Day #5 Panglao, the Philippines Nov’2019
It really is going so fast now family and friends. This is now Day #5 Panglao, the Philippines Nov’2019. It’s nearly all over Red-Rover. So sad to think that in a few days we’ll be back in Singapore, back to work and the normal treadmill. Hey Ho, we still have today here in paradise. And what an interesting day it was with some rather cool, and surprising new stuff, and some ‘old’ favourites. It tuned out to be a really special day for us all, including Bell the Bear.
In summary, what did we do for Day #5 Panglao, the Philippines Nov’2019? Well, we were still at Henann Resort so we checked out after breakfast, put a call into our mate Joseph who collected us in the van and I asked to go exploring. Now go exploring where? To the other side… Ooooooh mysterious. Basically what I meant was that all of our trips to date have been Tagbilaran to Mabini on that very same road, with the occasional pop in for Chocolate Hills and the like. There’s this whole other side to the island. Mel and Jemma showed us off that when they stayed here, funnily enough also using Joseph to go exploring. So that was my mind made up, that’s what we shall do!!!
So we drove not-stopping at the house, straight through Tagbilaran City to Loon (pronounced Loo’Un). This is about a 3-hour return trip, but well worth it. On the way, we wanted to see waterfalls and caves, and of course have lunch too. This was becoming an adventure. So funny too, was that wifey was trying to act tour-guide, but she’d never been here before. I love that. And when we get to Loon, it also transpired that Joseph had never been there either. We were literally a bus full if explorers of the new.
Daddy-Pedia; Loon, or officially the Municipality of Loon, is what they call a 2nd class municipality in Bohol. How they derive at that, well it is to do with income ratios. Quite a harsh terminology. It was established in 1753, and according to the 2015 census, it has a population of 43,034 people.
Loon is halfway between Tagbilaran and Tubigon, Bohol’s major Seaports. Loon also has six fishing ports – I wonder what the main industry is here. There is a secondary port that is being converted into the Loon Bohol International Cruise Ship Port. There is some serious investment coming to Bohol, believe me. About 500m from the house we have a new resort opening kin a year or so, The Crown Regency Lagoon Resort & Waterpark, for another example.
Loon, sadly, was among the hardest-hit towns in the earthquake back in 2013. About 1/3 of Bohol’s total casualties happened here, and a load of historic buildings were completely razed to the ground like its church dating to the 1850s.
It’s clearly bouncing back through, and it looks like tourism is starting to get it on the map. You can tell the investment is a coming just by the quality of the roads into Loon.
If you like nature and all that it is pristine and untouched for diving and has many dive sites around the coast and its off-shore islands of Sandingan and Cabilao. Lanao Lake on Cabilao Island is the only natural lake in Bohol province, how about that? Also if you want to be a spotter how about hunting some endemic animals: such as hammerhead shark, pygmy seahorse, monkeys, exotic birds, “mamag” (tarsier), “kagwang” (a lemur-like gliding mammal), and my favourite the “tinggawong” (bearcat).
Let’s have a look at Day #5 Panglao, the Philippines Nov’2019.
CLICK here to watch some video footage of our trip to SMOQUE for dinner – see the city sites
And that was that. Our second to last day of fun. Just Friday to go and then the sad trip home begins. This was Day #5 Panglao, the Philippines Nov’2019. As I explained this was a day of massive surprises and fun doing the exploring, brilliant to have Jhea join us for 2 days, and then our favourites kick in with Smoque, and one final surprise at the end of the day with a baggie of fresh sea urchins. What a day in Bohol. Pinch-me-quick. Well, I am from Margate you know. Get your bums to Bohol. I guarantee you will all – ENJOY!!!
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