Bohol Philippines is fast becoming one of the top travel destination in Asia. The island offers a wide range of attractions from natural
fine white sand beaches, great diving sites, scenic natural sights, old houses, ancient churches, historical sites and wonderful
Bohol's ecology and natural heritage is one the wonders to see. Only Bohol has a 134-hectare sanctuary for the small tarsiers. Prony is
the biggest python in captivity ever known. Birding, dolphin and whale watching and of course diving are popular activities.
The rolling chocolate hills, crystal springs, mangroves, mahogany forests and white sand beaches makes the island one of the most
picturesque provinces in the Philippines. Bohol sunsets are ephemeral.
Bohol island is also replete with heritage sites, ancestral homes and some of the best preserved churches of the Philippines.
Most all of the 47 towns of the Bohol have old massive stone churches with frescoes all done under the Spanish colonization.
Markers and memorials to past revolutions and wars, museums, caves of patriots are there to see.
The famed Chocolate Hills of Bohol are not only two but more than 1,268 cone-shaped hills – a very strange geological formation that
has baffled a lot of geologists. The hills are spread over an area of 50 square kilometers or more and vary in size from 30 meters to 120
meters in height.
The hills appear to be seemingly endless when viewed atop the hill in Carmen town. The viewing deck there gives you a 360° view of
the hills “as far as the eyes can see”. It is more majestic when viewed from a plane – them appearing to be thousands of mole hills
dotting out from verdant surroundings.
Bohol festivals and feast days are part and parcel of Boholano culture. Boholanos are fun-loving, generous to a fault, and deeply
religious. These traits push them to celebrate and put up festivals aside from the yearly honouring of saints in respective towns and
barangays of the province.
Celebrations are elaborate that includes town and church decorations, street dancing, trade fairs, beauty contests, and more, not to
mention the preparation of luscious food even to the extent of entering into debt to be able to entertain visitors.
tagbilaran-sandugoDate of feast days vary from town to town yet most of the feast days fall on the month of May and so it has been
hailed as the “Fiesta Month”. Visitors can enjoy the month long revelry by hopping from town to town and to the barangays and be
assured of being fed resulting in an added inch or two to their waistlines.
Everybody is welcome. There is no need for invitations. One can enter any house of your choice. Some families even will feel insulted
if you pass them by. It is considered a good moral and right conduct to drop by even if you cannot eat because you’re already full. So
others take this opportunity to ask for some take home food for loved ones left at home.
Tagbilaran-sandugoFeast days are likewise a time for family reunions. Boholanos from all parts of the world come home to attend the
feast day and the reunions. If circumstances beyond their control deter their coming home, they will send monetary support to their
families in order for them to be able to celebrate the fiesta in style.
No Boholano can escape from the fiesta fever. This tradition has been inculcated in their minds and is an intricate part of their lives. It
is an ingrained habit to fatten a pig or more, a few months back, for these affairs. For the rich, expect them to include in their
preparations a cow and goat and the forever present “lechon” or roasted pig and all those mouth-watering desserts.
Legislations have been passed to lessen the excessive and lavish preparations during these feast days but to no avail. People have been
exhorted to prepare for town fiestas only and not so lavishly and to forego barangay fiestas. Local inhabitants more or less were told
not to attend fiesta celebrations in their own towns and to give way to real visitors who come from other towns or provinces. But all this
legislations fall on deaf ears. The government cannot stop nor dampen the enthusiasm of Boholano addiction to fiestas be it in their
own town or in the barangay level.
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