at the heart of the forest.



Since in life, you get to cross and meet some people. Some of them leave us with very big marks, while there are those who just come across like a gush of wind that leaves us and you can't even take a grip of them. With that, I told myself that in my future travels, my plan is to meet the people that I know as a way of reconnecting to them. So I met a friend of mine from the Journey, Nick who is currently teaching in a review center but is a registered nurse and he gave me some awesome 'pasalubong'. Also, in the event that I have attended, which is the iTransform Leadership Convention, some of the speakers are my friends. Ms. Renelyn Tan of World Youth Alliance and Rex are two of the speakers in the event. Dawn Macahilo came along with Renelyn as a volunteer for the WYAAP. These three people are my co-parliamentarians in the 8th National Youth Parliament. We look happily reunited in the photo.



But before we left towards Jagna to catch up for the ship scheduled to Cagayan de Oro, we stopped over this awesome sunset as my friends are buying some Kalamay for pasalubong in the entrance shop of the Python Zoo. There are lots of 'pasalubong' shops as well in the sea ports area and they're very cheap too.

 I took this sunset photo - the last one before the DSLR battery died.
And that folds my Bohol experience! I am looking forward to be back in this place again. How about you? Visit the place and for sure you'll love it too! Go beyond what I have gone to. I think I haven't even gone to 50% of all of the tourist spots of Bohol. And it's cool because that's what makes it a place to still look forward going back to.


Some Tips for Future Travelers to Bohol:

1) Always bring extra batteries in your camera, as well as secure an extra memory card. You might get some problems along the way because Bohol is just full of picturesque spots.

2) Learn to be a budget traveller. You can avail of the P2500.00 van service which will bring you anywhere in the tourist spots and anywhere in the place. And that comes with its fuel. There are inexpensive food stalls everywhere, so better funnel your budget in tourist spots exploration and souvenirs.

3) Outline your travel itinerary ahead. This is the best way to get a thrill of the best shots and places in Bohol. There's a lot more to explore. But never miss the Dolphin Watch and Island Hopping in Panglao.

4) Follow the simple rules in the places of attraction. It goes for all travelers anywhere in the world . But I have to tell you that Bohol is really a place that strikes a balance between development and environment. And with that, they follow stricter rules when it comes to waste disposals, among all other things. 

5) But you know, sometimes, it pays to break some rules, like what I did in the photos here in the tips section. 

I love Bohol!


40 comments:

  1. great pics, amazing place!

    I came here randomly. Check out my blog.
    If you want we can follow each other!

    Cheap and Glamour

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  2. Hi Giusy!

    Sure! I have already added your blog in my Blog Roll!
    I have checked your blog and it was awesome.
    So you're into fashion blogging!

    Sentimentalist

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  3. Pang-fashion blog lang ang poses ah... :p

    Great shots Gab! And your writing is superb as usual. Keep blogging! ;)

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    1. Ate Lovette,

      HAHAHA! Unta naa kui guts to make a fashion blog. haha

      Thank you for reading ate! See you soonest!

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  4. Hi Gabriel!

    I came across your blog from a friend.^^ It was nice of you to feature my home province on your blog. I was also a part of the I-Transform Convention last September^^ It was unfortunate we have not met officially. Anyway, thank you and great blog! :)

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  5. Yet indeed Bohol and Panglao is a must visit place in the Philippines. Full of history and many natural scenery to see =)

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    1. Hello Ricky!

      Thank you for dropping by! Yes yes, you are definitely right. Have you been in Bohol? The natural scenery is magnificent.

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  6. I really enjoyed my visit in Bohol last May because of the mix of historical sites, natural attraction, fine beaches and rich marine life.

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    1. Hello Franc,

      It was great! Bohol is like combination of everything that any traveler would wish to see. I wish you compile the stuff that you've gathered from there (awesome pics for sure, memorabilias, etc.)

      Gab

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  7. We haven't visited Bohol pa, but it's part of our bucket list next year. Hope we'll enjoy as much as you did like the jump shot unlimited. :)

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    1. Aie oo naman :) Take as many jump shots as possible kasi the background is really amazing. A lot of my friends are saying na parang painting lang daw o portrait ung hills.

      Thanks for visiting Sky Summer!

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  8. Nice Pictures, nice poses and beautiful place!..:)

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    1. Hello Tripsider,

      haha. natawa ako sa nice 'poses' na comment. anyway, thank you for dropping by. Do you have blog din ba? So we can change links and I can follow you din.

      the principle to go is if you're in a nice place, take the best shots as much as possible para sulit. haha

      God Bless

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  9. I've actually been to Bohol twice now. The first time was to do a city tour (just like you did). The second time, I was in Panglao. Truly, one can never get enough of the beauty and peace that Bohol offers. It's one of the places that I love here in the Philippines.

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    1. Hello Mai,

      The trip is truly a blessing. And the great thing is all the travelers in the place have their own share of good words about Bohol - way of validation na maganda talaga ang place.

      Para sa akin, one of the things that make it really nice is yung ecological side niya, that you can enjoy and have adventures even without lights and the glamour of the cities.

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  10. ahh I miss bohol! I promised to visit again.. come 2013 or 2014 :) There is so much to see and visit in Bohol. I stayed there for two weeks pro panglao, chocolate hills n loboc river chuva ra ako navisit hahaha loser! >.<

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    1. Okay na kaayo to Ate Shugah!

      At least you have a lot to go back to!

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  12. My gosh! I just realized that it's been almost 7 years since I've been to Bohol. Guess it's time to head back there!

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    1. Hello Adeline!

      7 years must have changed something, in the further beautification of the area. You must see what's up waiting for you right there.

      Gab

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  14. Nice photo there. You really had a good time.

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    1. Thank you Raine. Yes yes, absolutely. We had a great time.

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  15. enjoy na enjoy ha , hindi naman kayu galit sa cam hehehe

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    1. hindi nga talaga eh. OT ang camera eh. haha

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  16. been to these places! I luv the beauty and nature of Bohol. If you want cheap yet fully - loaded tour en adventures, Go to Bohol!

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    1. Yes, certainly. The place for budget travelers. Anyway, Traveling Morion, I love your photos in the island hopping. You're a photography expert out there.

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  17. your pics showed how awesome this trip was; and that jellyfish was a beautiful creation

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    1. The jellyfish did set the tone of our trip as it welcomes us. thank you Alwin.

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  18. Hindi lang pala Chocolate Hills at Tarsier ang sikat sa Bohol, marami pang iba. Thanks for the interesting info about Bohol.

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    1. Thank you din papaleng for dropping by in my blog, my mini-cyberspace. haha. You should visit Bohol very soon.

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  19. I love Bohol!!! This is one of the first places in the Philippines that I've been to. I'll share my experiences too! :)

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    1. Blog about it! I think the place deserves to be profiled more by its visitors.

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  20. The place is indeed a BOHOL New World! :)

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  21. Bohol is a place really worth discovering. Been there and looking forward to go back soon. :D

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  22. I love Bohol!
    I covered the regular tourist locations by signing up on tours.The entire province is really bent on tourism.
    Local understand the value of having guest and visitors,
    which makes them a very interesting subject and focal point for travel as well.
    I intend to go back, this time, back packing, no tours but just commute the way locals do.
    Would be very interesting I believe! :)

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    1. Yes, Francis. I think the island really capitalize on tourism industry. Commuting might be interesting, but the tourist spots are kinda far from each other, especially the Chocolate Hills and Panglao,right? You need to rent a motorcycle but that would be a lot more fun. Traveling alone means more time to spend in an area at your own discretion.

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  23. Cool! Nice jacket by the way. I like the way you post in front of the camra, lakas maka model! hahaha

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    1. Thank you Justin. Thanks as well for adding me up in Facebook and Twitter. haha. I like your blog :)

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  24. It's been a while since I've been to Bohol. I guess it's time for me to pay it a visit.

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