Who says you couldn’t tour the town of Tagbilaran? When you’ve done everything else (or in my case, couldn’t do anything else), what’s left to do but go about the quaint little town of Tagbilaran?
Tagbilaran is the capital city of the Bohol province and is the only place in the province that has a landing area. This is where the planes touch down, where the boats dock. Most tourists come to Bohol and go by Tagbilaran without taking a second look.
Fortunately for me, I found myself interested in something else.
While the city may be small, it still has its perks. The city has a city park and a municipal hall, as well as a small, but quaint church.
The city’s park is right in the center of the town.
There are wooden benches around and pigeons scattered in the park, awaiting for anyone to throw rice. It was a pretty and almost “Barcelonic” experience – or at least so my watching Meteor Garden Part II has done me – and of course, without all the buildings and to compare.
Just down the hall was the Bohol Museum. I honestly never found museums to be that interesting. I mean, at first, yes, it’s a thrill ride especially if you’ve never been to the place. However, when the museum beholds geographical miracles of the past, it may be a different story.
As you may probably know, the mystery of the Chocolate Hills is something thousands of people flock to Bohol just to see. I don’t know how it became what is now, but you have to admit, its incredibly fascinating. How come there’s only one set of Chocolate Hills that are almost the same in size in the whole world? How come it grew here in the Philippines and not anywhere else?
These are just some of the questions that come into my mind when thinking about the Chocolate Hills, and true, I never really had any interest in reading (history can be quite boring when reading about it) but when you see it there in diorama form, it’s a different story. It’s less work especially when all you have to do is look at the pictures and put two and two together. This is what the Bohol Museum specializes in.
Inside the Bohol Museum, where the entrance fee is only P10 for adults and P5 for children (a very small fee for a classy museum, must I say), there is a dioramic explanation of how the Chocolate Hills were formed. Besides that, there are also explanations for how the island of Bohol came to be what it is now and how the island’s life has developed throughout the many years.
There were also models of Churches all around the province, pictures and remnants of historic and ancient artifacts like skulls, jars and a diorama of an old cave that was made into a home by the peop
le of Bohol.
The museum has a special area at the back for the legacy of the Thomasites entitled Magtutudlo. This special area has memorandums of the Tomasites, old writings, special letters and paintings of prominent people during their time.
Although there are probably so many other things you can do in Bohol, if you have time and would like to settle on really learning about the past of this beautiful province, visit Tagbilaran City and walk the leisurely atmosphere of the capital city of Bohol.