People Here Are Called: Boholanos

Known for: Tarsier --the smallest primate in the world. It is a nocturnal primate measuring from four to five inches, with a tail that is longer than its body. Chocolate Hills, lush greenery, heritage churches, Panglao Island 

Top Landmarks and Tourist Spots:

Chocolate Hills, all of 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped hills, are undoubtedly the most famous tourist attraction in the province. 

16th century watchtowers and Jesuit Baroque mission churches

Panglao Island, always cited as one of the best diving sites

Baclayon Church

Major Crops: Rice, coconut, and corn

Major Industries: Farming, tourism

Tourism Assets: Chocolate Hills, tarsier, 

Brief History:

Bohol’s historical significance extends way back to the Blood Compact between Boholano Chieftain Sikatuna and the Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legaspi in 1565. 

When the Spanish missionaries started to spread the Catholic faith, not all were pleased. Several revolts ensued. One was led by Tamblot, a native priest or babaylan, another by Francisco Sendrijas aka Dagohoy, which lasted for 89 years. When Dagohoy was killed in a battle, his followers continued their fight until the colonizers prevailed. 

In 1899, Spanish came to an end. But a year after that, the Americans came. Led by Col. Pedro Samson, the Boholanos resisted and bloody battles ensued. It was only in December 1900 when the patriots surrendered and signed a peace treaty.

Bohol was proclaimed a province on 17 March 1917. 

On 17 May 1942, Japanese forces landed in Tagbilaran. The Boholanos again stood up to defend their freedom. Soldiers and civilians organized a guerilla style war against the Japanese oppression. After 3 years, the American forces returned to Bohol and were welcomed as liberators.

General Information

Tagbilaran City
Language & Dialects
1314000 (2015, PSA)

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Facts & Trivias

Baclayon Church
Baclayon church is made from coral stones and egg white. Some historians agree that San Agustin Church is the oldest church in the Philippines. They claim that the cornerstones of San Agustin Church were there as early as 1571 and because it is on the island first occupied by the country's first Spanish governor general.
The Tarsier is one of the smallest primates with (ironically) the biggest eyes. Its eyes are bigger than its stomach but it cannot move due to their lack of a tapetum- the upper protective tissue of the eye. This is why tarsiers learned to turn their heads 180 degrees. Tarsiers have an average length of 3 - 6 inches and its tail measures up to 5 - 11 inches.
Reticulated Python
The world's longest snake is called "reticulated" due to it's net-like, complex skin patterns.

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