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Bohol City, Philippines

Bohol Map

Tarsier of Bohol, Philippines



Chocolate Hills, Bohol



Panglao Island, Bohol City


An Old Church in Bohol

Bohol is an island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region. Its capital is Tagbilaran City. It is the 10th largest island in the country, securely nestled in the heart of the Visayas. [1] To the west of Bohol is Cebu, to the northeast is the island of Leyte and to the south, across the Bohol Sea is Mindanao.

Bohol is a popular tourist destination with its beaches and resorts. The Chocolate Hills, numerous mounds of limestone formation, is the most popular attraction. The island of Panglao, located just southwest of Tagbilaran City, is home to some of the finest beaches in the country. The Philippine Tarsier, considered by some to be the smallest primate, is indigenous to the island.

Boholanos refer to their island homeland as the 'Republic of Bohol' with both conviction and pride. A narrow strait separates the island of Cebu and Bohol and both share a common language, but the Boholanos retain a conscious distinction from the Cebuanos.

Hills dominate the island of Bohol. Two ranges run roughly parallel on the northwest and the southeast. An interior plateau is dominated by limestone hills. In Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan, these hills form near perfect cones in great numbers and are collectively referred to as the Chocolate Hills.

Bohol's climate is generally dry, with maximum rainfall between the months of June and October. The interior is cooler than the coast.

Bohol is the home province of Carlos P. Garcia, the fourth president of the Republic of the Philippines (1957-1960) who was born in Talibon, Bohol

Population

According to the 2000 census, there are a total of 1,137,268 Boholanos or Bol-anon, as the residents of Bohol call themselves. The same census also states that Bohol has 209,588 households with an average household size of 5.41 persons, significantly higher than the national average of 4.99. The annual growth rate is 2.92%, higher than the national growth rate of 2.36%. With this growth rate, Bohol's population will double in 24 years. Life expectancy at birth is estimated at 68.19 for the males and 72.93 for the females for the period 2000–2005. [3] This is lower than that of Cebu but higher than that of Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

Native languages

The main language spoken in Bohol is Boholano which is a dialect of Cebuano. Tagalog, Chinese, and English are also spoken by many of the residents. [4] The minority Eskayan language is also taught in community schools in Biabas (Guindulman), Taytay (Duero) and Lundag (Pilar) but has no mother-tongue speakers.[citation needed]

Religion

The majority of the population is Roman Catholic. Adherents of other Christian denominations like the Protestants and Iglesia ni Cristo account for a significant part of the remainder.

History

Early history

The people of Bohol are said to be the descendants of the last group of inhabitants who settled in the Philippines called pintados or “tattooed ones.” [5] Boholanos had already a culture of their own as evidenced by the artifacts dug at Mansasa, Tagbilaran, and in Dauis and Panglao.

Bohol is derived from the word Bo-ho or Bo-ol. [6] The island was the seat of the first international treaty of peace and unity between the native king Datu Sikatuna, and Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi, on March 16, 1565 through a blood compact alliance known today by many Filipinos as the Sandugo.[7]

Spanish colonial period

The earliest significant contact of the island with Spain occurred in 1565. In that year on March 25 (March 16 in the Julian Calendar), a Spanish explorer named Miguel López de Legazpi arrived in Bohol to look for spices and gold. After convincing the native chieftains that they were not Portuguese people (who raided the islands of Mactan in 1521), he made a peace pact with Datu Sikatuna. This pact was signified with a blood compact between the two men. [8] This event, called the Sandugo (one blood), is celebrated in Bohol every year during the Sandugo Festival. The Sandugo or blood compact is also depicted on Bohol's provincial flag and the Bohol provincial seal . [9]

Two significant revolts occurred in Bohol during the Spanish Era. One was the Tamblot Uprising in 1621, which was led by Tamblot, a babaylan or native priest. The other was the famous Dagohoy Rebellion, considered as the longest rebellion in Philippine history. This rebellion was led by Francisco Dagohoy, also known as Francisco Sendrijas, from 1744 to 1829. [8]

Politically, Bohol was administrated as a residencia of Cebu. It became a separate politico-military province on July 22, 1854 together with Siquijor. A census in 1879 found Bohol with a population of 253,103 distributed among 34 municipalities. [10]

Because of the Spanish colonial period, several municipalities in Bohol have names of towns in Spain like Getafe. This municipality is sister city with the Spanish city that takes its same name. In Getafe, a street is named Isla de Bohol (Island of Bohol), a unique name of street in Spain.[citation needed]

U.S. intervention and occupation

After the United States defeated Spain in the Spanish-American War, the U.S. bought the entire Philippine islands. However, under the newly proclaimed independent government established by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, which was not recognized by the US, Bohol was governed as a Gobierno de Canton.

During the resulting Philippine-American War, American troops under Major Henry Hale landed in Tagbilaran and took over the island. He hired and outfitted Pedro Samson to build a police force for the island. Instead Samson took his troops and equipment into the interior of Bohol and began an insurgency.

After being massacred in their first battle, Samson turned to guerrilla tactics and influenced the interior of the island while Hale's forces controlled the outer edge and Tagbilaran City. In January, 1901, the fighting had reached a lull. In May, 1901 an American soldier was murdered by the fiancé' of a woman he had assaulted. In retaliation, Capt. Andrew S. Rowan,[11] the soldier's commander, ordered the burning of the town of Jagna. This infuriated the population of Bohol and reignited the insurrection.

At first Rowan was suspended from duty for this decision. But eventually support for burning villages increased in the military command. The burnings continued, usually as a reaction to collaboration. In addition, livestock was destroyed and prominent civilians tortured. Water cure was a commonly used torture technique. By the end of the fighting, American troops had burned 16-20 villages. Major Edwin F. Glenn, who had personally approved the tortures, was later courts-martialed for the crime.

Samson and his men surrendered on December 23, 1901 after being granted amnesty and taking a loyalty oath. The war largely ended at this time. However, a month later Samson had rearmed and ordered the killing of J. R. Hegg, the provincial supervisor. This inflamed passions and almost restarted the war. But war did not resume and the last American troops left in February, 1902.

On March 10, 1917, the Americans made Bohol a separate province under Act 2711 (which also established most of the other Philippine provinces).

Japanese occupation

The Japanese Imperial Army landed in Tagbilaran on May 17, 1942. Boholanos struggled unsuccessfully to provide resistance against the Japanese forces. Bohol was later re-conquered by American troops on April 11, 1945.[12]

How Bohol was Liberated

Alburquerque church and convent
Alburquerque church and convent

One thousand one hundred seventy two officers and men of the 3rd Battalion of the 164th Infantry Regiment of the American Division under the command of Lt. Col. William H. Considine landed at the Tagbilaran Insular Wharf at 7:00 o'clock in the morning of April 11, 1945.

The convoy taking the American liberation forces to Bohol consisted of a flotilla of six landing ships (medium), six landing crafts (infantry), two landing crafts (support), and one landing craft (medium-rocket). Upon arrival, the reinforced battalion combat team advanced rapidly to the east and northeast with the mission of destroying all hostile forces in Bohol. Motor patrols were immediately dispatched by Col. Considine, Task Force Commander, and combed the area to the north and east, approximately halfway across the island, but no enemies were found during the reconnaisance. Finally on April, an enemy group of undetermined strength was located to the north of Ginopolan in Valencia, near the Sierra-Bullones boundary.

By April 17, the Task Force was poised to strike in Ginopolan until the 25th, when it was confirmed that the bulk of the Japanese force had been destroyed and beaten in the ten days of action. Bohol was officially declared liberated on May 25, 1945 by Major General William H. Arnold, Commander of the American Division. About this time, most officers and men of the Bohol Area Command had been processed by units of the United States Eighth Army. On May 31, 1945, the Bohol Area Command was officially deactivated upon orders of Lt. General Robert Eichelberger, Commanding General of the United States Eighth Army.

Infrastructure

Airport

Development programs at the city airport involve the extension of the runway length to 2,500 meters, to handle the PAL B-737's that will serve the direct route to Manila. The small Fokker 50 planes that used to fly the Manila-Tagbilaran route have been phased out. Improvement of the ramp area will soon accommodate bigger aircraft and a modern airport building will also be constructed. [13]

Seaports

View of the City of Tagbilaran from Bohol Plaza Resort
View of the City of Tagbilaran from Bohol Plaza Resort

The Tagbilaran City Wharf, now called the Tagbilaran City Tourist Pier, has fine port facilities such as:

  • 265.8 meters - berth length and 2 dedicated berths for fast boats
  • 2 roro ramps, 1,820 m² storage area
  • average cargo handling capacity of 49,000 tons accommodating 10 to 20 footer vans
  • container traffic of 5,142 TEUs

There are 9 daily ship calls to Cebu, 5 being fastcraft trips. Daily passenger traffic is approximately 4,000. Other regular destinations are Manila (four times a week), Cagayan de Oro City, Dumaguete, Dipolog, Iligan, Larena, Plaridel and Ozamiz City. There are other ports that cater to Cebu and northern Mindanao routes. These are Jagna, Ubay, Talibon, Getafe, Buenavista, Clarin, Loon and Tubigon, the busiest port with more than ten daily round trips plying the Cebu-Bohol route. A port expansion project in Tagbilaran City costing P85 million is being pursued for the construction of additional berthing space for fastcraft ferries.[13] ports of entry mostly from

Telecommunications

Bohol is wired with the rest of the world through state-of-the-art telephone facilities that provide domestic and international linkages. This is made possible by three service providers namely: PLDT, Cruztelco and Globelines. Cellular phone firms, Globe ,Smart, and Sun Cellular have also established entry in the province.

Access to telecommunications can also be made easily in the towns through the 138 public calling stations. Forty-three (43) payphone stations are conveniently located in strategic places and major commercial centers in the city.

A project with Globelines involves the installation of a province-wide landline connection increasing the number of lines from 2,000 to 13,000.[13]

Power

The province is fully energized with the National Power Corporation being the sole supplier. Actual generation capability of 93.5 megawatts is supported by the following facilities:

  • Diesel Power: 18 MW
  • Loboc Hydroelectric: 1.2
  • Janopol Hydroelectric: 1.8
  • Power Barge 105: 10.5
  • Power Barge 207: 30
  • Power Barge 101: 32

A mini power plant of the Bohol Electric Cooperative serves the five barangays of Cabilao Island in Loon town. The 21 billion Leyte-Bohol interconnection now brings geothermal power of higher capacity base 80-100 megawatts. Industries with power requirements of at least 100 kilowatts can apply for a direct interconnection with NPC.[13]

Water

Beach in Anda, Bohol, Philippines
Beach in Anda, Bohol, Philippines

Water supply is made available in Tagbilaran City and in the nearby municipalities on a 24 hour-basis with completion of the Tagbilaran Water Supply Project. Thirty-two (32) deep wells with submersible pumps operate at a daily capacity of 19,000 cubic meters.

Several water projects are in the pipeline to respond to water requirements for both domestic and industrial use. The Central Visayas Water and Sanitation Project and the construction of Level III water systems have made water available in 16 other municipalities. Likewise, the development of Ujan Spring in Cortes with a daily capacity of 3,500 cubic meters and Loboc River which will generate at least 100,000 cubic meters daily capacity are currently being pushed.[13]

Road system

The road network is well-developed facilitating access to all barangays. The P1.2 billion in Bohol Circumferential Road Project, covering a total of 262 kilometers along the national highway, will improve the road network. Phase I of the project, which will link about half of the province from Calape to Candijay, is ongoing.[13]

Amenities

Bohol has adequate accommodation facilities to offer to tourists and investors alike. In place are 7 hotels, 34 lodging/pension houses, and 29 beach resorts. There are about 852 rooms of varying standards. Other tourist facilities are 9 diving shops, 8 sports centers, 11 high-end diving centers and 16 centers for shopping and recreation. There are 7 establishments that can cater to conventions. Likewise, a strong and enthusiastic banking sector has enabled the province to be at par with the rest of the urban centers in the country. There are 45 banking units providing banking facilities.[13]

Socio-economic profile

Rice fields in Loboc district in the south
Rice fields in Loboc district in the south

Tourism plays an increasing role in the island's economy. An international airport is currently planned for Panglao which houses the most-visited and accessible beaches in the province. Proponents of the scheme hope that the new airport will increase Bohol's reputation as an international tourist destination although the plan has been dogged by ongoing criticism.[citation needed]

Labor force

The results of the Labor Force Survey conducted in 1999 by NSO in Bohol show that the province's potential labor force increased to 691 thousand of which 66.4% are in the labor force. Employment rate, at the end of 1999, increased to 90.5% from 85.35% in 1998. However, an increase in underemployment was noted by 6.7 percentage points, from 5% in 1998 to 11.7% in 1999. [14]

Employment was predominantly agriculture-led. Bohol's inflation rate in 1999 increased to 11.3%, 2.5 percentage points higher than the rate in 1998. The purchasing power of the peso at 1988 prices was pegged at P0.71 in 1999, among the lowest in the region. A slight difference in the minimum daily wage rates between Tagbilaran City and Bohol's municipalities was also noted at P121.00 for the city and P108.00 in the municipalities.[14]

Based on the 1997 survey, Bohol's average annual family income , pegged at P56,940.00, was among the lowest in the region. The average annual expenditure in 1997 for a Boholano family amounted to P50,754.00, the highest in the region. Fifty (50) percent of Bohol's families have their main source of income from entrepreneurial activities while 27% from wages and salaries. In 1994, Bohol's poverty incidence rate of 42.3% was the highest in Region 7, higher than the national average rate of 37.5%. However, this has been decreasing over the years from a high 60.5% in 1985 and 54.7% in 1991. Monthly poverty threshold in Bohol in 1994 was at P5,978.00, higher by 24% from that in 1991. The incidence of poor families was placed at 44%, a decrease by 16% from 1991.[14]

As to the flow of commodities in and out of the province from Bohol's ports, limestone top the list of exported commodities of the province in 1998 toppling G.I. sheets which became the number 2 exported product of Bohol. Other outgoing top commodities include rice, banana, cattle, mangoes, native products, hog, carabao, nipa shingles copra, raffia, salted fish, salt and cooked fish with a total volume of 426 thousand metric tons. Plywood tops the list of incoming commodities followed by manufactured goods, appliances, hardware/construction materials and feeds, among others with a total recorded volume of 264 thousand metric tons for the top 15 commodities. [14]

CPG Avenue, Tagbilaran City
CPG Avenue, Tagbilaran City

From this same report, it is noted that, among the incoming goods in Bohol, the province had been importing rice over the years. In 1999, Bohol was estimated to have imported 290,008 bags of rice per report gathered from NFA. Noteworthy, also, is the significant increase of foreign ship calls in Bohol which the PPA is attributing to shipments of limestone by foreign vessels. As of 1999, a total of 34 foreign ship calls were recorded by PPA at the PSC Private Port. Also, there was an increase in the number of domestic ship calls as well as in passenger and outbound/export cargo in the province as reported by the agency. In 1999, a total of 6,997 ship calls were recorded for the 7 major seaports in Bohol. For the Tagbilaran Port, the average monthly number of ship calls for 1999 was 300 for fastcrafts and 778 for conventional vessels. A cargo increase was also recorded with more inbound cargo than outbound cargo.[14]

As of September 1999, the Board of Investments (BOI) Portfolio of Investments registered one new project in Bohol costing P7.501 million in the area of alcohol production. The combined paid-up capital of corporations and partnerships registered with the SEC for Bohol rose to P500 million from P200 million in 1998 levels.

The number of DTI-registered single proprietorships increased in 1999 relative to 1998 levels, but value of corresponding planned investments dropped. Average value of intended investment per single proprietor was P132.0 million, down from P253.117 million in 1998. Although predominantly an agricultural province, micro and cottage industries also play a vital role in Bohol's economy.

In the light of Bohol being identified as a tourist hub, inflows in the area of tourism and manufacturing can serve as possible venues for Bohol's future investments. Letter of Instruction No. 75 issued on 22 May 1973 serves as a major guideline in indicating areas for tourism related investments and infrastructure development while Proclamation No. 1801 proclaims certain areas in Bohol as tourist zones which includes the Islands of Panglao, Cabilao and Balicasag.

Aside from its pristine white-sand beaches and the Chocolate Hills, Bohol's tourism assets also include centuries-old churches and towers, scuba diving haven, majestic falls and caves and historical landmarks as well as primitive and exotic fauna and flora. Different tourist destination sites have been developed by the Government to boost this industry. [15]

Education

The literacy rate of the province of Bohol is high at 93%. [4]

Media

Catholic Church, Corella, Bohol
Catholic Church, Corella, Bohol
Alona Beach, Panglao, Bohol
Alona Beach, Panglao, Bohol
  • Telephone lines: 12,200
  • Cellular phone firms: 3
  • Telecommunication companies: 6
  • Radio stations (AM, FM): 5
DYRD-AM Worldwide! Live broadcast worldwide via audio streaming
  • TV/Cable stations: 5
BCCTV
  • Messengerial/Courier: 7
  • Post Offices: 49
  • Newspapers:
The Bohol Chronicle
The Bohol Sunday Post
The Bohol Times
The Bohol Standard Weekly
Bantay Balita Newspaper
  • Internet service providers: 3
Auza.Net
  • Technology Related Websites : 1
Tech Source from Bohol
  • Online Press Release Websites: 1
Bohol Press Release
  • Trade publication: 1

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Political

The province of Bohol is a first-class A province subdivided into 3 congressional districts, 47 municipalities and 1 city. [16] It has 1,109 barangays [4] (1,114 barangays per NEDA[16]) with a total population of 1,137,268 (2000) and an average household size of 5.41. Its capital is Tagbilaran City.

Bohol Plaza Resort
Bohol Plaza Resort
The municipal building of Bilar, a town in central Bohol
The municipal building of Bilar, a town in central Bohol

Congressional districts

1st district

Corella, Cortes, Dauis, Loon, Maribojoc, Panglao, Sikatuna, Tubigon
  • Population (2000): 356,878

2nd district

Pres. Carlos P. Garcia, Sagbayan, San Isidro, San Miguel, Talibon, Trinidad, Ubay
  • Population (2000): 376,507

3rd district

Garcia Hernandez, Guindulman, Jagna, Lila, Loay, Loboc, Mabini, Pilar, Sevilla,
Sierra Bullones, Valencia
  • Population (2000): 403,883

City

Municipalities

Landmarks

See: List of Bohol Landmarks

Historical

  • Blood Compact Site - Barangay Bool, Tagbilaran City)
  • Anibogan Massacre Site - Catigbian (73 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Behind the Clouds - Catigbian (38 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Camp Verde - Duero (73 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Dagohoy Marker - Danao, Bohol (92 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Mt. Carmel Hill -Balilihan (24 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Pres. Carlos P. Garcia Memorial Park -Tagbilaran City
  • Ubujan Marker -Death of Capt. Francisco Salazar of the Moalong Ambush fame; Tagbilaran City
  • The Historic Ermita Ruins - Dimiao (36.7 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Punta Cruz Ancient Watchtower - Punta Cruz, Maribojoc, Bohol - (14 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Inang-angan (212 steps) - Moto Norte to Napo Loon, Bohol - (27.5 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Moalong Bridge Ambush (World War II, September 27, 1942) - Sitio Moalong, Barangays Basac and Canhangdon Occidental Loon, Bohol - (est. 32 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Circular cemetery made from coral stone blocks - Loon (27.5 km north of Tagbilaran)
  • American-motif Public Plaza completed in 1929 (Note the Statue of Liberty atop the grandiose monument dedicated to Dr. Jose P. Rizal, national hero) - 27.5 km north of Tagbilaran
  • Our Lady of Light Church (Loon) - completed in 1855; considered the "Crowning Glory of the Recollect Mission in Bohol"; biggest coral-stone church in the Visayas and Mindanao.
  • Spanish Colonial Bridge (Sitio Sombria, Cogon Norte, Loon, Bohol) - most imposing colonial bridge in Bohol

Bohol cultural

  • Baclayon Museum -Baclayon (7 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Bohol Museum -Tagbilaran City
  • Clarin Ancestral House -Loay (18 km. from Tagbilaran City)

Bohol natural

Chocolate Hills in Carmen Bohol
Chocolate Hills in Carmen Bohol
  • Anda Beach -Anda (101 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Alona Beach -Panglao (20 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Alejawan Beach -Jagna (58 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Balbalan Beach -Dimiao (36.7 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Basdacu Beach - Loon (25 km north of Tagbilaran City)
  • Basdio Rock Island Cove Loon (32 km north of Tagbilaran City)
  • Bay Watch -Panggangan Island Calape (41 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Bikini Beach -Dauis (8 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Canuba Beach -Jagna (58 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Clarin Beach -Loay (28 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Darak Beach -Panggangan Island Calape (41 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Doljo Beach -Panglao (20 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Duero Beach -Duero (73 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Imelda Beach -Dimiao (40 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Cainggit Beach -Tagbilaran City
  • Laya Beach -Baclayon (9 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Lintuan Beach -Loon (25 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Looc Beach - Cabilao Island, Loon (38 km north of tagbilaran City]]
  • Pantudlan Beach - Cabilao Island, Loon (38 km north of Tagbilaran City
  • Sta. Fe Beach -Alburquerque (13 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Chocolate Hills -Carmen, Bohol (55 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Antaeg Spring - Loon (34 km north of Tagbilaran City)
  • Banat-i Hill -Tagbilaran City
  • Elly Hill -Tagbilaran City
  • Himontagon Hill -Loay (20 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Sampoangon Hill -Calape (41 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Hinagdanan Cave -Dauis(6 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Danicop Hidden Valley and Springs -Loon (32 km north of Tagbilaran City]]
  • Eva Cave (Odiong – Jagna (58 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Kokok & Nueva Vida Sur Caves -Carmen, Bohol (59 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Batungay Cave - San Antonio, Trinidad, Bohol
  • Busay Falls -Loboc (26 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Busay Falls -Sevilla (34 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Camugao Falls -Balilihan (22 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Dimiao Twin Falls -Dimiao (38 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Mag-aso Falls -Antequera (20 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Kawasan Falls -Balilihan (22 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Kinahugan Falls -Jagna (58 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Inambacan Falls -Antequera (19 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Niluksoan Falls -Balilihan (22 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Pahangog Twin Falls & Caverns -Dimiao (36.7 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Tontonan Falls -Loboc (27 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Badiang Spring -Valencia (44 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Cabasi Spring -Carmen, Bohol (54 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Loboc River -Loboc (21 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Logarita Spring -Bilar (41 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Moalong River -Loon (32 kilometers north of Tagbilaran City)
  • Roxas Park & Spring -Garcia Hernandez, Bohol (53 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Omjon Resort -Valencia (44 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Other Popular Bohol Diving Sites
Arc Point
Cabilao and Sandingan Island Protected Seascapes -Loon (32-38 km north of Tagbilaran City)
  • Puntod Point
Pamilacan Island
Cervera Shoal
Doljo Point
Momo Point
Gak-ang Point
Napoling Point
Tangnan Point

Bohol religious

See: List of Bohol Churches; Also Bohol Churches

  • Alburquerque Church - Alburquerque, Bohol (12 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Baclayon Church -Baclayon (6 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Calape Church -Calape (41 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Dauis Church -Dauis; (3 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Dimiao Church -Dimiao (36.7 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Lord of Pardon Hill -Duero (73 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Loboc Church -Loboc (24 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Our Lady of Light (Kasilak) Church -Loon (27.5 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Maribojoc Church -Maribojoc (14 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church -Balilihan (22 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Virgen sa Calo-oy -Calape (41 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Cruz Daku - Loboc - (26.5 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Panglao Church -Panglao (18 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Ilihan Hill -Jagna (54 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Mt. Carmel Hill -Balilihan (22 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • The Fatima Rosary Hill -Carmen, Bohol (55 km. from Tagbilaran City)

Bohol man-made

Philippine Tarsier
Philippine Tarsier
Lions Children’s Playground
Lionettes Mini Park
  • Magsiha Swimming Pool -Balilihan (24 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Magsaysay Camp - (Bilar; (45 km. from Tagbilaran City) - Boys Scout Camp
  • Bilarma Camp -Bilar (45 km. from Tagbilaran City) - Provincial Girl Scout encampment
  • Malinao Dam -Pilar 72 km. from Tagbilaran City) - A PhP1.4 Billion irrigation project with a man-made lake ideal for rowboating and fishing
  • Wahig-Pamacsalan Dam -Bilar (41 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • The Home -Carmen, Bohol (55 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Roxas Park -Garcia Hernandez, Bohol (55 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Tigbao Hanging Bridge -Loboc (29 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Balicasag Island
  • Bungan & Mahaba Islets -Talibon (109 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Corpus Antique Spanish House -Calape (41 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Jagna
  • Lasang-Lasang Park -Carmen, Bohol (54 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Macas Orchids and Farm - Lindaville, Tagbilaran City
  • Mantatao Island -Calape (41 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Pamilacan Island
  • Pantudlan-Cabilao Island -Loon (38 km north of Tagbilaran City
  • Tubig-Loon Spring Resort -Loon (28 km north of Tagbilaran City)
  • Panglao Island
  • Tarsier sanctuary -Corella (10 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Ubay Stock Farm

Bohol special interest

  • Lila Rice Terraces - Lila (35 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Lunar Rice Terraces -Boctol Jagna (58 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Rice Terraces -Dimiao (36.7 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • McArthur’s Cap -Dimiao (36.7 km. from Tagbilaran City)
  • Badiang Spring -Valencia (44 km. from Tagbilaran City)

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Festivals

Main Article:List of Bohol Festivals
Main Article: Bohol Sandugo Festival

Sambat Mascara y Regatta Festival (1st Saturday of December) - Loay, Bohol

  • Suroy sa Musikero (December 25 - February 2) - Loboc, Bohol
  • Bohol Fiestas (month of May)
  • Ubi Festival (January) [18]
  • Tigum Bol-anon Tibuok Kalibutan or TBTK - "a summons for all Boholanos from all over the world to gather and the name for such a grand event"

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Geography

Chocolate Hills
Chocolate Hills

The Island of Bohol is oval-shaped mainland surrounded with 73 smaller islands, having a gently rolling terrain, ideal for commercial and industrial site development. Bohol's mountainous interior is home to rare and endangered flora and fauna. At certain points, hills drop steeply to the coast from a maximum elevation of 870 meters above sea level. The interior uplands are fit for agro-forestry and high value agricultural production. The central and northern lowlands have also fertile grounds and abundant water supply. Over a hundred caves have been identified, the biggest of which is found in the eastern part which makes Bohol ideal for spelunking adventures.[20] The Chocolate Hills in Carmen, Bohol 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 leftover from coral reefs during the ice age when the island was submerged. They turn brown during the summer, hence their name.

Most beaches are of white sand. 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.

The Loboc River is the most famous, running from the southeastern coast to the center of the island. It is famous for its River Cruise going up to its water source. The largest, Inabanga River, runs in the northern part of the province.

Numerous waterfalls and caves are scattered across the island, including the beautiful Mag-Aso falls in Antequera. Mag-Aso means smoke in the native tongue. The water is cool and often creates a mist in humid mornings which can hide the falls.

Panglao is a small island southwest of the main island, connected by a causeway to Tagbilaran.

Physical

Bohol Beach Club
Bohol Beach Club

Location. Bohol is an island province in the Visayas. It lies southeast from Cebu across Bohol Strait and southwest from Leyte, separated by the Camotes Sea and Canigao Channel. Bohol is also located north of Mindanao with Bohol Sea between them. Features. With a land area of 4117.3 km² and a coastline 261 km long, Bohol is the tenth largest island of the Philippines. The main island is surrounded by about 70 smaller islands, the largest of which are Panglao Island facing Tagbilaran City in the southwest and Lapinig Island in the northeast. The terrain of Bohol is basically rolling and hilly and about half the island is covered in limestone. Near the outer areas of the island are low mountain ranges. The interior is a large plateau with irregular landforms. Near Carmen can be found the major tourist draw of the province, the Chocolate Hills. The more than 1,200 uniformly cone-shaped limestone hills were named that way because in the summer, the grass growing on the hills turn brown, making the landscape look like it had chocolate mounds all over. The Chocolate Hills is found on the provincial seal of Bohol.

Panglao is famous for its diving locations and routinely listed as one of the top ten diving locations in the world. Numerous tourist resorts dot the southern beaches and cater to divers from around the world.

Climate. Unlike Luzon and the northern part of Visayas, Bohol is mostly unaffected by the numerous typhoons that hit the country. The weather is mostly mild all year round. When typhoons do hit the island, they usually cross quickly and are no longer powerful, their energy dissipated by the mountains in Leyte and Samar.

From November to April, the northeast monsoon (amihan) prevails. Except for a rare shower, this is the mildest time of the year. Daytime temperatures average 28°C, cooling down at night to around 25°C. The summer season from May to July brings higher temperatures and very humid days. From August to October is the southwest monsoon (habagat). The weather during this season is not very predictable, with weeks of calm weather alternating with rainy days. It can rain any day of the year, but you will have more chance for a heavy shower from November to January. If you want to see the Chocolate Hills in their "Chocolate" color, you will have to go their during the "Summer".

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohol

  1. ^ The Island-Province of Bohol www. bohol.gov.ph Retrieved 15 November, 2006.
  2. ^ Bountiful Bohol www.aenet.org Retrieved 15 November, 2006.
  3. ^ The people www. bohol.gov.ph Retrieved 15 November, 2006.
  4. ^ a b c d Bohol Profile Executive Brief www.bohol.gov.ph Retrieved 19 November, 2006.
  5. ^ Bohol-The Island Province www.aenet.org Retrieved 15 November,2006.
  6. ^ Origin of the name www.bohol.gov.ph Retrieved 15 November, 2006.
  7. ^ A Short History of Bohol (Part 1) www.bohol.ph Retrieved 15 November, 2006.
  8. ^ a b Readings From Bohol's History www.aenet.org, Source: Philippine Political and Cultural History. Volume I. Gregorio F. Zaide Retrieved 15 November 2006.
  9. ^ The Bohol Flag and Seal www.bohol.gov.ph Retrieved 15 November, 2006.
  10. ^ History of Bohol www.bohol.gov.ph Retrieved 15 November,2006.
  11. ^ Military Biography Spanish-American War Lt. Andrew Summers Rowan Part 2 David Wallechinsky & Irving Wallace (reproduced with permission from "The People's Almanac" series of books). Retrieved 15 November 2006.
  12. ^ A Short History of Bohol (Part II) www.bohol.ph Retrieved 15 November, 2006.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g Bohol Profile on Infrastructure www.bohol.gov.ph Retrieved 19 November, 2006.
  14. ^ a b c d e Socio-economic Profilewww.bohol.gov.ph
  15. ^ Socio -Economic Profile of Boholwww.bohol-island.com Retrieved 20 November, 2006
  16. ^ a b The Region www.cvis.net Retrieved November 19, 2006.
  17. ^ Things to do and see in Boholwww.wowphilippines.com
  18. ^ [http://www.inq7.net/globalnation/sec_phe/2004/jan/14-01.htm Bohol to hold 'ubi' festival] www.inq7.net Retrieved 4 December, 2006
  19. ^ Bohol Island Festivalswww.hoteltravel.com Retrieved 19 November, 2006.
  20. ^ Geography and Topography www.bohol.gov.ph Retrieved 15 November, 2006.
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leizlmarie said...

how i wish i could go to bohol.. there are really a lot of beautiful place here in the philippines..

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