It was a 3-day conference. It was held at Panglao Island and we got the chance to experience island life. I admired the beauty of the island , the wonderful beach – crystal clear water, awesome cloud formation, fine white sand, sundown and sun up. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the time to do a countryside tour. The activity at the event was jam packed and there was no way we could steal some time from it. So I just promised myself I will go back. And I did, 2 years ago.. Only, it was no longer paid for by my dear sister. The trip expenses all came from my own pocket **sigh.
Prior to going back to Bohol, I browsed some Bohol sites and I came across this invite:
*Bohol Countryside Tour* -The tour starts with a visit to the Blood Compact Marker site in Tagbilaran where Filipinos and Spaniards first fostered friendly relations through blood. The tour then goes towards Carmen, the site of the famed Chocolate Hills and home of the endemic Tarsier. On our way back, we will board a raft on which lunch will be served. This a full day tour of the scenic countryside of Bohol. The tour also includes the lush Mahogany Man-made Forest. I didn’t waste my time. I gave in to the offer.
5 THINGS I ENJOYED WHILE IN BOHOL :
*Chocolate Hills . Considered as one of the wonders of the world. I don’t know why they call it chocolate. They don’t look like one. I was told that the haycock hills turn brown during the dry season, giving it that hershey’s kisses look. OK is all I can say. But I definitely enjoyed the awesome view.
*Blood Compact Site . This is the spot where the Spaniards and Filipinos foster friendly relations through blood. Bonding the old fashion way.
*The Philippine Tarsier. The smallest primate in the world. I remembered my childhood favorite movie "ET:The Extraterrestrial" . The tarsier looks exactly like the alien ET. So cute. even smiled when I let out my camera and took a shot. like saying " cheese'
*Bilar Man-Made Forest. I just love the parade of mahogany trees. The coolness of the air can take away stress. So peaceful, so quiet. I can sleep here for hours.
*Loboc-Loay River Cruise. I didn’t know that it is possible to enjoy lunch while cruising. I mean we rode the big raft and it never stops moving while we were eating lunch. I was in a dilemma. Should I eat or watch the panorama of palm plantation along the river banks. Oh well, I managed to do both. The view was really magnificent. I secretly wish to see some wild ducks swimming on the river.
Last October 15, 2013, Tuesday, an unfortunate event happened in Bohol. A destructive earthquake of magnitude 7.2 shook the island of Bohol and nearby provinces. Smaller-magnitude earthquakes followed afterwards.
It wasn’t a good sight. A lot of people suffered. But the hopes are up. People try to find a sense of normalcy. Let us extend our helping hand. Let’s do our part in helping them whether in cash or in kind. Let’s offer our prayers.
Let’s go back there. Invite your friends to visit that countryside to help bring back the glory of tourism which was once there.
*****watch out for more of my BOHOL adventures. *food trip and *beach bum life