MALAYA TRAVEL: MAJESTIC CHURCHES, BEACHES CAPTIVATE IN BOHOL
MANILA, SEPTEMBER 29, 2007 (MALAYA) God’s little paradise—this is what Bohol natives or Bolanons, fondly call their province. With its majestic old churches, diverse wildlife, spectacular beaches and scenery, Bohol captivates.
Recently, the National Milo Marathon was in Tagbilaran.
Thousands of fitness enthusiasts joined the marathon held in time for the month-long celebration of the Sandugo festival, an annual historical event that is inspired by the blood compact, or Sandugo, a friendship treaty between the Philippines and Spain that took place in 1565.
The blood compact between Datu Sikatuna and Don Miguel Lopez de Legazpi was re-enacted.
Gracing the event were Vice Mayor Toto Veloso and Tagbilaran race organizer atty. Dionisio Balite. Joining them were Nestlé Philippines, Inc. executives led by Nestlé AVP for MILO sports events Pat Goc-Ong, Visayas regional sales manager Rica Esteban and regional field operations executive Leng Hizola.
Bohol has been a Heritage Province and one of the country’s top eco-cultural tourism destinations by the Department of Tourism, Veloso said.
To ensure that the province maintains its beauty and competitiveness, the provincial government strictly implements laws that preserve the cultural and ecological diversity of Bohol.
One of Bohol’s most noted landmarks aside from the breathtaking Chocolate Hills and the pristine beaches of Panglao is Baclayon Church, one of the oldest stone churches in the country.
Erected in 1595, the massive edifice still retains its centuries-old architectural design. Both the external and internal portions of the church feature various interesting relics and artifacts dating back to the early 16th century.
Another famed Bohol attraction is the tarsier, one of the rare faunas found in the Philippine archipelago. Regarded as the smallest primate in the world, the tarsier measures from four to five inches and has a tail that is longer than its body.
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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