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TRAVELGUIDE101: STA. MONICA CHURCH

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Sta. Monica Church was built in 1842 and is considered as one of the oldest stone churches in the Philippines. From frail materials, the church structure has since been replaced by coral stones and through the years parts have been added with concrete.

 

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Made from tin, religious scenes are painted over in the trompe-l’oeilstyle. The mural was done in a period of five months by a Cebuano artist Ray Francia who also did a lot of the ceilings in other Bohol churches, including the famous one in Dauis.

The convent, built with stone, wood and, on the second floor, with, tabique (wattle and daub) walls, was started by Fr. Tomas Fernandez (1869 to 1875) and finished in 1879 by Fr. Antonio Munro (1876-1879).  It is connected to the church by a pasadizo (arcade), unique to Bohol and, together, they form one of the more picturesque church complexes in Bohol. A series of arches link the church, pasadizo and convent.

To the right of Alburquerque Church, a series of arches connects the church to an old convent and beyond that a courtyard. There is a ruin of an unfinished grotto, hidden from sight at the back part of the court, a probable series of unfinished arches forming another arcade.

 

ADDRESS

Alburquerque, Bohol
HOW TO GET THERE  

 

By private car or public transportation (fare for public transpo is P50 and for van, P80.00)

 

Any vehicle will do

By Public Transport – Jeep/Multicab from Tagbilaran City – Alburquerque,

Bohol is 12 kms

 

One way fare: 15 php

10 – 15 mins. travel time from Tagbilaran

 

SCHEDULE It depends
TOUR FEE FREE
WHAT TO WEAR? Any comfortable clothes
WHAT TO BRING? Camera devices, hand towel
 

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

None
 

CONTACT PERSON
TEL
MAIL

Ma. Nieves Manding

m.manding@yahoo.com

09159136715

(JS Salaysay)

TRAVELGUIDE101: ERMITA RUINS

Ermita Ruins is a Spanish term of a small church or chapel in a lonely place. It is an 18th Century structure which has the closest resemblance to Paco Cemetery, a historical sight in Paco, Manila. Built in 1800 until 1815 by Fr. Enrique de Santo de Villanueva and it was constructed during the Spanish colonial period that has been abandoned and erected by population that was willing to work for the Church and the Ermita.

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It has honeycombed-arranged tombs or sepulchers that are unique and so far the only one found in the Philippines, which make-up the walls for the Ermita. According to local historians, the structure was allegedly used as a military fortress.

This was constructed to serve not only as a chapel, but also as a cemetery even though there were no graves found in the tombs. Even before it was completed, it could be possible that a big catastrophic event occurred, an epidemic perhaps, which explains the mass burial, as evidenced by skeletons excavated from the ground, not properly arranged but just laid on top of the others (although some bones recovered were transferred to the Municipal Cemetery).

The preservation of Ermita Ruins is a joint project of the Diocese of Tagbilaran, the San Nicholas de Tolentino Parish, and Local Government of Dimiao. The preservation is in accordance with the National Heritage Institute (NHI), to retain antiquity of the place and preserve its natural beauty and attraction.

 

ADDRESS

Poblacion, Dimiao, Bohol
HOW TO GET THERE Any vehicle will do

By Public Transport – Jeepney and Bus from Tagbilaran City – Brgy. Poblacion, Dimiao, Bohol  is 37 kms from Tagbilaran City and

about 45 minutes -1 hour travel time.

One way fare – 35 Php

SCHEDULE The place is always available to local and foreign tourists at your most convenient time
TOUR FEE FREE
PRECAUTION STATEMENT Please observe cleanliness and dispose your garbage in prescribe disposal with respect to the souls
WHAT TO WEAR? Any comfortable clothes
WHAT TO BRING? Drinking water, hand towel, cap, camera
 

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Any ages could experience the tour
 

DOES THE ECO-TOUR ACCEPT BOOKINGS?

It not necessary
 

CONTACT PERSON
TEL
MAIL

Ma. Stella Salaysay

starjass1963@gmail.com

09165372356

(JS Salaysay)

SPACES

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Space No. 1

Get your words echo

In the room of my cold heart

While you’re gone, still


 

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Photo courtesy: Berlin artparasite

Space No. 2

When I’m travelling

I find you in everything

Can’t take the place of ours

 

Space No. 3

Getting over you

Like a long pop quiz

Promptly forgotten

 

-JS Salaysay

Heal the World, Save the Earth

          “Did you ever start to notice?” OR

            “Did you ever not notice?”

            It saddens me how an innocent river quietly flowing along the mountainside “acquired” an unwanted waste as such.

            What is happening to the world? What is happening to the stewards of the Earth?

Environment

This is the saddest reality ever. If we can’t maintain cleanliness in small bodies of water, how much more in big bodies such as the one in K of C?

            Are we that numb or insensitive to the ravages of the Earth? Or are we totally blinded with all the luxuries of life that we tend to ditch one of God’s greatest gifts to us — the nature?

            Mother Earth is waiting for its children to CALL FOR ACTION. As caretakers of God’s creation, we do not have the right to destroy the environment. We should treasure and preserve it at all costs. After all, it is our present and future.

            So if we truly want to live a splendor and glorious life, then we must strive for a better world, for a better environment. (J. Anne Cruz)

 

PANGLAO: A Harmony of Sun, Sea and Sand

Panglao beach in Bohol

Panglao is eco-friendly, man living in harmony with nature.

Take a tour around Panglao and you will see lush vegetation, wide-open spaces, and unspoiled beaches.

You will see an island criss-crossed by clean roads and surrounded by bountiful waters feeming with aquatic flora and fauna.

What you will not see are factories spewing dirty smoke into the air and dumping dangerous chemicals into the sea.

I ask you now to take a deep breath this very moment.

This is Panglao — clean, fresh, and healthy.

(J. Anne Cruz)

BOHOL: A Perfect Getaway

I have a dream.

And in my dream, Bohol is the Tourism Capital of the Philippines,

host to a community of world-class resorts and hotels,

and is populated by warm, friendly, and hospitable people.

The groundwork has already been laid,

no less than by God Himself,

when He blessed this island with pristine waters,

beautiful beaches, and lush and verdant scenery.

My dream will be realized

when we, Boholanos, make a collective effort

to promote this little bit of paradise

and share it with the rest of the world.

(J. Anne Cruz)

HIMONTAGON HILLS

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Are you searching for a very scenic place?

Himontagon Hills is the best place for you. Himontagon Hills also known as Morning Hills are a group of hills in Loay, Bohol Philippines. It is about 20 kilometers from the Tagbilaran City.

The Hill is a very scenic place overlooking the Bohol Sea. This is the ideal spot for hikers and nature photographers. Due to its scenic surrounding little by little Himontagon or Morning Hills is gaining attention to some Boholanos and tourists.

So come and visit Himontagon Hills! (Bethyl Faith Alo)

CAN-UMANTAD FALLS

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Are you looking for a site that is suitable for picnics and other fun activities like river trekking and swimming with your loved ones this coming summer?

Try to visit Can-Umantad Falls and you will surely enjoy this beautiful falls in Bohol. A 30 minute travel from the Poblacion of Candijay and you’re going to see this amazing and stunning water fall. You will be in awe in Mother Nature’s Beauty.

It is a 60 feet high and is said to be the tallest waterfall in Bohol. It’s clean, clear and cold water will surely entice you to enjoy swimming. And you can have a free back massage with the splash of heavy flowing water.

So friends, what are you waiting for come and visit CAN-UMANTAD FALLS! (Bethyl Faith Alo)

 

INTERNATIONAL FUSION NIGHTS 2016

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The most remarkable bit about this Sandugo festival is that its history was characterized by the cutting of the leaders’ arms and drinking the blood thereof in a covenant type of agreement. The festival is held to honor the life of a local and revered Filipino leader, Datu Sikatuna. In the tradition then, it was believed, that it was a way of formalizing relationships and friendships.

Yet, today’s Bohol Sandugo 2016 evolves as the usual festival turn into a more specific bearing the theme “Celebration of Cultural Identity and Creative Genius”.

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One of the most awaited activities among Boholanos and visitors this month is something that not only leaves a lasting impression on every visitor’s heart but more importantly their palate. International Fusion Nights 2016 has been a successful event over the 2 past years and now giving us more of what we expected.

This is an opportunity to bring in an added attraction to the month- long festivities, presenting a cultural parade and exchange of the flavor, beauty and color brought about by diversity, amity and connectivity. From July 20-27, an eight night food bazaar with almost 20 food stall booths from our local hotels, resorts and restaurants to satisfy our palate. Delicacies, dishes and specialties are made available at lower prices than usual offerings in restaurants.  Also, it includes a variety of nightly entertainment, to keep the event fun and more attractive for diners and walk-in buyers.

Line up for this year’s Fusion Night 2016 are the following: Alta Bohol Garden Resort and Convention Center, Astoria Bohol Resort, Be Grand Resort, Bluewater Panglao Resort, Bohol Shores Resort, Cake Garden, Cuisina ni Tisay, Egay’s Farm Restaurant, Gavroche French Bakery, Linaw Restaurant, Ocean Suites Boutique Hotel, Reyna’s the Haven and Gardens, T2 Bar Café and Restaurant, Tarsier Botanika, & The Bellevue Resort. Sponsors for this event are: Coca-cola, PLDT, SMART, Globe, CHAP, Bluewater Panglao Resort, Save ‘n Earn, San Miguel Brewery, Henann Resort, and Bohol Quality Mall. (JS Salaysay)

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Photo courtesy: Robert Justy Alfarero