After seeing the majestic Bacalayon church we went few meters further to explore some popular and yet interesting animals that Bohol has to offer. First stop was the Albuquerque Zoo located in the town of Sta Filomena where in a python named Prony is so familiar. Prony is the Bohol’s longest and biggest python in captivity found in 1996 in a nearby by cemetery which she only weighs 5kilos. She is fed live with a 40kg of pig or chicken once every month during full moon. Other animals like birds, lemurs, chickens and cow can be found inside the zoo too. Though the place is small compare to any of the zoo in Manila, it is still a good for Bohol as the place attracts more than 300 of both local and foreign tourist a day. Entrance fee is P5.00
Few meters away is the the town of Sicatuna where you can find one of Bohol’s pride and joy – the tarsiers. Tarsiers are considered to be one of the smallest primate, which is just smaller of an average human hand but can leap branches to branches up to 16 feet in height.
Tip: When you take pictures with the tarsiers be kind enough to TURN OFF the camera flash! Since they really have big eyes and when it is struck with bright camera flashes it could blind them. Also, stop touching or lifting them from one place to the other. I know they are cute and touchy but tarsiers often get stressed when people tend to hold them. According to the caretakers, an increasing number of tarsiers have died due to stress and noise.
After fun time with the animals, we headed straight to Loboc for a river cruise. Generally Loboc is a quiet, seemingly peaceful town with old buildings along the river bank and nice people who certainly smiles back. We were dropped in the main river port area in which a streak of different floating resto staffs invite you to dine with them. I hadn’t have much the time to choose as our driver immediately recommended a resto and its past noon (in short gutom na), so we headed straight to them. With all honesty, I didn’t enjoy the food. Though its buffet it feels like not enough with what I paid, good thing we enjoyed the view and the local folks.
Tip: Take time in choosing the restaurant you want to dine with since you’ll be paying P350-400/pax for a buffet meal, it wouldn’t be so bad if you get oc with what they will serve. Also, get the best seat either in the side or in the front of the boat so you can enjoy the scenery while cruising.
After the relaxing scenery and amazing performances of the locals in Loboc, it was time to get nature-y and visit the famous Man-made Forest. Located right in the border of Loboc and Bilar municipalities, the forest stretched 2km long winding road. It is really a marvelous sight as all of the trees has uniform heights. Walking along the road, seeing those giant tree roots was just overwhelming and its giving me goosebumps as well.
Tip: Never stay inside the car, you can’t appreciate the whole view unless you could see the trees right in front of you. Don’t worry with sunlight, as the forest offers cold breeze thanks to the over hanging branches.