Monday, February 18, 2013

Panglao Chronicle: Discovering the Countryside

Day 2 ~
Discovering the Country Side

As I have said on The Adventure Begins, this trip was my 2nd time in Bohol, first for Raff and Pepsi. The tour started at 9:30am. 

First stop, Blood Compact or Sandugo.  It's a sealed of friendships between Spanish explorer Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Datu Sikatuna, the chieftain of Bohol on March 15, 1565. 


The Blood Compact Monument


Baclayon Church

Baclayon Church was built by the Jesuit priests and considered as one of the oldest stone church in the Philippines.  The walls were made from coral stones. It is also the house of the 3rd oldest Pipe Organ in the Philippines after those in Las Pinas and San Agustin Church both in Metro Manila.


Baclayon Church

Loboc River Cruise and Floating Restaurant

Loboc river is one of the major tourist destinations in Bohol.  Visitors will be cruising  the Loboc River and treated with sumptuous Filipino cuisine and local delicacies in the floating restaurants and will be serenaded with in-boat singers. Tourists will be charge a minimal amount of 450Php for the food and entrance fee.  
Wacky!
Floating restaurant

Prony the Phyton. Bohol biggest and longest python in captivity.  As of 2005, Prony measured 23 feet and estimated weight of 200kg. To date, it was estimated weight at about 600kg according to the caretaker. 


Prony (photo from bohol-philippines.com)

Philippine Tarsier

The Philippine Tarsier is small and it measures only about 3 to 6 inches in height and it's endangerd.  Tarsier can rotate their heads at 180 degrees. The eyes are disproportionately big.  There have been 12 tarsiers that visitors can sight at the conservation area and more than 100 tarsiers in the breeding area.  Female tarsier can only produce one offspring per gestation.


Philippine Tarsier
Mother & Son Tarsier


Chocolate Hills

Your visit to Bohol will never be complete without visiting the famous geological hills formation of the Chocolate Hills.  The hills were covered with green grass during wet season and turns brown like chocolate during dry season, hence the name came from.  


The Chocolate Hills 
Jump shot!

Bohol Butterfly Farm 

Here, we were entertained by the local tourist guide in the orientation area.  She showed us the biggest butterfly and the biggest moth in the country.  The tour guide informed us the cycle of the butterfly from egg, to caterpillar, to pupa (very beautiful) and to a full grown butterfly.
  
The cycle
The Butterfly
Full grown  butterfly :)

Bohol Man-Made Forest

The Bohol Man-Made Forest is densely planted of mahogany trees stretching the national road in the border of Loboc and Bilar towns.  Our tour guide said it was planted by students from their local university.

Man-made Forest 

We wanted to squeeze in the Hinagdanan Cave but we run out of time since it closed at 5pm and also the hanging bridge in Loboc, the less attractive tourist destination.

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