The iconic Chocolate Hills, the Tarsier, Panglao island, and the Loboc River Cruise made Bohol one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines but Bohol has more to offer than those mentioned.
In support of the Department of Tourism campaign, “It’s More Fun In the Philippines”, the Provincial Government of Bohol complemented it with their own campaign, “Heart of the Islands, Truly Philippines.”
“We promised to give the “Truly Filipino” experience when you’re in Bohol,” said Bohol Governor Edgardo Chatto in a gathering of tourism stakeholders and the media at the Manila Hotel.
Ms. Amor Maclang, Geiser-Maclang’s PR director for marketing and communication, summed up the “Truly Filipino” experience into Bohol’s 5 Pillars such as the sense of spirituality of Boholanos, most number of extant Catholic Churches, arts and crafts, Boholano’s cuisine, and the sense of vibrance of the Boholanos.
DOT secretary Ramon Jimenez echoed the message when he said, “You don’t have to be from Bohol to love Bohol.”
Bohol offers a complete package of experience: history, nature, adventure, heritage and arts & music.
To best experience the history of Bohol, the province holds the Sandugo Festival every July. The Sandugo Festival is in commemoration of the historic blood compact between Boholano native Datu Sikatuna and Spanish General Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in 1565.
Aside from the popular nature trips in Bohol, the Provincial Tourism identified new sites such as the caves and beaches in Anda Peninsula, the Cambuhat River and Village in Buenavista, the Banacon Island in Getafe (which has the largest mangrove reforestation in Asia), the Candijay Mangrove Forest, and the Mag-aso Falls in Antequera.
Adventure junkies shouldn’t miss zipping and bungee jumping at the Danao Adventure Park, spelunking in Sierra Bullones, Lamanok Cave, paddling through the Abatan River, and tubing at the Makapiko Nature Park.
You haven’t experienced Bohol if you have not heard and seen the Loboc Children’s Choir. The award-winning choir of Bohol made their voices heard not only locally but also in the global stage.
Sec. Jimenez said, “The Loboc Children’s Choir says it all. It’s symbolic of the province. You cannot sing the way they do if you’re not happy.”
Here’s a video clip of the performance of the Loboc Children’s Choir.