>> Monday, June 22, 2009
Here are some informations about the different history and natural beauty of Bohol.
The Chocolate Hills is the most popular attraction in Bohol. It consists of approximately 1,268 hills with heights ranging from 40 to 120 meters. During summer, the dome-shaped grass covered limestone hills dries up and turns brown. Then the area transforms like a seemingly endless rows of chocolate "kisses".
Bohol is best known also for its tarsiers. The tarsier is a very small animal. It is one of the smallest known primates (no larger than an adult man's hand). The tarsier is arboreal. It spend its entire life in trees and travels by leaping from tree to tree. It sleeps and gives birth clinging to a tree trunk. Tarsiers cannot walk on land and they hop when on the ground. The tarsier's eye is bigger than its entire brain. It can rotate its head almost 180 degrees in each direction and has pads at the ends of each finger and toe that allow them to climb trees.
Aside from the mainland, Bohol has 61 smaller offshore islands and islets. One of the most popular islands is the island of Panglao which is being known for its unpolluted waters. It is rated as one of the best diving sites in the world.
Bohol is known for being the BLOOD COMPACT site between Spanish Captain General Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Rajah Sikatuna. It was held on March 16, 1565. They done this blood compact to insure friendly relations between the Spaniards and the natives. It was to be the first treaty of friendship and alliance between the Spaniards and Filipinos.
The BACLAYON CHURCH which is also known as the Immaculate Conception Parish Church is the oldest stone church in the Philippines. It was built by the Jesuits in 1596. In 1994, the Church was declared as a National Historical Landmark.