Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bohol Countryside Tour Part 3: Baclayon Church and Museum, Bohol Python and Blood Compact Shrine

This is the third part of our Bohol Countryside Tour series. Click PART 1 and PART 2 to read the previous posts.)

It was already past noon time when we left the Loboc River wharf. The sweltering summer heat was further intensified by the El NiƱo phenomenon. Thankfully we were on an airconditioned tourist car skillfully Edwin as we made our way to our next destination: Bohol Python And Wildlife Park. 


Situated in the town of Alburqueque, Bohol Python and Wildlife Park became famous due to the late Prony, considered as one of the largest python in captivity. It was taken care of by Eugenio Salibay and amazingly measured 27 feet and 30 inches and weighted 280 kilograms. Unfortunately Prony died last August 14, 2013 due to unknown causes.


Today, the park boasts of another python named Prony Jr. It also houses other animals such as wild birds, monkeys, turtles and an eagle.


My brave daughter Maya touching Prony Jr.

From the wildlife park, we moved on next to Baclayon Church. Officially named The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary Parish Church, It is considered as one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, second only to the San Agustin Church in Intramuros. Construction was completed in 1727 using coral stones and egg white.



My two kids saying their prayers inside Baclayon Church

Unfortunately, the church sustained major damage during the 7.2-magnitude earthquake which rocked Bohol in October 15, 2013. Presently only the front portion of the church is accessible. Its three altars or retablos along with some statues of the saints remain intact.



Adjacent to the church is the convento or priests's house which is also utilized as a museum. It houses religious relics and artifacts dating back to the 16th century.


Taking photos are prohibited inside the museum 


Our final stop before proceeding to our accommodation in Panglao was the Blood Compact Shrine. Also called Sandugo ("one blood"), this famous landmark stood along the highway of Bo-ol District, Tagbilaran City. 

The bronze monument commemorates the friendship treaty between Spanis explorer Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna, the chieftain of Bohol on March 16, 1565. 



The Blood Compact site is a masterpiece of Boholano sculptor and National Artist Napoleon Abueva. Behind the monument is the beautiful view of Bohol Sea.

For guided tours around Bohol, you may contact Edwin, the driver we hired, at 09172728876 and 09163705990.
  


3 comments :

  1. Hi! How much did you pay for the guided Countryside tour, excluding the entrance fees? How long did the tour last? Thanks in advance.

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    1. It was a whole day tour. Contact number of the driver we hired is posted on the article. Kindly contact him for updated tour rate.

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  2. Eugenio Salibay and amazingly measured 27 feet and 30 inches and weighted 280 kilograms. travelling Moldova

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