BOHOL ISLAND GUIDE
& REFERENCES - BOHOL ISLANDS PHILIPPINES
The island province of Bohol, or Bo-ol, its original name, lies in the heart of the Visayas. Northwest of Bohol is the province of Cebu; Leyte is on the northeast and on the south is the Mindanao Sea. The terrain of the main island is rolling and hilly. Towards the interior is a plateau dotted with numerous haycock hills, popularly known as the Chocolate Hills, a main tourist attraction.
Its total land area is 411,726 hectares divided into 47 towns and 1 city. Tagbilaran, its capital, consists of 15 barangays. Bohol has 1,114 barangays and three congressio&SHY;nal districts. It is a first class province.
Bohol is renowned as the site of the historic Blood Compact of March 15, 1565 between the Filipino native leader Sikatuna and the Spanish adventurer, Miguel Lopez de Legaspi. Every year, the compact between the Muslim chief and the Spanish conqueror is celebrated through the Sandugo Festival in June. Bohol was the arena of the Dagohoy and Tamblot rebellions against Spain. Dagohoy led the longest rebellion in Philippine history which lasted for 85 years. The Boholanos also fought bravely against the Americans. In the town of Jagna, a structure was erected to commemorate one of the bloody encounters between the Filipinos and the Americans.
Bohol was officially declared a province
under Republic Act 2711 on March 10, 1917.
Southern Philippine Cuisine
In Mindanao, the southern part of Palawan island, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, dishes are richly flavored with the spices common to Southeast Asia: turmeric, coriander, lemon grass, cumin, and chillies — ingredients not commonly used in the rest of Filipino cooking. Being free from Hispanicization, the cuisine of the indigenous Moro and Lumad peoples of Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago has much in common with the rich and spicy Malay cuisines of Malaysia and Brunei, as well as Indonesian and Thai cuisines.
More details at Southern Philippine Cuisine