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The name Pula (or red) Waterfalls is derived from the red-tinged waters of the waterfall. It is fast becoming a popular natural attraction in the region. Perfect for photography and swimming. Pula Waterfalls The church with the most modern architectural style in the whole of Antique and designed by the same architect who designed Museo Iloilo. It is located at Barbaza town 61 kilometers north of San Jose,Antique. Barbaza Catholic Church
The Batabat and Punta Coral Reefs in Barbaza feature spectacular diversities of tropical fishes and distinct coral formations in vibrant color. Batabat and Punta Coral Reefs Cresta de Gallo Island is a rocky outcrop resembling a cock’s comb. A dive site, it is called Punta Nasog by the locals and has scenic Rendon Beach and Bantigue Beach at its base. Cresta de Gallo is a denuded mountain of solid rock shaped like a rooster’s crown believed rich in mineral deposit. It is called Punta Nasog by natives. Cresta De Gallo Festivals Binirayan Festival is held every April 30rd to May 2nd . Binirayan commemorates the landing of the ten Malay datus in Malandog, Hamtic, Antique in the middle of the 13th century to set up the first Malayan settlement or barangay in this country Binirayan Festival Tugbong Festival Every April 23rd-25th, Antique celebrates Tugbong Festival. It’s the time of the year where family and relatives get together. During the Tugbong Festival, the Antique’s Binirayan Festival’s Swimsuit and Gown Competition is held as well as the the ever popular Urihing Tubo Night organized by Pagtatap Youth. In gratefulness for the bounty of tatus on their land, the locals celebrate the Tatusan Festival every March. Parades of colorful asnd crab-shaped floats, street-dancing and booth-display of various sizes of tatus are among the highlights of the festival. Old and young people alike crowd the streets and stomp their feet to the beat of the drums. Tatusan Festival Banigan Festival Banigan Festival is celebrated every March 1st – 31st in Libertad, Antique by Libertadnons to pay tribute to the mat weavers in the municipality. the local "banig" is a native made foldable mattress made from weaved leaves. Food and delicacies Mascuvado Sugar Latik Kinaray(suman) Cebu By: Khloie Velasco How to get there? BY AIR Mactan-Cebu International Airport (IATA: CEB) (ICAO:RPVM), . This international and domestic airport is a modern alternative to the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. Getting in/out - The airport is on Mactan Island in Lapu-Lapu city. It takes about 20-30 min to get to the actual city of Cebu. BY LAND Cebu City's domestic port is the country's busiest. Cebu City is home to almost 80 percent of the country's passenger vessels. The country's largest shipping lines, namely WG&A, Sulpicio Lines, Trans-Asia, George & Peter Lines and Lorenzo Shipping Lines, are headquartered in Cebu.Medium-sized vessels such as the roll-on/roll-off (roro) types ply nearer destinations while fast ferries transport passengers to and from neighboring islands in two hours or less depending on the destination. Tourist Destinations? Shrines and historical landmarks Basilica of Santo Niño
(Basilica del Santo Niño (Basilica of the Holy Child)), Osmeña Boulevard A large and venerable church that traces its history to the founding of the convent of the Santo Niño de Cebu in 1565. It contains a statue of the Santo Niño (Holy Child) that regarded as the oldest religious relic in the Philippines. The statue was presented by Ferdinand Magellan to Queen Juana during the baptism of King Humabon and his wife Queen Juana on April 14, 1521. The natives of Cebu were formally Christianized by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Father Andres de Urdaneta on April 27, 1565.The statue, adorned with gold and precious stones, is in a glass case to the left of the altar. The church sees a constant stream of devotees praying at pews in the sanctuary and in front of statues of saints.
. Brave the cacophanous traffic to see the oldest street in the Philippines with some nice worn-out classical buildings dating back to the American Era. At night, this street transforms into a market with good buys everywhere. Be wary of pickpockets though.
Fort San Pedro
(Fuerza de San Pedro). The smallest Spanish outpost in the Philippines during the colonial era. It has a small museum showcasing the wreckage and treasures from the sunken San Diego galleon from Mexico. The area is scenic with the newly renovated and open-air Plaza Independencia at the entrance.
Lapu-Lapu, Mactan Island. Lapu-Lapu was a local hero who fought Ferdinand Magellan during the historic Mactan Landing in 1521. Life-size statues of popes, Stations of the Cross and Mysteries of the Holy Rosary in Danao City.
Plaza Sugbo, off Magallanes St (between the Colegio de Santo Niño (south of the Basilica of Santo Niño) and Cebu City Hall - if you approach the Basilica from Osmeña Boulevard, walk through the courtyard of the Basilica and the Colegio to reach the Plaza). An octagonal building decorated with murals containing a large wooden cross that commemorates the Portuguese conquistador Ferdinand Magellan who planted a wooden cross upon converting the original inhabitants to Christianity. A plaque states that the visible wooden cross contains the original cross, but some historians say the original cross was reduced to firewood by local inhabitants when the Magellan fleet headed elsewhere. Take time to appreciate the various candle sellers who dance around during worship and while selling the candles.
Casa Gorordo Museum,
35 Lopez Jaena St A well-preserved Spanish colonial mansion constructed largely of wood, set in a pleasant, manicured garden. The more interesting upstairs level was the former living quarters of the Gorordo family. It features lovely carved wooden furniture and a wide patio. The kitchen is particularly interesting, as it contains a traditional dirt stove, a wooden food safe, and a traditional dish drying rack fitted to the outside of the window.
Dance with the smoothest criminals in the world Experience the life behind the prison bars and dance with the smooth friendly dangerous criminals in the Philippines. You can mingle with them take pictures with them but you don't have to worries peace maker guards and jail police is around. Still your life is in your hands.
Free performances and bus. We went from Cebu Guest House. The Inmates performance's are held every last Saturday of the month.
Cebu Parkmall and Cebu International Convention Center
Cebu Provincial Museum (Museo Sugbo), (a short taxi ride from Fort San Pedro). The museum is housed in the former Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, which was once the Carcel de Cebu. Its four Spanish-era buildings made of coral stone contain artifacts relating to the history of Cebu. It is only a short taxi ride from Fort San Pedro. edit
Provincial Capitol, which is particularly scenic at night, is by far the largest provincial Capitol building anywhere in the entire archipelago. Its original design is a miniature of the White House and was built during the American Era.
Heritage of Cebu, (Eastern end of Colon St). A massive and particularly detailed monument showcasing the heritage of Cebu from the old Spanish to the American colonial era.
Santa Rosa Falls
Taoist Temple. Visit the temple for a unique look at the island's Chinese heritage. The Chinese make up a significant part of the population, with much of the locals having full, half or part Chinese ancestry.
Crocolandia. Witness different sizes of crocodiles, snakes, deer and birds.
Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum
is a musically-themed museum in Cebu City, Philippines that pays homage to the musical heritage of Cebu. This museum is operated under the Tipiganan sa mga Handumanan sa Kanta ug Kinaiyang Sugbuanon (Treasury of Memories) Foundation. It is located along V. Gullas St. (former Manalili) and D. Jakosalem St. Cebu City, which used to be the old building of The Freeman Newspaper and now houses Cebuano and Visayan musical treasures and memorabilia. Museums and Other manmade sites Festivals The island of Cebu gets especially busy on the third Sunday of January due to theSinulog Festival. It is the local way of honouring the Child Jesus. Main thoroughfares around the city are blocked for an all-day and all-night loud and colourful street party. Don't forget your dancing shoes! Sinulong Festival is a dance festival that shows the joy and happiness through performing the four basic steps, the kikay, karag, kurug and kurahay. In a little way, its a dance to be merry and to celebrates. It was called Karansa because the people of Brgy. Suba in Danao City, known for Pottery making, will gather and celebrates for a successful day of work through performing a dance. Karansa Festival Haladaya Festival Is celebrated every Easter Sunday and ends with a streetdancing on the seventh day after Easter. Haladaya means "Halad kang Datu Daya", the leader of the first Malayan settlers in Daan Bantayan. Food And Delicacies SuTuKil - An acronym for sugba (grilled), tula (soup-based/with broth), and kilaw (raw, soaked/pickled in vinegar). This is a popular term for ordering a selection of fresh seafood and meat from the market and cooked any way you like it in an eatery.
Lechon - Roasted suckling pig. The whole province of Cebu is known for its lechon which is known to be the best in the Philippines. NEGROS OCCIDENTAL By: Earl Mallari Tourist Destinations? Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao
Sibulan, Negros Oriental
Tucked away in the remote hills of Sibulan are the Twin Lakes of Negros namely Lake Balinsasayao and Lake Danao. A good 45-minute drive on a winding road will lead you up to the extensive rainforest ecosystem that surrounds the lakes.
This portion of Sibulan is said to be the home of a remarkable number of 180 species of trees, 113 of birds, 27 mammals and 49 reptiles and amphibians, making it deserving to be dubbed a Natural Park.
Activities like kayaking, horseback riding, and trekking can be done. They have picnic cottages, restrooms, snack shop, camping grounds, and a souvenir shop.
The serene, placid waters of the Twin Lakes make you gaze at it in awe. It emits an aura of being in a lost civilization – what with the sound of crickets and frogs that punctuate your every sentence.
More about The Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao
Dolphin and Whale Watching
Bais City, Negros Oriental
dolphin watching in baisThe Bais City Tourism Council generally oversees and organizes the tours. The cruises take you out to Tañon Strait, the natural habitat of dolphins and pygmy sperm whales.
Out in the sea, the boat comes to a stop and the guests are told to clap their hands or whistle to encourage the dolphins to play. True enough, you could view them leaping in the air in pairs or groups. Children can only squeal in delight. Meanwhile, the whales prefer to emerge when it is calm and quiet.
The dolphin and whale watching package tour usually comes with lunch consisting of seafood and traditional Filipino dishes. It is served right on the boat for that unique, worthwhile experience. If you plan your own trip and rent a boat from for your dolphni and whale wathing trip on the pier in Bais, then make surer you have packed a lunch and plenty of drinks. for lunch you can bring fish and meat and have the boat crew BBQ it for you while you swim and enjoy the sun. More about dolpin and whale watching in Bais
Central Azucarera de Bais
Bais City, Negros Oriental
Central Azucarera de Bais was the first sugar mill of the Compania General de Tabacos de Filipinas SA (or Tabacalera) in the Philippines.
Established early in the year 1918, it became the gateway for the province’s sugar industry. Up until the present, CAB continues to be fully operational.
The CAB staff houses are reminiscent of the Spanish culture. The architecture is greatly influenced by it, a standing memory of a bygone era.
More about Central Azucarera de Bais
Bird Sanctuary and Mangrove Park
Bais City, Negros Oriental
A short boat ride and a walk through bamboo pathways are all it takes to reach this park.
This protected sanctuary is inhabited by a diverse collection of bird species and other wildlife. Here, they continue to nest and propagate amid a
400 hectare mangrove forest.
Negros Oriental is a province laden with natural resources. It is blessed with an exquisite blend of both land and sea bounties, making it a sought
after vacation spot and eventually, a place of residence.
More about the Bird Sanctuary and Mangrove Park in Bais CityManjuyod White Sand BarManjuyod, Negros Oriental Negros Oriental or it is also called Oriental Negros, it occupies the South-Eastern part of the Negros, with the Negros Occidental comprising the North-Western half. One of the Provinces of the Philippines, part of Visayas Region. The primary language spoken is Cebuano. People are well-educated here, almost all people can understand and speak English well. The paramount religion denomination is Roman Catholicism. Dumaguete City “The City of Gentle People,” nicknamed by Dr. Jose Rizal, is set to be the capital City and the most populous.
Dumaguete City Boulevard at night
It has been our tradition to love our nature. Negros Oriental has abundant of tourist spots to go to.
This is what I called,
“11 WONDERS OF NEGROS ORIENTAL”
1. APO ISLAND. 25 kilometers South of Dumaguete City. Located in Malatapay, Zamboanguita. Malatapay is the jump off point to Apo Island, which is 7 kms (25-30 minutes) by boat. It is a volcanic island covering 74 hectares in land area. The marine habitat that surrounds the island is a marine reserve, protected by the National Integrated Protected Area System Act (NIPAS). It is in the jurisdiction of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB).
Apo island is best for scuba diving and snorkeling. Many of the divers will prefer to dive because of its amazing, fantastic, and enjoyable views/sceneries that you can find under the sea. Many fishes, turtles, corals, etc. wherein you can even touched them with your bare hands. Visitors longed to come back.
A very popular dive site and snorkeling for both local and foreign tourists. It is one of the Top 10 dive sites in the world. ILO-ILO By: Zia Carganillo Tourist Attractions? Plaza Libertad, Iloilo City. Where the flag of the First Philippine Republic was raised in triumph after Spain surrendered Iloilo on December 25, 1898. La Villa De Arevalo, 6 kms. southwest of Iloilo city proper.
2nd capital of the Alcaldia of Panay; flower village of Iloilo City. Jaro Belfry, Jaro. Ruined by 1948 earthquake ,but now restored. One of the few belfries in the country that stands apart from the church Guimbal Watchtowers, Guimbal. 29 kms. southwest of Iloilo city proper; called "bantayan", built to warn the people of pirates. Sta. Barbara Church, Sta. Barbara, 16 kms. North of Iloilo city proper. Neo-classical church where Gen. Delgado convened the junta that raised the first cry of revolution against Spain; made of red brick and coral stones. San Joaquin Church, San Joaquin, 53 kms. Southwest of Iloilo city proper.
Sports a bas-relief of historic battle between Christians and Moors of Morocco in Tetuan in 1859 Museo Iloilo and antique collections, Iloilo City. Repository of Iloilo's cultural heritage.
Sicogon Island - A 1,104 hectare white sand palm-fringed island located 5 kms from the town proper of Estancia.
Isla De Gigantes, Estancia, 12 kms. east of Estancia townproper. Where 15th century burial caves are still found.
Nadsadjan Falls, Igbaras, 39 kms. southwest of Iloilo cityproper; a 50-foot high falls.
Tinagong Dagat, Lambunao, 73 kms. north of Iloilo city proper. A lake situated on a plateau.
Cataan Cove, San Joaquin, 60 kms. southwest of IloiloCity. Ideal for scuba diving.
Darangkulan Waterfall, Ajuy. 8 kms. from Ajuy town situated at the foot of Mt. Manyakiya.
Nagpana Falls, Barotac Viejo, swimming hideaway. Where Aetas (cultural minority) live.
Mt. Napulac, Miag-ao, 60 kms. from Iloilo city proper. Has virginal forest, and abundant wildlife.
San Juan Falls, Sara, 6.2 kms. from Sara town proper. Aseries of falls and pools located in a valley of lush vegetation. Festivals Dinagyang (every 4th weekend of January), Iloilo City. Spectacle characterized by frenetic stomping of feet and hypnotic drumbeating. It is a colorful whirl of thousands of people dressed in unique costumes dancing and chanting all day and night. Dingyang Festival Iloilo-Guimaras Paraw Regatta (2nd Sunday of March), Iloilo Strait. A race among swift and colorful native outriggers in the strait between Iloilo City and Guimaras Island. By plane, it takes 55 minutes from Manila, about 25 minutes from Cebu, and 1 hour from Davao. The new airport of Iloilo is located approximately 19 kilometers or 30 minutes from Iloilo City, specifically in the tri boundaries of Santa Barbara, Cabatuan, and San Miguel towns. BY AIR Iloilo-Guimaras Paraw Regatta Feast Of Our Lady Of Candles (every Feb. 2), Jaro, Iloilo City. biggest and most opulent religious pageantry in Western Visayas with agro-industrial exhibits, garden shows, carnivals, and grand cock derbies, among others, that make Jaro fiesta the symbol of Iloilo's affluence and love for great celebrations. The Blessing of Candles and yearly procession of patroness, the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria is followed by the Fiesta Queen and her court. BY LAND iloilo is also accessible by land transportation to and from Aklan, Capiz, and Antique. it takes at most 3 hours to reach Iloilo from Kalibo in Aklan, Roxas City in Roxas, or San Jose in Antique.How to Get to Iloilo Feast of Our Lady of Candles How to get there? Cuisine Panaderia de Molo, Assorted biscuits.
Pancit Molo, famous flat noodle soup originally made by Chineseculinary artists in the late 18th century.
Lapaz Batchoy, Famous noodle dish originally made in the district of Lapaz. AKLAN How to get there? Tourist Destinations? Festivals Food & Delicacies BY AIR Aklan has two airports, the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport in Caticlan, Malay, Aklan and the Kalibo International Airport in Andagao, Kalibo, Aklan which is the only international airport outside of a major city. Kalibo is 45 minutes from Manila and 30 minutes from Cebu by air. You can book flights to Kalibo International Airport. BY LAND The province is known for its festivities which includes the Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo. Originally, the festival was to celebrate the treaty between the Ati and the Malayan tribes who settled in the Island. The Ati live in the mountain regions and the Malay people in the flatlands or close to the water. The festivity begins on the dry season, at which time the Ati come down from the mountains to trade and celebrate with the Malayan tribes. When the Spaniards settled in the region and converted the Malays to their Christian religion, they asked the Malays to celebrate this festivity to coincide with the Feast of the "Santo Niño" (Holy Child) which is usually held during the third week of January. By sea, the trip to Aklan can last up to 12 hours from Manila North Harbor. Aklan has 3 ports, the jetty port in Caticlan, the port of Dumaguit and the port of New Washington. Freedom Shrine
Dedicated to the 19 martyrs of Aklan who started the revolt against Spain.
Kalantiaw Shrine, Batan
Once the seat of government of Rajah Bendahara Kalantiaw promulgator of the famous Code of Kalantiaw. Named after Datu Manduyog, successor of lawgiver Kalantiaw III. It is 500 feet high with life-size stations of the cross winding up the hillside and a chapel at the summit overlooking the countryside. Down the hill is the ASCA, an agricultural institution spread on 69 hectares. Tropical fruit trees such as rambutan, mangosteen and lanzones abound in the school campus as well as pastureland and sprawling ricefields. Ambueong (pronounced as am-bu-gong), is a kind of suman that is made from palm tree with coconut milk, sugar and wrap in banana leaves. It’s very easy to make but will only last for 24 hours.
Latik on the other hand, is a suman with sweets placed on top. It is made up of coconut milk, sticky rice, kalamay and a local ingredient called gawud. Latik can be stored for about 3-4 days before it expires
Ninos Ihaw-Ihaw where they served us with sinigang na lapu-lapu, chopsuey, chicken inasal and grilled blue marlin. Ninos is known for their grilled and seafood dishes. Families and friends of all ages gather in this place to dine and unwind.
Hermani’s Mix and Match Bar and Restos prepared their famous appetizer called the Waldorf salad; mixed with apples, nuts, raisins and lettuce. Then it was complemented by a serving of Hinubarang manok (native chicken cooked with coconut milk, ginger, lemon grass, and a native ingredient called uban which can be found in a banana tree’s bark) baby back ribs and hilabos na hipon. Manduyog Hill And Aklan State College Of Agriculture (ASCA) Ingus-Ingus Hill, Buruanga
In Spanish time, it served as a lookout for approaching Moro pirates that used to maraud coastal villages. Underneath the hill is a cave, which according to folktales, was used as an ambuscade of English pirates, buccaneers, and other plunderers of Spanish galleons carrying precious cargoes.
Agtawagon Hill, Balete
Served as a camp and the last line of defense of Filipino soldiers and guerillas during World War II. Paradise Island of the Philippines. It is world-famous for its fine and lovely palm fringed sugar-fine white sand beaches, azure waters, coral reefs and rare shells. Its area is 1083 hectares consisting of three barangays namely Balabag, Manok-Manok and Yapak. Boracay Island By: Venus Diaz Aklan, dubbed as the oldest province in the country, is famous for its magnificent tourist spots and rich, diverse culture. visit the world’s best beach; cascading waterfalls; crystalline, cold springs; centuries-old churches; rare coral reefs; lush rainforests; and frolic with the rhythmic beatings of drums at our Ati-atihan’s street parades. Leyte is one of the country's most historic provinces. It is the site of uprising against the Spaniards and the famous landing of the U.S. Forces during World War II. This historic consciousness is reflected in Leyte's seal with stars symbolizing the towns of the province and an alphabet on cross argent representing the ancient letter "L". The white cross indicates the second phase of Leyte's development, when Magellan passed through en route Cebu, while the upper portion commemorates the landing of General Douglas MacArthur through a perspective of the National Freedom Park. The capital City of Tacloban is the most important seaport on the eastern coast, while Ormoc City and Baybay City are the outlets on the western coast. Antique was one of the three "sakups" (districts) of Panay before Spanish colonizers arrived on the islands. The province was known at that time as "Hantik," which was the name of the large red ants found on the island. The Spanish chroniclers, however, were influenced by the French when they recorded the name as "Hantique," and later established the formal name "Antique" after removing the "h." Northern Samar (Filipino:Hilagang Samar) is a province of the Philippines located in the Eastern Visayas region. Its capital is Catarman and is located at the northern portion of the island of Samar. Bordering the province to the south are the provinces of Samar and Eastern Samar. To the northwest, across the San Bernardino Strait is Sorsogon; to the east is the Philippine Sea and to the west is Samar Sea. So many natural wonders can be found in Cebu, like the beautiful pristine, white sand beaches in Mactan, Badian, Malapascua and Bantayan. There are great diving spots with corals of splendid delight .You can bask in Cebu's temperate tropical weather that is year round. Cebu is both the old and the new. A mixture of the exotic east and modern west, from great nightlife to fine dining. Restaurants are readily found along with clubs and bars where you can get boogie or chill out. Wherever your travels take you in Iloilo, you will experience the unique charm of this historic province. A relatively short trip, and you are magically transported to a totally different environment, an extra ordinary destination of remarkable sights.Standing at the crossroads of the Orient and the developed Western world, ILOILO lies in the Heart of the Philippines, stretching 4,663 square kilometers. This strip of land is cut by the Iloilo and Salog Rivers, looking like a nose, hence, the name "Irong-Irong," and later, Iloilo was given. Biliran Island by Jhayr Rudas Biliran is a province in the Philippines located in the Eastern Visayas region. An island province, Biliran lies just a few kilometers north of Leyte Island. Its capital is Naval. Biliran is one of the country's smallest and newest provinces, being formerly a part (sub-province) of Leyte until achieving full-fledged provincehood in 1992. How to get there? By Air DZR Airport, Tacloban City, Leyte
Major Carriers serve direct Manila-Tacloban flight twice a day. From Tacloban City, aircon shuttle vans and ordinary fare buses are available in going to Naval, capital of Biliran Province.
taking just over 2 hours; fare: 150php for Duptors-190php. By Land Biliran is an island province located on the eastern part of the Visayas group of island. The province belongs to Region VIII, the Eastern Visayas Region. It lies with the geographic coordinates between latitude 11° 28'00'' to 11° 50'00'' and longitude 124°37'00'', It is bounded on the south by Caragara Bay, Samar Sea on the east, North by the Visayas Sea and the strait of Biliran on the West. Tourist Destinations Sambawan Island Maripipi; About 1 hour and 30 minutes boat ride from Naval.
White sandy beach; it has two main islets rich in marine life and coral gardens; At high tides, Sambawan is transformed into three beautiful islets. Sambawan Island is one of Biliran's sites for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Sambawanisland has a stark, mountainous coastline & spectacular sunrise. A stunningly beautiful view, which will surely melt your heart. Higatangan Island Naval, Biliran; The fastest way to get to Higatangan Island by 45 mins boat ride from Naval to Mabini or Libertad port. fare: 45php for Student - regular fare 50php
Moving sand bar extending about 200 meters to the sea; one huge coral rock-a reef that was thrust up from the ocean's floor centuries ago. The fields are studded with gigantic clam shells measuring up to a meter wide. The island has several white sand beaches sprinkled with exotic shells newly washed up from the seabed. Facing an open sea, the white sand beach, cool pristine waters and exotic rock formations of Higatanangan Island is itself nature at its best.
Apparently, the former president Marcos temporarily took refuge during WWII on this little island off the north-west tip of Leyte. That's why the highest point on the island (46m) is still called Marcos Hill to this day. Approaching Higatangan Island from Naval, the first thing you notice is a roughly 200m long. blindingly white sand band, stretching out like a gigantic tongue from the little town of Mabini. Along the south coast you'll come across attractive little white stretches of sand tucked in between decorative, angular cliff faces. Dalutan Island Almeria Biliran, 20 minutes by pump boat from Agta Beach. Fare: P 500 (vice versa, pakyaw)
This thin strip of pristine white sand beach is shaded by overhanging trees. Sheltered from the open sea, it is great for snorkeling and diving, with a spectacular view of nearby islands. Tinago Falls Brgy.Cabibihan, CaibiranBiliran; can be reached by any land transport; approximately 30 - 45 mins. ride from Naval.
The most hypnotic waterfalls magnificently lay its beauty in the heart of Caibiran rainforest, a loop trail taking 10 minutes from the highway. A hideaway that blends perfectly for nature lovers; rich blend of trees, vines, & other exotic plants accompanied by the cooling & enchanting sounds of rushing streams. Tomalistis Falls Brgy.Asug, Caibiran, Biliran; 20 minutes from the town proper.
The Tomalistis Falls is believed and has been reported to have the "sweetest-tasting" water in the world. Its water's taste has a different kind of peculiarity that makes it exquisite. The falls is known to be a main source of fresh water in the place. Kasabangan Falls Brgy.Balaquid, Cabucgayan, Biliran; 20 minutes from the town proper.
The Kasabangan Falls in Cabucgayan is located not far from the national highway. At the end of the access road, you walk on monkey rails along a creek to reach the waterfall. The entrance fee is P10.00 for adults and P5.00 for children. The nice ambience of the waterfall adds to its attraction, and its cold water is refreshing and relaxing. There are 13 layers of this waterfall from its highest level up in the mountain. The seventh layer is called "Saug," and to reach it costs P300.00 for Filipinos and P500.00 for foreigners to pay a hired tour guide. Nasunugan Tower Tingkasan Bat Cave Tingkasan Bat Cave is located in the municipality of Kawayan, Biliran, Philippines.
A haven for adventure seekers, Aside from being a natural habitat for bats, the cave also served as a perfect diving and spear-fishing site. Local folks believe that the cave’s rectangular opening was created by the Japanese in World War II. Festivals 1. SumbolFestival -also called "HaladsaBirhen" of Naval town, which depicts the ancient of the capital town "Bagasumbol", meaning something that protrudes to the sea as described by early settlers passing the area. The name Naval was later adopted in honor of the town's patroness NuestraSeñoraVirgendel Rosario, also the patroness of the early Catholic Christians in a naval battle in Manila.
2. Buktay Festival of Cabucgayan town - depicts the bountiful harvests of the bukgay shell every 9th day of October. This is where the town of Cabucgayan derived its name.
3. Ginatulan Festival of Maripipi town- celebrates the wonder of pottery-making, of which the island town of Maripipi is known for. Ginatulan means the "galut" action of carving or cleaving chunks of clay from its very source or mound.
4. Ibid Festival of Caibiran town- portrays how the town of Caibiran got its name from the species of monitor lizard locally known as "ibid" Bohol by: Aldrian Sale Bohol is a first class island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region, consisting of Bohol Island and 75 minor surrounding islands. Its capital is Tagbilaran City. With a land area of 4,117.26 square kilometres (1,589.68 sq mi) and a coastline 261 kilometres (162 mi) long, Bohol is the tenth largest island of the Philippines.To the west of Bohol is Cebu, to the northeast is the island of Leyte and to the south, across the Bohol Sea is Mindanao.
The province is a popular tourist destination with its beaches and resorts. The Chocolate Hills, numerous mounds of limestone formation, is the most popular attraction. Panglao Island, located just southwest of Tagbilaran City, is famous for its diving locations and routinely listed as one of the top ten diving locations in the world. Numerous tourist resorts dot the southern beaches and cater to divers from around the world. The Philippine Tarsier, considered the second-smallest primate in the world, is indigenous to the island. How to get there? By Air Coming from abroad, you have two options: you can fly to Manila or Cebu. Cebu is the most convenient, but only a limited number of international flights will arrive there. Coming from Europe, you'll need to have a stop-over in either Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Hong Kong, however, it will save you the hassle of going through Manila (including a transfer from NAIA to the domestic airport, and dealing with stricter luggage-weight restrictions on domestic flights).
Among others, the following airlines fly international routes to Cebu: Silk Air, Malaysia Airlines, and Cathay Pacific.
If you come via Manila, you'll probably want to take a connecting flight to Tagbilaran, which takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. It is also possible to take a boat to Bohol, but will take 25 hours, and is only advisable if you have plenty of time at hand and enjoy a trip on sea, or have to travel on a rock-bottom budget or with a lot of luggage. Currently, there are numerous daily flights from Manila to Tagbilaran.
If you fail to catch a direct flight, you can also fly from Manila to Cebu, and then continue by boat. The flying time is about 50 minutes. The transfer by taxi from the airport to the pier takes about 30 minutes in normal traffic conditions, and should cost 165 pesos (2007). The following airlines fly from Manila to Cebu: PAL, Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines, Asian Spirit, Astro Air, and Grand Air. By Land Plenty of tourist guides and tour operators will be happy to bring you to the chocolate hills, either as a separate trip or as part of a day tour. However, if you want to go here on your own, from Tagbilaran, you will have to go the integrated bus terminal in Dao and catch a bus going to Carmen. If you look like a stranger, you will have a hard time not finding one. At the entrance of the bus terminal people will point you to the right bus. Make sure it is the first one to leave, and ask the driver to drop you off at the Chocolate Hills complex, about 4 kilometers before the town of Carmen. From there it is a 10 minute walk along a road winding up to the complex.
To get back to Tagbilaran, you will have to walk back to the main road, and wait for a bus to pass by. The last bus from Carmen to Tagbilaran leaves at four P.M. Alternatively, you can use the services of the motorcyclists who often wait here for tourist, and ride 'habal-habal,' or motorbike taxi. Tourist Destinations Chocolate Hills The Chocolate Hills are probably Bohol's most famous tourist attraction. They look like giant mole hills, or as some say, women's breasts, and remind us of the hills in a small child's drawing. Most people who first see pictures of this landscape can hardly believe that these hills are not a man-made artifact. However, this idea is quickly abandoned, as the effort would surely surpass the construction of the pyramids in Egypt. The chocolate hills consist of are no less than 1268 hills (some claim this to be the exact number). They are very uniform in shape and mostly between 30 and 50 meters high. They are covered with grass, which, at the end of the dry season, turns chocolate brown. From this color, the hills derive their name. At other times, the hills are green, and the association may be a bit difficult to make. Festivals Sandugo Festival It began with the arrival of Miguel López de Legazpi in the shores of Tagbilaran, Bohol in 1565 and the swearing of commitment of Datu Sikatuna to the Spanish crown. The two people were believed to have made a cut on their left arms with a dagger and sprinkled their blood into a cup filled with wine, which both drunk in honor of their friendship and brotherhood. The treaty was signed on the SW coast of Bohol Island in March of 1565. This was 44 years after Ferdinand Magellan was killed attacking a Philippine village on Mactan Island about 50 miles north of here.
The Sandugo treaty is called a blood compact because the participants each drink a small amount of the other's blood. ("Dugo" means blood in the Visayan language.) This was a traditional way to formalize treaties of friendship in the Philippines. Magellan himself took part in several of these ceremonies before attacking Mactan Island.