14
Apr

Dauis Church in Bohol
(Dauis Church)

While the province of Bohol houses one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, I didn’t expect that there will be too many churches (and even chapels) that are worth the visit. I recall one of my random conversations with a local who lives in Balicasag Island that Boholanos, regardless of their status quo, feel that they are very blessed because of their flourishing faith. Hence, they are protected from typhoons (although I think that it’s a combination of faith + mountains that shield them) and other untoward events. And it follows that there are Bible verses marked on all the tricycles in Bohol. However, we have managed to squeeze in to our schedule a visit only to a couple of immaculate and classic churches.

    DAUIS CHURCH (Church of Our Lady of the Assumption)

My visit to Dauis Church was memorable because it was the first church in Bohol I’ve stepped in. Since my good friend’s wedding was solemnized there, all the more that it will be painted in my memory.

Dauis Church in Bohol

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06
Apr

bees of bohol bee farm

The bee farm experience starts with finding your way to one of the important representations of provincial life in Bohol. It’s like a sanctuary hidden in all those greeneries, hence, it’s better to ask a local to drive for you. It was good that our arrival coincided with the first batch of the farm tour. The P20 fee/person for the 20 to 30 minutes glimpse of farm life is very reasonable. They let us use the woven (buri) hats for free in the entire duration of the tour for a more “in the farm feel”.

Bee culture
["Babae or lalaki ba si Jollibee?" (Is Jollibee (the mascot) female or male?), asked by the guide. Not only the kids, but all of us were glued to our guide's bits of information. Understandably, there was the is-that-true-i-will-google-that-later trivial stuff moment. The interesting parts were when he was telling us how to differentiate a female (has distinct stripes (so is Jollibee!) and stingers) from a male bee (with larger eyes), the reproduction cycle, and more. We even had the chance to hold that tray of bees without stinging us.]

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29
Mar

Tarsiers of Loboc, Bohol (Who would have thought that he was actually asleep? How we wish we can have this kind of non-blinking ability in rare occasions.)

I am swinging back to my Bohol series.

For the longest time I’ve imagined meeting the souvenir keychain tarsier in flesh. And yes, if you can imagine it, it can happen.

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27
Mar

Earth Hour 2011 Abu Dhabi

I was in the house during the Earth Hour prepping for our workweek. In particular, I was tuned in to a movie being shown on the television and had to switch it off because “it’s time”. Imagine being united with the rest of the world through a moment of enforced (yet willingly accepted) darkness? I noticed though that most of the neighboring buildings in my area were in full blast of lights on. :(

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