Tag Archives: Bohol

Man-made Forest in Bohol

Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree. This is the last line of a Joyce Kilmer poem. Here in Bohol, people not only make a tree, they grow an entire man-made forest. Located at the border of the Bilar and Loboc towns in Bohol, the man-made forest is a 2-kilometer stretch of purposely-planted mahogany trees, in the middle of which the road leading to the Chocolate Hills cuts through. Continue reading Man-made Forest in Bohol

Blood Compact Monument in Bohol

Surprises come from the most unexpected time and place. Minutes after we’ve crossed the bridge from Panglao Island to the main island of Bohol, the driver of the tour van stopped in a gasoline station. This is  not the surprise, if you’re interested to ask, as the driver was simply loading the van with gas in preparation for the whole-day tour of Bohol. Continue reading Blood Compact Monument in Bohol

Map: Panglao Island and Bohol, Philippines

How to get there? Map and directions for Panglao Island, located in the province of Bohol, as well as the whole province of Bohol, Philippines. Click the pink balloons to see location of the man-made forest, Chocolate Hills, Loboc River. Related post here and hereClick here for more information on how to effectively use map. Please wait while the map loads. . . Continue reading Map: Panglao Island and Bohol, Philippines

Revisiting Magellan’s Cross, Mactan Shrine and Basilica del Sto. Nino

We don’t appreciate something until it’s gone, the cliche goes. Sappy, yes, but this drives home the point that we often take for granted places of historical importance that are right in our backyard. Take, for instance, Magellan’s Cross, Mactan Shrine and the Basilica del Sto. Niño. I spent four years in Cebu City, yet it’s only when I came back after 13 years that I took time to visit these landmarks. Continue reading Revisiting Magellan’s Cross, Mactan Shrine and Basilica del Sto. Nino

Philippine Tarsier (Bohol)

I remember a classmate bringing a strange-looking creature — small but with huge eyes — to school back in elementary. While we called it kuwago because of its big eyes, the term kuwago more properly refers to a bird that also has big eyes — the owl. It’s known locally as mawmag. The tarsier is closely associated with Bohol, although it’s also found in the neighboring islands of Leyte, Samar and parts of Mindanao. Indeed, when you say Bohol, you think of beautiful beaches, chocolate hills, peanut kisses, the Loboc river and the world-famous Loboc children’s choir, and, of course, the tarsier. Continue reading Philippine Tarsier (Bohol)