The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan
Loving your neighbor is not only helping him, but also protecting and defending him.
Happy New year!
We have given another year full of God's goodness, may we use our God given ability to glorify Him.

May this year challenge us to do more and excel in God's vineyard, ministry and Job. God Bless.

An appeal to your compassionate heart

Prayers are offered to those who were seriously affected by the recent typhoon that hit Iligan ,Cagayan de Oro and Dumaguete City. We have started collecting clothings and other things from generous givers to give to the victims of this calamity. We ask your compasionate heart to extend your extras to give to these people who lost their families, houses and even lives this Christmas season.  Donations will be given directly and be use for rehabilitation and restoration of victims lives. Donors are welcome to call us or send an email. Our email address and telephone number are posted on our webpage.
Thank you for your Prayers.
Our lates update: We sent boxes of clothings and relief goods to those who were affected in ACPT Missions in Dumaguete. We extend our hearthful thanks to those who sacrificially gave and assisted in this Christian endeavor.

ACPT Mission areas affected by the recent typhoon (San Jose and Cansal-ing,Negros Oriental

Damage bridge and roads
Floods in San Jose children crossing using refrigerator housing as boat. 

 Muddy roads

This is a newly built chapel made with Nippa leaves and bamboos
in Cansal-ing that was damage by the Typhoon.
Floods in San Jose

This was the newly built chapel made of Nippa Leaves for the Church in Calsal-ing  Negros Oriental and was destroyed by typhoon Sendong.
House of Ptr. Ellizer Moralde that was flooded

Another view of flooded  area in San Jose

San Jose Negros Oriental
Another view of Ptr. Moralde's house that was flooded.

Photos speaks of their conditions

Bro. Jayson in Action in Ajong.

Lates update we received from Bro.Jason Bermas, above photos was the damage done by the typhoon, part of our newly build chapel in Cansal-ing affected by the Typhoon and needed  to be renovated and restored. Due to the overflowed water from the sea and heavy rains, San Jose was flooded  and the house of Ptr. Elliezer Moralde was affected together with some of ACPT members. These were the areas affected by the devastating storm that hit recently the Philippines.

More dead from the floods in the Philippines

Officials prepare mass graves as nearly 700 dead in Philippines floods
 Dec 19, 2011 – 9:52 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 19, 2011 12:12 PM ET
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A resident stands next to an overturned vehicle swept away at the height of the devastating floods in Iligan City, in southern island of Mindanao on December 19, 2011
By Erik de Castro
ILIGAN, Philippines — Disaster agencies on Monday delivered body bags, food, water, and medicine to crowded evacuation centres in the southern Philippines as officials ordered the digging of graves to prevent disease after hundreds died from flash floods.
The national disaster agency said 684 died after Typhoon Washi slammed ashore in Mindanao island while residents slept at the weekend, sending torrents of water and mud through riverside villages and sweeping houses out to sea.
The Philippine National Red Cross put the toll at 652 killed and more than 800 missing. The casualties far exceeded the 464 people killed in 2009 when a tropical storm dumped heavy rain on the main Luzon island, inundating nearly the entire capital Manila.
The head of the national disaster agency, Benito Ramos, had earlier suggested digging mass graves to prevent outbreaks of disease, but the two worst hit cities took different approaches.
Officials in Iligan said they would bury about 80 bodies at a public cemetery on Monday — but in individual plots and tombs. Workers were rushing to construct tombs.
“Definitely, we are not burying them in mass graves. That is not allowed any more,” Levi Villarin, city health officer, told Reuters.
In Cagayan de Oro, further east along Mindanao’s north coast, officials moved hundreds of unclaimed bodies to a sanitary landfill for a mass burial after residents complained of the stench.
“They (local officials) have to bury these decomposing bodies because they could no longer be recognised and they’re avoiding a potential outbreak of disease,” Mr. Ramos said.
Vicente Emano, mayor of Cagayan de Oro, said officials were planning to put some bodies into refrigerated trucks until law enforcement agencies identify the dead through fingerprints and DNA tests.

Erik De Castro / Reuters
Residents wade in knee-deep mud in a subdivision hit by flash floods caused by Typhoon Washi in Iligan city, southern Philippines December 19, 2011
President Benigno Aquino is due to visit the two cities on Tuesday.
The cities are running out both room at evacuations centres and coffins. The Health department was sending 600 body bags and medicines to the affected areas, Social Work Secretary Dinky Soliman said.
The Maoist-led Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) rebels, which have battled government forces for 40 years, said they had declared a six-day unilateral Christmas truce to help those affected by the floods. The government last week announced a 19-day truce.
The government said nearly 143,000 people were affected by the flash floods and landslides, of which 45,000 people were staying in evacuation centres. The rest stayed with relatives.
Save the Children, a London-based non-government organisation, estimated more than half of those affected were children.
A Reuters photographer saw three white wooden coffins of children 7 to 10 years old lined up at a church in Iligan converted into an evacuation centre.
Mr. Ramos, head of the national disaster agency, said six helicopters and two dozen boats were dispatched to search for survivors and drowning victims.
“From the helicopter, we saw four major river systems, all houses along the riverbanks were totally destroyed,” he said.
Some bodies were found on the shore of Camiguin island, 77 kilometres from Cagayan de Oro.
Rescuers pulled the bodies of at least 13 people from a two-storey concrete house in Iligan flattened by huge logs that fell from the mountains. They fear more bodies lay under the debris as many residents sought safety there, thinking the house could withstand the flash floods.
Disaster officials said the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs had started a damage and needs assessment survey to help the government and aid agencies respond to the disaster.
Foreign governments have sent condolences and promised to donate food and other relief supplies.
The Agriculture department said about US$184,000 in mostly rice and corn crops were lost.
Mindanao island, the southernmost in the Philippines, is a mineral-rich region not normally in the path of the average 20 typhoons that hit the Southeast Asian country each year.

Another Philippine disaster that hit the South

Typhoon in the Philippines kills at least 400, thousands more missing

Dec 17, 2011 – 9:51 AM ET | Last Updated: Dec 17, 2011 10:14 AM ET
Erik De Castro/Reuters
Erik De Castro/Reuters
A general view shows a village hit by flashfloods caused by typhoon Washi in Cagayan de Oro in southern Philippines December 17, 2011. More than 250 people were killed and almost twice that number were missing after the typhoon hit the southern Philippines, officials said on Saturday, triggering flash floods and landslides and forcing tens of thousands from their homes.

By Erik De Castro
More than 400 people have been killed and thousands more have been made homeless or are missing after a typhoon hit the southern Philippines, Philippine National Red Cross Secretary-General Gwendolyn Pang said in a text message to Reuters.
Typhoon Washi, with winds gusting up to 90km/h (56 mph), hit the resource-rich island of Mindanao late Friday, bringing heavy rain that also grounded some domestic flights and left wide areas without power.

“The death toll might still rise because there are still a lot of missing people,” said Pang.
She said the hardest-hit areas were in the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro.

Erik De Castro/Reuters
An aerial view shows villages inundated in floodwaters caused by typhoon Washi in Cagayan de Oro, southern Philippines, December 17, 2011. More than 250 people were killed and almost twice that number were missing after the typhoon hit the southern Philippines, officials said on Saturday, triggering flash floods and landslides and forcing tens of thousands from their homes.
The Philippines social welfare department said about 100,000 people were displaced and brought to more than a dozen shelters in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro.
Army spokesman Colonel Leopoldo Galon said search and rescue operations would continue along the shorelines in Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte provinces.
“I can’t explain how these things happened, entire villages were swept to the sea by flash floods,” Galon said.
“I have not seen anything like this before. This could be worse than Ondoy,” he said, referring to a 2009 storm that inundated the capital, Manila, killing hundreds of people.
Television pictures showed bodies covered in mud, cars piled on top of each other and wrecked homes. Helicopters and boats searched the sea for survivors and victims.

“We ran for our lives when we heard a loud whistle blow and was followed by a big bang,” Michael Mabaylan, a 38-year-old carpenter, told Reuters. He said his wife and five children were
all safe.
Aid worker Crislyn Felisilda said World Vision was concerned about children who became separated from their families or lost their parents.
“Many children are looking for their loved ones,” she said, adding children were “crying and staring into space.”
Rescue boats pulled at least 15 people from the sea, another army spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, told reporters.
Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Cruz said many people were caught by surprise when water rose one meter (three feet) high in less than an hour, forcing people onto roofs.
“Most of them were already sleeping when floodwaters entered their homes,” he said. “This is the worst flooding our city had experienced in years.”
The national disaster agency said it could not estimate crop and property damage because emergency workers, including soldiers and police officers, were evacuating families and recovering casualties.
Six domestic flights run by Cebu Pacific were cancelled due to the rain and near-zero visibility in the southern and central Philippines. Ferry services were also halted, stranding hundreds of people.
An average of 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year, often causing death and destruction.
© Thomson Reuters 2011

Erik De Castro/Reuters
Damaged vehicles swept away by flashfloods caused by typhoon Washi lie in a ditch in Balulang village in Cagayan de Oro, southern Philippines, December 17, 2011. More than 250 people were killed and almost twice that number were missing after the typhoon hit the southern Philippines, officials said on Saturday, triggering flash floods and landslides and forcing tens of thousands from their homes.

Erik De Castro/Reuters
A boy fetches water from a broken pipe among destroyed houses along a road in a village hit by flashfloods caused by typhoon Washi in Cagayan de Oro, southern Philippines, December 17, 2011. More than 250 people were killed and almost twice that number were missing after the typhoon hit the southern Philippines, officials said on Saturday, triggering flash floods and landslides and forcing tens of thousands from their homes.
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ACPT Northern Luzon and Central Visayas update

Traditional Anglican Mission in the Visayas
Sts. Peter and John, Cansal-ing, Negros oriental
Started the construction of  ACPT chapel in Cansal-ing. Community with their barangay Captain Jun Abueva joined hands in building their new place of worship and were excited to start their Traditional Christmas Eve masses (Simbang Gabi) and their Christmas celebration.

St. Jude Anglican Mission, San Jose
Evangelism campaign started in San Jose and many responded to the invitation. They are expecting an increase in number this coming Chrismas for preparation of the Traditional Christmas Eve masses (Simbang Gabi) also. Distribution of Children clothes for the poor children of San Jose will be given for this season. The box of clothing came from Bishop and Dr.Mary Grundorf, APA
By Bro. Jason Bermas, ACPT in Central Visayas

Traditional Anglican Mission (Northern Luzon)
Tabban Anglican Mission:
Newly started mission outreached of ACPT Northert Luzon Missionary Diocese:
Preparation for their church building extension is being done for Simbang Gabi. The community of Tabban are excited to celebrate their first Christmas Celebration with ACPT
There will be a distribution of chrildren bracelets for the poor children of Tabban. These bracelets was sent by Fr. Kevin Burks and his parishioners of St. Luke's  Anglican Church in Port Orange, Florida.
By Bro. Marlon Villotes, ACPT Northern Luzon 


Davao City


DAVAO- Is known to be the largest city in the world in terms of land areas with 2,443.61 square kilometers. It’s one of the most visited city of the Philippines; like Manila in Luzon & Cebu in Visayas, where Davao is situated in Mindanao. The ever famous Mount Apo, famed to be the 2nd highest peak in the world, where lots of hikers and trekkers found it to be their favorite destination. and the Durian fruit, many said it smells like hell but tastes like heaven.

davao city
Davao, was coined from the words Davoh, Duhwow, Davau, davoh, where the three Bagobo subgroups the aboriginal Obos, the Clatta or Guiangans, and the Tagabawa Bagobos used them to describe the Davao river, when asked where they were going, the usual reply is davoh, while pointing towards the direction of the place. Duhwow which also refers to a trading settlement where they barter their forest goods in exchange for salt or other commodities, that’s why the famous street TRADING, which is located somewhere in Boulevard, where actually the first trading of goods happened.
It was in 1848 that a Spaniard Don Jose Uyanguren, helps spread Christianity in the swamp area of mangrove, popularly known now as Bolton Riverside, after having defeated Datu Bago and its troops from a battle. He then renamed the region Nueva Guip├║zcoa, in honor of his home in Spain, and became its first governor. Developed private farm ownership grew and transportation and communication facilities were improved, it was after a few years the American forces conquered the area in 1990.
Kichisaburo Ohta, A Japanese entrepreneur who was granted a permit to take advantage with the vast of land to become an abaca and coconut plantations. It was 1903 that the first Japanese workers came. While creating a little Japan here, they manage to have their own school, newspapers, an embassy, and even a Shinto Shrine. They established extensive abaca plantations around the shores of Davao Gulf and developed large-scale commercial interests such as copra, timber, fishing and import-export trading. Filipinos learned the techniques of improved cultivation from the Japanese and agriculture became the lifeblood of the province’s economic prosperity.
Because of the increasing influence of the Japanese in the trade and economy of region, on March 16, 1936, Romualdo Quimpo, the congressman from Davao filed Bill no. 609 and was subsequently passed as Commonwealth Act no. 51 creating the City of Davao from the Town of Davao (Mayo) and the Guianga District. The bill further called for appointments of the local officials from the President.[2]
Davao was formally inaugurated as a chartered city on October 16, 1936, by President Manuel L. Quezon.The City of Davao then became the Provincial capital of the then undivided Davao Province. Davao officially became a city in 1937.
On December 8, 1941 Japanese planes bombed the city. Japanese occupation started in 1942.
In 1945, American and the Philippine Commonwealth forces liberated Davao City from Japanese forces.
Thirty years later, in 1967, the Province of Davao was subdivided into three independent provinces, namely Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental. The City of Davao was grouped with Davao del Sur and was no longer the capital. However, it became a center of trade for Southern Mindanao. Over the years, Davao has become an ethnic melting pot as it continues to draw migrants from all over the country, lured by the prospects of striking it rich in the country’s third largest city.
In 1970′s to present, Davao became the Regional Capital of Southern Mindanao and with the recent reorganization, became the regional capital of the Davao Region (Region XI).

Island of Bohol Philippines

Come and Visit Bohol

 Bohol -- The Island Province


Brief History

Created by virtue of Act 2711 of March 10, 1917, this island province of Bohol is the tenth largest island in the Philippines.  This oval-shaped island has an area of 4,117 sq. km. and is located in the central portion of the Visayas lying between Cebu to the northwest and Leyte to the northeast.   To its south is the big island of Mindanao which is separated from Bohol by the wide Mindanao Sea.  Aside from the mainland, Bohol has 61 smaller offshore islands and islets.  Bohol is about 700 kilometers directly south of Manila and is about 70 kilometers southeast of Cebu City.
The people of Bohol are said to be descendants of the last group of inhabitants who settled in the Philippines called Pintados (the tattooed ones).  Before the Spaniards arrived in 1521, Boholanos already had a culture of their own as evidenced by the artifacts dug at Mansasa, Tagbilaran, and in Dauis and Panglao using designs during the Ming dynasty (960-1279).  They had already a system of writing but most of the materials used were perishable like leaves and bark.  They spoke a language similar to that of the nearby provinces.
The name Bohol is thought to be derived from the name of the barrio of Bo-ol, a barangay found in Tagbilaran City which was among the first places toured by the Magellan expedition.  History has it that one of the Spanish ships of Magellan (the Concepcion) was burned in this province after Magellan was killed by Lapulapu in Mactan.  In 1565 Miguel Lopez de Legazpi anchored in Jagna, one of the eastern municipalities of Bohol.  He made a blood compact with the Chiefs Sikatuna and Sigala in a small village near the present capital of the province, Tagbilaran City, signifying they were blood brothers.  The province became a Jesuit mission in 1595.  At this time, Bohol was a part of the province of Cebu and was called a residencia.   It became a separate politico-military province on July 22, 1854, together with the island of province of Siquijor.  In 1879, there were 34 towns belonging to the province with a total population of  253,103.
Two significant revolts were recorded during the Spanish regime.  The Tamblot Uprising in 1621 led by a native priest or Babaylon, and the Dagohoy Rebellion from 1744 to 1829 led by Francisco Dagohoy which is considered as the longest revolt recorded in the annals of Philippine history.  American forces seized the province in March 17, 1900.
Bohol is the home province of the fourth President of the Republic of the Philippines, Carlos Polistico Garcia (1957-1960) who was born in the municipality of Talibon.


General Geographic and Geologic Features
Bohol must have been developed from the magmatic tectonic mechanism which resulted from the underthrusting of the southwest Philippine Plate east of Samar and Surigao.  The Alicia Schist, the oldest known rock formation in the island, is inferred to be part of the Bohol crustal rocks before plate interactions.  All the succeeding igneous extrusive and intrusive events in Bohol are the results of these resurging interactions.  Ongoing erosion, transport and sedimentation continue to accumulate marine and terrestrial deposits in the Bohol basin. Topography and Drainage
Bohol's mainland exhibits the following salient physiographic units:
1. The east and west coast display northeast trending ranging up to 870 meters in elevation (Mt. Mayana) that drop steeply to the coast. These ranges reflect the major structural units of the island.
2. The central (Carmen area) and northern part of the island (Trinidad) are a vast expanse of relatively rolling plains and flatlands.
3. The development of beautifully-arranged, symmetrically formed "haycock hills" in Carmen-Batuan-Bilar-Balilihan area in the east central part of the island is suggestion of a well-defined system of shears and joints.
4. An elongated cluster of hills of moderate height lies in the northeastern part of the island (Ubay area).
5. An east-west ridge connects Alicia with Carmen.
6. The Anda Peninsula and Loon Peninsula strongly suggest elevated plateaus.
7. At least five different Plio-pleistocene terrace levels ranging in height from 10 to 300 meters have been etched both in Carmen sandstone and shales and Maribojoc limestone.
8. The drainage pattern is generally radial.  The west is drained by the Abatan River (350 sq. km.) and Wahig-Inabanga Rivers (570 sq. km.); the north by Alog, Ipil (250 sq. km) and Soon Rivers; the east by the Mabini and Guindulman Rivers; and the south by the Loboc-Loay (160 sq. km.), Jagna and Garcia-Hernandez Rivers.  These rivers are not important for navigation purpose.
9. The "Ilihan Plug" south of Tubigon with an elevation of 240 meters above sea level, presents a unique geomorphologic element.  At a distance, this plug is suggestive of a limestone hill with white cliffy margins.
Mountain Ranges
There are two sets of mountain ranges located between the municipalities of Alicia and Ubay on the northeastern side of the mainland which generally trend to the north and south directions.  The first range attains a maximum elevation of 404 meters above sea level while the second range of elongated clusters of hills has a maximum elevation of about 120 meters above sea level.  The northern end of the mountain range is drained by the Lomangog River while the southern end by the east-flowing San Pascual River which empties into Cogtong Bay.
About two kilometers south-southwest from Tubigon is Mt. Ilihan which is 240 meters high with steep, almost bufflike sides.  Farther east are two mountain ranges, Mt. Tanawan and Mt. Candungao with 460 and 500 meters elevation, respectively.  Both are prminent landmarks rising as they do several meters above the several meters above the surrounding countryside.  From Mt. Tanawan going southwestward, the range presents a monotonous karst topography, declining gradually in height until finally it joins the foothills about 4.5 kilometers southwest of Calape.  The main range of hills extending from Calape southwestward joins the southwestward trending mountain range from the interior, runs south and out to Loon Peninsula and terminating in Punta Cruz (Maribojoc).
The Sierra Bullones Range follows roughly the trend of the south coast.  It commences from the vicinity of Loboc, extends eastward and finally northeastward terminating at about Biabas, Candijay.  The highest point of this range and in the entire province is Mt. Mayana (870 meters).  Other prominent peaks found in this range are Mt. Gordo, Mt. Amicay and Mt. Binalao.
Soil and Vegetation Cover
There is relatively thin soil cover over Bohol, bedrocks cropping out even at the valley and shore areas.  Over most of the hills and ridges are meager to no soil cover.  This is due to the fairly rapid surface drainage over types of Bohol's land area.  The soil derived from from all the rock types are generally clay and silty with sandy soil limited to some parts of the coastal area.
Bohol's climate is characterized by having no pronounced maximum rain period and no dry season.  It is typically warm and dry along the coasts and cold and humid in the interior.  Typhoons are not a frequent occurrence and maximum precipitation occurs in June to October.  Average annual temperature is eighty-two degrees Fahrenheit.

Political Subdivision

The province of Bohol is a first-class A province composed of 47 municipalities and one city, Tagbilaran, which serves as its capital.  There are 1,109 barangays with a total population of 948,315 (1992) with an average household size of 5.4. Population
Bohol's population is relatively young with 39% of its household population below 15 years old.  Since 1960 until the census in 1980, there were more females than males.  In the census in 1990, the number of males was higher than females.  Likewise, there were more single males than females.   Every 10 adults (of working/productive age) in supporting seven children and one elderly person.  Almost 95% of the household population (5 years old and over) in Bohol have resided in the same municipality for at least five years.
 The majority of the people in Bohol live in the rural area.  The province's density is two people to a hectare.  Only 25% live in urban areas.  Bohol's population has almost doubled since the census in 1948 due largely to natural increase.  It will take another 42 years to double Bohol's population at the present growth  rate of 1.6% or 15,544 annually.  Most Boholano women marry at the age of 21.  On average, most couples have four children.
The majority speak the native dialect which is distinctively Boholano.  Cebuano, Tagalog and English are also spoken and understood.

Major Industries

Although Bohol is predominately an agricultural province, home-based industries which are mostly in the micro and cottage-size levels, play an important role in the economy.
Five firms are considered to belong to the large-scale category with a combined capitalization of P251.3 million and have employed 600 persons.  These firms include the Philippine Sinter Corporation, Philippine Starch Industrial Corporation, Southern Industrial Projects, Inc., Tagbilaran Coca-Cola Bottlers, inc. and Frontier Resources, Inc.
Micro and cottage-size manufacturing industries, with asset sizes ranging between P1 to P10 million, dominate the industry in terms of number.  In 1992, this industry sector has more than 500 firms with a combined caitalization of more than P50 million.
The handicraft sector is one of the most dominant manufacturing industries, yet one of the earliest to have been established since the 1920's.  Basically home-based and labor intensive, this sector employed the most number of workers: 24,000 in 1992, in 8,232 families,  found in almost all municipalities.  In terms of capitalization, the industry accounted for a total of P15.55 million.  Sales figures reached P489.64 million from 1989 to 1992.
The subsectors of the 400 handicraft industry firms include mats and baskets which have 3,080 and 3,278 families, respectively, as direct beneficiaries.  Sales volume for mats and baskets alone amounted to P426 million.  Loom weaving, on the other hand, has 1,874 families with sales volume of P63.64 million.
Other industry sectors include fashion accessories, shellcraft, woodcraft, food processing, ceramics and handmade paper and novelty items.


Total value of incoming commodities in 1992 totalled P1.61 billion.  Grocery items topped the list of imports followed by wine, liquor, hardware, cement, corngrits, animal feeds, rice, refined sugar, medicine, flour, appliances, fertilizer, cooking oil, dry goods and veterinary products.
Outgoing products reached P845.6 million in 1992.  Galvanized iron sheets led the top fifteen outgoing pproducts followed by cattle, carabao, cooked fish, native products, grocery goods, fruits, cassava chips, fresh fish, mangoes, silica sand. salted fish, rice and banana. Trading Establishments
There are 6,382 business establishments in the province which include trading and service firms.  The central business district is located in Tagbilaran City although business thrives in the growth center of Ubay, Tubigon, Carmen and Jagna.  Big establishments in Tagbilaran do peddling in the municipalities.   All the municipalities have their own market centers where trading activities are conducted during market days.
Export Performance
In 1989, two products in the province directly found their way to the export market.  These are the starch produced by the Philippine Starch Industrial Corporation (PSIC) in Carmen town and the limestone from the Philippine Sinter Corporation (PSC) in Garcia-Hernandez.  Both products are exported to Taiwan.
 Handicrafts, seaweeds and prawn are also exported indirectly and are sold to Cebu and Manila-based exporters and buyers who in turn sell to foreign markets.
Total export sales amounted to $30 million broken down as $18.2 million for handicrafts and $11.8 million for aquaculture from 1989 to 1992.
Investment Priority Areas
  1. Tourism
  2. Gifts, Toys & Housewares
  3. Agriculture
  4. Aquaculture
  5. Agroforestry
Other investment areas include mineral water, fish canning, farm implements, steam laundry,shipbuilding, and terra cota production.


Industry Profile
There is more in Bohol than just the Chocolate Hills.  A large part of Bohol's exotic appeal lies in its natural wonders.  Pristine white-sand beaches with clear blue water and colorful coral reefs dot the coastline, offering one of the world's best diving havens.  Its cascading waterfalls, unexplored caves and bubbly springs are added advantage to the island's paradise prestige.
Other tourist attractions include the Hinagdanan Cave, Mag-aso Falls, Badiang Spring, Balicasag Island, Pamilacan Island, Blood Compact Site, Punta Cruz, and river boat rides to Busay Falls, among others.
The cornerstone of tourism investment in Bohol is the Panglao Island Tourism Estate (PITE).  Home to prestigiuos Bohol Beach Club, Panglao is the largest island municipality in the province.  Existing recreational facilities in Panglao are oriented towards snorkeling, diving and sailing.  Distinctly missing are restaurants and shopping outlets.
PITE requires an investment of about P300 million.  The government will provide basic infrastructure, while the private sector is expected to invest in beach resorts, retirement home villages, golf courses and restaurants.
To be located in the southern coastline of Panglao is the proposed Sikatuna Tourisn Development Complex.  It will sit on 437 hectares of land and beach area.  The complex will accomodate a 60-hectare hotel zone, beach resorts, and a marina.  The plan includes the construction of a handicraft village complete with a landscaped mini-urban park, a five-hectare sports center, a 50-hectare botanical garden, a second-home village and an airport.

Tourist Attractions


Barangay Bool, Tagbilaran City
 An historical marker marks the location where Datu Sikatuna, a native chieftan, forged a blood compact with Don Miguel Lopez de Legazpi representing the King of Spain, for the purpose of fostering friendly relations between the two nations.  The Blood Compact on March 16, 1565 is considered as the first "Treaty of Friendship" between Europe and Asia. PRESIDENT CARLOS P. GARCIA MEMORIAL PARK
 Tagbilaran City
 A joint undertaking of  Boholanos from all over the country and abroad have erected a park in loving memory of the greatest Bohoano -- Carlos Polistico Garcia, the fourth President of the Republic of the Philippines. It sits on a rolling site with an area of 11 hectares chosen by Garcia himself in 1939 when he was governor of Bohol.  Here, one can see the exquisite monument of marble base and a life-size bronze statue by Bohol's famous scuptor, National Artist Napolean Abueva.  In the background is the provincial capitol.
Balilihan -- 24-km from Tagbilaran City
 Atop the Mt. Carmel Hill right in the heart of Balilihan town, is an historical tower of adobe and limestone.  These materials were hauled from the town of Baclayon.  It was built to serve as a belfry of a church which was burned down during the Philippine revolution.  Like a sentinel, the tower stands as guard over the town.  Concrete stairways were built to make the tower more accessible.
Catigbian -- 38 km from Tagbilaran City
 This is the cradle of the resistence movement in Bohol during the Japanese occupation when a group of courageous men composed of disbanded soldiers and ordiary citizens started guerilla operations to liberate the island.  The encampment nestles in a deep ravine hidden from the enemy.  When opposition headquarters were transferred to Carmen, the encampment was used to hold enemy prisoners.
Danao -- 92 km from Tagbilaran City
 The Dagohoy historical marker in Magtangtang, Danao town was installed by the Philippine Historical Comission tko honor the heroic deeds of Francisco Dagohoy who led the longest revolt in the country against the Spaniards which lasted  for 84 years.  Magtangtang was Dagohoy's headquarters or hideout during the revolt.  Hundreds of Dagohoy's followers preferred death inside the cave than surrender.  Their skeletons still remain.
Maribijoc -- 14 km from Tagbilaran City
 The is an ancient stone watchtower built by the townspeople as a lookout for incoming pirates.   On a rock lip that juts out into the sea fronting  the tower stands a wooden cross.  Legend has it that by extending a mysterious spell over the sea, the cross has saved many people from the ravages of pirates and marauders.  The tower holds a commanding view of the sea facing Cebu, Siquijor and Mindanao and has been officially designated as a historical tourist spot.  The area surrounding the tower has been developed into a park.


Hontanosa Street, Tagbilaran City
 Once the home of former President Carlos P. Garcia and his family, the museum gives the visitor a feel of what Bohol was, is and will be. Also on display are memorabilia, relics and samples of  island flora and fauna.


Tagbilaran City
 A popular beach resort in Tagbilaran which is crowded with bathers during weekends.  It is situated in a cove which provides for calm water even during stormy weather.  It is located at the end of a side street from Graham Avenue.  It is being developed and maintained by the city government. SANTA FE BEACH
Albuquerque -- 13 km from Tagbilaran City
 A favorite white-sand beach fronting the open sea of Mindanao.  It is located about 1.5 km from the poblacion of Albuquerque.
Anda -- 101 km from Tagbilaran City
 A white-sand beach along the poblacion noted for its cleanliness and unpolluted sea.
Baclayon -- 9 km fromTagbilaran City
 A wide area shaded by tall coconut trees, Laya Beach is ideal for picnicking.  A rest house is available at minimum cost.
Dauis -- 8 km from Tagbilaran City
 An ideal beach for all bathers with calm waters and shading palm trees.  Huts and benches are available for picnickers.  Coral fishes abound here. (Bring your own bikini!)
Dimiao -- 40 km from Tagbilaran City
 Once chosen as the campsite for Boys and Girl Scouts of Bohol, it is located along the national highway before reaching the Dimiao town proper.
Duero -- 77 km from Tagbilaran City
 A beautiful beach located in the eastern part of Bohol noted for its stretch of white sand shaded by palm and coconut trees.
Jagna -- 58 km from Tagbilaran City
  An ideal place for bathing with clean water and white sand.  The beach is shaded by palm trees and a cliff in the eastern part of the beach.
Loay -- 28 km from Tagbilaran City
 A long stretch of white sand, the beach was developed during the time of Senator Jose Claring.  It is complete with recreational facilities and a bath house.  It is located 1 km from Loay.
Loon -- 25 km from Tagbilaran City
  It is the favorite beach resort in this part of the province.  It has white sand extending out for some distance and is ideal for children.
Panglao -- 20 km from Tagbilaran City
 A long stretch of white sand facing the Mindanao Sea, Alona has many full-service beach and dive resorts.  Excellent scuba diving is nearby and trips to Balicasag and Pamilacan Islands can be arranged.
Panglao -- 19 km from Tagbilaran City
 Ideal for scuba diving, the long stretch of white sand fronts undisturbed coral reefs harboring numerous fish and beautiful sea shells.  The waters are clear and calm.
Panglao -- 19 km from Tagbilaran City
 Another white-sand beach found at the northern part of Panglao Island.


Tagbilaran City
 This hill commands a scenic view overlooking the vast Sea of Mindanao, Negros and Siquijor provinces, and the strait of Panglao Island.  Elevation is 145 meters. ELLY HILL
Tagbilaran City
 Its formation is similar to that of the famous Chocolate Hills.  Elevation is 100 meters and it is situated in the northern part of the city about 5 km away.
Carmen -- 55 km from Tagbilaran City
 This is the most famous tourist attraction in Bohol.  Among the thousands of perfectly cone-shaped hills which abound in Central Bohol, two of the hills have been developed into a resort.  On top of the hill are two youth hostels with a conference room, cozy cottages with private rooms and accomodation.
 On top of the second hill is an observation deck with 213 concrete steps.  Once on top, one can view the exquisite panorama of God's wondrous creation spread as far as the eyes can see.
 Food is served at the restaurant The site is connected by a cemented winding road to the main highway.
Loay -- 20km from Tagbilaran City
 Located in Sitio Candoon in Barangay Botoc Occidental, the Himontagon Hill is a very scenic place overlooking the Mindanao Sea.  Visible from atop the hill are the sparkling evening sceneries which portray a beautiful glittering city mid-sea, the lights being provided by lamps of fishermen.  During clear weather, Hibok-Hibok Volcano on the island of Camiguin is visible in the distance.  The hill also provides fascinating scenes during sunrise an susnset.
Dimiao -- 40 km from Tagbilaran City
 Omhon is located in one of the highest elevated parts of the province and the climate is cool.  It is planned to be the summer capital of the province.
Loboc --21 km from Tagbilaran City
 The Tontonan Hydroelectric Plant is generated by these falls which is the first of its kind in the Visayas.  It is capable of supplying electric power to six municpalities.  The plant machinery is located in a deep tunnel a few meters from the Loboc River.
Loboc -- 21 km from Tagbilaran City
 A fascinating boat ride along the Loboc River has recently been discovered.  Starting from Loay Bridge which is the outlet of Loboc River, motorized pump boats start the exciting boat ride along palm-fringed banks inland. The water is serene. The boat ride ends near the Busay Falls where the cascading water provides a pleasant bathing spot.
Sevilla -- 34 km from Tagbilaran City
 Busay Falls are located inland of the Loboc River past Sevilla town.  These beautiful falls provide an exciting scenery for bathers who flock here during weekends.  Two little islets in the middle of the river make the place an ideal site for picnickers.
Valencia -- 44 km from Tagbilaran City
 An underground freshwater spring gushes from twin pipes near the sea.  The large volume of water normally flows over a waterfall  but can be diverted to fill an adjacent swimming pool.  Swimmers can chose between the large pool, a small children's pool, or the sea.  Sheltered picnic tables are on a veranda overlooking a smooth-stone beach.
Antiquera --19 km from Tagbilaran City
 A beautiful cascading waterfall in a forest setting, it has potential as a water supply source. It is located about one kilometer from the poblacion.
Dauis -- 6 km from Tagbilaran City
 An eerie underworld cavern of stalactites and stalagmites its underground pool catches fresh, cool water gushing from its rock walls.  Shafts of sunlight pierce through two natural openings almost directly above the pool. It is located about 2 1/2 km from the poblacion.


Baclayon -- 6 km from Tagbilaran City
 The oldest stone-church in the Philippines was built by the Jesuits in 1595.  Its ancient massive edifice still retains its centuries-old architectural design.  Church relics and artifacts from this early period can be viewed at the adjacent museum.
Dauis -- 3 km from Tagbilaran City
 One of Bohol's most beautiful churches, its semi-modern facade still retains the original Spanish architecture.  The interior has lifelike murals painted on the ceiling.
 The patron saint, the Virgin of the Assumption, is believed to possess miraculous powers and is the object of veneration particlularly during its annual festivities.
 Legend has it that when the town was invaded by pirates, the townfolk locked themselves inside the church until they ran out of provisions and water.  Suddenly a well appeared at the foot of the altar where people started drawing water.  It is still the main source of water for people living in the church vicinity.  The water is, surprisingly, absolutely fresh even though the well is located a short distance from the sea.
Carmen -- 55 km from Tagbilaran City
 The venerated image of Our Lady of Fatima stands on a hill with concrete stairs.  A pilgrimage to the hill is celebrated every 13th of May by the faithfull.
Jagna --54 km from Tagbilaran City
 Ilihan Hill has become a religious site for pilgrimages by the faithful.  It is located about 4 km from Jagna town by winding road.  It overlooks the Sea of Mindanao and the evening vista is beautiful.  On top of the hill is the image of the Barangay Sang Birhin where a chapel has been in her honor.
Loon -- 25 km from Tagbilaran City
 This ancient church is connected to Napo, the former seat of the town, by 154 stone steps believed to be the longest stairway in the country and a reminder of Spanish forced labor.


Tagbilaran City
 A joint project of the Bohol Jaycees and the city government, the prominade juts into Tagbilaran Bay near the K of C reclamation area.  It is a favorite spot for lovers who stroll in the late afternoon to watch the sunset across the bay. RIZAL PARK
Tagbilaran City
 Previously known as Plaza Principe, it was renamed after Jose Rizal and contains a life-sized statue of the national hero.  It is located in front of the Capitol Building and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Flag poles for the Flags of Nations were installed by the Tagbilaran Lion's Club where flags of different countries are raised particularly during their national day.
Tagbilaran City
 Near the St. Joseph Cathedral  is the Lion’s Children’s Playground where the little kids enjoy with playground facilities.  Across is the Lionnette’s Mini Park.  A beautiful fountain with dancing waters has been installed.  The park is being landscaped and improved by the provincial government.
Balilihan -- 24 km from Tagbilaran City
 This is a swimming pool supplied by water from a spring nearby.  Barrio folks take time out to enjoy bathing in this artificial pool.
Bilar -- 45 km from Tagbilaran City
 This Boy Scout camp is cool and tranquil.  The entire area is surrounded by tall trees that make it a pleasant place to stay.  It is located in the mountains a few kilometers from the poblacion of Bilar town.  The campgrounds is one of the best in the area.
Bilar -- 45 km from Tagbilaran City
 This is the provincial girl scout encampment.  A beautiful site for camping where the youth communes with nature.  There is a swimming pool where abundant fresh water cascades from a source which seems inexhaustable even durng summer.  Bathers from Tagbilaran take the long ride just to enjoy the beauty of the site.
Carmen -- 55 km from Tagbilaran City
 This is a project of the Catholic Women’s League diocesan chapter.  It is both a tourist attraction as well as a community project.  It is a home for orphaned, abandoned, and malnourished children from broken homes.  It is located in Barangay Katipunan, 1.5 km from the town proper and consists of 11 hectares.
Garcia-Hernandez -- 55 km from Tagbilaran City
 A beautiful park with two adjacent swimming pools supplied with water coming from the rocks.  The park is situated 3 km from the poblacion.  There is a statue of the late President Manuel Roxas.
Loon -- 25 km from Tagbilaran City
 From the Loon municipal building. bathers descend to the sea through the Castillo swimming pools, consisting of a pool for adults and a wading pool for children.