Thanks to Henann Group of Resorts, my friends and I got to be taken around Panglao City, and got a glimpse of the province’s great potential in terms of tourism. I feel like it hasn’t really been as hyped as islands like say, Boracay or Cebu, but it actually could be. Especially with how fast they have been able to rise and progress from a calamity they unfortunately faced, a couple of years ago.
Our first stop for the city tour was at the Blood Compact Shrine. This was where Spanish explorer Miguel Lòpez de Legazpi and Bohol chieftain, Datu Sikatuna performed the blood compact in 1565, that served as the first Treaty of Friendship between the Filipinos and the Spaniards. The event is called sandugo, a visayan word which means “one blood”. In the location, there is a monument of the two, and other witnesses involved, standing in the middle. This was made by National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva. (We unfortunately weren’t able to take photos because it was too crowded.
Next was the Baclayon Church, formally known as The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. The best preserved church in Bohol and oldest standing Catholic Stone Church in the Philippines. The Church was actually so picturesque that I think we had the most photos taken here.Going up the stairs inside the Church, was a museum showcasing relics that are centuries old.
Afterward, we headed to the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary. A project of the Philippine Tarsier Foundation, established mainly for the purpose of the protection of the Philippine Tarsier and its habitat and to prevent extinction, and the introduction of eco-tourism- related livelihood endeavors for social and economic development opportunities.Tarsiers are nocturnal, so they were all asleep when we came. Be sure to stay quiet so as not to disturb them while you’re there.We then went on an hour or so- long cruise along Loboc River. This was probably one of my favorite activities. For around 400 pesos, Lunch was served, buffet style on a floating restaurant as we got to enjoy the breathtaking view and calm waters the river had to offer as local singers from Bohol sang and set the mood for us. There was also a stop where we you could buy souvenirs, and watch the most adorable children from Bohol dance and sing their hearts out to filipino folk songs. The tinikling was their “main act” and there they called out tourists to come try it out with them. A couple of them had actually asked me to do so, but of course, I was way too shy.Last stop was the famous Chocolate Hills, of course, and I know not much is needed to say because this photo of the hills say it all. Look at how breathtaking this view is, specially considering they are not man made even though it looks it.I know most people would probably find it most worth it to enjoy Bohol’s beautiful beaches with its powdery white sand and crystal clear waters, but taking even half a day to go around the city (on land), to check out what else Bohol has to offer is not going to be a waste of time at all. 🙂