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Finding Chocolate Hills is still Fun in the Philippines

Rounding Bohol after the 2013 Earthquake

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I miss doing sidetrips during out of town conduct of official business. I really subscribed to the saying, "Doing Business with Pleasure."

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My latest trip to Bohol was an opportunity to do sidetrips to check out my favorite tour destinations after it suffered an intensity 8 earthquake in October 2013. My entry point was Tubigon, Bohol as I came from Cebu. With the Tubigon Church alone, which appeared to be crashed to pieces with tattered half of the roof remaining and an altar, I could already see what the rest of Bohol tour destinations would look like. That feeling was reinforced by the site of the Clarin Church, which only the facade remained standing whole. Had you been to St. Paul's Ruins in Macau, China? That's what you will find in there. So sad and pitiful!

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After my 3-day official job was done, I asked my driver to pass by Carmen Chocolate Hills and then Sagbayan Peak before heading back to Tubigon on my way to Cebu. More devastation can be observed along the way to Carmen, Bohol. When I reached the Carmen's viewdeck, I noticed some damaged structures: the plastic roofing covering the stairways, the side trail, the bell tower, and the photo deck. The Sagbayan Peak however seemed intact.

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But the famous Chocolate Hills still stand in hundreds. They stay majestically wonderful! On our way to Sagbayan from Carmen, we found one hill though cracked violently by the quake.

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Posted by crisbernal 08:05 Archived in Philippines

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