Barrio Bool - Baclayon Church - Loboc River - Tarsier - Hanging Bridge - Chocolate Hills
The first significant event in Bohol's written history was the Blood Compact celebrated between Sikatuna and Legazpi, after which the Spanish friars began converting the countryside. Ornate churches (most of which remain the same to this day), with intricately-wrought altarpieces were built. When Sikatuna chose to be baptized before his death, fellow Muslims felt betrayed and left their settlement. Those who stayed converted to Catholicism.
Though peace-loving and mild-mannered, Boholanos revolted successfully against friar abuses in 1744; and for the next 85 years, the island enjoyed independence in an otherwise colonial Philippines, though its trade was disrupted. World War II interrupted the peace; but was restored in 1945, and has since remained.
In Barrio Bool is the marker commemorating the historic Blood Compact between Sikatuna and Legazpi. Every year in June, Boholanos re-enact the signing of the first treaty in the Philippines during the Sandugo ( meaning "one blood" ) Festival.
Six kilometers east of Tagbilaran you will find the Baclayon Church, the famous oldest Spanisch stone church in the country with its wonderful tile and limestone halls. Intigrated is a museum with rich collections of religious arts, ecclesiastical vestments embroidered in gold thread wrought by Boholanosand librettos of church music printed in Latin on animal skins.
The Loboc River is a river on Bohol Island, the Philippines. It is one of the major tourist destinations of Bohol, local and foreigners alike. The winding river plays host to cruises on board of small bancas or floating restaurants. Visitors are treated to a vista of lush tropical vegetation such as nipa palms, coconut trees, banana groves, and bushes.
We recommend you to take from Loboc town one of the "Floating Boats" to have lunch. While dining one can enjoy the beautiful landscape and the waterfall of the Loboc River. The Boat ride cost about 300 Pesos which includes a delicious Buffet "All you can eat" with one Softdrink. The travel takes usually 50 Minutes.
Alternative we recommend you also "Nuts Huts",a Restaurant/Resort in its original style in the middle of wildness which offers delicious dishes. You will get to the Restaurant/Resort with a boat to the other side of the Loboc River which awaits you after seeing the Tarsiers.
About the Hanging Bridge is nothing much to say but it is the only Bridge in Bohol which is made out of Bamboo and it´s an adventure to walk thru.
If you are lucky you will see the local kids making reckless jumps from the bridge into the Loboc River.
On the other side of the bridge awaits you a well arranged souviener-shop and if you have 50 Pesos left an old man will peel for you a coconut with his own teeth.
Tarsiers are haplorrhine primates of the genus Tarsius, a monotypic genus in the family Tarsiidae, which is itself the lone extant family within the infraorder Tarsiiformes. Although the group was once more widespread, all the species living today are found in the islands of Southeast Asia. Tarsiers are small animals with enormous eyes; each eyeball is approximately 16 mm in diameter and is as large as their entire brain. Tarsiers also have very long hind limbs. In fact, their feet have extremely elongated tarsus bones, from which the animals get their name. The head and body range from 10 to 15 cm in length, but the hind limbs are about twice this long (including the feet), and they also have a slender tail from 20 to 25 cm long.
The Chocolate Hills is an unusual geological formation in Bohol, Philippines. According to the latest accurate survey done, there are 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres (20 sq mi). They are covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season, hence the name.
The Chocolate Hills are a famous tourist attraction of Bohol. It is featured in the provincial flag and seal to symbolize the abundance of natural attraction in the province. It is in the Philippine Tourism Authority's list of tourist destinations in the Philippines; it has been declared the country's 3rd National Geological Monument and proposed for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
There are a number of hypotheses regarding the formation of the hills. These include simple limestone weathering, sub-oceanic volcanism, the uplift of the seafloor and a more recent theory which maintains that as an ancient active volcano self-destructed, it spewed huge blocks of stone which were then covered with limestone and later thrust forth from the ocean bed.
Geologists have long debated about the formation of the hills, resulting in various ways the origin of the Chocolate Hills are stated or explained. The one written on the bronze plaque at the viewing deck in Carmen, Bohol states that they are eroded formations of a type of marine limestone that sits on top of hardened clay. The plaque reads: The unique land form known as the Chocolate Hills of Bohol was formed ages ago by the uplift of coral deposits and the action of rain water and erosion.
Another statement says:the grassy hills were once coral reefs that erupted from the sea in a massive geologic shift. Wind and water put on the finishing touches over hundreds of thousands of years.
Still another way the origin is stated is that they were formed centuries ago by tidal movement and by the uplift of coral deposits and the action of rain water and erosion. Another theory is that they were ancient coral limestone reefs shaped by many thousands of years erosion by both water and wind. Geologists think that the specific shape of the hills is caused by the influence of the weather over millions of years. The break down of the upper layers of the limestone formations, followed by the erosion processes, resulted in these cone-shaped remnants. It is likely that they were once limestone deposits beneath the sea, uplifted by the movement of plates and then smoothed by wind and rainwater erosion.