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Friday, May 2, 2014

Trip to the Philippines: Bohol; Xzootic Animal Park, Tarsier Sanctuary, Chocolate Hills, Loboc Cruise, Blood Compact (Part 5)

After Cebu I took a ferry ride to the island of Bohol!  I was excited to see the exotic animals and the beautiful scenery!  Come experience my journey with me.

Xzootic Animal Park
Xzootic Animal Park was my first stop at Bohol.  Isn't this statue yellow python so cool?!  To bad you see my foot on the bottom left hand side, still an awesome photo though. lol

Meet Norio the yellow burmese python!  

Meet Melia, an even bigger burmese python! Isn't she a beauty?!

Check out my instagram video.  Melia was quite heavy, all muscle!

Tarsier Sanctuary 
Tarsier Sanctuary is a place where Tarsier's are protected and taken care of.  Filipinos of Bohol take true pride of their beloved Tarsiers.  Tarsiers are one of the smallest primates still in existence.  

Peek-A-Boo! Tarsier see's you!
You cannot touch the Tarsiers at the sanctuary anymore, and Tarsiers as pets are also now prohibited.  They are on the verge to extinction so they are treated with ultimate care.  You cannot speak loud while in the forest nor use flash with cameras.  They have also put fences around each tree to keep distance with the humans.

Chocolate Hills
Chocolate Hills are only in the Philippines!  I was super excited because chocolates are my favorite sweets!
Check out the instagram video I posted.  It was sooooo windy, that I had to hold my hat the whole time!  My hat flew off one time and almost went over the edge!
Absolutely beautiful! I am so happy I had a chance to experience this!
Chocolate Hills got it's name because during the dry season the hills turn brown making it look like Hershey kisses!

Artistic photo! lol
Awesome scenery!
Unfortunatly Bohol experienced a 7.2 magnitude Earthquake, and destroyed some of the Chocolate Hills.  This was on October 15, 2013.
Half of the tourist platform was also destroyed so unfortunately I wasn't able to see the Chocolate Hills from the other side.

Loboc River Cruise
The Loboc River Cruise has an all you can eat buffet that consists of popular Filipino dishes and also has music entertainment.  The view was stunning!
Check out my quick instagram video!
I stopped at a native tourist village for about 30 minutes.
Here are one of the native Filipino houses.  It's so tiny and cute!
More of the Loboc River!  So surreal!
Another photo of the tiny Filipino house. hehe

Sandugo Blood Compact
The Sandugo Blood Compact recreates the friendship of Spanish explorer Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Chieftain of Bohol Datu Sikatuna.  On March, 16 1565 they cut both of their left arms and poured their blood in a wine glass and drank each others blood in honor of their friendship.  This was the first treaty of friendship between Filipinos and Spaniards.  
And lastly the view from the rooftop of my hotel!  It was an amazing day!

Thanks for reading! Vanessa Jhoy

Please read my previous posts!

Click [here] for Trip to the Philippines Part 1
Click [here] for Trip to the Philippines Part 2
Click [here] for Trip to the Philippines Part 3
Click [here] for Trip to the Philippines Part 4

To be continued...
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