The climate here in the Philippines is starting to change. Summer is almost over and I wasn’t able to enjoy it, yet. So recently, I’ve been to Bohol for a vacation. And I never thought that this would be my favorite getaway, so far.
The Island of Bohol is known for their Chocolate Hills. But aside from the lovely hills, there are so much more to fall in love with this island! And so, prior to going here, we booked a tour package from Ramil Palileo.
For our first stop, we visited the Blood Compact site; Our tour guide, Kuya Jojo, taught us some history lessons.Sandugo (a Visayan term for “one blood”) was considered as the first treaty of friendship between Spaniards and Filipinos. It was a blood compact, performed in the island of Bohol, between a Spanish explorer (Miguel Lopez de Legazpi) and the chieftain of Bohol (Datu Sikatuna), to seal their friendship as part of the tribal tradition.
It’s drizzling so we just stopped there for a while for picture taking. Then we went to the Baclayon Church.
The Baclayon Church is the second oldest church in the Philippines. It was built out of coral stones. The church was included in the UNESCO World Heritage – Tentative List of the Philippines under the category of the Jesuit Churches of the Philippines; but was later removed when a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Bohol in 2013. Currently, there’s still ongoing restoration work inside the church, so we’re only allowed to take photos outside.
A promise of forever… #medyocornyWe also visited the Man-made Forest of Bilar and Loboc. The trees were planted by the boy scouts and girl scouts several years ago (more than 50 years ago) to prevent soil erosion.…and the Tarsier Conservation Area.The tarsier (tarsius) or the Philippine tarsier is a small species of primate that is found in the southeastern part of the archipelago. Its population is declining and is vulnerable to extinction. It’s a bit sad but I hope that the conservation area will help them to repopulate, though the females only give birth to one offspring per gestation. My hopes are high. Keep on fighting, tarsy!!!
Then we went to the famous Chocolate Hills. The name was given because during the dry season, the hills appear to be brown – just like a chocolate. But others say, it’s because they look like Hershey’s kisses!Then we had our lunch at the Rio Verde floating restaurant where we sailed across the Loboc River. And it was such a nice experience. I love the view, the food and the fresh air! We were also able to visit the Ati Tribe, as well.The Ati Tribe was like a small village of Badjaos or widely known as Sea Gypsies, wherein you can take photos with them. And here I am… Lunch will be served in a while. Wait, what?! *lol*After having lunch, we had our last stop at the Aproniana souvenir shop then headed to the hotel for check-in.
And here comes my favorite part of the trip!
We stayed at the Dumaluan Beach Resort – beach front, baby! And it was like a paradise! *enter Paradise song of Coldplay (Para-para-paradise)*Dumaluan Beach Resort is located at Panglao Island, Bohol. The white beach reminded me of
Boracay a peaceful version of Boracay – clear water, fine white sand, not crowded, fresh air, quiet and relaxing… an ideal summer vacay, for me!They also have a swimming pools…And a perfect spot to chill…
…or just do nothing.
What more can I ask for?!
I love Bohol! And will someday go back again to this island!
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BRB. Chillin’ like a villain.😎