I met my balikbayan clients from Illinois last Monday and had a chance to talk, among other things, tourism business in Bohol. They were quite excited with new developments to date, especially on the aspect of eco-tourism.
Danao local government for one is actively promoting eco-tourism. It boasts of the longest and highest zip line in the Philippines - a heart pumping experience that really makes your visit adventure-filled. Part also of what Danao offers is its one of a kind "root climbing" attraction, where one literally climbs through dangling roots of big trees. Other attractions include mountain trail treks and cave trips including the historic site of the domicile of Dagohoy, the leader of Philippines' longest revolution against the Spaniards.
Another place which few people might have visited is an island in Anda, Bohol, called La Manok Island. This island is uninhabited but is a few minutes boat ride from the main land. Although I once had a project in Anda which my clients fondly called “Anda Uroy”, I have never heard of La Manok until recently.
Why we should be thrilled? According to James and Jinky, my clients, which actually are well-traveled, this place gives the impression of being in the prehistoric era. It is one of the few unique places they have explored ever. Because it is rarely visited, species of plants seldom or not at all seen somewhere else thrive in this place. There are areas where old wooden coffins and scattered human remains are found. The caves in the area possess spectacular rock formations and also boast of markings and other evidence that they were inhabited by ancestors of ours.
As soon as my clients would send pictures of the place, I will post it in this blog. For now, let us just imagine these wonders that nature affords us. Another reason to be proud of our home province, the Republic of Bohol! Until my next blog…