The Top Tourist Attractions of Bohol
Bohol is an island located between latitude 90 degree 30’ and 10 degree 15’ North, and longitude 123 degree 40’ and 124 degree 30’ East. With a land area of 4117/3 sq. kms., it is the tenth largest island of the Philippines, and lies in the middle of the Visayas. It is surrounded by other islands on all sides, and is thus shielded from the typhoons that often occur in the region, as well as from the heaviest rains.
Well-known choir trainer and conductor Luis “Nonoy” Garrucho, Jr. in a happy gesture of welcome to local and foreign tourists at the viewing deck of the highest chocolate hill in Bohol’s top tourist attraction.*
Bohol is separated from Mindanao by the Bohol Sea in the South and the island of Leyte by the Canigao Channel in the East. The Camotes Sea in the North separates Bohol from the Camotes Islands, and the Bohol Strait separates it from Cebu.
NDB special photographer and veteran chorale trainer, musical mentor, and conductor relaxes at the cool and windy viewing area with several Chocolate Hills and big tree trunks at the background. Chorale coach Nonoy Garrucho led his musical group of Christian singers His Voice Ministry of Bacolod City at a Baptist Church in Bohol during a multi-nation conference attended by Pastors and their wives recently from different countries.*
THE CHOCOLATE HILLS
These natural mounds are a geological formation in Bohol which are at least 1,260 hills but there may be as many as 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers or 20 sq. miles.
They are covered by green grassy herbs and various tall grasses that turn brown like chocolate during the dry season, thus the name Chocolate Hills, considered the top tourist attraction of Bohol. These are featured in the provincial flag and official seal of Bohol to symbolize the abundance of natural attractions in the province. They are included in the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) list of tourist attractions in the entire country.
Visitors to the gift of nature, the geological wonder Chocolate Hills relax and enjoy the sceneries covering an area of over 50-square kilometers or 20-square miles.*
TARSIERS OF BOHOL
Although many observers have expressed concern over the apparently diminishing breed of the rare species, the Tarsiers of Bohol are still among the island province’s top tourist lures up to the present. Efforts are being exerted to conserve and protect their growth in this part of the country.
Apart from the world-famous Chocolate Hills, the miniature Tarsiers are still the most sought-after wonders among both domestic and international tourists, which, according to many observers, are Bohol’s most precious and distinct pride.
We still have to hear or read if these are also seen in any other places in the world or even in this country which are now acknowledged as among the Philippines’ natural treasure.
Tarsiers are small animals with enormous eyes, each eye ball about 16 mm in diameter and is as large as its entire brain. The unique cranial anatomy of tarsier results from the need to balance their large eyes and heavy head so they are able to wait silently for nutritious prey. Tarsiers have an incredibly strong auditory sense because their auditory cortex is very distinct. They also have very long hind limbs due mostly to the extremely elongated tarsus bones of the feet from which the animals get their name.*(RGT & Luis D. Garrucho, Jr.)