the now destroyed baclayon church (during the october 2013 bohol earthquake) was formerly the oldest roman catholic church in deeply religious bohol province. it was a national historical monument that was initially built in 1595 to double as a church and as a fortress where people can huddle during the pirate attacks made by the moors during that time. it was using local corals and limestone and was an example of Spanish Colonial Architecture in the Philippines.
according to wikipedia:
The church includes a small museum, with relics dating back to the early 16th century, and adjoining 21 metres (69 ft) high bell tower. Nearby are centuries-old stone buildings like the hermita, and elementary school, as well as the historic public marketplace, a Spanish-era building with giant stone columns supporting the roof. On October 15, 2013, the church and bell tower were severely damaged by a massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake.
the blood compact site is the exact spot where the local boholano chieftains and spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Lgaspi in the 15th century had a blood compact (sandugo) wherein drops of their blood were obtained by slashing their arm a little and then the blood is mixed with the native brew and then drank by both parties as a means of an alliance against other rivals of the boholano datus. their are bronze statues commemorating Rajah Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez De Legaspi and there is an admission fee of 20 pesos to enter the site.
opens: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday
hire a local car or van for 2,000 pesos ($45) to take u around bohol. see the churches, chocolate hills, tarsier stop over hut, loboc river and pangalao.
Buffet for only $6 and u get to be serenaded by local singer on the restaurant.
serves local philippine food and delicacy. of course grilled fish! there is a stop over where the
local women are dressed in traditional clothes and playing a small guitar ( ukelele) dancing while singing. You can come down on their raft and dance or take some pictures with them. dont forgetto give a tip.
Favorite Dish: traditional rice cakes....yummy!
when u want to take the 1 day tour, you ought to take a van rather than a car or local jeep.
prices can be haggled even down to $35... its kinda bumpy u could rest more in a van with cool AC.
dont try to ride on top of the jeep (seems interesting0 but dangerous....