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Reader Comments on 'A Short History of Bohol (Part I)'

This part of the history of Bohol describes the events from prehistoric times down to the end of the Dagohoy rebellion in 1829.

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John Russel Aladao wrote:
Tuesday, 7 June 2022 11:56:57 PHT
Never been to Bohol but still a proud Bol-anon. My great grandfather served as the Mayor of Sikatuna during Japs invation. He is Ponciano Toledo, we call him Tatay Sanoy. Hopefully the plan for vacation this coming december will not be hindered by the pandemic.
Blue Freedom Apnea wrote:
Monday, 6 January 2020 12:12:35 PHT
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John Perry wrote:
Friday, 13 January 2017 20:20:02 PHT
The Province of Bohol". Ubay Past and Present. The Bohol Provincial Library. 47: 55-57. I'm trying to get this journal, different issues. But I can't find this in any of the normal places. Have you any idea where I can find it/them (online).
Belarus wrote:
Thursday, 7 May 2015 17:44:02 PHT
Kudos to the developers of this website. I was wondering if you could refer me Linguists on Binul-anon language. i am currently working on a language study. I hope you could help me by posting links to reliable sites and journals. I hope it's not too much for you to do. It would really mean a lot to me, being a Boholano by blood.
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Junlop wrote:
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 13:45:06 PHT
I'm proud to be boholanos. Come on Guys! visit us our home town a beautiful paradise.
Gesha wrote:
Sunday, 26 June 2011 22:42:06 PHT
Bohol realy is Gods paradise
Kimbog Tabel wrote:
Monday, 28 February 2011 22:44:50 PHT
"Kingdom of Dapitan"? What the heck is Dapitan to do with Bohol? Diba Dapitan is located in Mindanao?
Jovine Fredell wrote:
Thursday, 13 January 2011 00:28:26 PHT
This site History of Bohol is helping me alot now. When I was young I heard a story about Bohol on what happening before but I wasn't very interested, and I just realize now that it is very important to know about what happening in the past like " Bohol History or Philippine History". It is good to know and and it's very important if you share someone a very interesting history, some people that live in another country and willing to know about different kind of History's... So I just started to read the Philippine History and its so amazing.. I am glad to read what coming more next and for the person who wrote: I will say thank you and I appreciate it alot:-)
Icel wrote:
Wednesday, 25 August 2010 18:20:55 PHT
Hello po.. sa mga taga boholano.. may tanong lang po ako para sa project namin.. hinahanap hanap ko po kung ano talaga ang mostly work ng boholanos, then culture ng marriage nila.. nag search ako pero parang hindi detelyado ang sa work ng boholanos at marriage.. pls.. help me.. paki send naman dito.. salamat.
Corazon Orias wrote:
Saturday, 13 February 2010 19:26:09 PHT
I am very glad to read this:that i can find about the history of Bohol; because I grow up in Anda & Candijay: my mother from Candijay & my from Anda. And since 1992,Im residing in The Netherlands{Holland} im so pleased that i find about Bohol in internet.I,thank u,who make this website.
sarah wrote:
Wednesday, 2 December 2009 15:49:02 PHT
your site do really helps a lot for we clears in our mind the true story of the Philippine history. Hope put some more Like bout' Gregoria Silang why she was known as "joan of arch". Thanks! Godspeed
Norma Betos Yaris wrote:
Tuesday, 15 September 2009 02:29:32 PHT
Who is the current Mayor of Guindulman, Bohol? Need the full name of the Mayor, please... Daghang salamat. Norma Betos Yaris E-mail address: (Los Angeles,CA.USA,90005) (213)427-9561 (Phone/Fax)
maristel wrote:
Friday, 21 August 2009 00:41:22 PHT
hello sa tanan Gumapac sa Bohol.
alzenh lacson wrote:
Tuesday, 21 July 2009 19:49:26 PHT
cno po mrunong mag salita ng cebuano?? pki translate nmn po ito para po kc sa project namen to.. "miss, bili na kayo dito, pasalubong niyo sa inyo" eto po ym ko.. para po sa project namin yan.. were reporting about bohol.. tnx (july 21, 09 )
alzenh lacson wrote:
Tuesday, 21 July 2009 19:48:53 PHT
cno po mrunong mag salita ng cebuano?? pki translate nmn po ito para po kc sa project namen to.. "miss, bili na kayo dito, pasalubong niyo sa inyo" eto po ym ko.. para po sa project namin yan.. were reporting about bohol.. tnx (july 21, 09 )
Sanny Olojan wrote:
Saturday, 13 June 2009 13:26:38 PHT
This is a very important piece as I trace my roots which came from Maribojoc. I learned from my deceased grandfather that we were originally Veltoso who escaped forced labor from the Spaniards from Bohol and moved to the island where my clan flourised.
tricia orig susana gonzales wrote:
Monday, 8 June 2009 14:50:58 PHT
Dakung kalipay ang akong gibati nga naay WEBSITE ang Bohol..hinaut nga mahimamat nako ang akong mga parente nga mga LACIA ug ORIG pinaagi niining tannag LACIA aduna man daw kitay panagtigum o reunion karong july? please contact me thru my email kay naghimo ra ba mi sa ATONG FAMILY TREE ug apil gayud ang mga LACIA og ORIG sa Bohol didto...
Ces Lasay-Suello wrote:
Monday, 25 May 2009 09:03:19 PHT
Ji, It's me ces.So ur a writer now? WOW!:) To Paul Lumain: My dad's middle name is Lumain and I know some people in Tagbilaran and Tubigon with that lastname:)
susan nalugon wrote:
Monday, 27 April 2009 18:54:17 PHT
well i'm very much thankful for the very informative bout the history of our beloved bohol. though am a full bloodied boholanos what i've learned not so complete... here in ur site i've learned a lot. i am from guindulman then i know that our towns was one of the agustinians recollects headed by former provincial, fray Fr. Pedro de Santa Barbara after the JESUIT Missionsries was expelled. i agree that never to good to be proud or ashamed to be a BOHOLANO...... daghan kaau salamat....
Paul Lumain wrote:
Thursday, 29 January 2009 06:59:23 PHT
tol kanang kaila sa mga lumain sa tagbilaran.. pls paki kontak me.. just relearning history of the Lumain's which came from Bohol! thankx a lot! ATTN: Jan Jericho!!!
Rakyat wrote:
Thursday, 9 October 2008 15:51:01 PHT
There is the Islam people convert to catholic religion, how about the story of sultan or datu at that time.
Jan Jericho Miñoza wrote:
Tuesday, 23 September 2008 05:35:31 PHT
To Jack B. Pamine do contact me on my e-mail address at

concerning on the book i can procure a copy.

Do you wish to be in contact with some Lumains here in Tagbilaran City because i do know some who have the Lumain bloodline?

Jack B. Pamine wrote:
Saturday, 20 September 2008 20:09:20 PHT
To Jan Jericho Minoza What you wrote is very informative. I would like to inquire where I can find that book of Fr. Luengo? What added to my interest is that I have a Lumain blood in me coming from my mother side.
Jan Jericho Miñoza wrote:
Saturday, 20 September 2008 12:24:32 PHT
I've read a book concerning a history of the philippines - focusing on the Christianization of Bohol from 1521-1991 it is authored by Fr. Josemarie S. Luengo, Ph.d.

I Hope you'll read about it guys. I'm PROUD TO BE A BOHOLANO...

Justifications according to the book I read:

1) That the genesis of the ancient Boholanos is traced back to the Semitico-Phoenicians, Expert Seamen, sent by King Solomon and King Hiram in 621BC., whose remnants were the Eskayas of 726 AD., still surviving during the Dagohoy Revolution. The Spaniards respectively called them "Los Tingianes. or Monteses, Serranos or Rebeldes Pulahanes," and are still living in Bohol as the "Mabansagon ug Hamiling mga Lumadhanong Tomindok sa Balangay sa.."

2) That before Legazpi and Urdaneta could land in Cebu on Feb. 13, 1565, they stayed for 42 days in Bohol during which they convinced King (Raja) Sikatuna to accompany them to Cebu to negotiate for them the desired pardon and peace with the irte King Tupas and the Cebuanos.

3) That the Blood Compact is an accepted ritual of international brotherhood and diplomacy so that the highest award accorded to a statesman or diplomat is the KNIGHT OF SIKATUNA AWAR.

4) The first official annexation of the Philippines to the Crown of Spain was ritualized in Bohol on April 15, 1565.

5) The Evangelization of the whole Philippines was effected not by the ordained clergy but the Priesthood of the Laity via the Spanish escapees: The Trinidad Christians of Talibon, the Concepcion Christians of Baclayon and Victoria Christians of Tubigon.

6) That the Seminario-Colegio de Loboc founded by the excellent Jesuit missionary educators produced holy Boholanos whose lives were comparable to the great saints in Europe like Miguel de Ayatumo, contemporary to San Luis Gonzaga of Italy.

7) That the conversion of Sikatuna and the Boholanos was an exemplar followed by the whole Philippines. Thus, King Sikatuna and Albasiya, who were baptized by Fr. Juan de Torres., S.J., on the Feast of Santa Ana y San Joauin on July 26, 1597, could be considered as the grandparents of all Filipino Christians.

8) That the Royal Educational Decree of 1836 providing obligatory elementary education originally for Bohol paved the way to the issuance of the Educational Decree brought about the educational system of the Philippines and is held as the Philippine Bible of Education.

9) The first Filipino scholars sent to the United States at the start of this century were Boholano Seminarians: Pedro Torrefranca and Felipe Lumain both of Tubigon and Gelasio Ramirez of Tagbilaran Bishop Thomas Hendricks of Cebu picked out best candidates to study in the American Seminaries in 1904. The American Governor General of the Philippines, upon knowing of this initiative of the Bishop of Cebu also vied by picking out Filipino Students sending them as Pensionados to study in the American Universities in the 20's and came back home as rabid anticlerical masons.

Especially the first claim sounds rather fanciful to me. Similar to the odd claim that the Mizo people (in Mizoram, India) are one of the 10 lost tribes of Israel. For the other claims, you can fairly easily try to verify them with the historical literature available on-line. Just read the first hand reports by Pedro Chirino (available in Blair and Robertson extensive 55-volume set on early Philippine history).

Rizal went to Spain to complete his studies, and came back to the Philippines with a mission to drive out the unscrupulous abuse of power by so-called Padres. Although he was critical and at times even cynical, and had joined freemasonry, he was neither anti-church nor anti-Spanish.

The first Filipinos moved to the U.S. before the 1890's, and, although the country was still a Spanish colony at that time, much of its foreign trade was already in the hands of British and American businesses.

Although I believe it is important to know your history, I think it is also important not to believe any fabulous claim without critical examination of the available evidence. It is never good to be proud, or be ashamed, for things you have had no hand in, such as your history or place of birth. We are all human and share one wonderful but fragile world.--Jeroen.

Jenirie Santillana wrote:
Friday, 15 August 2008 14:33:41 PHT
Well' I'm very proud to be Iolanthe's for our ancestors are great...and for having a very beautiful hometown the bohol..which have a great nature..and a very hospitable kababayan...mabuhay bohol...
Adonis Gallentes wrote:
Thursday, 31 July 2008 14:22:57 PHT
Hello. same with Franz, i also want to read more about Bohol way before the foreigners came. i need it for one of my subjects. "Karunungang/kalinangang bayan". original boholano culture, with no Spanish or American influences yet. if u can post it, pls do so.
Franz Friedland wrote:
Sunday, 27 July 2008 00:39:41 PHT
I wish I could read a lot more about the Philippines before the invasion by Spain, the country before not just one but two foreign parasites came and stamped the country with something that does not belong there.

The Spanish gave the islands a name, brought the Catholic religion, united the country, and over 25% of the vocabulary in the various languages; the Americans introduced the public schooling system, much of the legal system, and baseball. Can you imagine the Philippines without all this? Although greed and power-politics may have lead them here, in the end, neither derived much economical benefit from the islands. Of course, before the Spanish came, the islands where a patch-work of petty chiefs and tribal areas, often fighting each other. That isn't to say they where devoid of civilization: there where alphabets; people traded with people coming as far as India and China. Unfortunately, most of the cultural artifacts of the time where of perishable materials, and as a result, very little has remained for archaeologists to discover.--Jeroen.

J. Celestine Paradero-Dumas wrote:
Wednesday, 2 April 2008 14:15:04 PHT
Wow! such innovative way of depicting the history of Bohol, nice work guys! I hope you could have more specific deatils on Boholano history such as ancestoral traces and family trees. So bolanons could really know their family traces very mauch and how much we are all connected. Regards to all Calapenhons.
Joanne Apat wrote:
Monday, 10 March 2008 11:52:50 PHT
hi, good day! i'm a student and i'm tasked to research for the history of bohol before the coming of the conquerors.. do you have any column regarding that in boholano version? i hope i can find that soon in your website. more power!! God bless.
Jack B. Pamine wrote:
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 21:00:06 PHT
It really gave me a sense of understanding about my root and culture as a Boholano living outside Bohol. Kudos to the writer. But at the same time, I am wondering, with the rich culture and history we have and many great men and women we have from history and at present, no Boholano have ever written a book about our history and Boholano diaspora or maybe I just do not know. There are many Boholanos in Mindanao, just for example, the New Corella in Davao del Norte is a town bigger than the Corella in Bohol and the New Baclayon in Davao del Sur is just a barrio in Malalag. But anyway, thank you and it makes me proud to be Boholano!
Janjer wrote:
Monday, 3 December 2007 12:59:35 PHT
Hi... I would just like to clarify on the particular line written in the article.. under the subtitle THE BLOOD COMPACT OF LEGAZPI AND SIKATUNA, it reads: " the Georgian calendar reform...isn't it the reform of the GREGORIAN CALENDAR? not Georgian?


You are right. Thanks for telling me, I've fixed the article.--Jeroen.

JB Dacanay wrote:
Friday, 14 September 2007 08:50:57 PHT
it is so amazing that Bohol was able to produce two of the greatest heroes of our country: Tamblot & Dagohoy. This has made me researched for more of the life stories of these two. I was able to extract a picture of Dagohoy but what saddens me is that i can't seem to find a picture of Tamblot anywhere. I hope somebody out there will help/ assist me on this one. Thanks!!
Boyet Banluta wrote:
Sunday, 9 September 2007 19:14:39 PHT
It's amazing to know that the longest revolt for the period of 89 years was executed thru the late hero Dagohoy, Not to mention on our various tourist attraction in our dear place and one of them were the fequently visited Tarsier, Hills of Chocolate and the floating Resto at Loboc. It's wondrfull to be called Boholanos. Regards to all Mad Surian, Duero.
Rey Antequisa wrote:
Saturday, 26 May 2007 19:02:19 PHT
I think Jeroen is right. The truth is that foreign capital is coming in to Bohol through various modes, hence, control of many piece of land is not fully in the hands of Boholanos or Filipinos.

Lands in Bohol are not owned by foreigners. Most of the lands now having regal houses are not registered nor legally owned by foreigners but by Boholanas or other Filipinas married to foreigners.

There are also lands owned by Filipino corporations with foreign capital. I think the bigger issue here is that why do Boholanos allow that the lands nurtured by the sweat and blood of our ancestors be sold to non-Boholanos?

No one can deny that there was a time in the history of Bohol the Boholanos had an exodus to various parts of Mindanao and the Philippines if not to the whole world. Many of the descendants of those who migrated are now well-off. Can we invest our talents and resources to our beloved island? Shall we just be contented with having regular visits and sharing our admiration?

We can remain to be outside Bohol, but we can be more true Boholanos if we can contribute to the social, economic, cultural and political development of Bohol.

I think, Boholanos should consider themselves happy that some foreigners are willing to take the risk and invest in the island. Much of the pioneering work in tourism was done by foreigners, building small resorts to suit their ideals and those of their, often also foreign, guests.

I think it is immaterial who invests in the island, be it a foreigner, a Chinese-Filipino from Manila, or a true-blood Boholano who can trace his ancestry to Dagohoy himself, as long as those investments are made in a responsible and sustainable way, with respect for both the natural resources and the people.

I, as a foreigner, have been running this website for some six years, because I believe the island was not advertised very well. I am very happy to see that I now have plenty of competition from Boholanos.--Jeroen.

Rey Ylaya wrote:
Sunday, 20 May 2007 10:16:49 PHT
Hello Bohol, our island is so rich in history and culture, traditions and myths. Did it happen for no reason? I think there was a reason why our island was the first to experience such history as everyone else because God knows that there will be a day when he will raise up a generation of GODLY MEN and WOMEN that will remain faithful to the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. History tells us that when Magellan landed in the island of Cebu he first erected the cross but he died due to the battle that took place in that island, I wonder if it was prophetic or religious act based on human traditions as the roman catholic was at that time. Could it be simply a natural phenomenon? let me explain this way: Interest in (and concern for) the natural environment is not simply a modern phenomenon. Human identities are defined by their relationship with their natural environment, and human lives depend on natural resources. In medieval Europe, the discourse about the natural world was dominated by the Christian religion. However, its foundation was much broader, encompassing a rich and highly varied inheritance from antiquity, do we think that we have that inheritance? I think we do but the intentions wasn't really spot on as was originally planned or are we just another island that will be influenced by a religion that don't have a true message, we must not look back, we must move ahead and be true a true Christian nation if we want to experience prosperity. till next time... peace
JB wrote:
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 07:19:23 PHT
BOHOL! It is one of the most beautiful tourist attraction in the Philippines. It is just sad to say that most of the people that owns the land and business attractions are foreigners. Then soon there won't be any land for Boholanos to own and live.

The Philippine constitution has barred foreigners from buying land in the Philippines since 1935. So this is simply not true.--Jeroen.

Rey Ylaya wrote:
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 05:39:07 PHT
Hello again my beloved Bohol!!!---, its been awhile since i last saw that beacon light sa pantalan, i wonder if its still there! i remember when i was young i use to just look at it and wonder if someday the city would actually expand, reason coz' during my time merchants were flocking to duck at our tiny port and that beacon just keeps on flashing. Bohol is a place of dreams and hopes that are just waiting to embark on a journey far beyond. May our GOD and FATHER and the LORD JESUS CHRIST keep bohol safe from the enemy...peace
Rey Varon Antequisa wrote:
Tuesday, 15 May 2007 21:24:16 PHT
Vip Aleonar's discovery of his roots is not surprising at all. Its not only in some towns of Cebu that there are Boholano families who moved their in the early 1800's. There are also many families who moved to Leyte, Siquijor and even Dapitan and Misamis.

One of the major factors of this exodus of Boholanos is the series of assault and the final defeat of the Dagohoy-led revolution and the 85 years of independence of a major part of Bohol. Just imagine if you are born at the beginning of Dagohoy's struggle, you would have enjoyed your freedom for the whole of your life. The later generation who were born in the late 1700's were the once who suffered the consequences of defeat and conquest, hence, no wonder that many of these families escaped to neighboring islands and started new lives.

Most of the families who surrendered were resettled in new towns and the leaders were executed. Some escaped in other mountainous areas within the islands. There descendants now do not even have any little inkling of the struggle of their ancestors. This is because many their great grandfathers choose to keep their pride in silence than to expose their descendants to the ire of the colonizers.

The aspiration of an independent and free Bohol nurtured by our ancestors during the time of Dagohoy was not totally gone when the Philippine revolution erupted towards the end of the 1800's or merely more than 80 years after the defeat of the Dagohoy Revolution. This love for freedom inspired the later revolutionaries to declare an independent Republic of Bohol when they find no more contacts with the Aguinaldo-led revolution.

The independent Bohol Republic defeated the Spanish and went on to fight the Americans proving the tenacity of our ancestors. Little has been written about this glorious past of Bohol. In fact, people make joke of the Bohol Republic. Some even consider these as another expression of the Boholanos' "iza-iza, aho-aho" attitude. Boholanos' love of freedom is simply expressed in warm smile and hospitality as well as determination to fight and sacrifice. I strongly believe the need for more research and writings on this historical events.

We, Boholanos' should not only be proud of the natural beauties in our beloved island but also on the great history of our people. We should not simply be proud of the centuries-old churches and watchtowers but also the stories and histories that accompany this monumental relic of the Boholanos' simplicity and greatness.

Boyet wrote:
Tuesday, 1 May 2007 18:03:44 PHT
Bohol is such a very wonderfull place, the people around were very friendly, It is in Bohol where you can find the wonder of Chocolate Hills, Hinagdanan Cave, Tarsiers and many more. It's really exciting, so much in our place at Madua Sur Duero, Bohol. Happy Fiesta to all Madua-anon.
Jezaleen Chiu wrote:
Thursday, 19 April 2007 14:35:10 PHT
Hi!!!I am a pure Boholana and I am very much proud of it...(^_*)... Bohol is really such a blessed island. This island is reached in beautiful/wonderful creations that a country dreamed to have. Besides from those spots, this island is also known for its historical background (Tamblot revolt, Dagohay's revolt and the oldest stone church lies in the town of Baclayon).

Owwwhhh!!!How I wished I could go back there for a long and happy vacation (I'm now staying in Cavite to finish my college degree...). I already miss my family as well as the people whom I used to be with. Hope to visit their soon...

Loth wrote:
Tuesday, 10 April 2007 12:53:02 PHT
hope to find articles here re: towns' annual religious activities. if ever it becomes available, how i wish loboc's would not be missed out esp. its may and june fiesta celebrations; (although december is still eight calendar pages away)loboc's traditional way of celebrating christmas w/c starts from the 25th of december 'till feb 2 of the next year; visit to cruz dako on holy weeks, etc. IF only i could then i would ... but my time is too limited. can somebody do this on my behalf? pls so...thanks!
Vip Aleonar wrote:
Thursday, 1 March 2007 01:57:23 PHT
It was just last week while researching my family roots through microfilms of church records of Carcar, Cebu, that I discovered Vidal Francisco (not a surname) my G-G-G-grandfather was born in Bohol. There was no town mentioned but this would probably have been 1790-1810. I imagine he crossed to Carcar towards the end of the Dagohoy Revolt. Later records point to his three sons as having been born in Carcar but I have to confirm that with earlier records. Added to this personal note was my discovery that more than a dozen Carcar families had, in the early 1800s, originally also came over from Bohol and settled in Carcar. This Cebu heritage town actually has Boholano blood in its people!
Alicia S. Agarcio wrote:
Monday, 26 February 2007 15:06:29 PHT
The Boholanos are one of the unique group of people in the Philippines. One of whom is Archil Lorelie Bacareza Daugherty...Please inform her I have been trying to contact her. She's my former student at Visayas State College of Agriculture now Leyte State University in Baybay, Leyte. Archil is a wonderful Christian. Because of her, my faith in God grows stronger. If you can provide me her email, i would appreciate it very much. Thank you
Lawrence Cresencio wrote:
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 08:49:05 PHT
Bohol is a place to be! men!
Archil Lorelei Daugherty wrote:
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 04:52:17 PHT
Bohol is a very interesting place with most of its people having such kind and golden hearts. I stayed in that island for about 11 months doing mission work--teaching the children about the Word of God from the Catholic Bible. The children are very interested and were very touched in their hearts when they heard what God wanted them to know. I told them that the Lord God wants them to know that He loves them, He remembers them, He is concerned about their everyday life, He has a great and wonderful plan for every Filipino--man, woman, and child, and that God has a great and wonderful plan for the Philippines.
Rey Ylaya wrote:
Thursday, 9 November 2006 12:41:02 PHT
Hello--, it's great to know and understand our great heritage, being a Boholano is unique, the history of our island is something that we can treasure and be proud of,though there are bits and pieces to be put together sure is a great thing to realize that we are truly blessed. I hope that we can learn from our history the oneness of our tribe.may the LORD JESUS CHRIST keep Bohol and save her from the enemy.peace...
Marietta Alcontin wrote:
Tuesday, 17 October 2006 17:46:37 PHT
I would like to know wat is the kabisera of Bohol.
Rey Varon Antequisa wrote:
Sunday, 27 August 2006 17:19:48 PHT
Hi Brod Andy, It is quite a long time that I visited this site. I'm a bit busy with my work. Your idea of writing a book on our Iza-iza, Aho-aho Culture is very interesting. I'm really challenged. Over the past years, everytime I visited my home village, I always asked explanations from the few old folks. I always find that many of our customs and traditions are interpreted by outsiders who have biases. Unfortunately, over time, this explanations somehow become accepted and it lost its original meaning and beauty. I think it is our big challenge to dig the roots of these customs and traditions. Perhaps your suggestion to write a book could be step to that direction. I just come from Panglao. I had a weeklong workshop with an interfaith group working for interfaith reconciliation in Lanao Provinces. One morning, when I went boating with some of the participants and we were at distant from the white beaches, I could see that the beaches radiated as the morning sun touches. I asked the boatman: "kon naa mo sa layo, unsay dagway tan-awon ang puti nga kabaybayonan sa Panglao." The boatman replied: "Kanang igo jud nimo malantaw, morag mosilaw jud sir tungod sa kaputi." I started to think that the name Panglao might have come from the word "panglao" which is still used in the Tagalog language to mean "radiance or bright" as in "kinabukasang mapanglaw" or "bright future." Perhaps when outsiders approaches the island of Panglao, they always find it bright, hence, they call it Panglao.
jayr villaver wrote:
Thursday, 17 August 2006 18:23:12 PHT
hey!! wats up>! i really miss bohol so much,coz im from sabayan, you know the "sagbayan peak" its also nice to go with,see you there!!!!!!haaaa!!just find me.............
Randy Balbido wrote:
Thursday, 15 June 2006 18:07:56 PHT
Hello, I am not a boholano but my father and mother are born boholano. I'm glad to see how beautiful Bohol is, even if it is on the web. I'm born in Mindanao province of Davao Oriental, municipality of Cateel. I hope I can go back in Bohol.......Randy
angelica mendez-ramos wrote:
Saturday, 6 May 2006 16:57:25 PHT
i hope you guys will also share the idea of how beautiful BOHOL is because many boholanos do not even have the chance to see what your place have. Fortunate i am for having conneccted to the internet. i hope the government will have programs that will give opportunities to less fortunate boholanos to see for real every beatiful thing that you have shown in this site. tnx and more power.
Andy Culaste Capesinio wrote:
Thursday, 20 April 2006 15:12:43 PHT
I would like to say thanks to Rey Varon Antequisa for the explanation of "iza iza, aho aho". Indeed, Bol-anons culture of iza iza aho aho is very much positive while it was distorted through the time. I would like you to write a book regarding this topic (challenge bro.). Iza Iza Aho Aho culture so that our generation or new generations to will become aware of the rich foundation as bol-anons. Thanks bro.
Bradley J. Zoppi wrote:
Sunday, 12 March 2006 03:52:37 PHT
I was surfing the web. One night and BAMM. I was hit by a ThunderBolt. Not really but it felt like something I never felt before in my Life. A Princess from Bohol!!!.For someone who never left his hometown, I am thinking of a trip to Bohol. The more I read and research the Philippines. I say to myself what am I doing in New Jersey. Your website has given me a new understanding of Phil...If its ok I would love to visit Bohol. And who knows meet my Princess. Thank you.
Joffre J. Simbajon wrote:
Wednesday, 8 March 2006 08:31:35 PHT
Dear http//: www.bohol. Ph Maajong adlaw ninjo !!! We are students from the Agusan Del Sur National High School in San Francisco, Agusan Del Sur and we sent this simple letter to you for a purpose. Our school is going to participate in the 2006 Doors to Diplomacy Competition; an international contest on website making participated by students through out the world aging from 13 to 18 years old. The website to be constructed must have a good content and must seek to teach the world on the important role of diplomacy in improving some aspects of the world. The contest is actually divided into eight categories which are the aspects of the world to be improved such as, world leadership, foreign relations, peace and democracy, economy, cultures… etc (See their website Participants are students in a group of four, and our team chooses the category on arts and culture in which we would like to present the rich cultural heritage of Bohol and at the same time promote the province itself. We choose Bohol as our main topic because by experiences of being there during vacations, we felt the humility, respectfulness and kindness of the boholanos that makes everybody feels safe, the rich cultural heritage, festivals and celebrations that gives so much enjoyment and the awesome beauty of the island that relaxes everybody’s soul which is very much cared and treasured by its nature loving dwellers. All of these make a stay in Bohol a wholesome experience for everyone. Aside from these, three of our members are sons of pure boholanos and like our fathers and the rest of our entire boholano clan we are so much proud of being bol-anons and we have the desire to present our cultural heritage in to the world. Let me introduce the members of our team; we are Rodencris S. Apao of Loay, Joffre J. Simbajon of Dimiao and Jonathan J. Nacorda of Maribojoc and Marilyn Vicente. In this connection we would like to ask for your assistance and guidance in getting some information about Bohol because there are still some things that we did not know since we are not in Bohol all the time in our life. At the same time we would like to ask for your permission to let us use some published literatures from your website. We are looking forward for your kind help and assistance for the accomplishment of our Doors to Diplomacy project and at the same time we are so glad and honored to use our skills in website making to help in promoting our race and our very own province of Bohol in which we are very much proud of. Thank you and God Bless. Sincerely yours, Joffre J. Simbajon Rodencris S. Apao Jonathan J. Nacorda Marilyn Vicente
Tata Ganub wrote:
Thursday, 16 February 2006 13:03:23 PHT
Hello, I am a Boholana and I'm proud to read Bohol's history in the net. Wow! Bohol is known worldwide. I am here in Australia for a one year course on environmental management. I would be glad if you include the government's initiatives in solving the garbage problems in Bohol. God Bless! tata
Ikay Sarmiento wrote:
Saturday, 11 February 2006 13:35:31 PHT
I've been to Bohol and I can attest that it's one of the contributing factors why we Filipinos can still remain proud of the country, given its tourist spots' natural beauty and its being well-maintained by the Boholanos. I'm glad too that a website such as this provides rich historical and cultural background, for it makes me appreciate the place even more.

I noticed some errors in the text, though:

"...and started a revolt when most of the Jesuit fathers where absent,"

[it should've been "were" absent]

"...a number of magnificient stone churches where build"

[should have been "were built"]

=) The corrections I offered may be acknowledged by the people behind the site and make the changes, but it wouldn't change the fact that I fell in love with Bohol when I was there, and that I'd definitely return there in the near future. Keep it up!

Thanks for pointing them out, Ikay, we've corrected these now.--Jeroen.

Araceli Amoy wrote:
Tuesday, 7 February 2006 18:11:28 PHT
Hello,. I am a Lobocanon I just know about this website so I try to surf it from the internet.... I just want to know about the history of the Loboc church.... because that is our project.... that's all .... God bless....

Why not try our history books section. Volume XI and XII of Blair and Robertson include as much early history as you may wish for.--Jeroen.

Nelfa Toledo Bongolto - Squires wrote:
Sunday, 29 January 2006 05:16:17 PHT
BOHOL - not only beautiful but historical! Thanks for the effort providing this site to everyone. YES! Bohol is full of wonder! You better check it yourself!
Edward Hizon wrote:
Sunday, 8 January 2006 14:50:10 PHT
Ohh, I really like Bohol, I visited that place before, it was really a nice paradise, and there food is good, people are very courteous and respectable. I couldn't wait to visit that place. Go Bohol, we are proud of you.
Judy Alvarez-LA wrote:
Friday, 28 October 2005 00:50:09 PHT
I visited Bohol on 10-20-05. It is an amazing place to visit! Great historical spot! Wonderful people and good food! Thank you for a wonderful stay.
Catherine Sanchez wrote:
Saturday, 22 October 2005 18:44:13 PHT
I visited Bohol last summer. Can't wait to go back there. It is such a paradisical place. When I got there, I threw all my problems at Manila. haha. keep that place clean ok? :D
Jess Pagola wrote:
Monday, 17 October 2005 11:13:45 PHT
Bohol is one of the famous place in the Philippines, and it's really looks so beautiful, I really luv those place specially d people there, so wat r u waiting for..tara nuroyyy nataaa....
Jovelyn wrote:
Monday, 10 October 2005 21:40:07 PHT
Bohol is really great place!!
Benjie Barnaha wrote:
Thursday, 6 October 2005 14:03:21 PHT
Bohol is a very nice place. I really love the place especially the people, coz they are so accomodating and very hospitable. I love their delicacies and their foods. ty
Nadz Perez wrote:
Monday, 3 October 2005 17:23:12 PHT
I'de love to visit this website! I'ts nice talga. I've got a perfect assignment from this.. wish u ol d best boholiños!!! ur so great!!! mwaahh....
Nhadz Perez wrote:
Monday, 3 October 2005 17:18:24 PHT
I think Bohol is a nice place but I haven't come at that place yet. Hope makapunta ako jan. Sarap cguro mamasyal jan noh? Lalo na kapag kasama mo bf mo. he he he......
Frances Earl Jhay wrote:
Sunday, 2 October 2005 13:12:00 PHT
Bohol is always the best!! kip it up yow!!! uhhhh......such a very unique place mahn..! muahhhhh.....loves yuh
Francis roy neodama wrote:
Saturday, 1 October 2005 16:55:00 PHT
I have nothing to say but i just wanna ask if i could have the history of some of the festivals in bohol cos' i need it for my research work..thanks
Tin Perez wrote:
Friday, 30 September 2005 14:54:22 PHT
Wow ganda..sana makapunta ko jan..hopefully...I think it a nice place...all i can say mganda cya.
Gigi wrote:
Thursday, 29 September 2005 20:45:02 PHT
It's the best place in the world...and im in love with it... Ato ni bay...
Jayson Caguin Occeña wrote:
Tuesday, 27 September 2005 14:50:54 PHT
Bohol is nice. A very relaxing place. I really love Bohol coz i was born here though i grew up in manila. anyway, thank you for the information, this site could really help the students in researching and in knowing the history and story of Bohol including its heritage. Thank you and more power yo Bohol!
Jerson 'd great! wrote:
Sunday, 25 September 2005 21:28:44 PHT
I really like Bohol and enjoyed so much! Support tourism in BohoL!
Katrine Camille Orense wrote:
Sunday, 25 September 2005 11:04:13 PHT
Nice information. It helped me a lot in my report for school!
Malachi4 wrote:
Saturday, 24 September 2005 15:27:51 PHT
Imagine after reading such history... to think the people of the Philippines'(and the world) would want to be Catholic. To see the blood thirsty nature of that beast system rather than the Love of Jesus Christ and think they come in the name of God. Jesus came and proclaimed, moved on, and those who followed were of Him. He never lead by the sword, but rather for the Gospels sake laid it down (see Peter cutting Roman soldiers ear off. I appreciate the history. It is always nice to see how the enemy has dealt with children of the Lord. Blessings
mark wrote:
Thursday, 15 September 2005 13:24:47 PHT
i love bohol God bless
Roana Marie wrote:
Monday, 12 September 2005 18:40:32 PHT
This article is really great! It gave me the exact info that I am looking for about dagohoy. Thank you very much!
Maan wrote:
Monday, 12 September 2005 18:01:52 PHT
I think this article gives enought information to tourist like me. I think this article is one way to show tourists that Bohol is a beautiful. Now i can say that Bohol is one of the most beautiful place in the world!! God bless Bohol!!!
cocoy wrote:
Saturday, 10 September 2005 13:19:36 PHT
This article gives me an information about TAMBLOT. Thank you.
April wrote:
Wednesday, 31 August 2005 19:32:11 PHT
Thanks 4 d info. I'm so very thankful!
April wrote:
Wednesday, 31 August 2005 19:28:22 PHT
It's so resourceful thanks! Bianca if u can read this, "Sorry".
Joseph wrote:
Wednesday, 31 August 2005 18:52:49 PHT
Nice article on Tamblot's Revolt. I really needed that information. Well, Thanks and God Bless!!!
Domie wrote:
Thursday, 25 August 2005 13:06:55 PHT
This article is great.. but can it be possible if the full history of the town of Tubigon Bohol be featured here e.g. about religion, founder (his dream for the town), political backgraound, economy & if there's technology transformation etc.. thank u.. more power & God bless
Kris wrote:
Saturday, 13 August 2005 14:21:54 PHT
Yea,I would like to know what or how the Chocolate hills were formed and what their history is, thank you
Mark Alfonso Castillanes wrote:
Sunday, 7 August 2005 12:48:36 PHT
Hmmm.... it is a very nice and interesting article, but pls... indicate also the full biography of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi starting from Spain to Manila.... and the important events that happened in Leyte, Bohol, Panay & Cebu..thank you very much....= )
Justy wrote:
Friday, 5 August 2005 14:52:54 PHT
What is the history of Baclayon church????........
Vanessa Quisumbing wrote:
Tuesday, 2 August 2005 12:13:42 PHT
very good article and factual. Can you please give me a full biography of Miguel lopez de legaspi? thank you
Reggie Ko wrote:
Thursday, 21 July 2005 17:33:19 PHT
It is very interesting to know what is the true history of the bohol.And it is very helpful to our history.That's all thank U
Emy Tecson wrote:
Saturday, 9 July 2005 22:06:48 PHT
Wow galing!!iku2wento q i2 s mga mgi2ng anak q.. godbless and more power
Saldy Riario Ricafort wrote:
Friday, 24 June 2005 13:20:55 PHT
Very nice article. But i want to have more information about general mariano ricafort, please relay to me if you have a biography regarding this man.
Holly wrote:
Monday, 13 June 2005 22:11:32 PHT
Very good history love to read more
Chris Cutayan wrote:
Saturday, 11 June 2005 01:35:41 PHT
I was born in Luzon, but I was raised by my Lola and Lolo in Bohol since I was 2. I am now living in the United States since I was 10 years old. I have always kept and treasured the pride and teachings of my grandparents. They are the most vivid of my childhood and still remember the rice terraces and community in which I was raised for such a short time. I'm now 31 years old and it is an awesome feeling to read and understand more of my mother's and my culture through this website. I love reading the comments especially, knowing that there are others like myself who give me more insights on its people. Thanks again to you all and for this website. Salamat Po.
Rey Varon Antequisa wrote:
Thursday, 2 June 2005 20:59:49 PHT
Greetings to my fellow Boholanos,

I would like to answer the question of Mr. Andy Capesinio regarding the famous attribute to Boholanos: "iza-iza aho-aho".

I grew up in Bohol. My family came to Mindanao only in 1982. I was not aware of the attributes to Bol-anons until I came to Surigao as a second year high school student. It was my non-Boholano classmates who teased me about those attributes. At first I was defensive and sometimes a bit angry, I don't like hearing it. Later, I came tolerate it, but deep in my mind I was wondering whats the root of this jokes.

Sometime in 1987, I went home and have the chance to ask explanations from my two grandfathers, all of them were in their late-80's then. Both of them died in the early 90's.

Both of my grandfathers, who came to Mindanao in the early 1920's, smiled at me when I asked them about "iza-iza aho-aho." My two grandfathers have different but related explanations.

My maternal grandfather told me that "iza-iza, aho-aho" is the perception of non-Boholanos to the Bol-anons' strong and positive value of giving and sharing. My grandfather told me: "It is simple common sense, you can not give or share something that you still need or you lack. For Bol-anons, sharing does not mean you give everything that you have. You need to save something for yourself, before giving something to others." My grandfather explained to me a deeper Boholano value -"pahat-pahat" or could be translated roughly as "sharing equally". For Boholanos, not to give is unbecoming of a Bol-anon, and giving without retaining something for your own need is hypocrisy. Hence, when I have something that others also need, or I want to share, it is customary to "pahat" or divide equally. For Bol-anons, no matter how small is the thing, it should be shared. In the Bol-anon parlance: "Naay ma-iza, naay ma-aho." To others, "iza-iza, aho-aho".

My paternal grandfather told me that "iza-iza, aho-aho" is a cardinal principle for Bol-anons to avoid conflict and maintain harmonious relationship with others. Bol-anons are very kin as to what is "iza" (that belongs to his or her) and what is "aho" (that belongs to me or mine). For Bol-anons, it is necessary to establish what is "iza" and "aho" to prevent conflict. And according to my Lolo, this is the foundation of why Bol-anons are known to be peace-loving but at the same time fierce warriors as exemplified by Dagohoy's revolution against the Spaniards that lasted for 89 years. (Second only to the Muslims of Mindanao who fought against the Spaniards and the Americans for 350 years.)

Bol-anons highly respect other's properties or "iza" and ready to fight to death for what he/she believes to be "aho". It is the very reason when our forefathers realize that when the "ahong kagawasan" (my freedom) was taken, the Bol-anons fight and defend it for 89 years.

After hearing the explanations of my grandfathers, I become more proud of being a Bol-anon. When I studied as a scholar at the Mindanao State University, my Muslim friends would tell me that they are Maranaos or Tausogs first before being a Filipino. I would also told them I am proud to be a Bol-anon than to be a Filipino.

After I completed my degree in history and have studied a little of anthropology and sociology, I came to conclude that my grandfathers were correct and I have more explanations now.

As Bol-anons we should not be mad to be ask or teased about "iza-iza, aho-aho" people. We need should be proud to explain its meaning and tell others that it is the very foundation of our "Boholano being".

Rey Varon Antequisa

Kent wrote:
Friday, 20 May 2005 16:42:25 PHT
I've been there in Bohol in april 2005 and the Bohol is so very beautiful and agressive.....many of my relative have been there this is the only comment that they gave to me "you know the Bohol island is the best among all the islands i've been tour here in the Philippines" at few years past by my family and i went to Bohol and i said to my self "ohh the Bohol is the best" the boholanos are so kind. And that is the ive been know all the answers to my questions that why is so many local or foreigners go to Bohol..
Cheyenne Mathis wrote:
Wednesday, 20 April 2005 11:37:32 PHT
Hello, I am a 10 year old fifth grade girl.I learned things I never saw in my social studies book. I think I am very unique because of my filipino heritage. I am going to amaze my classmates what I learned about my heritage.Thanks!
Alberto Atuel wrote:
Thursday, 14 April 2005 22:49:27 PHT
Wel nagpasalamat ko ug dako kay naa ning nga website.. ako usa ka bol-anon ug ako proud kaazo.. wel regards nalang dha sa tapon ubay Bohol.. ug sa holy child academy..
Andy C. Capesinio wrote:
Wednesday, 30 March 2005 09:00:48 PHT
Thanks for your reply. Yup! I believe that some of our own values are embedded. Anyway, would you mind, if I'm going to ask you about the famous connotation as being boholano's "kanya kanya system" or iza iza aho aho" where in fact, we are generous to other people. Thank you again
Andy C. Capesinio wrote:
Monday, 7 March 2005 14:15:31 PHT
Can we recover our native Boholano's culture that still exist or values that are not associated with the Spaniard. If we have, does it practice until the new generation. I'm thinking of some positive values that we can still practice or adapt.

It will be very difficult, as not much of pre-hispanic culture is known. You could study the few non-Christian peoples still living in some parts of the Philippines, or old books (as listed on my books page. Also, I don't believe you'll find many people who would like to go back to what was effectively pre-history, and eradicate Catholicism, to name just one thing the Spanish introduced here. On the other hand, I believe many of the traditional pre-hispanic values have been assimilated in the uniquely Philippine culture--Jeroen.

Amy Valentine wrote:
Sunday, 6 March 2005 20:02:41 PHT
Pls add more pictures for attractive tourist, kay ang boss ko diri sa Dubai gusto mo bisita diha,g recommend jud nako ang Bohol ky sympre dha man jud pod ko ga dako.
Werner Bunn, Germany wrote:
Thursday, 3 March 2005 02:02:18 PHT
Good afternoon, in regards to the historical photo "Impression of Dauis", I can confirm, that this photo shows the view of bridge from Tagbilaran(lower Mansasa-district)to Dauis. On left side of this photo, the Dayo-Hill can be seen. Now, the place of Mayacabac, where big Bohol-Plaza Hotel is build. On right side of photo, church of Daius is depicted. But I´m missing the church-steeple. I know this place very well, because our house is located only a walking-distance away.
Rey Francisco wrote:
Monday, 14 February 2005 20:48:13 PHT
Your website is great. keep up the good work.i find very educational especially to those who are looking forward to discover the culture of Bohol.
Tara Shammon wrote:
Saturday, 12 February 2005 01:37:18 PHT
I thought it was very good but i think it could have more about the dancing in stead of the place , because most people go to this web site to what Street Dancing e.g. how did it all start and who started this famous type of dancing off.
Dagohoy wrote:
Wednesday, 9 February 2005 01:57:14 PHT
Bakit walang stories before yung mga Spaniards? Gusto kong ilagay din nila ang kasaysayan sa bohol before yung mga kastila. Kasi gusto ko ring malaman ano ang way of life (custom at culture) ng mga boholano before yung mga kastila, sana ilagay nila para malaman ko kung paano sila namumuhay. Kasi nakasabi kasi yung during ng (BOOL KINGDOM) at ang (DAPITAN KINGDOM) sana malagay nila ano ang mga ritual at ang pamumuhay ng mga tao.

Unfortunately, pretty little remains from what was there before the Spanish came. Although a script was known, the common writing material was palm-leave, and those don't last long in a humid climate, with few people caring about them. Houses were build from bamboo and nipa, and these too, won't last very long, so basically, the oldest records available are those by the Spanish (The oldest known book printed in the Philippines, the Doctrina Cristiana from 1593, now in the Library of Congress, only survived the centuries in a library in Italy), with very few exceptions. To get a vague idea of how people used to life in those days, have a look at how related peoples used to live in Mindanao about a century ago. Some research may help find archeological traces of the people, and give some clues, but we are very much without historical records to guide us far before the Spanish arrival.--Jeroen.

Cita Mcnamara wrote:
Saturday, 1 January 2005 06:30:31 PHT
I have nothing to say about the History of Bohol I myself I came from Dauis which is our church was very very beautiful although quite old already but still really really nice.
Jerrimy Michael Parmisano wrote:
Friday, 31 December 2004 10:38:20 PHT
Do they have stories about Parmisano families
Tin2x wrote:
Tuesday, 14 December 2004 02:55:31 PHT
I've been looking for the best Philipppine tourists site as our assignment and there, I found Bohol. I'm a tourism student and fond of reading articles like this. We already studied the Philippine History as well as the Philippine culture as a prerequisite for my course. My professor was so great of explaining this. I've never been to Bohol but I'm so interested to see the famous Chocolate Hills. Well, some says that the cultural heritage of Bohol was so preserved. I hope, Bohol will maintain its natural uniqueness among others. It is important to preserve our cultural site as a major consideration of attracting tourists.
Arnold wrote:
Monday, 15 November 2004 23:14:17 PHT
Expecting to be in Bohol again tomorrow (11/15/2004). been here years ago... Im from cebu... i like the churches, its very well preserved... keep up the good work! by the way, there's no need to translate this website into tagalog... kudos.!
Max Macapobre wrote:
Friday, 22 October 2004 15:48:11 PHT
What was described as insurgents and rebels should be changed to freedom fighters.

The exact term used depends on the point of view of the writer, but you are right, much of this was based on American sources of the same period, who naturally wouldn't use flattering terms for their opponents. I will look into this, and re-consider the wording of my article soon. This doesn't mean I will automatically use your suggested wording. Moving the issue to today, you can have similar about the NPA. Some will consider them just plain criminals, others politically motivated insurgents, and a third group will call them freedom fighters: but the truth is somewhere inbetween, and people often join these groups for various personal reasons, varying from idealism to fear and frustration to greed. I believe much the same was true in the Filipino-American war.--Jeroen.

Annie wrote:
Thursday, 21 October 2004 12:16:15 PHT
On Luna's question: I read your letter that you're very much interested to know about the famous chocolate hills. Well I am from Bohol myself and I live not far from that town and also I know about the story of the chocolate hills.As what Ilearned it was a child who was asked by his mother to buy something in the store. But the child did not go to the store right away because he played in the mud, pretending to make chocolates until he forgot what his mother asked him. The mother went out looking for him. She was very angry to her son. She beat him up until she lost control that she killed her son.As time goes by, the place where the boy was killed, hills started to grow and grow into a form of chocolates. And there are thousands of it right now. Its very beautiful. Its one of the famous wonder of world. That's the tale I learned when I was a kid.I hope you like my story.
Shey wrote:
Sunday, 17 October 2004 13:09:59 PHT
Can u translate this into a tagalog version or cna u give me ur website in tagalog. Thnks
Michael Ceralvo wrote:
Monday, 13 September 2004 17:57:29 PHT
What is the next expeditions after Magellan?
Luna wrote:
Monday, 6 September 2004 17:45:59 PHT
your article is very informative. But could you please give me the scientific explanation about the world famous Chocolate Hills? also I'd like to know more about the Dapitan Kingdom near the Mansasa- Dauis shores. I am very much interested about it. Thanks and more power.
James wrote:
Sunday, 29 August 2004 21:36:49 PHT
On Janice's question: Loboc is named that way since Loboc is located in the higher regions of Bohol. So the way of living is through farming, and they farm rice. However there are no rice mills during old times so they use a "Loboc."

About other places in Bohol like Tagbilaran, there are two theories on its name: its said to come from the word "tago bilaan" because during pat times, tagbilaran is a place with lots of plants, and as we know there are many marauders or raids going on in Bohol. So they come to that place to hide. "bilaan" is the name of the raiders.

another theory on its name is from the word "tinabilan" or hidden..its because "Panglao Island" located near Tagbilaran acts as a cover or shield against strong winds going up north.

on other questions: try posting it here. I'll answer if I can. You can also try going to Bohol and look for David Tirol. He has historical data on Bohol; even cave maps.

dang wrote:
Sunday, 22 August 2004 00:40:21 PHT
Where is the blood compact monument located?

In barangay Bool, on the road from Tagbilaran to Baclayon.--Jeroen

Janna Lee wrote:
Saturday, 14 August 2004 17:22:00 PHT
Hi there! Bohol is very much more historic than I thought. Hey! Could you help me find some folktales in the pre-Spanish literature. I need it next week. thanx:)

Very little of pre-Spanish literature remains, and especially folk-tales, which normally are carried by oral tradition, and often have been written down only in de last century, can hardly be found, although you will be able to locate numerous tales with pre-Spanish roots on this website (just look in the library section). You may have most luck if you look at tales of the non-Christian peoples of the Philippines, also present here.--Jeroen.

Janice wrote:
Thursday, 12 August 2004 12:52:03 PHT
GOB BLESS YOU ALWAYS!!!! This website is good. I have a favor, can you give me some information of the municipality of Loboc? why is called Loboc? mean the history and origin of Loboc or the beginning of the town (Loboc).. thank you very much...

Sorry, we don't know yet why the town of Loboc is called Loboc (probably after the river, but that raises the question why the river is called so). Maybe another visitor can help us find the answer.--Lyn

Ilainea wrote:
Thursday, 29 July 2004 00:21:51 PHT
You have one of the most fascinating sites on the web. This historical article was interesting, well written and, obviously researched with great care. I also appreciated the satellite photos, unlike anything else I have seen... All of your pages, postcards etc. are great, and I especiallly loved the rare Phillippine fokelores stories by Mr. Miller. A treasure indeed!Congratulations on such a superb web presentation. Best Wishes, Ilainea.........
Karen wrote:
Thursday, 22 July 2004 12:23:58 PHT
Im very satisfied from your collumns......without you guys,I cannot pass my research paper! Again Thanks!
Grader from Pinas wrote:
Monday, 19 July 2004 16:20:43 PHT
I fouund the given information helpful. But, I did need more details on the Loaisa Expedition. I guess your site would be better if it had all the NEEDED details. Although your site IS useful, it needs more.

This site is not going to give comprehensive details, as it is intended to promote Bohol, not teach Philippine history, and I normally don't take demands, especially not if you have an assignment to make, and the basic thing you need to learn is not as much the facts, but the way to find them. You could consult the source I gave in the previous comment, and find all the details known today about the expedition in one of the 55 volumes (or some 18.000 pages) of that work. The website presenting it has some search facilities to help you.--Jeroen.

Ariel wrote:
Sunday, 11 July 2004 16:50:03 PHT
Hi! Its nice but I need the four vessels sailed to the Phil. in the Legazpi-Urdaneta expedition.

Those vessels are long gone, but their names where: "Sant Felipe" (flagship), "Sant Andres", "San Pedro", and "San Pablo." The details can be found on page 89-90 of "The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898", Volume II. Online in the collection The United States and its Territories, 1870-1925: The Age of Imperialism. Took me 5 minutes with Google, so you could do the same.--Jeroen.

Dolly Mae Arevallo wrote:
Thursday, 1 July 2004 10:38:21 PHT
Im asking the expedition Of Loaisa not the expedition of Magellan ar athers..............
Tatiana wrote:
Wednesday, 23 June 2004 00:29:08 PHT
Hi, actually i have no comment but i would like to know an answer to this question. IS BOHOL A TOURIST DESTINATION? Hope to hear from you the answer ASAP. Thanks.

What do you think yourself after browsing this site?--Jeroen

Michelle wrote:
Saturday, 19 June 2004 20:52:04 PHT
Nice webpage!
Marizol wrote:
Sunday, 30 May 2004 08:06:22 PHT
Wow! I never thought of Dagohoy's last name, Sendrijas, not until I read this history of Bohol. isn't it embarassing, I was teaching Phil. history for 10 yrs. and only this time I know the real name of Francisco Dagohoy? well, it's not late yet to learn, learning is never an obsolete thing... thank you so much for your informative site. More power and God bless.
annabelle wrote:
Friday, 7 May 2004 09:54:22 PHT
i nice but i need the 1st record of the blood compact in the phil. history
maddie wrote:
Monday, 3 May 2004 00:04:12 PHT
hi i like this website! It shows everything u need 2 know for country reports! Somthing u could do is add some articles of whats recently happened in the Philippines because that is required for my report. I love your website! Thank you , maddie Beeton
GM wrote:
Wednesday, 17 March 2004 09:10:04 PHT
Thank you very for the this informative site. Im just arrive in Bohol to manage a resort and I dont have enough background before. After scanning all the details of your site I'm willing now to shift work like a tourist guide. Good luck
Lys wrote:
Wednesday, 3 March 2004 07:34:04 PHT
I was just wondering where you got your information... I'm a history major here in the U.S. and I'm trying to have an emphasis on Philippine History especially in the Visayas since I'm from Bohol... do you have any advice regarding places to research, who to ask??... thanks... it'd really help me alot.

A lot of primary materials from before 1898 can be found on the Blair & Robertson CD, reviewed on this website. Little information is directly available on Bohol, but you'll have to locate it in larger studies on Philippine History. For history after 1898, various Filipino writers will have some fragments. The History of Bohol, or the Visayas is quite big, so picking a certain aspect out of it is adviceable. For example, It is curious that there also is a people called Bisaya on Borneo, on would love to learn more about the relationship and the migration of the Visayans to their current homestead. When researching information on Bohol, remember that old sources often spelled the name Bojol or even Bool.--Jeroen.

Tonette wrote:
Friday, 20 February 2004 04:24:59 PHT
Thank you for the information about Bohol. I'm very proud being a Boholana. Magamit gyod nako ang inyong info sa akong classroom speech. Maayo kay mao ni ang akong nahuna-hunaan nga ishare nila diri sa Holland. I know all of my classmates will be very interested. Salamat jod kaajo!!!
bernadette Zorio wrote:
Thursday, 5 February 2004 20:49:32 PHT
My son who is 22 and in the Peace Corp just received his assignment to Bohol and will be working to help improve and perserve the beauty of this and several other small surrounding islands> I am missing him and it is so wonderful to be able to see what he is seeing and experiencing. He is very honored and amazed at what he has already experienced while being in the phillipines for the past week. He is near Manila right now but is making his way to Bohol shortly. Thanks for the photos and info It helps my bittersweet heart.
Rose wrote:
Monday, 29 December 2003 12:18:22 PHT
Very interesting history of Bohol. My mom was born in Bohol and her relatives look like Indians from India when I visited them. Indian merchants found their way to Bohol centuries ago. Bohol certainly is a beautiful island with very friendly natives - comment to any prospective tourist to Bohol.
faith wrote:
Sunday, 2 November 2003 11:03:11 PHT
this was very interesting, I am learning about Mexico and I am Filipino. It is nice to know what happened in the Philippines before.
donna acera wrote:
Tuesday, 28 October 2003 16:32:27 PHT
Thanks for the information about Bohol.
nancy wrote:
Tuesday, 28 October 2003 16:21:53 PHT
Maganda pala ang history ng Bohol. Ngayon ko lang alam. Well, I'm proud of being a Boholano. Hi to all my cousins, dalaw naman kayo uli dito. Hi love..
Jackie Ocio wrote:
Thursday, 25 September 2003 10:12:55 PHT
Thanks for making this site, it helped a lot for our interior design thesis project. It so complete that we had an easy time searching for the history of Bohol. I'm proud to be a Boholana! Thanks again. Keep moving on....
Benedict Cellacay wrote:
Tuesday, 9 September 2003 15:16:40 PHT
I am proud of being a Boholano!!! Its colorful history, beautiful churches, and fine beaches. I will leave my heart in Bohol.
dominique wrote:
Sunday, 24 August 2003 06:31:28 PHT
This is very interesting. I have studdied the spanish conquest of Mexico, and it seems that in the Filipines it has been quite difficult to dominate a proud and courageous people. I hope the Filipines always remember their glorious past to built a glorious future.
Jolitz Andamon wrote:
Friday, 8 August 2003 15:47:08 PHT
by the way, id like to extend my regards to all my civil engineering friends at Holy Name University who also contributed much in my research project about BOHOL. they're: ms dapar, karen, vinay, sylvia, naomi, dadoy, januar, boloy, t2, oclarit, marvin, jasson, aldous and if ever i 4got anyone...this regards is 4 u.
jolitz andamon wrote:
Friday, 8 August 2003 15:41:52 PHT
to the publishers: thanks a million! i shall surely visit your place after my schooling here in the US. this site really helped me in my research about old churches found in asia. this summer ill probably go home there for the TBTK so see you my kababayans!
jun jun amolato wrote:
Tuesday, 8 April 2003 13:34:23 PHT
hi june! the site of the blood compact is not in baclayon, but in booy district of tagbilaran city. hope i have given you some information...
June wrote:
Thursday, 27 March 2003 08:49:59 PHT
Hello! I would just like to ask where is the blood compact site? is it located in Baclayon?

It is on the road from Tagbilaran to Baclayon, barangay Bool, Tagbilaran City, on your right hand (when going to Baclayon), sea side of the road.--Jeroen.

Kevin Ancog wrote:
Sunday, 9 March 2003 18:32:45 PHT
Lami kaajo! 100% napod ang akong project sa history of Bilar, Bohol. Salamat Kaajo.
shiny jane wrote:
Wednesday, 26 February 2003 20:46:30 PHT
this is good coz it really helps my project
Mark Audwin wrote:
Friday, 21 February 2003 05:23:12 PHT
ei classmates maganda ang history dito
Bob Lee wrote:
Thursday, 30 January 2003 17:10:33 PHT
I've only been to Bohol twice, but your site makes my heart ache to return. I love that little island!
David Sweeley wrote:
Saturday, 25 January 2003 14:45:55 PHT
Would like more history past and presant. From Asian beginings to Japanese invasion.
Lynette Agujar wrote:
Thursday, 10 October 2002 10:43:37 PHT
Excellent! Very informative for those people who fall in love with this island. Good job and keep the good work.
Gemma Crawford wrote:
Friday, 13 September 2002 11:49:48 PHT
You just did a wonderful job! It reminds me about my history class. Thanks a lot and more power to you.
Cecil Lobrigas wrote:
Sunday, 30 June 2002 11:14:54 PHT
Very Good! Gamit kaajo sa akong report sa Church History. Keep it up!

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