Bohol Province

Bohol, the first income class island province of the Philippines was administered as residencia of Cebu, but became a separate province in July 1854, along with the province of Siquijor. 

It’s the home province of the 8th president of the Philippines, Carlos P. Garcia. Tagbilaran City is the capital and the center for business, though tourists coming from Cebu mostly travel Tubigon. It’s the nearest town from Cebu via sea.

The province is the first seat of the first international treaty of peace and unity between native king Datu Sikatuna and Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, through a compact alliance known today as the Sandugo.  A visit to Bohol is not complete visiting the statue commemorating the event.

It’s very well known for the chocolate hills, one of the country’s natural wonders and the reason why Bohol is referred to as the “Jewel of the Philippines”. 
These hills are made of limestone from the coral reef when the land was still submerged. It’s called chocolate hills because their color turns into brown during summer.  It was raining when we visit Bohol, so the hills are all green.

The second-smallest primate in the world, the Philippine Tarsier, is indigenous to the island.  It measures about 8- to 160 millimeters, only about a size of a human fist. Very shy nocturnal mammal that leads a mostly hidden life.

Bohol is also known for their white beaches, caves and diving sites. Some people compare the white sand of Panglao Island to Boracay Island.  Their diving sites are listed as one of the top ten diving destinations in the world. 

One of the oldest churches in the Philippines, the Dauis Church, can be found here along with other old churches.  This is the only province I’ve been to that has a lot of old churches.  I vowed to come back here with my mother so we can visit all the churches.
In October 2013, a month after I visited a magnitude of 7.2 earthquake hits Bohol and left a devastating damages. It was said to be the deadliest earthquake in the Philippines in 23 years and the quake was equivalent to 32 Hiroshima bombs.  

Some of the chocolate hills and almost all of the churches were damaged. They have been at this situation in 1990, when an earthquake that caused a tsunami hit it. Boholanos like other Filipinos will rise up again.
Please click here on how to get to Bohol from Cebu.


  1. Lovely roundups! But I can't click the iti and budget located on the lower part of the post?

  2. My apologies. I already fixed it. Kindly try again :) If ever need help on your trip, just message me and I'll do my best to help you.


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