Bohol is a subsidiary island of the Philippines, located in the Central Visayas Region and situated east of Cebu, southwest of Leyte and north of Mindanao. In the southwestern part of the province is its capital, Tagbilaran City, which has been dubbed the “City of Friendship” – after its friendly and welcoming local inhabitants. The tenth largest island in the Philippines, Bohol is home to a number of the country’s most renowned attractions. Its famed Chocolate Hills, sought-after deep sea diving, and native tarsier are just some of the province’s features that have contributed to its emerging reputation as a top ecotourism destination. A land not only prosperous in flora and fauna, but also in cultural and religious antiquities, Bohol’s topography and history echo the experiences, way of life and vivacious spirit of the Philippine Islands and its people.
Philippine cultural and religious practices have long invoked Spanish influence – a direct product of Spain’s colonial presence in the region for nearly 400 years. Religious expeditions, which fueled Spanish expansion into the island nation, led to the population’s mass conversion to Christianity. Today, Roman Catholicism remains the predominant religion among Filipinos.
Perhaps Spain’s most prominent contributions to the arts and architecture of the Philippines are in its colonial era religious churches, dating back as early as the 1500s. Indeed, the Jesuit and Augustinian orders’ establishments are cultural landmark sites in nearly all of Bohol’s 47 towns. Sadly, a number of these centuries-old stone churches, several of which have been named National Cultural Treasures, were heavily damaged in the recent 2013 earthquake. The Bohol Restoration Group is focusing its initial restoration efforts in the following areas.
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City of Government of Tagbilaran Web Portal. <http://www.tagbilaran.gov.ph/>.
Tagbilaran City Bohol. <https://sites.google.com/site/boholnetexplorer/city-of-friendship>.