The last time I was in Bohol was 2009 or 2010. It was spectacular, one of the best trip I've ever had.
This year, we went to the same spots but of course, the difference is drastic. I'm trying to picture their previous state before by comparing them to our old photos.
First stop is Dauis Church. This is where the miracle well is found. The well produces fresh water even though the area is surrounded by sea. We were a bit unsure if we should take a photo with the ruins, but our tour guide insisted and said it's fine. Tourism is their bread and butter after all.
So with all due respect, here we are at Dauis Church...
|Dauis Church after Earthquake|
I find it hard to imagine that this is how it looked like before..
|In front of Dauis Church, 2009|
|Inside Dauis Church, 2009|
After a quick stop to Dauis Church, we visited to Hinagdanan Cave. I haven't been here before, and I'm happy that the place wasn't affected by the earthquake. Entrance to this cave is P25.00, don't forget to give a tip to the awesome and efficascent tour guides!
|You can swim in the water, but we rather don't.|
|The hole that lead them to the cave|
After the cave, we went to Bohol Bee Farm for lunch. Panglao Island wasn't affected by the earthquake, so this famous organic farm is all safe. The food is still amusing as usual.
|Flower Salad for Lunch!|
|The Gang at Bohol Bee Farm|
After lunch, we headed to the Blood Compact Site. It's still the same but there's now an on-going construction of a resort beside it.
|Blood Compact Site|
But there's an interesting new item that our tour guide, Kuya Dennis told us... there is actually three sites of Blood Compact in Bohol.
|This one is also believed to be the site of blood compact. A few meters down the road.|
The third, and latest one, is this site. Kuya said that an old manuscript is found and it states that the blood compact site is between two rivers, which is exactly where this site is located. The town officials are now arguing which one is the real site.
|Third Blood Compact site|
After the Blood Compact sites, we headed to Baclayon Church, the third oldest church in the country. Again, it's a devastating site but hope still springs. Restoration is already ongoing.
|Baclayon Church Ruins. Padre Pio is still there.|
|Old Baclayon Church, 2009|
On the way we also passed by the famous Loboc Church, which is also greatly affected by the earthquake.
|Loboc Church Ruins|
The Tarsier Sanctuary was also moved to a more natural habitat. The tarsiers are more protected since there are barricades in their resting place. Entrance is P60 with free postcard!
|Tarsier Conservation Area|
After Tarsier sanctuary, we had a long drive down to Carmen to see the Chocolate Hills. Unfortunately, the clouds are covering the whole scenery. And it was freezing in there! P50.00 entrance fee to go up the viewing deck, which is now sadly ruined.
The structure here is actually the wishing bell, it's still in there. And there's no more way to go down the viewing deck to get a closer look of the hills.
|Chocolate Hills Viewing Deck|
|Karl, the photo bomber|
Here's how it was when we visited last 2009..
|2009. View of Chocolate Hills at Viewing Deck.|
|No more viewing deck like this. :(|
|Enhanced Photo of the Chocolate Hills, or Green Hills during rainy season -- as Nic would say|
We headed back to Panglao resort after our tour in the Chocolate Hills to catch the rehearsal for Arlene and Mike's wedding. But we still didn't make it, so we just had a detour to the grocery to buy pasalubongs and dinner.
The whole trip cost us Php 3,200 since we had to go back and forth the airport. But the usual rate for the countryside tour is Php 2,700. You may contact Kuya Tatskie for this: 0922-3671051
PS. Kuya also reported to us that Prony the python died last August. :(This post is originally from http://sacurativo.blogspot.com