Kill nothing but time…
Take nothing but pictures…
Leave nothing but footprints…

-Marine Sanctuary (beach guidelines)

Bohol is an island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region, its capital is Tagbilaran City.White sandy beaches dot the coast of the island. The sand is often of such high quality that it is exported to other beaches in the world. The most well known of these beaches are in Panglao Island, and there, numerous islets have similar, yet untouched and pristine beaches.

We stayed at Bohol Beach Club it’s a huge resort with long stretch of white sands and lots of amenities, the staff are friendly and they offered superb quality service. Most visitors are foreigners because it’s pricey but its well worth it when buffet is included in their summer package.
When you want to relax or spend quality time with your family or significant other this is the place to go.

So what did I do in this place? Let me count the ways…basked in the sun, walked in the sand, swam, slept (I had a lot) and ate all the mangoes I can in their buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For my activities, there’s  kayaking and went on country side tour to see the famous chocolate hills, had lunch in floating restaurant and visited the the relatives yoda.

The Chocolate Hills

Everybody knows that the Chocolate Hills can be found in Bohol but not everybody has the opportunity to actually see where it was. Being there beats the books and whatever the teacher taught us back in secondary grade. It’s an awesome view and all along I always knew that one day I’ll get to see this place and I thanked God that I did though it took me decades, it was all worth it.

The Hills dominate the island of Bohol. There are 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres (20 sq mi). In Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan, these hills form near perfect cones in great numbers and are collectively referred to as the Chocolate Hills. The Chocolate Hills in are considered one of Philippine’s natural wonders and Bohol is often referred to as the Jewel of the Philippines. They are hills made of limestone left over from coral reefs during the ice age when the island was submerged. They turn brown during the summer, hence their name. The country’s 3rd National Geological Monument and proposed for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List
 

Muah + Choco Hills = The hills have eyes

Legends of the Hills

Legend 1
The legend relates of two quarrelling giants who threw mud, rocks, boulders and sand to each other. Nobody knows what the reason behind their feud was only that it lasted for a few days leaving them weak and exhausted in the end. Without their knowing it, some of the boulders, stones, sand and mud stuck to each other and formed mounds. Thousands of years of wind and rain erosion eventually formed the hills into what it is now.
Legend 2
It relates of Arogo, an extremely powerful and youthful giant falling in love with a mortal maiden named Aloya. They lived together and were happy for a time until Aloya got sick and died causing much pain and misery to Arogo. In his sorrow, he cried and cried, and every time his tears fell on the ground it dries up and form into mounds, thus the Chocolate Hills.
Legend 3
It relates that the flatland of Carmen, extending outwards, was the playground of giant children. That day the children where pretending that they were baking cakes, molding and forming them from mud and sand in a half shell of a giant coconut and letting them “bake” under the heat of the sun. It was a contest. The one who makes the most wins. After a time, the children were called home. When they came back to play, they found their cakes “cooked” and were very happy and did not have the heart to destroy their masterpieces and so left them as is.
Legend 4
The last legend is about a Gluttonous giant named Dano that eats everything in his path. One day he came to a plain. He saw a beautiful young woman named Eng. To win her affection, he needed to lose weight. So he excreted everything he ate. In the end, his fecal matter covered the land and he won Eng’s affection.

The Tarsiers

Tarsier and Friend

Looking at them makes me think of the great Jedi yoda and the ewoks. So to me tarsier looked like half yoda half ewoks not larger than your hand. They referred to as the world’s smallest monkey. Among the locals, the tarsier is known as “mamag”, “mago”, “magau”, “maomag”, “malmag” and “magatilok-iok”.  The species is believed to be about 45 million years old, dating back to the early Eocene period, and probably one of the oldest land species continuously existing in the Philippines.

They are nocturnal has gray fur and a nearly naked tail. The middle finger is elongated. The eyes of the tarsier are enormous. The tarsier has a relatively very long tail its tail is used for balancing like a tripod. The head looks like an owl and they have sharp teeth. The name “tarsier” or “tarsius” is derived from the animal’s very long ankle bones. They live in and around the base of tree trunks and the roots of plants such as bamboo.
  

Loboc River Lunch Cruise

As the boat takes off, the buffet begins. On the middle table all kinds of Philippine delicacies are presented, and while eating, you can enjoy the lush green

apple and angel

landscape slowly sliding along your table. There’s also a band playing the oldies songs while you are having your lunch in this floating restaurant. Along the way it will stop for some entertainment as the locals will dance the tinikling and sing complete with their traditional saya outfit. The end of the trip, which takes about an hour, is Busay falls.

Bohol  Feb 15-17 2010

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Comments
  1. ruel pogi says:

    naks, naspotan kayo ni angel.. hehehe.. 🙂

    wanna visit bohol too.. inggit. 😀

  2. Leigh says:

    Indeed Bohol is such a beautiful place to visit..peaceful and relaxing.. =)

  3. brOwn_suGar says:

    danda nman (y)

  4. Edna says:

    Haha! What a cute picture of YOU and Apple! Had fun reading your blog. You write really good Chelle! I bet you, you always carry a journal with you ha? You’re awesome!!!
    Success with God,
    Edna

  5. umleo23 says:

    ang ganda…. kaso nosebleed ako!

  6. the disapproving sister says:

    chel, nice photos.. =D i really had fun riding the “walis”..

  7. Bugoy says:

    You can deliver the words nicely. Nag enjoy ako reading your blog.
    Kala ko di nyo nagustuhan e. Question? How many times nyo na-try na tumalon sa walis? hahaha

  8. dhang says:

    hehehe ganda talaga sa bohol, nag-company outing kami dyan last yr kaso masyadong mahal sa bohol beach club kaya sa 3 resort away kami dyan…kaya me mga pix din kami s tapat ng bohol beach club hehehehehe kasma ko si lowla…pero inggit ako dami mo ng napuntahan taray talaga huhuhuhu!…pero cyempre im happy for u..tnx nga pala dun sa pabango ha.nakuha ko nung bday ni elaine..ok ingatz mwhuaah!

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