15 Facts About Bohol


Bohol, officially the Province of Bohol, is an island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region, consisting of the island itself and 75 minor surrounding islands.

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Province of Bohol is a first-class province divided into 3 congressional districts, comprising 1 component city and 47 municipalities.

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Bohol is ultimately derived from bo-ol, a kind of tree that flourished on the island.

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The Bohol "kingdom" prospered under the reign of the two brother rulers of Panglao - Datu Dailisan and Datu Pagbuaya, with trade links established with neighbouring Southeast Asian countries, particularly with the Sultanate of Ternate.

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The flourishing of trade in the Bohol "kingdom" is owed to its strategic location along the busy trading channels of Cebu and Butuan.

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Relations between the Sultanate of Ternate and the province of Bohol soured when the Ternatan sultan learned the sad fate of his emissary and his men who were executed by the two ruling chieftains of Bohol as punishment for abusing one of the concubines.

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Bohol was later liberated by the local guerrillas and the Filipino and American troops who landed on 11 April 1945.

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Convoy taking the Filipino and American liberation forces to Bohol consisted of a flotilla of six landing ships, six landing crafts, two landing crafts, and one .

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Bohol was officially declared liberated on 25 May 1945 by Major General William H Arnold, Commander of the American Division.

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Tourism industry in Bohol was negatively affected by the ASG militants' incursion on the island, though tour operators believe the industry can recover.

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Terrain of Bohol is basically rolling and hilly, and about half the island is covered in limestone.

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The Chocolate Hills are considered one of Philippine's natural wonders and Bohol is often referred to as the Jewel of the Philippines.

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Bohol has 114 springs, 172 creeks, and four main rivers that run through Bohol with a radial drainage pattern.

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Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape protects Bohol's largest remaining lowland forest and can be found in the island's southern portion near Bilar.

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Bohol has 2 major AM radio stations, DYRD and DYTR, both based in Tagbilaran City.

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