Bohol is a province of the Philippines, in the country’s Central Visayas region.
It comprises Bohol Island and numerous smaller surrounding islands. Bohol is known for coral reefs and unusual geological formations, notably the Chocolate Hills. On the main island, near the town of Carmen, these 1,200 or so symmetrical mounds turn cocoa-brown in the dry season, contrasting with the surrounding jungle’s greenery.
Welcome to Bohol, the friendly heart of the Visayas and one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the Philippines. We heartily invite you to come and visit Bohol yourself and offer you this website to help you get the first impression. Although people have been living on Bohol long before Magellan reached the islands that are now the Philippines, our written records start here, and about the events before that time, little is known and has to be carefully reconstructed from oral traditions and archaeological evidence.
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It is said that around 1200, the Lutaos arrived from northern Mindanao. They build a settlement on stilts in the strait between mainland Bohol and the island of Panglao. This town later became a prospering local center of power, also known as the “Kingdom of Dapitan.” It lasted until it was abandoned in 1563, out of fear for raids by the Portuguese and their allies from Ternate. It will be seen below how this event helped the Spanish to get a foothold in the Philippines.
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