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Bohol Chocolate Hills

Viewed from the air on ordinary days, the chocolate hiils look like odd green lumps spread across the plain.
Summer, however, brings out the hills best colors as the velvet green foliage dries and the hills take on a chocolate brown hue, hence the name.
The hills have long aroused a sense of curious wonderment to those who have seen them and quite naturally, stories about the hills origins abound.
One Boholano legend maintains that once upon a time, two giants had a heated argument and threw huge boulders at each other.
Finally, they tired of the contest and went off but not after leaving hundreds of brown monoliths between them.
Another tale tells of a giant named Arago who fell for a mortal named Aloya.
He kidnapped her but she did not love him and died to his grief.
Arago literally cried torrential rivers which eroded the soil to form the Chocolate Hills.
There have also been a number of geological proposals regarding the formation of the hills, including simple limestone weathering , suboceanic 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.

Loboc river safari

For water adventures, you can try out the raging Loboc River which flows past the town of the same name.
The river creates a mighty torrent that drives the popular Tontonan falls and powers the turbines of Visayas oldest hydroelectric plant.
Upstream where the waters are tamer, there is a floating restaurant where you can order food before winding up your day at resplendent Busay Falls.
A plunge into the cool waters before returning downstream into the beautiful sunset promises to be a most exhilarating experience.


Bohol is home to an exotic range of flora and fauna you andl hardly find elsewhere, foremost of which are the Tarsiers, primitive primates supposed to be man distant cousins on the evolutionary family tree.
These shy, little nocturnal creatures with long tails, large round eyes, and fuzzy bodies are extremely difficult to keep and breed.
Tarsiers are threatened with extinction due to wided spread poaching and deforestation.
With some of its virgin forest and secondary growth forest still intact, you can also find a colorful array of butterflies and Flying Lemurs that glide from tree to tree as you prowl beneath the shade of the forest canopy.

Baclayon Church

A small town rich in history, Baclayon was founded by a pair of Spanish Jesuits in 1595.
Here is where you and l find Baclayon church, the Philippines oldest stone church which was built around 1596.
Built like a massive fortress, the church radiates a formidable presence in the area, in direct contrast with the strikingly ornate retablo of the central and side altars that sure to catch your attention upon venturing inside.
Some of these altarpieces retain their original gold leaf paint and house beautiful sacred icons or santos.
If you are interested in religious relics, you can go visit the adjoining convent. A later addition to the church, it has a small museum which is open to the public upon request. The town celebrates its fiesta in early October and boats go from here to nearby Pamilacan Island.