Exploring the Graceful Land of Bohol, Philippines (Part 2)

by - September 25, 2014

Aside from the very famous Chocolate Hills, Tarsiers and Panglao Island in Bohol, there are still a lot of must-see attractions in the graceful land of Bohol. (See my previous post here.)

Ancient Roman Catholic Churches (Baclayon Church and Loboc Church)

Baclayon Church from the outside

Inside Baclayon Church

Considered to be the oldest church in the Philippines, Baclayon Church is among the hundred-year old churches built during the Spanish colonization. It is built from coral stones and cemented by egg white in 1727. Alongside it is a convent and a small museum that has some ancient liturgical materials and images preserved.

One mystery that the Baclayon church holds is the face of Padre Pio miraculously imprinted on the side foundation of the church. I was pretty amazed when I snapped a picture of it. His face was really there!

Padre Pio's face on Baclayon church wall

Padre Pio or Saint Pio is a friar, priest born May 25, 1887. Considered to have lived a holy life despite of poor health. Ever since the imprint was discovered, Baclayon Church has become a distinct town for Padre Pio devotees.

Loboc Church from the outside - the second oldest church in Bohol

Old building in Loboc

Unfortunately, after the devastating magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Bohol last October 2013, some of the old churches and facade including Baclayon and Loboc church were immensely damaged and destroyed. But they still remain as major tourist attractions in the Bohol province.

Butterfly Garden

Located at Bilar, Bohol, Butterfly Garden houses hundreds of beautiful butterflies. There are breeding areas and some exhibits about a butterfly life cycle and its kind.

Mariposa, a giant butterfly

A butterfly feeding on a sponge

Amazing how a butterfly wing changes its color when tilted

There are also some photo ops where you can pretend that you have wings!

Loboc River Cruise

A local version of a floating restaurant, only in the Philippines. Here, you will experience a buffet meal while touring along the scenery of Loboc River. The food is of course consists of native Filipino cuisines at an affordable price. Once can surely have his appetite with the enriching and relaxing greenery of the surroundings. At some point during the tour, there will be local people performing native music for free. What a cool experience!

A bunch of floating restaurants

Loboc River scenery

Blood Compact Shrine (Sandugo)

Blood compact is an aged-old ritual in the Philippines intended to seal treaty or friendship. The most famous sandugo that ever happened in the country is in Bohol where the first international treaty between the Spaniards and Filipinos happened. Nowadays, the landmark has become a tourist spot in the province where a monument, with bronze statues of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, Rajah Sikatuna and some other witnesses, depicts the famed tradition.

Blood Compact Shrine

Bamboo Hanging Bridge

A 40-meter fun attraction crossing the Sipatan river and is constructed mainly of bamboos and rope. I was quite scared to cross the bridge, but surprisingly, it was sturdy enough to carry a number of tourists. Across the bridge are souvenir shops.


Bohol is really an awesome place to see with a lot of things to do and appreciate. The locals are very friendly and helpful. Just like what we always say, it's more fun in the Philippines!

A disclaimer: Some of the photos are taken by my friends :)

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