concerts in shopping mall
Malls seem to be popular hangout nowsadays. I took this photo in ICM, the (largest) shopping mall next to Tagbilaran bus terminal. It was lots of people there waiting for a concert in the afternoon in the ground floor - quite interesting location for that kind of activity -but it seems regular practice nevertheless as I could see that elsewhere in other big cities.
From what I heard they usually played pop or soft rock music; and there behind the concert chairs was food court all filled with smoke from the barbecued meat which looked frequented by shoppers.
Now you know where most likely you'll be able to get some 'fun' for free when in Tagbilaran.
Whatever the reason for visit - be prepared for security guards who will check your belongings before you enter the building.Related to:
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cemetery in Loon
On my visit to Loon I had been involved in conversation with a local guy for a while while I was waiting by the road near the market. We talked on cemeteries and he offered to show me one here: so we walked past behind village and came to its ground. Large stone coffins were there one next to another and sometimes one upon another. There's palm forest behind and few houses near. In the small elevated slope there were tombs from more important peoples here - probably priests and wealthy ones. You could see that their tombs are bigger and more decorated.
Interesting to see, however other cemeteries I saw in Phils are similar to that one.Related to:
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nice green gardens
When I was walikng around in various places alone I enjoyed seeing into people's gardens in front of their houses; they were full of green shrubs and trees and sometimes full of colorful plants with wonderful flowers and fruits. In few of them I noticed empty eggs shells attached to the sticks or fence but I couln't find out meaning of it - it was around Christmas time when I was there. It was indeed very interesting and nice view altogether in colorful setting. Houses were often traditional - wooden/bamboo walls of different pattern, roofs often covered with nipa leaves - newer ones with tin.
Bohol people seem to invest great care and time in their gardens because they were the most beautiful gardens I've noticed in my entire visit to Philippines. Sometimes it feels good just to spend some time exploring those local everyday things. When they're nice they're worth to share.Related to:
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karaoke, rum and beer and curfew
Boholanos seem very warm and friendly people and we were invited sometiomes to hang out with them when they had karaoke box out in evenings and we walked pass. Beer and rum seem to accompany any that kind of fun - had shared some with them and they prefer San Miguel over other beers probably for the same reason as me- it tastes better.
These bamboo benches and simple wooden constructions with palm roof are common sight in the settlements of Bohol. In a daytime people rest here and chat, in the evening some of them become hang outs and karaoke places when there's any small shop with TV by it. It seems the authorities had imposed curfew hours between 11 pm and 4 am - we saw the sign saying.Related to:
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Like a lot of the Philippines, a large part of Bohol’s economy is agricultural. Yet the local university and others have taken a hard line against Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs. In fact, there is a provincial ordinance against them as can be seen in a series of murals along the main city street Carlos P Garcia (along with, ironically, a bunch of ‘lifestyle’ murals featuring Coca-Cola).
The caretaker of the tarsier sanctuary also said the local government is cracking down on the practice of exploiting tarsiers in roadside tourist-viewing zones. My hotel manager said these were more “friendly” than the more natural setting since tourists are allowed to touch, fondle, cuddle and sometimes abuse the animals. Certainly not good for them. See more on the tarsier sanctuary tip.
The society still has a long way to go when it comes to litter and air pollution, but these actions are hopeful signs of increasing awareness about both stewardship of the land and sustainable economic development.Related to:
This is a nipa hut or what we call in Tagalog as "bahay kubo". Typical Filipino house mostly seen in the provinces. This kind of architecture is rare now and seeing so many well-maintained ones in Bohol is great...I love old houses!
Mapapakanta ka! hehe
(Filipino folk song about the humble nipa hut)
Bahay kubo, kahit munti
ang halaman doon ay sari-sari.
Singkamas at talong, sigarilyas at mani
sitaw, bataw, patani.
Kundol, patola, upo’t kalabasa
at saka mayroon pang labanos, mustasa,
sibuyas, kamatis, bawang at luya
sa paligid-ligid ay puro linga.Related to:
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3 o'clock habit
we arrived at tagbilaran in the afternoon and ate our lunch at the city. After having our lunch, we went to BQ mall to buy some groceries, we were surprised while we were all busy looking for something to buy, everybody stopped, then we realized it's already 3 o'clock and everybody's praying......
it's just nice to see busy people of Tagbilaran stop to say a prayer....Related to:
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Curfew for Minor
Got this info from our tour guide. He said that in Tagbilaran City, minors are encouraged to go home after 11pm. Bohol is a very family oriented province, and true enough you can feel it in the warm hospitality of boholanos.Related to:
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MAY IS FIESTA MONTH
May is feista month in Bohol. In almost every day of the May there's a fiesta happening in some town or other. They say that you can get away with not cooking anything for yourself in the month of May, just go to where the fiesta is and you can get a free meal. :)
Blood Compact Friendship Ritual
What else is the better way for the tourist to have a picture taken with these lifesize bronze figures at the Blood Compact Monument than acting it out with the characters of what is depicted. "Here's a toast to our newfound friendship! Cheers!"
The Blood Compact or "Sanduguan" is a ritual done by the early Filipinos to formalize and seal the newfound friendship with strangers. A cut by the arm skin of both parties and joining the bloody cut is the confirming act. The depicted compact was done between the then local chieftain Sikatuna and the Spaniard visitor Juan Miguel Lopez de Legaspi in the 16th century.
Dont worry, this is not the way to seal friendship in the islands anymore, a toast with a cold San Miguel Beer would do. "Clink!"Related to:
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Local Boys Showing Their Diving Skills
When gone river cruising along the Loboc River, local boys having fun by the river bank show their diving skills at the amazement of tourists. They dont mind themselves in their birthday suits.
I still remember the fun when I was their age and growing up in the province.Related to:
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At the upstream end of Loboc River is the Busay Falls where the river cruise stops for about 15 minutes for some picture taking by the visitors. While enjoying this moment, a 6-member string band composed of senior citizens from Loboc plays instrumental traditional Filipino music adding up to the rustic ambiance of the place. The band is on a floating raft with the waterfalls and limestone cliffs on the backdrop.
The music being played surely lightens up the mood of any visitor translating to a heartfelt donation to the group as suggested by the donation box by the raft.Related to:
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FISHERMEN OF BOHOL
Being surrounded by water, fishing is one of the known livelihood throughout Bohol. The island is blessed with aquatic resources.
The fishermen on their boats regularly dot the ocean and you can see them either above aboard the plane or aboard a ferry.Related to:
Travel to Bohol is not complete without tasting and buying Peanut Kisses. Ideal for snacks and pasalubong.
Comes in three packaging.Related to:
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