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Destination<br />

BOHOL<br />

SEPT <strong>2016</strong> Vol. V Issue 3<br />


1<br />


2<br />



Words by<br />

BARRY<br />

DAWSON<br />

Photographs<br />

as credited<br />

Because of<br />

the adverse<br />

weather<br />

conditions<br />

it was only<br />

possible to<br />

complete 1<br />

race each day,<br />

and the second<br />

day was still<br />

continuing<br />

heavy rains all<br />

day, but with<br />

less wind and<br />

more rain some<br />

failed to finish<br />

through lack of<br />

wind.<br />

National He<br />

Bad weather is no deterrent to the adventurous<br />

sailors in Subic Bay where 7 yachts competed<br />

in the National Heroes Regatta over the Saturday<br />

and Sunday in August. Wild storms and heavy rain<br />

for most of the weekend did not dampen the<br />

enthusiasm of all involved, albeit to say the clothes<br />

were more than dampened as sailors returned to<br />

shore after the racing soaked to the skin and full of<br />

smiles. Competing in the event was Red Shift owned<br />

by Hans Woldring, Selma Star owned by Jun Avecilla,<br />

Cocobolo owned by Tan Van Hiender, Bugo-Bugo<br />

Owned by Harold Flaminia, Princess Arietta owned<br />

by Dale Godkin, Centennial II owned by Martin<br />

Tanco and the ever popular Kerida owned by Gary<br />

Kingshott.<br />

It is this type of enthusiasm and comradeship<br />

amongst sailors that is making Subic bay one of the<br />

best sailing venues on the Philippine sailing calendar.<br />

Again hosted by The Lighthouse Marina with Zed<br />

Avecilla, taking control, in the absence of his father,<br />

National H<br />

who is overseas at the moment. Ricky Sandoval<br />

of Watercraft Venture was there to also make sure<br />

everything went smoothly over the two day event.<br />

The first day, when able to see in the heavy rains<br />

went quite well, with heaps of drenched sailors<br />

fighting the adverse conditions which saw Red Shift<br />

take out line honors with a time of 2 hours 13 minutes<br />

and 47 seconds, followed by Centennial II with a<br />

time of 2 hours 17 minutes and 59 seconds, with<br />

Bugo-Bugo taking 3rd spot with a time of 2 hours<br />

23 minutes and 7 seconds.<br />

Because of the adverse weather conditions it was<br />

only possible to complete 1 race each day, and the<br />

second day was still continuing heavy rains all day,<br />

but with less wind and more rain some failed to finish<br />

through lack of wind. But after a well fought race in<br />

these conditions, Centennial II emerged victorious<br />

with a time of 2 hours 46 minutes 40 seconds, while<br />

coming in second was Red Shift with a recorded<br />

time of 3 hours 6 minutes and 24 seconds, with 3rd<br />


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place going to Selma Star with a time of 3 hours 43<br />

minutes 37 seconds.<br />

The awards were held that evening at the 720 bar<br />

of the Lighthouse Marina after a sumptuous dinner<br />

sponsored by the Lighthouse was enjoyed by all.<br />

Ricky Sandoval thanked all for attending and<br />

supporting Subic Sailing before Zed Avecilla took<br />

over and gave out the awards for the first two days<br />

racing before awarding to the overall winners for the<br />

weekend, who were in 1st place was Centennial II<br />

who was tied at 3 points with Red Shift but won<br />

on the countback, so Red Shift came second overall<br />

with Selma Star with 7 points taking 3rd place. After<br />

the awarding it was party time till the wee small<br />

hours, lots of reminiscing and looking forward to the<br />

next Subic Sailing event, all coming events are listed<br />

on http://subicsailing.com/.<br />



Another quarter of the year has flown by, which has seen even more<br />

advancement the watersports activities of the Philippines. Subic bay,<br />

one of the forerunners promoting watersports through Subic Sailing,<br />

has continued to lead the way with events like the Independence Day<br />

and Nation Heroes Day Regattas. While Zambales is still showing the<br />

rest of the Philippines the importance of water safety.<br />

Our resort of the month is the beautiful Bohol Beach Club, this<br />

beautiful resort has so much to offer after just going through an eight<br />

month renovation program to enhance their already spectacular<br />

service and facilities.<br />

We also see the Puerto Galera Yacht Club, home of the All Souls<br />

Regatta, are celebrating their 25th birthday and congratulations go<br />

out to them for a job well done in the contributions made to improve<br />

watersports in the Philippines.<br />

Our Destination this edition is a revisit to Bohol that was featured in<br />

the <strong>Sept</strong>ember 2011 edition, but with the improvements done and<br />

the resilience of the people of Bohol after the devastating earthquake<br />

in October 2013 we felt it very important to revisit them.<br />


National Heroes Day Regatta 4<br />

Independence Day Regatta 12<br />

25 Years Old and Counting..... 18<br />

PGYC Celebrates its Birthday<br />

The History of Fishing 24<br />

Zambales Forerunners in Water Safety 28<br />

Conquering Davao Gulf 34<br />

Destination -BOHOL 42<br />

Travelling With Whales 66<br />

Sailing Tips: Deck Equipment 72<br />

Cruising Philippine Waters - 74<br />

Negros and Surrounding Areas<br />

With events like the All Souls Regatta and Taal Lake Round the Volcano<br />

regattas we can only look forward to bigger and better things in<br />

December.<br />

Bohol Beach Club, page 40<br />

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Rodbar Publishing does not accept any liability whatsoever for errors or omissions.<br />




Independe<br />

Regatta<br />


ence Day<br />

June saw Subic Bay Sailing again in the forefront<br />

with another great sailing event. The Independence<br />

Day Regatta, with a number of yachts competing<br />

in only what could be described as ideal conditions.<br />

Having one race on the Saturday and two races on<br />

the Sunday. After the skippers meeting it was out into<br />

the fray with a start time of 11.30 am for racing class and<br />

11.35am start for the cruising class, and with the<br />

first day of racing, there was plenty of action in the<br />

good winds that prevailed at the start and in the racing<br />

class Martin Tanco showed a clean pair of heals as<br />

he took the lead at the start, but the ever vigilant<br />

Jun Avecilla soon showed how to tack and took the<br />

lead two thirds of the way through the race. Stiff<br />

competition prevailed for the rest of the race which<br />

seen fairly close times achieved. After the days racing<br />

and general clean a freshen up, the next stop was the<br />

720 bar at the Lighthouse Marina to enjoy a few cold<br />

With the goods<br />

winds for the<br />

day all racing<br />

was over by 2pm<br />

allowing crews to<br />

enjoy a few cold<br />

ales then relax<br />

and freshen up<br />

ready for the<br />

awards dinner.<br />

Words by<br />

BARRY<br />

DAWSON<br />

Photographs<br />

as credited<br />


Me and Dad getting our Hobie cat ready<br />

ales and rums with coke. With first day’s racing over<br />

it was time to party and reminisce of whys and what<br />

fore’s of the day’s events. Which saw Jun Avecilla on<br />

Selma Star take out first place with a recorded time<br />

of 2 hours 8 minutes and 59 seconds? Martin Tanco<br />

and crew snaffled second place for the day’s events<br />

with a recorded time of 2 hours 11 minutes and 53<br />

seconds. Hans Woldring and crew came comfortably<br />

in 3rd place with a time of 2 hours 16 minutes and 48<br />

seconds. While in the cruising class Ricky Sandoval on<br />

Selma recorded a time of 1 hour 49 minutes and 21<br />

seconds firmly securing first place, Dale Godkin and<br />

crew sailed Princess Arieta into second spot with a<br />

recorded time of 2 hours 9 minutes and 32 seconds<br />

just beating Jeff Williams on Tiamat by 91 seconds<br />

with a time of 2 hours 11 minutes and 1 second.<br />

Day two got off to a brisk start at 11.30am for the<br />

racing class and 11.35am for the cruising class, and<br />

with good winds of about 10 knots, and the first<br />

race finished in record of under an hour which then<br />

allowed the second race for the racing class to get<br />

underway at 12.35pm. With the goods winds for the<br />

day all racing was over by 2pm allowing crews to enjoy<br />

a few cold ales then relax and freshen up ready for<br />

the awards dinner again hosted by Lighthouse Marina.<br />

Results of the second day’s racing: In race 2 racing<br />

class was won by Selma Star with Jun Avecilla and<br />

crew recording a race time of 46 minutes and 46<br />

seconds, 2nd went to Martin Tanco and Centennial<br />

II with a time of 48 minutes and 10 seconds, Hans<br />

Woldring on Red Shift recorded a tgird place time of<br />

57 minutes 49 seconds. In the cruising class Ricky<br />



Sandoval and crew timed in at 2 hours 6 minutes<br />

and 5 seconds to take first spot while Dale Godkin on<br />

Princess Arieta recorded a time of 2 hours 16 minutes<br />

and 46 seconds securing second place. Because of<br />

the adverse heat of the day Tiamat did not start.<br />

The 3rd and final race for the racing class finished<br />

with Martin Tanco on Centennial II take the lead<br />

with a time of 45 minutes and 20 seconds, Selma<br />

Star was up there again securing second spot with a<br />

time of 48 minutes and 56 seconds while Red Shift<br />

had a time of 52 minutes and 33 seconds to come<br />

in 3rd.<br />

A sumptuous dinner was enjoyed by all before<br />

announcing all the winners and the overall winners<br />

for the weekend. In the Racing Class Jun Avecilla<br />

on Selma Star with 4 points took a well-earned first<br />

place just pipping Martin Tanco of Centennial II who<br />

had 5 points and came in second while in 3rd with<br />

9 points was Hans Woldring on Red Shift. The cruising<br />

class overall winners were with a point score of 2<br />

Ricky Sandoval on Selma was first while Dale Godkin<br />

on Princess Arieta with a score of 4 points was second<br />

and Jeff Williams scoring 5 came in 3rd. After the<br />

awards it was party time till the wee small hours<br />

before everyone rested then headed home after<br />

another fantastic weekend of Sailing organized by<br />

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25 25 years old and<br />

Besides local<br />

kids learning<br />

to sail through<br />

the Club,<br />

groups have<br />

come from<br />

Manila, China<br />

and from as<br />

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international<br />

school in the<br />

Middle East.<br />

Words and<br />

Photographs<br />

by ALAN<br />

SOLLEY<br />

The Puerto Galera Yacht Club has long been a<br />

household name in Oriental Mindoro, Philippines.<br />

The Club, has played host to dozens of successful<br />

international sailing regattas and been a hub of social<br />

life for locals and expats alike for all of its 26 years.<br />

Known for its community involvement through a<br />

long standing junior sailing program, the club has<br />

helped many young sailors plot a course to success<br />

in the local and international racing events.<br />

Juniors from the club have competed in a world<br />

championship in Ireland and events in Australia.<br />

Naming past commodores and committee members<br />

is like a Who’s Who of the Philippines sailing scene<br />

sailing scene with names like Alan Burrell, Russ<br />

Hughs, Peter Stevens and Tony Stephens springing<br />

to mind.<br />

The Club’s now successful junior sailing program began<br />

from the humblest beginning with a discussion at<br />

the bar between Charlie Romig and Russ Hughes<br />

deciding that teaching kids to sail would give the<br />

club a brighter image.<br />

Adding to the fleet, in 2011 the Round Table Club of<br />

Hong Kong donated 10 Optimist dinghy<br />

A second hand dinghy was acquired 2004, a mold<br />

was flopped from it, and the thanks to generous<br />

donations a fleet of the Club’s Lawin sailing<br />

dinghies was the result. The rest is history.<br />

Besides local kids learning to sail through the Club,<br />

groups have come from Manila, China and from as far<br />

away as an international school in the Middle East.<br />

With some 30 moorings for rent club has become<br />

home to visiting cruising yachts many, many of<br />

which have stayed permanently.<br />

The clubhouse was<br />

recently extended to<br />

accommodate a full<br />

size pool table.<br />

Junior sailors<br />

trained by PGYC<br />

have gone on to<br />

international<br />

competition<br />


d counting ….. …..<br />

Puerto<br />

Galera<br />

Yacht Club<br />

Celebrates<br />

its birthday<br />

Socially the Club has become renown for its Wednesday<br />

evening curry buffet night and BBQs every Friday.<br />

The Club has also hosted weddings and other functions.<br />

Besides racing the Club has held successful rallies<br />

to such places as Romblon and Marinduque with a<br />

dozen or so boats taking part.<br />

The clubhouse was recently extended to accommodate<br />

a full size pool table, which is a hit with the members<br />

who compete for hours on end.<br />

Commodore Bob Johnson explained that the Club<br />

has can boast having members from more than a<br />

dozen different countries.<br />

“We always welcome new membership applications<br />

and we offer generous discounts moorings, food and<br />

beverage to all members and their partners”.<br />

(Opposite page)<br />

The club celebrates<br />

all manner of sporting<br />

events, here the<br />

girls cheer on their<br />

favorite football<br />

team during a<br />

football Grand Final<br />

game.<br />

Young sailors collect<br />

their medals from<br />

Small Boat Program<br />

stalwart and former<br />

Commodore Peter<br />

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The hook was<br />

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from metal,<br />

with the arrival<br />

of copper and<br />

bronze. It was<br />

attached to<br />

a hand line<br />

fashioned from<br />

animal and<br />

plant material<br />

strong enough<br />

to hold and<br />

land a fish.<br />

The History<br />

The fishing industry and fishing in general<br />

has, since the beginning of time, furnished<br />

humans with an abundant source of wholesome<br />

nourishment. Hunters and gatherers throughout the<br />

ages have recognized the importance of fish to the<br />

hominoid diet.<br />

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Who developed fishing rods? What was the first bait<br />

used and who first used lures? It certainly wasn’t in<br />

our lifetime or in the many lifetimes before us.<br />

The proven practice of fishing for food dates back to<br />

prehistoric times, 40,000 years ago and the Neanderthals<br />

were fishing 200,000 BC. The first humans to leave<br />

Africa 60,000 years ago were probably following<br />

schools of fish along the African coast.<br />

Isotope analysis is the identification of isotopic<br />

signature, the distribution of certain stable isotopes<br />

and chemical elements within chemical compounds.<br />

Isotopic oxygen is incorporated into the body<br />

primarily through ingestion at which point it is used<br />

in the formation of, for archaeological purposes,<br />

bones and teeth. The oxygen is incorporated into<br />

the hydroxyl carbonic apatite of bone and tooth<br />

enamel. This can be applied to a food web to make<br />

it possible to draw direct inferences regarding diet.<br />

This form of analysis was used on prehistoric<br />

remains which disclosed the regular consumption of<br />

fish. Ancient cave paintings, throughout the world,<br />

have displayed the importance of seafood to<br />

prehistoric man’s survival. The oldest known painting<br />

of an angler using a rod or staff comes from Egypt<br />

circa 2000 B C.<br />


of of Fishing<br />

Egyptian painting<br />


Illingworth Reel<br />

Hooking a fish<br />

Kirby Bend<br />

bamboo fishing rod<br />

26<br />

Gorge Hook<br />

The early history of fishing centers on the Nile River<br />

which was abundant with fish. Fishing scenes were<br />

rarely depicted in Greek historic findings reflecting<br />

the low importance of fishing in that area, however,<br />

the Egyptians invention of a variety of tackle and<br />

methods for fishing are clearly depicted in many<br />

tombs, drawings and papyrus documents. Reed<br />

boats, woven nets, harpoons and hook and line<br />

were being used. There is historic proof that barbed<br />

metal hooks were being used from 1991 BC.<br />

American Indians are known to have fished along<br />

the California coast with gorged hooks (predecessor<br />

to the modern fishing hook, a piece of wood, bone,<br />

or stone 1 inch (2.5 cm) or so in length, pointed at<br />

both ends and secured off-center to the line. The<br />

gorge was covered with some kind of bait. When a<br />

fish swallowed the gorge, a pull on the line wedged<br />

it across the gullet of the fish, which could then be<br />

pulled in.) attached to line tackle from 7500 until<br />

3,000 years ago while tribes are known to have used<br />

plant toxins to stun stream fish, enabling their capture.<br />

Research has shown that fisherman in India used<br />

harpoons attached to long cords for fishing since<br />

early times.<br />

The methods and tackles have evolved slowly and it<br />

wasn’t until the late 15th century did sport fishing,<br />

as it is now known today, really begin. The earliest

English written instructions in the use of a fishing<br />

rod for recreational fishing appeared in 1496, soon<br />

after the invention of the printing press.<br />

The hook was the first piece of tackle made from<br />

metal, with the arrival of copper and bronze. It was<br />

attached to a hand line fashioned from animal and<br />

plant material strong enough to hold and land a<br />

fish. By attaching the other end of the line to a stick<br />

or tree branch made it possible to fish from a bank<br />

or shore. These rods remained short for more than<br />

1,000 years until the 4th century when references<br />

to jointed rods made from timber where found. This<br />

form of rod was dominant well into the 19th century.<br />

A wire loop attached to the tip of the rod allowing<br />

for a free running line making it possible to cast and<br />

play a hooked fish was the first major improvement<br />

to fishing tackle during the mid-17th century, leading<br />

to the invention of the fishing reel. In 1667,<br />

experiments with fishing line material led to the use<br />

of gut lines and in 1676, lute string became popular.<br />

Improved methods of making hooks were devised by<br />

Charles Kirby in the 1650’s who invented the Kirby<br />

Bend which is still widely used today. He launched<br />

hook making factories in Redditch in 1730 and<br />

they remain the center of the English hook making<br />

industry today.<br />

By 1770 a rod with guides for the line along its length<br />

and a reel were in common use. The first true modern<br />

reel was a geared multiplying reel attached under<br />

the rod, in which one turn of the<br />

handle moved the spool through<br />

several revolutions. Never popular<br />

in Great Britain, such reels became<br />

popular in the United States and<br />

inspired the bait-casting reel<br />

devised by Kentucky watchmaker<br />

George Snyder in 1810.<br />

(called an overrun in Britain and a backlash in the<br />

United States) could result. Governors were contrived<br />

to prevent this.<br />

In 1896 the level-wind, a traveling bracket on the<br />

reel that automatically spread the line evenly as it<br />

was wound was devised and in 1905 English textile<br />

magnate Holden Illingworth filed the first patent<br />

on the spinning reel. The increased casting distance<br />

presented by the spinning reel and new lines with<br />

smaller diameters revolutionized freshwater fishing.<br />

During the early 20th century bamboo was replaced<br />

by fiberglass and then graphite in the 1970’s.<br />

The 1930s saw the fixed-spool reel become popular<br />

in Europe and following World War the rest of the<br />

world, creating a surge in spin casting. Nylon monofilament<br />

line was developed in the late 1930s and<br />

became dominant after World War II. Plastic coverings<br />

for fly lines allowed them to float or sink without the<br />

application of grease. Plastic also became the dominant<br />

material for artificial casting lures, replacing various<br />

types of low-density wood, such as balsa.<br />

Fishing is the world’s foremost outdoor pastime as it<br />

was thousands of years ago and as it has been virtually<br />

from the beginning of time.<br />

fishing-pole<br />

Around the same time moreelastic<br />

imported woods, such as<br />

lancewood and greenheart from<br />

South America and the West Indies<br />

and by bamboo where replacing<br />

the heavy native woods of England<br />

and United States as rod materials<br />

and by 1870 bamboo became the<br />

material of choice on both sides<br />

of the Atlantic.<br />

From 1880 tackle design progressed<br />

rapidly with lines made of silk,<br />

cotton, or linen enabling the<br />

angler to cast three times farther.<br />

This increased distance provoked<br />

the development of artificial<br />

lures. With longer casting potential<br />

and more line, a significant tangle<br />


A Junior<br />

Lifeguard is a<br />

program for<br />

children from 8<br />

to 16 years of<br />

age, they learn<br />

the full lifeguard<br />

program,<br />

including<br />

rescue<br />

techniques,<br />

first aid, CPR<br />

Etc. and can<br />

assist Senior<br />

lifeguards on<br />

duty.<br />

Zambales is leading the way with water safety<br />

and awareness with successful programs<br />

such as the Zambales Surf Lifesaving and swim safe<br />

Programs, these inspired programs were introduced<br />

by Roger Bound and fully supported by the coast<br />

guard, Australian Surf Life Saving, and major sponsors<br />

like Standard Insurance.<br />

The efforts by all are shown in the results of in-club<br />

competitions held each year with teams from Cebu<br />

and other areas, now taking notice of the efforts of<br />

Zambales and the importance of water safety.<br />

The surf lifesaving programs encourage youngsters<br />

from 8 upwards to become a worthwhile member<br />

of the community in efforts to increase water safety<br />

and ultimately reduce the number of drowning’s<br />

each year in the Philippines.<br />

Each year more and more people and companies are<br />

getting involved in this very worthwhile program<br />

and one of the latest events held was supported by<br />

representatives from Australia and other parts of the<br />

Philippines. On July 14 – 15 a visit from representatives,<br />

Mr. Andrew McLean and Miss Katelyn Pomroy of<br />

Griffith University, Gold Coast Queensland Australia<br />

to discuss the assistance of Zambales Lifesaving<br />

Inc. to train Lifeguards for Baler in Aurora Province,<br />

where they wish to assist with water safety, Zambales<br />

Lifesaving Inc. will partner with them and are currently<br />

awaiting feedback from Australia on getting the<br />

program underway.<br />

Zambales For<br />

Words by<br />

BARRY<br />

DAWSON<br />

Photographs<br />

as credited<br />

Water<br />

Safety<br />


Also a courtesy visit with the Griffith University<br />

representatives to Zambales Governor Hon, Atty.<br />

Amor Deloso brought about assistance for the<br />

Zambales Swim Team, of which a large number are<br />

also Zambales Lifeguards, from a Gold Coast swimming<br />

organization of which Andrew McLean is a member,<br />

there is also a high possibility that Griffith University<br />

will assist Zambales Lifesaving Inc. with a number of<br />

AED’s for deployment in Zambales.<br />

July 23 Batangas Fuego Open Water Swim. Leg 3.<br />

Through the generosity of newly installed Governor<br />

Hon. Atty Amor Deloso’s by his supplying the<br />

Provincial Bus for the Zambales Swim Team,<br />

many of which are also Zambales Lifeguards and<br />

Zambales Junior Lifeguards, they were able to<br />

compete in this event so far from Zambales. The<br />

event was held at Terrazas de Punta Fuego Resort<br />

in Nasugbu Batangas in almost perfect conditions.<br />

Events included 1 kilometer, 2 kilometer and 4<br />

kilometer open water swims for Open class, 12 and<br />

above, with divisions for Male and Female. Also 200<br />

meter and 400 meter events for below 12.<br />

One kilometer open ladies division, with FIRST. Colleen<br />

Sanguyo, SECOND Ivy Bernal and THIRD. Sylvern<br />

Bound. All Zambales Junior Lifeguards and the oldest<br />

only 13 years old, against more than 35 swimmers<br />

of all ages. FOURTH was Lean Floresca, a Zambales<br />

Senior Lifeguard. A great result with Zambales Girls<br />

making a clean sweep of the Ladies division.<br />

rerunners in in<br />


Men’s Division, THIRD. Donnell Wayne Sanchez.<br />

Also a Zambales Lifeguard.<br />

Two kilometer open event saw Zambales Junior Lifeguard,<br />

Lovely Floresca take the FIRST place against<br />

swimmers of all ages in the female division.<br />

Men’s Division saw Miguel Villamin, also a Zambales<br />

Junior Lifeguard, take a very creditable THIRD place.<br />

Four Kilometer. Zambales swimmer and lifeguard,<br />

Issac Daylo took FOURTH place.<br />

The under 12 competitors also performed well with<br />

all Zambales competitors swimming well, the best<br />

of which was Zyrie Mychele D. Ruelos who finished<br />

THIRD in the 400 meters.<br />

JULY 30. Swim Competition in Baguio.<br />

Again through the assistance of our new Governor<br />

the Zambales Swim team went to Baguio for the<br />


competition was divided into “Open” and “Novice”<br />

sections, in all the Zambales contingent consisted<br />

of 23, being 15 in the open class and 8 in the novice<br />

class. Overall results were Open Class, Zambales a<br />

close second placing behind the Cabalen Sharks<br />

swim school.<br />

In the Open division notable Zambales swimmers were:<br />

Donnel Sanchez-1 gold, 2 silver,1 bronze -<br />

A Zambales Lifeguard<br />

Isaac Daylo - 3 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze -<br />

A Zambales Lifeguard<br />

Lean Floresca - 5 gold, 1 bronze -<br />

A Zambales Lifeguard<br />

Lovely Floresca- 2 bronze -<br />

A Zambales Junior Lifeguard<br />

Ivy Bernal- 2 bronze -<br />

A Zambales Junior Lifeguard<br />

Miguel Villamin - 6 gold, 1bronze -<br />

A Zambales Junior Lifeguard<br />

Novice division.<br />

Ian Tongson- 1 gold,1bronze, 1silver<br />

Zyrle Mychele D. Ruelos- 4 silver<br />

Swim-safe <strong>2016</strong>, proves a huge success.<br />

Zambales Lifesaving Inc. ran a pilot course this year<br />

for a free community based drowning awareness<br />

and prevention program, target group was elementary<br />

school children 10 and below, as this is proven to<br />

be one of the age groups at greatest risk, we also<br />

required them to bring along their parents.<br />

The reason for requesting the parents is that if the<br />

parents also do not know the risks and dangers and<br />

how to recognize such risks and dangers, by doing so<br />

and learning what their children learned, all would<br />

be far better off should an emergency arise.<br />



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In the last edition there was some coverage of the<br />

first of these events, run at Palmera Garden Beach<br />

Resort in Iba and sponsored by the Rotary Club of<br />

Iba, which was highly successful, so much so that<br />

Palmera are requesting that we double the number<br />

of days and participants for next year.<br />

Our aim was to have a joint venture of Resorts and<br />

Community minded sponsors, with the sponsors<br />

covering the travel expenses and salaries of the lifeguards<br />

and the resorts supply their facilities free of<br />

charge and also to supply foods and snacks for the<br />

Lifeguards and Junior Lifeguards doing the training,<br />

you may well ask, what is a Junior Lifeguard? A Junior<br />

Lifeguard is a program for children from 8 to 16 years<br />

of age, they learn the full lifeguard program, including<br />

rescue techniques, first aid, CPR Etc. and can assist<br />

Senior lifeguards on duty, they also compete in Lifesaving<br />

Sports competitions.<br />

We incorporated junior lifeguards into this program<br />

to increase their skills and of course children interact<br />

much easier with younger people, also doing so<br />

helps draw attention to the junior programs in our<br />

lifesaving programs and trainings.<br />

As Zambales host a number of International Schools in<br />

the Subic Bay Freeport area, our second swim-safe was<br />

aimed at the International school students, who have a<br />

different holiday schedule than the local schools.<br />

The program was set up as a one day course for 60<br />

children, 10 children per day, 2 days a week over<br />

3 weeks and consisted of lectures about dangers<br />

that exist, such as rip currents, inshore holes and<br />

other dangers, not only at the beach, pool or other<br />

aquatic recreation areas, but also around the home<br />

and during bad weather such as typhoons, storms,<br />

local flooding Etc. Actually it was very encouraging<br />

to see the interest of the parents during the lectures<br />

which were presented by a audio / visual PowerPoint<br />

presentation by the lifeguards and junior lifeguards.<br />

We approached 2 resorts in the Subic Freeport with<br />

pools to see if they were interested, Subic Park Hotel and<br />

Lighthouse Marina Resort, both were very interested<br />

and enthusiastic, however to our disappointment and<br />

amazement we could not find a single sponsor willing<br />

to assist, it was not like we were talking a lot of money,<br />

only around P10,000.00 per venue, so it looked like<br />

having to cancel the program for Subic, when the<br />

resorts were notified, they were also disappointed<br />

that no one in the private sector was interested in<br />

drowning prevention for children.<br />

was very pleasantly surprised when he said, this is<br />

a great program and should not be cancelled, the<br />

Lighthouse will also be the sponsor.<br />

Likewise there was little support from most of the<br />

schools, with the exception of Brent International<br />

School, who put up advertising banners and even<br />

assisted in taking registrations for participants, so a<br />

big thank you also to Brent School for their enthusiasm<br />

and support.<br />

So at least half of our plan for the Subic area went<br />

ahead, not just went ahead, but was a huge success<br />

with both parents and students very involved and<br />

very satisfied.<br />

Once again I was pleasantly surprised as on day one<br />

when the morning break time arrived, the Lighthouse<br />

not only supplied snacks for our lifeguards,<br />

but also to the children and their parents, the same<br />

happened for lunch and afternoon snacks on every<br />

day of the program and to top it off I was also<br />

informed that all were invited back on the afternoon<br />

of the final day for a formal presentation of certificates,<br />

all supplied free of charge by the Lighthouse Marian<br />

Resort.<br />

If only all resorts could see the value in supporting<br />

community projects as did the Lighthouse, the<br />

industry would be far better off and the community<br />

much better protected.<br />

As this was a pilot program, we also had a lot to<br />

learn, from the success of this year we are already<br />

planning swim-safe 2017 and are pleased to say that<br />

we hope to greatly increase the number of children<br />

and parents who will be able to join this free program,<br />

for 2017 we hope to add at least 2 more Zambales<br />

municipalities, if so then the numbers should reach<br />

into 500 plus participants compared with this years<br />

120 and hopefully it will grow so we can by 2020<br />

cover all municipalities in Zambales and other parts<br />

of the Philippines each year.<br />

Resorts or sponsors that are concerned about water<br />

safety and are interested in supporting this great<br />

free to the public community program for 2017<br />

please contact Zambales Lifesaving Inc. President<br />

Mr. Roger Bound, best via Email at slszambales@<br />

gmail.com.<br />

However, when I spoke with Mr. Zedrik Avecilla manager<br />

at the Lighthouse Marina Resort, he responded<br />

with, well how much is required from the sponsor<br />

for us here, I informed him, around P10,000.00, I<br />


Conquer<br />

At some<br />

points the<br />

boats were<br />

confronted<br />

without wind<br />

and patience<br />

was the key<br />

word, while<br />

nature took<br />

its own time<br />

to bring in<br />

some moving<br />

air so the<br />

boats could<br />

carry on with<br />

their planned<br />

journey.<br />

Words by<br />

BRUCE<br />

CURRAN<br />

Photographs<br />

as credited<br />

Far below, the waters of the Davao Gulf shimmered<br />

in the afternoon sunlight. The plane banked<br />

to the right and the outline of Samal Island graced<br />

the blueness of the seaway, before a smooth landing<br />

at the Davao airport. I had arrived on a Sunday<br />

afternoon as a guest of a thriving local business<br />

group who had recently taken delivery of six 17 foot<br />

sailing trimarans (3-hulled boats) called ‘Windriders’<br />

that had been containered over from the Californian<br />

manufacturers.<br />

My mission was clear - I was allocated six days to<br />

teach 12 Filipino employees the theory and practice<br />

of seamanship. Monday came sunny and bright,<br />

and the shore-side whiteboard was quickly awash<br />

with theories using the unique vocabulary that is<br />

the pure language of sailing. Diagrams and new<br />

words flooded their minds and the waves of a new<br />

world blew like a fresh breeze. Manoeuvring a boat<br />

using only the power of the wind and the movement<br />

of the seas is an art form that enriches a person’s<br />

understanding in a world that is aimed at “tuning<br />

in to nature”. It is an exciting learning curve that<br />

opens up the mind and keys in to one’s awareness<br />

and hones in the senses. A sailor is a person who is<br />

acutely aware of exactly what is going on all around<br />

them, and must act accordingly to ensure a wellplanned<br />

and safe journey to any destination.<br />

The challenge to the team was made and accepted,<br />

and by lunch time the wind was blowing in strongly<br />

from the North. The theory was about to be put to<br />

practice on a passage in the Davao Gulf to the north<br />

of Samal Island.<br />

Three catamarans set off from the shore line just<br />

north of Davao City, and the 12 trainees were<br />

confronted with some quite boisterous sailing.<br />

Trimarans pick up speed quickly and strong gusts<br />

had the boats flying along. Fine tuning of the two<br />

sails was critical to maintain stability and safety. The<br />

crew were one hundred per cent tuned in, and had<br />

to be totally aware of the wind and sea conditions.<br />

It was a straight line sail along the northern coast<br />

of Samal Island, and then a quick turnaround for a<br />

direct sail back. All trainees performed admirably<br />

and the truth of the matter was that they had<br />

encountered critical conditions, and had survived<br />

with flying colours! The day had been full-on and a<br />

rigorous and vigorous experience for all.<br />


ing the<br />

Davao<br />

Gulf<br />

35<br />

Romulo Sotelo, roamulofied.wordpress.com

The second and third days involved a range of activities.<br />

An active session was learning about how to tie a<br />

range of knots developed over hundreds of years,<br />

when the only means of transport worldwide was by<br />

sailing boats without the invention of the engine.<br />

A session on how to navigate from one point<br />

to another by using charts (sea maps), and a long<br />

list of sailing terminology was applied to the days<br />

theory, before the lighter sailing conditions each<br />

afternoon.<br />

Essential in all of this was getting each person to<br />

take the steering position and learn “person overboard”<br />

drills, in other words, in the rare event of<br />

somebody falling overboard into the sea, how to sail<br />

back and pick them up quickly and safely. Importantly<br />

there was a sailing afternoon with each crew practicing<br />

how to work efficiently and speedily as a unified<br />

team, in order to gain the ability to reduce the sail<br />

size for safety when the wind became stronger.<br />

Now the time was ripe, and the day finally arrived<br />

for a full day of sailing. The objective was a 60 nautical<br />

mile (100 kilometre) circumnavigation of Samal Island.<br />

The boats were launched at 5 am and were destined<br />

to return to the starting shoreline at 7.30 pm. Passing<br />

down the west coast of Samal then around the southern tip<br />

saw light, variable and some nice southerly winds.<br />

The East coast trek was gentler, and by late afternoon<br />

the winds had swung around to the north.<br />

At some points the boats were confronted without<br />

wind and patience was the key word, while nature<br />

took its own time to bring in some moving air so the<br />

boats could carry on with their planned journey. By<br />

night fall everyone had taken turns in participating<br />

in all activities, including steered, tacking through<br />

the wind, gybing with the wind from behind, and<br />

generally getting a full day of exercise tuned in to<br />

nature. A final hour with night time winds blew the<br />

three trimarans back to base and it was definitively<br />

time for a full nights rest for the 12 well versed,<br />

highly active, keen and diligent, and by then very<br />

tired crew members.<br />



SEPT. 9-11, <strong>2016</strong> SM MEGAMALL<br />


The final day proved that all had thoroughly enjoyed<br />

their six days of seamanship, had learnt a great deal,<br />

and curious as it might sound, during the course<br />

of the week all crew had ended up with their own<br />

nicknames- amongst them ‘Invincible’, ‘Big Smiler’,<br />

‘Walo Walo’ (sea snake). ‘Sexy Merienda’, ‘Swankie’,<br />

‘Bowline’ and others ……but how they got these<br />

names is for another story!<br />

The week was a welcomed introduction to the art<br />

and science of sailing in a place which is ideal for<br />

the development of a sailing club. In fact it is the<br />

intention of the vibrant successful and keen business<br />

group leader to introduce sailing to the people of<br />

Davao, particularly the youth. After all it is the<br />

opposite side of the universe for the modern youth<br />

of today who spent most of their time focused with<br />

blinkers on eyeballing screens in front of their faces,<br />

and are a million miles away from “tuning in to nature”<br />

that ultimately makes the world go round. Here is an<br />

opportunity for the youth and others to leave their<br />

tech-gadgets behind on shore, and go out there in<br />

the seaways of the Davao Gulf and smell, feel, taste<br />

hear and touch nature in all its pure roar invincible<br />

reality.<br />

From the plane window seat I could see the whole<br />

of Samal Island and felt satisfied that I had done my<br />

part, and am convinced that Davao will soon have<br />

a thriving fresh lively sailing community. It will be a<br />

perfect balance to counteract modern technology,<br />

and those smart enough to give sailing a go will see<br />

a whole new world open up all around them, and<br />

give them a fulfilling partner as a counter balance to<br />

modern high technology. My nick name was given<br />

as the ‘Red Lobster’, and my suntan was a kind<br />

reminder of the all-day sunny side of the beautiful<br />

and welcoming Davao Gulf. Where there’s a will<br />

there’s a way, and my advice is “Go Sailing and tune<br />

in to nature”. My host and the 12 new seafarers<br />

have done just that, and definitely have a new vision<br />

on the world, and no doubt their fresh breeze will<br />

spread the word far and wide.<br />



RESORT of the MONTH<br />


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holiday at the<br />

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T<br />

he Bohol Beach Club Resort in Panglao, just<br />

1km from the Tagbilaran airport, is a true<br />

tropical paradise with enchanting settings to wipe<br />

away all the pressures of city life.<br />

This 4-star resort has just gone through an 8 month<br />

renovation to improve its already spectacular<br />

service and facilities even more. The rooms and<br />

suites are designed to ensure the full comfort of its<br />

guests with plush furnishings, super comfortable<br />

bedding and all the creature comforts, like flat<br />

screen TV, internet Wi-Fi, hot water and verandahs<br />

that overlook the pristine water of the beach that is<br />

part of the Bohol Beach Club.<br />

The resort boasts complete watersports activities,<br />

like kayaking, sailing and windsurfing. The bars and<br />

restaurants with a menu that would please the most<br />

discerning diner make your stay complete. It has<br />

swimming pool, a business center and a courtyard<br />

for the dream wedding of a lifetime for any lucky<br />

couple choosing the venue for their big day.<br />

This resort has everything you could possibly wish<br />

for, so who needs a 5-star rating when you can have<br />

a dream holiday at the Bohol Beach Club.<br />

Words by<br />

BARRY<br />

DAWSON<br />

Photographs<br />

as credited<br />


Bohol’s First . . . Bohol’s Best!<br />

Bohol Beach Club now offers new rooms,<br />

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Aside from having the best private white sand<br />

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BOHOL<br />

Chocolate Hills<br />


Bohol is a compact but elegant island a few<br />

kilometers south east of Cebu City. For many<br />

years it was overlooked by overseas and domestic<br />

travellers who preferred to visit the country’s more<br />

popular and ritzy tourist destinations but now the<br />

tide is turning in favor of Bohol as visitors become<br />

less tolerant of crowds and inflated prices. Even<br />

today Bohol lacks the facilities and infrastructure<br />

required to accommodate hordes of visitors: but that<br />

same absence contributes to its quaint charm. Not<br />

being one of the archipelago’s largest islands means<br />

Bohol is quite easy to get around.<br />

Tagbilaran City<br />

Tagbilaran is the capital of Bohol, the only city on the<br />

island and blessedly free of the forests of concrete<br />

and glass towers that dominate many of the<br />

Philippines’ largest cities. Tagbilaran is also the gateway<br />

to Bohol from other islands and the province’s<br />

commercial center for trade, transportation and<br />

education. The city is well placed within easy reach<br />

by boat or ferry of many towns and cities throughout<br />

the Central and Eastern Visayas and by plane from<br />

cities further afield, which has seen it become<br />

increasingly popular for national conventions and<br />

conferences.<br />

Buses run from Tagbilaran on a daily schedule to<br />

major towns and villages throughout Bohol but are<br />

not really suitable for travellers wishing to stop and<br />

explore along the way. Many of the island’s more<br />

popular tourist attractions are difficult to get to and<br />

from with any degree of certainty by public transport.<br />

Being marooned by the roadside waiting for a bus<br />

which may or may not arrive does not make a pleasant<br />

holiday experience for all but the most ardent<br />

of travellers. Cars, motor bikes and scooters are<br />

available for hire and are far more convenient for<br />

anyone wanting to visit the Chocolate Hills, the<br />

Tarsier Sanctuary and the Loboc River floating<br />

restaurants. Any of the ubiquitous tricycles which<br />

swarm over Philippine roads and laneways can be<br />

hired for shorter trips in and around the towns.<br />

The road which forms a somewhat lopsided ring<br />

around the island’s coastline is in quite good condition<br />

and while some of the interior roads are a bit rough<br />

Generally<br />

considered one<br />

of the oldest<br />

towns in Bohol,<br />

Loboc was<br />

founded in<br />

1602 when Fr<br />

Juan de Torres<br />

persuaded the<br />

local barangay<br />

chieftains to<br />

settle here.<br />

Words by<br />

BARRY<br />

DAWSON<br />

Photographs<br />

as credited<br />


BOHOL<br />

and ready in parts, the scenery more than compensates<br />

for the inconvenience of a few ruts and potholes, at<br />

least during the dry season.<br />

All the facilities and services expected in a major city<br />

can be found in Tagbilaran as well as a congregation<br />

of churches, heritage sites, hotels, restaurants,<br />

nightlife, travel companies etc to satisfy most people<br />

from most parts of the world. The city’s main shopping<br />

malls stock a variety of merchandise but apart from<br />

some stylish and colorful beach and resort wear,<br />

nothing really shouted “buy me” during my travels.<br />

The Bohol Museum is housed in the old city library<br />

not far from the town center. There’s not a lot on<br />

offer beyond some local and natural history exhibits<br />

and the results of archeological exploration and<br />

excavation that provides an insight into the pre-history<br />

of Bohol. Even on the gloomiest and wettest of days<br />

the average visitor would be hard pressed to spend<br />

more than 30 minutes inspecting the exhibits.<br />

Well before the Spanish appeared and so forcefully<br />

inserted themselves into local society, the settlement<br />

which became Tagbilaran was doing very nicely for<br />

itself trading with China and Malaya. Then in 1565<br />

that prince of plunderers, Don Miguel Lopez de<br />

Legazpi, turned up unwelcome and uninvited and,<br />

after convincing the locals he wasn’t one of those<br />

frightful Portuguese chaps who skirmished so<br />

unsuccessfully with Lapu Lapu 40 years earlier, sat<br />

down to negotiate a friendship treaty with the local<br />

chieftain, Datu Sikahuna. Those negotiations yielded<br />

the Sandugo or Blood Compact which is considered<br />

by some to be the first act of diplomacy to have<br />

taken place between Asia and a western power. The<br />

Blood Compact Site, complete with life size bronze<br />

statues of Legazpi and Datu Sikahuna is on the outskirts<br />

of the city and a popular gathering spot for locals<br />

and visitors. The Blood Compact is re-enacted<br />

annually in a gaily exuberant spectacle of streettheater<br />

known as the Sandugo Festival.<br />

Siti Ubos, the old harbour, was a bustling port for<br />

about 300 years before fading into relative obscurity<br />

with the advent of larger vessels and increased<br />

mechanization in the early 20th century. Because<br />

of its history Siti Ubos retains much of it s periodic<br />

charm and some of the area’s original houses are<br />

well worth wandering around for the architecture<br />

of the period. Many of the older buildings were<br />

demolished or abandoned as unworthy of additional<br />

maintenance and attention to such an extent they<br />

basically withered and died of shame and neglect,<br />

robbing succeeding generations of a glimpse into<br />

past lives. In 2002 wiser heads prevailed and Siti<br />

Ubos was declared a ‘Cultural Heritage Area’, thus<br />

preserving the integrity of the remaining heritage<br />

houses.<br />

Panglao Island<br />

The island of Panglao dangles from the southern tip<br />

of Bohol like a pendulum and is easily reached by<br />

causeway from Tagbilaran. To get to the township<br />

of Panglao, more commonly referred to as poblacion,<br />

which means center or central, travellers first pass<br />

through Dauis, the island’s only other settlement<br />

Aerial view of Tagbilaran City<br />



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worthy of the name. The town of Panglao still<br />

preserves the traditional layout of a Philippine rural<br />

town: a large grass covered town-square, with the<br />

Church on one side, on another sits the town hall in<br />

its somewhat faded glory, and on a third the local<br />

school. Add to this the remnants of an older church<br />

(of which only one stone wall remains as the rest of<br />

it was made of bamboo), and a massive hexagonal<br />

watchtower, the largest on Bohol, and that’s about<br />

it for poblacion beyond a few shops and cafes.<br />

Panglao, the island, only has one industry: tourism —<br />

and it does tourism very well. Dumaluan and Alona<br />

beaches boast of glistening white sand, an alluringly<br />

racy and energetic waterfront and jumbled clusters<br />

of beach resorts, cafes and dive shops come together<br />

to form a surprisingly cosmopolitan environment<br />

in which everybody is welcome; and the diving is<br />

pretty special too.<br />

Dauis<br />

Dauis is the other municipality on Panglao island,<br />

and its entrance is through two bridges to the mainland.<br />

Why are we not surprised that it, too, has a church<br />

that is worth visiting, including the watchtower and<br />

presbytery. The town is the home of Hinagdanan cave,<br />

a small underground lake surrounded by stalactites,<br />

which is one of the tourist attractions in Bohol. A<br />

large number of souvenir shops have collected<br />

around its entrance, which is a drawback but they’re<br />

not yet overly aggressive.<br />

Baclayon<br />

This small town not far east of Tagbilaran is mainly<br />

known for its rather imposing coral-stone ‘Church of<br />

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception’ completed<br />

almost 300 years ago and its equally weathered<br />

three storey watchtower opposite the pier. Attached<br />

to the church is a small museum displaying a few<br />

minor religious relics. Far more interesting are some<br />

of the traditional houses with floors hewn from massive,<br />

often teak, logs and sliding windows made from<br />

capiz shells. A group of these homeowners formed<br />

the ‘Association of Baclayon Ancestral Homes’ and<br />

members open their houses for overnight guests,<br />

which can be as interesting as it is challenging for<br />

visitors. Baclayon is also the base for some of the<br />

dolphin watching tours that are often operated by<br />

fishermen from the nearby Pamilacan Island, but the<br />

fisherman are perfectly willing to pick up sightseers<br />



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underwater<br />

scenery<br />

in front of the resorts on Alona beach or elsewhere<br />

on Panglao.<br />

Pamilacan Island<br />

A 45 minute boat ride from Baclayon is a speck of<br />

land known as Pamilacan, which is essentially<br />

an undeveloped and uninhabited blob of sand<br />

surrounded by a marine sanctuary.<br />

Pamilacan is ideal for dolphin watching as many<br />

species course playfully through these serene waters<br />

and there are regular sightings of whales, including<br />

sperm whales and the remarkably reticent blue<br />

whales, basking and feeding not far way. The best<br />

time to indulge in a spot of marine mammal watching<br />

is the early morning when the dolphins are roused<br />

into action in search of a hearty breakfast before<br />

spending the day teasing the tourists with just a<br />

hint of their presence.<br />

The marine sanctuary teems with brightly colored<br />

marine life, some quite languid others apparently<br />

hyperactive bustling around like an officious school<br />

mistress wanting to know what is going on, which<br />

somehow transforms the sanctuary into a sparkling<br />

mobile mosaic.<br />

Loboc<br />

Generally considered one of the oldest towns in Bohol,<br />

Loboc was founded in 1602 when Fr Juan de Torres<br />

persuaded the local barangay chieftains to settle<br />

here. There is, of course, the usual Spanish era<br />

church, a small museum within a rather grand<br />

presbytery and a separate bell tower.<br />

More recently the town formed the Loboc Children’s<br />

Choir. The choir consists of 30 schoolchildren aged<br />

between 9 and 13 who attend Loboc Elementary<br />

School. From a purely local audience, word of their<br />

soaring angelic voices soon spread and the Loboc<br />

Children’s Choir became one of the most acclaimed<br />

choral groups in the country.<br />

The choir has performed at the International Children’s<br />

Culture and Arts Festival in Tianjin, China, and held<br />

concerts in Hong Kong and Beijing. The ‘On Angels<br />

Wings: From Bohol to the World’ toured key cities in<br />

the USA and the choir has performed concerts with<br />

the World Youth Orchestra. The Loboc Children’s<br />

Choir repertoire is an eclectic mix of classical, folk,<br />

modern and children’s songs.<br />

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that cruise the Loboc River where diners are treated<br />

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or watch the Filipino folk dances performed by the<br />

local dancers. The tour ends at Busay Falls before<br />

returning to its origin which is downstream, making<br />

the return trip so much quicker. Not far from the<br />

town of Loboc, a zip-line and cable car have been<br />

constructed and while it is not as long and high as<br />

the one in Danao, it offers an impressive flight across<br />

the Loboc River.<br />

Sevilla<br />

It’s not uncommon in a certain genre of film for the<br />

intrepid hero, the valuable item which he just recovered,<br />

or looted, in his rucksack, to be seen fleeing a horde<br />

of villains intent on his destruction when he rounds<br />

a corner and stops. His sole means of escape, and<br />

possibly his survival, is a particularly precarious looking<br />

bridge made of woven vines or rope with a few<br />

planks of mostly rotting wood to walk on, about a<br />

third of which are missing, the bridge swaying in a<br />

light breeze and spanning a chasm with rocks, rapids or<br />

monsters below. One thinks. “Oh sh*t”. Well the infamous<br />

Hanging Bridge crossing the upper reaches of<br />

the Loboc River not far from Sevilla is a less grim and<br />

foreboding challenge even though it hangs about<br />

25meters above the river.<br />

In the past villagers had to scramble down the cliff<br />

then ride a small banca across the river before<br />

continuing their journey. Fortunately at some point<br />

common sense prevailed and the Bohol government<br />

put up a bamboo bridge for easier and faster access<br />

from one side of the river to the other. As tourism<br />

grew and local and international visitors enjoyed the<br />

culinary delights of the Loboc River floating restaurants<br />

they noticed, then became interested in, the Hanging<br />

Bridge. Many younger travellers wanted to experience<br />

the thrill of crossing the bridge, especially as it sways,<br />

swings and bucks with each footstep offering visitors<br />

a frisson of danger that is more than rewarded by<br />

the compellingly spectacular views of the river.<br />

As tempting as this activity might appear, vertigo<br />

sufferers should do their fellow travellers a favor<br />

and stay far away from the Hanging Bridge lest they<br />

damage themselves or others.<br />

Bilar<br />

Bilar is less than 20km north east of Loboc and as<br />

the road climbs into the higher reaches of Bohol<br />

it degenerates into a series of hair-pin bends and<br />

switchbacks which the locals have named ‘tina-i-samanok’<br />

or chicken guts. Despite its pejorative the<br />

road is quite safe although drivers should be especially<br />

alert and attentive as any problems are likely to be<br />

caused by other road users who are, as often as not,<br />

‘away with fairies’ when driving.


to the border between the two towns there is<br />

a 2km stretch of forest, made up of red and white<br />

mahogany trees, lining the road like a military regiment<br />

forming an honor guard for a visiting dignitary. This<br />

man-made mahogany forest is most noticeable for<br />

the symmetry of the trees — the height, the size<br />

of the trunks, the spread of their branches and the<br />

shape and patterns of the leaves are all eerily similar<br />

and a little bit spooky. Because of the lush, verdant<br />

canopy of the surrounding forest it is often dark<br />

and chilly, even in the middle of summer. It is also<br />

disturbingly silent. Birds and other native flora and<br />

fauna do not, for the most part, dwell in this forest<br />

as mahogany is an alien species and native plants<br />

have not taken root and the animals tend to avoid it.<br />

The man-made forest was part of a larger reforestation<br />

project covering almost 20,000 hectares which<br />

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commenced in the late 1940s. It really took off in the<br />

late 1960s and 1970s when a myriad of government<br />

employees, students, volunteers and civic leaders<br />

descended on the area to plant mahogany seedlings<br />

from the nearby Logarita nursery.<br />

Bilar, however, has more to offer. It is currently being<br />

developed as an eco-tourism destination, and rightly<br />

so, as within its borders is the Raja Sikatuna National<br />

Park, which is a 9,000 hectare nature reserve that<br />

offers great trekking, curious and interesting lime-rock<br />

formations, some of the last remaining primary forest<br />

on Bohol, caves, and many opportunities for observing<br />

animals and bird watching. Logarita, where there is a<br />

large swimming pool fed by a natural spring, makes<br />

an excellent starting point for treks into the park. In<br />

Bilar, the Simply Butterflies Conservation Center, is<br />

home to many varieties of hand raised native butterfly<br />

and watching these dazzlingly scatty creatures flutter<br />

whimsically about on seemingly flimsy wings is quite<br />

therapeutic.<br />

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Maribojoc, located near the coast at the south western<br />

tip of Bohol, is known for its triangular Spanish<br />

watch tower, the Punta Cruz Watch Tower, built in<br />

1796. From the tower there’s a good view of Panglao<br />

and Cebu and, on a clear day, Siquijor and Negros<br />

are readily discernible. Maribojoc was severely<br />

affected by the October 2013 earthquake which<br />

damaged many houses and other buildings, including<br />

the church. At places, the sea-bed was lifted more<br />

than a meter and, as a result, the coast-line receded<br />

some 50 to 100 meters. Because of this, the Punta<br />

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One of the more eco-friendly tours in Bohol is Firefly<br />

Kayaking, which takes place on the Abatan River,<br />

near Maribojoc, most days from 4:30pm to around<br />

8:30pm. As darkness falls the trees bordering the<br />

river come alight as thousands of fireflies perform a<br />

synchronized light show, sparkling on and off, as visitors<br />

drift by in awe. Kayaking is the much preferred<br />

method of enjoying these nightly performances as<br />

the gentle motion of paddles silently manoeuvring<br />

kayaks through the water does not disturb the calm<br />

quietness of the firefly habitat. Tours are available<br />

and the price will generally include free transfers,<br />

certified kayak guides, kayak rental and a full dinner.<br />

The Chocolate Hills<br />

The Chocolate Hills are probably Bohol’s most famous<br />

tourist attraction. Since mankind first discovered<br />

them hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago the<br />

origin of the Chocolate Hills has been a source of<br />

fascination, wonder, speculation, exploration and<br />

exploitation.<br />

These smooth round hills resemble giant scoops<br />

of chocolate ice cream, dolloped randomly over<br />

an area of about 50 sq km. The tallest of the hills,<br />

or more accurately mounds, barely reaches 120m<br />

while most are a scant 30 to 50m in size yet<br />

completely uniform in shape. It is towards the end<br />

of the dry season when the grass covering the hills<br />

drys and turns from a rich green into the chocolate<br />

brown that gives the hills their name. No matter<br />

the season, the hills are equally spectacular all year<br />

round and, apparently, no trees or shrubs have<br />

been known to grow on them.

Mystery still surrounds the formation of the Chocolate<br />

Hills. One of the more fanciful local legends is that<br />

long ago two giants fought for days, hurling earth<br />

and stones at one another, until they fell exhausted,<br />

friends once more, into each other’s arms. A more<br />

romantic tale is that of a handsome young giant<br />

named Arogo, who fell in love with a mortal woman.<br />

When, as mortals must, she died, the giant wept,<br />

his great teardrops turning into the Chocolate Hills.<br />

Geologists, however, have differing views about<br />

how they were formed. One plausible theory is that<br />

they are weathered formations of a marine limestone<br />

lying on top of an impenetrable clay base. This more<br />

prosaic explanation is probably more accurate, but<br />

not nearly so intriguing or romantic. Whatever their<br />

origin, being in the presence of the hills is a surreal<br />

experience and, as landscapes go, one of the most<br />

bizarre.<br />

The Chocolate Hills are located between Bilar and<br />

Carmen and not easily reached by public transport.<br />

For those not wanting to travel individually or hire<br />

a car or bike there is an abundance of guides and<br />

tour operators happy to arrange a trip either as a<br />

separate journey or as part of a day tour.<br />

Tarsier<br />

The tarsier is a lightly wacky little critter that should<br />

have been created in the ‘props’ department of a<br />

major Hollywood studio to star in a ghoulish horror film,<br />

but is actually one of God’s creatures and should be<br />

respected as such. It is the smallest primate in the<br />

world with its head and body measuring between 4<br />

and 6.5 inches and hind legs and feet that double<br />

its body length. Not, perhaps, one of nature’s beauties<br />

although it does possess a certain animal charm.<br />

Over millions of years the tarsier has developed<br />

super-long fingers, not unlike E.T., to grasp the tree<br />

branches in which it spends much of its life and it<br />

can leap up to 16 feet when it feels threatened.<br />

And this furry nocturnal predator is severely threatened.<br />

For millions of years tarsiers inhabited the world’s<br />

rain forests, creating for themselves a comfortable<br />

if not luxurious lifestyle in fairly decent surroundings<br />

with a more than adequate supply of food: these<br />

days, however, they struggle to survive on a<br />

few southern Philippine islands, on Borneo and in<br />

Indonesia as their rainforest habitats have gradually<br />

been destroyed. It is not a struggle the tarsier is<br />

likely to win.<br />

The most noteworthy feature of the tarsier is its<br />

disproportionately large eyes which are fixed in<br />

their sockets. To compensate for eyes that don’t<br />

rotate, the tarsier’s neck can move 180º in either<br />

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direction, in the same manner as an owl’s neck, to<br />

guard against a sneak attack from behind, which is<br />

an ever present danger for one so small.<br />

With excellent night vision and acute hearing a<br />

tarsier will lie in wait for its unsuspecting prey to<br />

approach, perhaps while scavenging a meal,<br />

looking for a mate for a quick knee trembler in the<br />

undergrowth, or even just out for an evening stroll<br />

to enjoy the moonlight, then wham!, the tarsier<br />

ambushes its victim, pouncing with deadly effect.<br />

Tarsiers are not fastidious eaters and enjoy a diverse<br />

carnivorous diet of lizards, frogs, snakes, birds and<br />

bats.<br />

Your average tarsier is unlikely to be seen in the wild<br />

as they are notoriously shy and hide in the dense<br />

tropical undergrowth or cling to a tree’s leafier lower<br />

limbs up to 6 feet above the ground. The Philippine<br />

Tarsier Foundation in Corella operates a successful a<br />

sanctuary in an attempt to help the little critters<br />

survive and this is the closest most of us will ever<br />

come to a wild tarsier. Within the Foundation there<br />

is a research and development center, a visitor<br />

facility and a habitat reserve in which the tarsiers<br />

can roam freely while protected by a 3m tall fence<br />

to keep out any predators, the most dangerous of<br />

which are feral cats.<br />

Loon<br />

Loon is a friendly old town with an impressive<br />

church. Inside, there are interesting murals of Bohol,<br />

although several of them are in dire need of<br />

restoration. But most of the damage was caused<br />

when Loon was severely hit by the 2013 earthquake<br />

when many houses were ravaged, and the historic<br />

‘Our Lady of Light’ parish church was completely<br />

destroyed. The port of Catagbacan in Loon was also<br />

badly damaged.<br />

But the tremendous efforts of Mayor Lloyd Peter<br />

Lopez and his staff soon had Loon flourishing again.<br />

Loon has one of the safest bays in the area and the<br />

mayor is encouraging investors to look at establishing<br />

a safe haven marina, amongst other business<br />

enterprises. With what Loon has to offer both in<br />

the town and on Cabilao Island, it should attract<br />

some astute investors looking to participate in the<br />

rejuvenation of one of the most promising<br />

municipalities in Bohol.<br />

One of the more famous festivals of Loon, is the<br />

Sidla Kasilak or Festival of Light held in <strong>Sept</strong>ember<br />

each year. The festival strives for those magical otherworldly<br />

effects in a harmony of light, sound and<br />

dance. Dances performed by local students mesmerize<br />

the crowds with imaginative choreography and superb<br />

coordination. The students of Governor Jacinto Borja<br />

National High school won the 2015 festival in a<br />

magical light and dance performance. Sidla Kasilak<br />

is the only evening street dancing event in Bohol.<br />

In addition, it does not require lavish costumes and<br />

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their school uniforms. Community based delegations<br />

choose their own costumes. The contest criteria<br />

rely solely on the use, set-up and display of lights<br />

and are unchanged for many years, which includes<br />

design, color harmony and brightness, choreography<br />

or movement and manipulation of the lights, and<br />

the dynamics and coordination of melding the<br />

lighting with the music.<br />

very interested in developing the area to generate<br />

income for the municipality, according to Evasco’s<br />

vice mayor who envisions a recreation area with<br />

basketball and volleyball courts, a concert hall, a<br />

dock and a government center on part of the strip in<br />

Guiwanon and Punta Cruz. Also envisioned for the<br />

area are restaurants, fruit stands, massage and spa<br />

areas, and souvenir shops.<br />

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Another phenomenon which arose by the heaving<br />

of the seabed more than a meter above the water<br />

line during the earthquake was the rising of the sea<br />

bed, which created 137 hectares of new coastline.<br />

The undersea upheaval exposed a broad, flat reef<br />

covered with seagrass, coral and other marine<br />

organisms that once lived undisturbed despite the<br />

neap and ebb tides.<br />

To the municipalities of Maribojoc and Loon, which<br />

share stories of devastation caused by the quake<br />

and are contoured by the new coastal crust in the<br />

southwestern part of the island, the strip offers<br />

exciting ecotourism opportunities. Maribojoc is<br />

The more progressive Loon wants to put up a Loon<br />

Coastal Geomorphic Conservation Park in their portion<br />

of the strip to study the earth’s crust. The park<br />

will feature a southern coastal road, amusement and<br />

recreational centers, an area for sports and extreme<br />

adventure. Also envisioned are improvements to the<br />

existing fish sanctuaries and the development of<br />

other fishery-related projects.<br />

Cabilao Island<br />

The small island of Cabilao is a real diver’s paradise<br />

and surrounded by a coral reef that falls steeply to<br />

about 50 meters. Cabilao is located about 30 km<br />

from Tagbilaran along the coastal road to Calape and<br />

Tubigon and is also linked by boat to Sandingan Island,<br />

which in turn is connected to Bohol by a bridge. The<br />

boat trip to to the island takes only about 15<br />

minutes and the ride is not expensive, generally<br />

around P20 per person. The boats depart when they<br />

have seven passengers on board so be patient or be<br />

prepared to pay for all seven tickets if time is a major<br />

concern.<br />

Some of Bohol’s smaller islands, such as Panglao,<br />

are connected to the mainland by bridge or dam or<br />

causeway, making them easier to visit, but it also<br />

means that motor traffic can easily reach them and<br />

disturb their tranquility. Cabilao is too far offshore to<br />

be connected by bridge, so the island remains clean<br />

and comparatively peaceful. The only transport on<br />

the island are a few tricycles and a couple of motorcycles<br />

that also serve as so-called habal-habal which

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means they’re available for hire. However, most of<br />

the distances on Cabilao are so small, pretty much<br />

everywhere is reachable on foot.<br />

Cabilao island is among the best dive sites in and<br />

around Bohol and most visitors go there for the diving<br />

as there are some wonderful reefs not far offshore.<br />

The island has three resorts that mainly cater to divers<br />

exploring the undisturbed reefs, love the peaceful<br />

atmosphere, and come especially to see Cabilao’s<br />

famous shoals of hammerhead sharks. Each resort<br />

now has its own dive shop, and equipment rental<br />

facilities, and can provide pressured air refills for scubadivers.<br />

Snorkelling off the beach is very rewarding<br />

as the waters here are a kaleidoscopic pattern of<br />

brightly colored marine life: it is recommended that<br />

snorkelers wear a wet-suit for protection against<br />

sun-burn, jellyfish stings or a brush with other stinging<br />

creatures that live on or near the reef. Not only can<br />

some these fragile looking marine coelenterates give<br />

a painful sting but the tentacles will often leave<br />

unsightly, (and painful), red welts that are hellish to<br />

get rid of.<br />

Cabilao has much to offer visitors to the island.<br />

Hunting of birds is forbidden on this little piece of<br />

paradise, as it should be everywhere, and now there<br />

are more birds here than in most of Bohol. Also, the<br />

island is the home to Bohol’s only natural lake, Lake<br />

Lanao, which also serves as a bird-sanctuary. The<br />

lake is only a leisurely stroll from any of the resorts,<br />

providing an opportunity to take in the peace,<br />

serenity and lush tropical growth of the island. Cabilao<br />

long-time resident, Joachim Gilliard, has established<br />

the Sunset Dive Resort on his property which also<br />

houses his rather splendid home. The resort boasts<br />

European designed units which are comfortable,<br />

plush and a little unexpected on a small island. They<br />

are also spacious with room to move and relax. On<br />

the grounds there is a swimming pool, a nipa hut<br />

bar and many other facilities to allow guests to do as<br />

much or as little as they wish. Joachim has been on<br />

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the island for more than ten years, is an accomplished<br />

diver and knows the best dive sites around here,<br />

which will make for many happy memories.<br />

Anda<br />

The municipality of Anda is a small peninsula at the<br />

eastern tip of Bohol, 100km from Tagbilaran City. It<br />

was once a wilderness; the shores were swampy and<br />

covered with thick mangroves and hardwood trees.<br />

During the early part of its civilization up to the later<br />

decades of the nineteenth century, this region was<br />

a barrio of Guindulman called “Quinale” due to the<br />

characteristic formation of land made up of sand,<br />

gravel and coral that piled layer on layer and then<br />

was carried on the waves since time immemorial.<br />

This can be verified geologically by observing the<br />

sandy soil of the barrios of Poblacion and Suba.<br />

Unless any reader is particularly interested in the<br />

arcane machinations of bureaucratic wrangling of<br />

late 19th century Philippines, I suggested skipping<br />

the following paragraphs in the interest of preserving<br />

ones sanity.<br />

On March 24, 1874 the petition of barrio Quinale<br />

to become a town was denied again for the same<br />

reason—the number of taxpayers was less than<br />

the required 500. On <strong>Sept</strong>ember 23, 1874, only a<br />

few months after being denied, the people made<br />

another petition. This time they took another tack.<br />

Independent Lieutenant Victorio Felisarta and<br />

37 other signatories put forward the following<br />

argument: their 1856 petition was denied because<br />

of an insufficient number of taxpayers. Their 1872<br />

petition was denied for the same reason. They argued<br />

that the number of births far exceeded the<br />

deaths, but the people migrated to other places due<br />

to lack of supervision and opportunities. The reason<br />

why the people want to be a town is to have a proper<br />

supervision and leadership. Without leadership<br />

the number of taxpayers will not increase, so first<br />

make Quinale into a town so that the taxpayers<br />

could reach 500 and not the other way around.<br />

Provincial Governor Don Joaquin Bengoechea,<br />

understood the reasoning. So he suggested, the<br />

citizens make a petition only for the civil aspect<br />

of the town. The requirement of 500 taxpayers is<br />

only for becoming a town. So the <strong>Sept</strong>ember 23,<br />

1874 petition requested only to be a town in the civil<br />

aspect. The new petition went into rigmarole due to<br />

the reluctance of the religious authorities to<br />

approve it. On March 11, 1875, the Consejo De<br />

Administracion (Council for Administration)<br />

recommended that the visita (mission field) of Quinale<br />

be spearated in its civil aspect only because the<br />

Archbishop was not inclined to separate it on its<br />

religious aspect. On March 12, 1875, Governor<br />

General Don Jose De Malcampoy y Monje issued<br />

the decree creating the new town of Anda. On April<br />

1, 1875 the order was published. The archbishop of<br />

Manila confirmed the separation was only on the<br />

civil aspect of the town. On May 3, 1875, the local<br />

officials of the new town of Anda and the mother<br />

town of Guindulman gathered together to determine<br />

the boundaries.<br />

As to the renaming of the town, there is no record<br />

yet found as to its authenticity. However, according<br />

to the explanation by early inhabitants, the word<br />

ANDA is derived from the word andar, ‘to walk’<br />

Visayanized as naga-andar meaning ‘walking’ or<br />

towards prosperity. Another version of the naming<br />

of this town is that it was derived from the name<br />

of a Spanish Governor General, Simon de Anda,

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whose memory influenced the Spanish authorities,<br />

the town’s name was attributed to. Anda led the<br />

army of Filipino and Spanish troops to fight against<br />

a British invasion. However, the authenticity of either<br />

version remains to this date a continuous study<br />

and research.<br />

Since the inhabitants of this newly created municipality<br />

were wanting of knowledge and a short of proper<br />

guidance in performing governmental functions, the<br />

people invited an educated person from Guindulman<br />

to serve as an administrator or adviser in running the<br />

machinery of the government. They invited Pablo<br />

Castro Sr. to live in Anda to teach and to give advices<br />

to the officials of the town regarding governmental<br />

affairs. He got his meager education in Manila.<br />

He was sent there by his parents while he was still<br />

young.<br />

He was popularly known as Maestro Amboy, Juece<br />

Amboy, and Capitan Amboy for serving in various<br />

government positions as an adviser, Juece de<br />

Sementera y de Policia, and as a Capitan Municipal.<br />

The varied positions were however rendered on<br />

different times.<br />

However, the new town was still under the parochial<br />

jurisdiction of Guindulman. The Bishop of Cebu<br />

(Bohol was yet under the Diocese of Cebu) did<br />

not affirmed that the new municipality be granted<br />

a separate parish. He was doubtful that this newly<br />

created town could sustain the needs of an independent<br />

parish.<br />

The people through some leaders namely: Perfecto<br />

Paguia; Gabriel Escobido, Benedicto Amper among<br />

continued persistently in petitioning the<br />

Bishop of Cebu that a separate parish should be<br />

established in Anda. On March 19, 1885-Anda parish<br />

was granted to be separated from Guindulman<br />

assigning Rev. Fr. Julian Cisnero as the first parish<br />

priest. On January 6, 1885 the approval from the<br />

Spanish Cortes for a separate civil government of<br />

Anda was at hand. So in the year 1885 the people<br />

enjoyed a dual celebration-civil and parochial.<br />

Visitors to Anda experience the ultimate satisfaction<br />

and enjoyment with pollution free beaches while being<br />

captivated by the unending beauty of nature and<br />

beach treasures. Anda is a place for great vacations<br />

for the family, a romantic getaway for newlyweds or<br />

for simply spending time with friends. A fresh look<br />

far from the activity on Panglao. With its serene and<br />

calm environment, Anda is a great escape for tourists<br />

looking for a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying the<br />

panoramic view of white sand beaches. A timeless<br />

ambiance lingers in this part of Bohol. There are<br />

many resorts at Anda all designed to make guests<br />

feel at home even though most holiday makers want<br />

to get away from home. Among the more established<br />

resorts is the Anda White Beach Resort where Cornelius<br />

and his wife go out of their way to ensure guests<br />

creature comforts are well catered for. There is also<br />

Blue Star Resort and on the beach another beautiful<br />

resort that has everything is the Anum Ini Resort.<br />

Set in lush tropical gardens this beautiful resort also<br />

caters for guests every whim. The East Coast Resort<br />

is also popular.<br />

Balicasag<br />

Balicasag is a small island off the coast of Panglao.<br />

It is a marine sanctuary with white sand beach and<br />

beautiful coral formations in both shallow and deep<br />

BOHOL<br />

others,<br />

Balicasag Island<br />

Dive Resort<br />


Balicasag Turtle<br />


Bohol Beach Club<br />

BOHOL<br />

64<br />

waters. Balicasag is a haven for snorkelers and divers<br />

and also for those who simply love to swim or go<br />

island hopping, or watch for dolphins. It is 600<br />

meters in diameter and can be explored at leisure<br />

within 45 minutes. It is one of those marvellously<br />

sun drenched little dots of sand peeking above the<br />

ocean that casts no judgement on how active or idle<br />

a person is. Simply laze on the shore or go for a cooling<br />

swim in the clear, mild shallow waters. Diving is<br />

particularly popular in Balicasag because of the<br />

island’s rich marine life. There are turtles, many<br />

different species of fish and various coral growths<br />

which change color according to the water’s depth.<br />

Divers should be aware of their surroundings around<br />

Balicasag as the currents can become stronger than<br />

many divers are accustomed to.<br />

Diving Sites<br />

Black Forest. The Black Forest is probably the most<br />

popular dive point in Balicasag with its steep slope<br />

that extends to about 40 meters. It is called the<br />

black forest because of the beautiful black coral that<br />

thrive in the area. Divers can encounter schools of<br />

jackfish, barracuda, eels, and many other varieties of<br />

colorful marine life and grasses.<br />

Diver’s Haven. Diver’s Haven is another great diving<br />

point in Balicasag that highlights different species<br />

of fish and other marine life.<br />

Turtle Point offers a wonderful opportunity to get<br />

up close and personal with some magnificent sea<br />

turtles. There are also caves that run 60 to 75<br />

meters deep.<br />

Balicasag Marine Sanctuary. The marine sanctuary of<br />

the island features a wall dive that runs over 200m<br />

deep, with coral and plant life protruding from walls.<br />

Schools of jackfish are a common sight, as are other<br />

vibrant species of underwater life.<br />

Cathedral Wall. The Cathedral Wall features plenty of<br />

cracks which makes for an interesting dive. A torch<br />

or flashlight is needed to see though the crevices<br />

and witness amazing reef fish, coral, and sea sponges.<br />

Other interesting sights in this dive spot are schools<br />

of jacks and the light of the sun reflecting magnificently<br />

inside the cathedral wall.<br />

The Royal Garden. With a shallower average depth<br />

of 18m, the Royal Garden is also one of the favorite<br />

dive spots in Balicasag, especially for those still feeling<br />

their way around beneath the water as the underwater<br />

plateau features vibrant varieties of marine life all in<br />

one place. Turtles, shoals of fish, corals and plants in<br />

different shapes and colors are abundant.<br />

Non divers can enjoy the rich marine life of<br />

Balicasag by snorkelling. Swimming and snorkelling<br />

are the best ways of discovering the beauty of the<br />

island with its amazingly vibrant corals in the<br />

shallow waters.<br />

Dolphin Watching<br />

When you are island hopping from Balicasag with<br />

the kids, check out the dolphin watching in the sea<br />

between Balicasag and Pamilcana. Witness dolphins<br />

surfacing out of the water doing their stunts in<br />

groups usually early in the morning.

How to get there<br />

International travellers, basically, have two options<br />

— fly to Manila or fly direct to Cebu. Cebu is by far<br />

the most convenient and preferred option although<br />

there are fewer flights from fewer cities going<br />

directly to Cebu. The Cebu route allows passengers<br />

to avoid the unseemly scramble of weary and frustrated<br />

new arrivals all racing headlong towards the often<br />

woefully inadequate Immigration and Customs<br />

desks at Manila before transferring to the Domestic<br />

terminal to board a flight to Cebu.<br />

Travellers can fly direct to Cebu from Singapore,<br />

Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan<br />

although these services are regularly reviewed and<br />

expanded. Emirates also operates to and from Cebu<br />

but it seems no airline is flying direct from Europe,<br />

America or Australasia although that, too, could<br />

change when sufficient demand emerges.<br />

Philippine Airlines passengers can arrive in Manila<br />

and depart for Cebu or even take a direct flight from<br />

Manila to Tagbilaran from the same terminal, which<br />

is about as convenient as domestic air travel in the<br />

Philippines gets.<br />

Travellers in Cebu should head along to the wharf<br />

and hop on the ‘fast ferry’ for the 90 minute trip<br />

across the Cebu Strait to Tagbilaran. The regular<br />

boat to Tagbilaran takes about four hours which is<br />

one way of adjusting to the slower pace of island life.<br />

It is also possible to cross the Cebu Strait to Tubigon<br />

and Talibon, and a number of other towns on Bohol,<br />

which may be more convenient for travellers staying on<br />

the west or north coast of the island.<br />

Where to Stay<br />

One thing Bohol has an abundance of is<br />

accommodation. While some visitors will choose<br />

comfort and a full suite of facilities others may<br />

prefer the convenience of staying right on the beach<br />

front. Comfort and convenience are not, of course,<br />

mutually exclusive and it’s certainly possible to<br />

combine comfort and convenience without leaving<br />

the holiday budget in tatters.<br />

There are a number of quite good resorts in Tagbilaran<br />

like the Metro Centro Hotel, Bohol Sunset Villa and<br />

the upmarket Ocean Suites Boutique Hotel. In Panglao<br />

the top pick would have to be the Bohol Beach Club:<br />

this resort has everything plus some of the best water<br />

sports activities on this section of the island. The<br />

Seaquest, Sunset, and White Beach are also top resorts<br />

that people have recommended to <strong>ABW</strong>. When staying<br />

on Cabilao islands, only 10 minutes by banca from<br />

the mainland, you have the Cabilao Beach Club or in<br />

Talisay there is Polaris or undoubtedly the best resort<br />

in this area Joachim Gilliards’ Sunset Dive Resort.<br />


Words by<br />

BRUCE<br />

CURRAN<br />

Photographs<br />

as credited<br />

A water spout<br />

was spotted<br />

to the right<br />

(starboard)<br />

of the bow<br />

of the boat,<br />

and then the<br />

same animal<br />

spouted closer<br />

to the boat.<br />

Travelling with<br />

Whales<br />


The oceans around the Philippines are<br />

incredibly rich with marine mammals. They<br />

swim around here on their own accord. However,<br />

there are a few that were flown in by Fedex.<br />

In a cozy little bay at the far end of Subic, a handful<br />

of false killer whales were a happy bunch. Previously<br />

enclosed in Beijing under a concrete dome where<br />

they must have pined for the sky. Now were<br />

connected to the open sea and can hear the marine<br />

life all around them, and see the stars and moon on<br />

clear nights- a far cry from a gray concrete dome in China.<br />

Fedex flew them to Zambales where their dreams<br />

came true. Hundreds of miles from the sea, they<br />

had been far from their normal element. Where they<br />

swam in the waters of Subic Bay. Their human trainers<br />

immediately noticed a new level of contentment.<br />

The whales now swam in natural bay waters.<br />

One of these whales sported a harpoon scar from a<br />

Japanese whale hunter. This reminds me of the joke<br />

about the two nations that still persist in whaling.<br />

The quote is, “Save a Whale, harpoon a Japanese<br />

Whaler” or “Save a Whale, harpoon a Norwegian<br />

Whaler.” There are many Japanese working in Subic,<br />

and a few Norwegians too, so one has to be<br />

diplomatic and choose company carefully before<br />

spouting this topical line!<br />

Meanwhile, “Ocean Adventure” had officially<br />

opened after some strange official objections to its<br />

environmental and moral suitability. The fact of the<br />

matter is that these whales were the ultimate envoy<br />

for their species, and all marine species at the end<br />

of the day. The people involved were vastly<br />

experienced, and the Philippines is tremendously<br />

lucky to have such a remarkable ocean park within<br />

its own country.<br />

False Killer Whale<br />

Marie Hill, pifscblog.wordpress.com<br />


68<br />

The educational aspect is heavily promoted. School<br />

children and post school adults are fed interesting<br />

and vital information that encourages all of us to<br />

take extra care of our planet. A ‘Learning Center’ is<br />

part of the attraction.<br />

A family of sea lions is also featured in the park, as<br />

is a set of aquarium tanks occupied by various<br />

colourful marine denizens of the coral and mangrove<br />

shallows.<br />

But the main feature of the park was these whales<br />

themselves. The whales reveled in their encounters<br />

with their human visitors who, big or small, also<br />

thrived in this remarkable meeting of land and water<br />

mammals.<br />

Ocean Adventure Park<br />

I was so proud of my two children, Shauna, 10, and<br />

Swayn, 8, as I watched them during their 45-minute<br />

encounter with the whales. They were engrossed,<br />

awed, fascinated, and no doubt full of many<br />

feelings and a million thoughts. They have come<br />

away from the experience with a new found respect<br />

for whales, marine life, and the need for care of our<br />

entire planet. Talk about ultimate education. Talk<br />

about one of life’s truly great experiences.<br />

“Ocean Adventure” is one way that many people,<br />

especially land-locked urban dwellers, can get a true<br />

feel of the marine world.<br />

Out in the open seas the Philippine whales and other<br />

marine mammals abound. I have seen a mother and


calf west of Palawan, a whale north of Busuanga,<br />

and have heard of many encounters far and wide.<br />

Dugongs, the so-called seacows that eat seagrass,<br />

are more widespread in these waters than previously<br />

realized, and whale sharks have long held their<br />

notoriety in these waters. In Palawan, there is even<br />

a clawless endemic otter. The World Wildlife<br />

Organization stamps the Philippines as within the<br />

area which is designated as the most marine<br />

bio-diverse environment on our entire planet.<br />

A sailing couple recently told me of their own whale<br />

encounter en route to the Philippines from the<br />

island of Guam way east in the Pacific Ocean.<br />

A water spout was spotted to the right (starboard)<br />

of the bow of the boat, and then the same animal<br />

spouted closer to the boat. All of a sudden this<br />

whale, which was longer than their own 38-foot<br />

boat, swam fast towards them and dived under their<br />

boat, creating a massive wave that swamped their<br />

deck as the leviathan swam out of sight and down<br />

into the murky depths of the ocean. They were<br />

more than a little surprised, but the whale did not<br />

physically touch their hull, so all was well, but wet.<br />

It was a mouth-opening experience to see a wild<br />

whale, and a fantastic experience to have the opportunity<br />

to swim with a whale at “Ocean Adventure”. The<br />

place is a-buzz with excitement and involvement.<br />

The visitors are privileged and supportive, agog and<br />

educated, but most of all changed in some ways<br />

forever.<br />

Professor Lem Argones is involved with marine<br />

mammal survey in Philippine waters, and is based<br />

at the University of the Philippines, Los Banos, just<br />

south of Manila. The list of types of whales found in<br />

these waters is over 20, although some species are<br />

rarely seen.<br />

Back at “Ocean Adventure” several foreigners ruled<br />

and run the roost. One was involved with the training<br />

of the killer whale in the film “Free Willy”.<br />

There were a whole bunch of interesting people<br />

associated with the project. The Filipino photographer<br />

Chet is a keen mountaineer and hoped to go sea<br />

kayaking in the future. Bianca, the Filipina whale<br />

trainer, was also a mountaineer. Tim, John, Scott<br />

and Bob are some that I was lucky enough to<br />

meet.<br />

Dolphins<br />



Deck Equipment<br />

There should<br />

be a strong<br />

fastening<br />

point near the<br />

hatchway so<br />

that harness<br />

lines can be<br />

slipped on<br />

before the<br />

crew leaves<br />

the cabin.<br />

You’ve always been interested to sail, but you know little about boat parts, the confusing technobabble,<br />

and what little you know is making your head spin in four different directions! Worry no<br />

more. This continuing series of articles is for you: it covers tips regarding hardware present on most boats,<br />

as well as common sailing techniques, terms and definitions, the names of the different pieces of hardware,<br />

and much more. This will keep you informed about most things you will need before you begin your own<br />

sailing excursion. Be sure to consult with an experienced sailor and someone knowlegeable about boats.<br />

Article<br />

excerpts<br />

reprinted<br />

from<br />

the book<br />



by BOB BOND<br />

& STEVE<br />


The mast<br />

72<br />

Most Bermudan sloop-rigged boats have a broadly<br />

similar range of deck equipment, and layout, small<br />

variations may occur I the number and siting of<br />

winches, the position of the cleats and so on. If you<br />

are sailing an unfamiliar boat, get the skipper to show<br />

you around and demonstrate how the equipment works.<br />

The fixtures and fittings have to take a considerable<br />

amount of strain so they must be robust and well<br />

secured. Frequent maintenance checks are a vital<br />

safety precaution. Details of the fittings and their<br />

functions are given here.<br />

Foredeck<br />

The foredeck of a cruiser is a potentially dangerous<br />

area. The bow of the boat suffers the greatest degree of<br />

motion in any kind of swell, and in rough seas, large<br />

waves mat break over it. All the headsail changing is<br />

carried out on the foredeck, and the crew therefore<br />

needs some sort of protection while working.<br />

Normally a strong tubular steel framework known as<br />

the pulpit, is fixed to the bow, bolted securely into<br />

the deck. The crew can brace themselves against it<br />

when working. Lifelines, or guardrails as they also<br />

known, run from the pulpit to the stern of the boat,<br />

supported at intervals on metal stanchions, in rough<br />

weather, the crew must wear harness and clip<br />

themselves onto appropriate parts of the boat. Usually<br />

jackstays are rigged from eyebolts at the bow and<br />

run along each side deck to the cockpit. They are<br />

made of plastic-covered wire or of webbing, and<br />

provide a convenient clipping-on point along the<br />

length of the foredeck. The anchor is normally kept<br />

on the foredeck, in modern boats there is usually a<br />

covered anchor well sunk into the foredeck, in which<br />

the anchor is stowed when not being used. There<br />

should be at least one fairlead on either side of the<br />

bow, with an accompanying cleat set slightly aft of<br />

it. The forestay or forestays if the boat has twin ones<br />

fitted, are attached to the bow fitting. The foredeck<br />

surface is an important factor. It should be made<br />

of non-slip material with a raised lip at the outer<br />

edge to prevent the crew from slipping under the<br />

guardrails. The forward hatch can be fitted into the<br />

foredeck or in the fore part of the cabin. It must be<br />

strong, watertight, and capable of being securely

locked from both inside and outside the coach roof.<br />

Make sure the foredeck is free of clutter at all times.<br />

Coil up warps immediately after use and stow them.<br />

Bag up sails, or stow them neatly against the guardrails<br />

if they are likely to be used again shortly.<br />

Coach roof<br />

In most boats the cabin accommodations covered<br />

over with a raised coach roof to give more headroom<br />

below decks. If the mast is deck stepped, the coach<br />

roof is normally reinforced at this point, often with<br />

a pillar support running from the deckhead to the<br />

keel. The sides of the coach roof normally contain small<br />

windows or port holes to allow light into the cabin<br />

below. The seal around them should be completely<br />

watertight, as those around the ventilators, which<br />

allow air to circulate in the cabin. A forward hatch<br />

is normally incorporated into the front part of the<br />

coach roof to allow sails to be passed through, and<br />

to allow light and air into the forepeak. The hatch<br />

should also have a waterproof seal, and should be<br />

kept firmly closed when under way. Stanchions with<br />

lifelines are fitted around the side decks. The spinnaker<br />

pole is normally stowed along one of the side decks<br />

and the jib sheet fairleads are secured on either side<br />

deck, just forward of the cockpit. A grabrail runs<br />

around the coach roof. The companionway, the access<br />

into the cabin, is usually at the aft end of the coach<br />

roof and can be closed by a sliding hatch and<br />

washboards. The hatch should have a proper lock<br />

than can be operated from inside and out, and<br />

should be secured shut when sailing I rough conditions.<br />

The washboards should also be capable of being<br />

secured separately from inside and out. Grab handles<br />

fitted in the companionway, and rubber nosing on<br />

the steps help to provide a more secure hand and<br />

foothold when the boat is heeling. There should<br />

be a strong fastening point near the hatchway so<br />

that harness lines can be slipped on before the crew<br />

leaves the cabin.<br />

Stowing on the deck<br />

Every boat should have a proper liferaft on board,<br />

and a common place to stow it is on the coach roof,<br />

either forward of the mast or between the mast and<br />

the companionway. Alternatively, it could be stowed<br />

in a separate cockpit locker. If stowed on deck, it<br />

should be tied onto specially shaped chocks using a<br />

quick release knot. If you have an inflatable tender you<br />

can stow it, deflated, alongside the liferaft. Make<br />

sure that all equipment is properly tied down, and<br />

that there are no trailing lines which might trip up<br />

an unwary crew member. Ancillary equipment, such<br />

as brooms and boat-hooks, should be not tied to the<br />

grabrails, as it may prevent their use as hand-holds.<br />

Stow them in a locker in the cockpit or down below.<br />

Mast<br />

The majority of boats these days use aluminum<br />

masts as they are strong, light and durable. The<br />

height of the mast will depend on the size of the<br />

boat and the design of the rig. Most boats have a<br />

single spreader arrangement, struts which join the<br />

middle of the mast to the shrouds to give it more<br />

lateral support. The shrouds, of stainless steel or<br />

galvanized wire, are attached to chainplates mounted<br />

on the sides of the hull, or on the side decks. With<br />

single spreader arrangement, the cap shrouds run<br />

from the masthead to the side decks and a further<br />

pair of shrouds runs from the spreader roots to the<br />

chainplates. These are called the lower shrouds. A<br />

forestay and backstay, of similar construction to the<br />

shrouds, run from the mast head to the bow and<br />

stern respectively and support the mast fore and aft.<br />

Although the shrouds have a fixed tension, set up<br />

when the mast is stepped, the back stay can usually<br />

be adjusted when sailing. Navigation lights may be<br />

attached to the masthead, as can a wind indicator<br />

and a radio aerial. It is also the best place to put a radar<br />

reflector. The mast usually contains the sail halyards<br />

which emerge near the deck. The appropriate<br />

winches and cleats are fixed nearby, or the halyards<br />

are led back to the winches near the cockpit. The<br />

gooseneck fitting of the boom is mounted on the<br />

aft side of the mast. If the boat has a spinnaker, the<br />

pole bracket is mounted on the front of the mast<br />

and the spinnaker Halyard winch and cleat on the<br />

side, or near the cockpit. The kicking strap is usually<br />

secured to the heel of the mast on the aft side.<br />

Boom<br />

The boom provides the rigid base for the foot of<br />

the mainsail. On modern boats it is usually made<br />

of aluminum and has a groove along the top into<br />

which the foot rope of the mainsail is inserted. The<br />

tack of the sail is secured at the gooseneck while a<br />

clew outhaul is used to adjust the tension on the<br />

foot of the sail. The boom is attached to to the mast<br />

with a gooseneck fitting which may be mounted on a<br />

sliding track, so that the height of the boom can be<br />

adjusted. A kicking strap fixed to the underside of<br />

the boom is used to prevent it lifting when sailing.<br />

The mainsheet is attached to an eye at the aft end<br />

of the boom, as is the topping lift, a length of rope<br />

running from the boom to the masthead and down<br />

to the deck, which is used to support the end of the<br />

boom when the mainsail is hoisted. If your boat has<br />

jiffy reefing equipment this will also be attached to<br />

the boom.<br />

Boom Detail<br />

The tubular framework<br />

known as the<br />

pulpit surrounds<br />

the bows and<br />

provides protection<br />

fpr the crew when<br />

rigging or changing<br />

headsails It must be<br />

securely throughbolted<br />

to the deck<br />

Life Raft<br />

Coachroof<br />


Negros and Surrounding Areas<br />

Unless<br />

familiar with<br />

the channel<br />

it should not<br />

be attempted<br />

when reefs do<br />

not show well.<br />

The deeper<br />

water will be<br />

found on the<br />

W side of the<br />

channel.<br />

We hope you are enjoying this very useful<br />

series with the important information<br />

on cruising in Philippine waters. As we said information<br />

can be somewhat limited to the smaller cruising<br />

yachts in the Philippines. With the invaluable help<br />

of NAMRIA (National Mapping and Resource<br />

Information Authority) we are getting each series.<br />

And the feedback from Marinas and Yacht Clubs<br />

throughout the Philippines, which has been very<br />

encouraging, to bring you more accurate and up<br />

to date information on Philippine waters with you<br />

the cruising and sailing yachtsman in mind and<br />

will also be of invaluable use to the power boat<br />

yachtsman as well. As we stated in the first of this<br />

series it was decided after discovering that local<br />

knowledge gained by a yachtsman was not being<br />

recorded and shared with other yachtsman.<br />

Words by<br />

BARRY<br />

DAWSON &<br />

SUBIC<br />


Photographs<br />

as credited<br />

As we aim to make the information contained<br />

here-in as accurate as possible, your input is<br />

greatly appreciated as we can only go on information<br />

given to us by the Yacht Clubs and NAMRIA<br />

and of course firsthand experience from you, the<br />

yachting fraternity. So with this in mind we cannot<br />

be held responsible if there are any inaccuracies.<br />

So if you read any information contained herein<br />

you know to be inaccurate please inform us<br />

immediately at info@activeboatingwatersports.<br />

com. Please continue in sending us information.<br />


Philippine Waters<br />


Our fourth destination in this series is Negros<br />

Island and all its surrounding areas.<br />

Please note that when sailing in Philippine waters<br />

for the first time that the Philippine Immigration and<br />

Customs rules are administered by the Department of<br />

Foreign Affairs. For skipper and crew of sailing and<br />

cruising yachts visiting the Philippines it is possible<br />

to obtain a visitor’s visa in advance of travel from the<br />

nearest Philippine Embassy or Consular Services office<br />

in your country of departure. Visa requirements<br />

can be found at the Department of Foreign Affairs<br />

(“DFA”) website Visa Information.<br />

Upon entry into the Philippines, the crew of your<br />

yacht is required to register immediately with the<br />

nearest Philippine Coast Guard Station and submit<br />

the yacht/sailboat to Customs, Immigration and<br />

Quarantine inspections. There is a Customs Office<br />

in Puerto Princesa and one also at Coron capable of<br />

achieving this objective.<br />

If you have not applied for a visa in advance then<br />

you must report immediately to the nearest Bureau<br />

of Immigration office upon entering Philippine waters;<br />

a 21 day visa will usually be issued to holders of<br />

acceptable passports. BI offices around the country<br />

can be found on the BI website.<br />

Extensions of stay visa are offered for periods of an<br />

initial visa extension of 38 days (and in 59 day<br />

increments thereafter) for holders of acceptable<br />

passports and can be applied for at the nearest BI<br />

office. The schedule of fees for VISA EXTENSION is<br />

given on the BI website.<br />

If life in the Philippines sounds too good (to many<br />

people it does) and you are considering living here<br />

then you should take time out to find out how and<br />

where to stay in the Philippines this information is<br />

available on www.activeboatingwatersports.com<br />

Bohol Island is of oval form, 48 miles long in a NE<br />

direction and 34 miles wide N and S. It has an Area of<br />

about 1,492.2 square statute miles and isa the tenth<br />

island in the Philippines in point size. It is well populated.<br />

The S part is hilly and rocky, but in the N part are<br />

fertile valleys and good tracts of level land. The highest<br />

point on the island, 802 meters high, is in the SE part<br />

about 5 miles NW of Nauco Point.<br />

Mount Cogtong, in the NE part of the Island, is a<br />

prominent, grass covered, double peak 459 meters<br />

high. Bohol has no good harbors, and its rivers are<br />

general small and used only by bancas and local craft.<br />

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Cebu Strait is the passage between the W side of Bohol<br />

and the island of Cebu. It connects the Camotes Sea with<br />

the Bohol Sea. The Strait is wide and deep throughout<br />

its length, as are the N and S approach channels.


Lapinin Island, lying close to he NE point of Bohol, is<br />

generally low and rugged, it has wide, rice-cultivated<br />

flat, broken by low, conspicuous hills covered with<br />

grass. A well defined hill 129 meters high, near the<br />

S point of the island is probably the highest point.<br />

Its shores are indented by numerous bays, fringed<br />

with mangroves, except in a few places where there<br />

are small stretches of sand beach and faced by reefs.<br />

There are no rivers, the opening in the mangroves<br />

are being only esteros extending a short distance<br />

inland. Three small islets, Bondoon, Budlaan, and<br />

Pamasuan are close to the N side of the Island. Tide<br />

rips are indicated E of Tugas Point, the NE extremity<br />

of the island.<br />

Basiao Channel, between Lapinin Island and Bohol,<br />

is a winding channel about 0.5 miles wide. At the<br />

NW end of the channel Lapinin Chico Islet. 33 meters<br />

high and fringed with mangroves. From the E<br />

entrance a mid-channel course is safe and a depth of<br />

5.5 meters can be carried within a mile SE of the islet<br />

with a sand spit o.7 mile SE of Lapinin Chico Islet,<br />

The bar and the sand pit divide the channel at this<br />

point. In the NW branch a depth of 4.6 meters can<br />

be carried through at low water, but the N branch<br />

is foul and should not be attempted by strangers.<br />

About 270 meters from the S side of Lapinin Chico<br />

is a rock awash at high water with 4.6 meters close<br />

to its S side, and opposite side of the channel, about<br />

495 meters S of this rock, is a small rock covered by<br />

2.7 meters at low water. The channel E of Lapinin<br />

Chico is close to the sand bar SE of the islet, and is<br />

about 360 meters wide, running in a N-and-S direction.<br />

Basio Channel affords excellent anchorage in 5.5 to<br />

9.1 meters with a sand and rock bottom.<br />

W of Cogtong Mountains is a large valley extending<br />

W along the coast to the Ipil river and S between<br />

Cogtong Mounta and Mount Batuanan. This latter<br />

mountain 341 meters high, is the E termination of<br />

the long E and W ridge SW of the Cogtong Mountains,<br />

descending with a cliff-like abruptness to the E and<br />

forming an easily distinguished landmark.<br />

If bound for Talibon, a vessel should, after clearing<br />

the pass, steer 247°, heading for Gindacpan Island.<br />

This course will clear the reef which extends about<br />

1.3 miles NW of Bilanbilangan Island and midway<br />

between the reefs surrounding Talaban Island and<br />

a detached shoal about 1 mile in diameter, about 3<br />

miles WNW of Nunu. This shoal is bare at low water<br />

and shows well under favorable light conditions. The<br />

W edge of the reef of Talaban Island is in line with a<br />

range formed by Talibon Church and the east tangent<br />

to Saae Island. When Talaban Island is abeam steer<br />

213° in mid-channel between Saae and Bassan Islands,<br />

until the north tangent to Tambu Island bears 270°,<br />

then head for Talibon church on course 180°.<br />



Anchorage may be had 1 mile NE of the town in<br />

5.5 meters of water, with a mud bottom. From the<br />

anchorage the water shoals gradually towards the<br />

shore.<br />

Tubigon has a 505 meter long concrete causeway<br />

extending NNW. The causeway has three timberdecked<br />

landings towards its offshore end and<br />

constructed at the sides, two on the W and 1 one<br />

the E side. Depth of water at the extreme N end<br />

was found at 2.9 meters. Talibon light 10° 19’14”N,<br />

124°19’35.5”E flashing red at 3 second intervals,<br />

from a concrete tower, on the inshore end of Talibon<br />

causeway and has limited arc visibility beyond 5<br />

miles as it is obstructed by several small islands.<br />

Jetafe light 10° 09’ 21” N, 124° 09’ 26” E shown<br />

fixed red on top of a 9.8 meter concrete pole, with a<br />

total elevation of 10.7 meters above the high water<br />

mark on the offshore end of the stone causeway, is<br />

visible 3miles over an arc of 85° from 081° to 166°.<br />

Middle pass a narrow channel 300 yards wide, 5.0<br />

miles E of Caubyan Islands has a depth of 6.1 meters.<br />

At the other entrance to Middle Pass, Mount Batuanan<br />

bears 159°, and nearly between Calituban and<br />

Gindacpan Islands. Unless familiar with the channel<br />

it should not be attempted when reefs do not show<br />

well. The deeper water will be found on the W side<br />

of the channel. At the inner and outer entrances,<br />

spits extend a short distance from the W side of the<br />

reef. NW pass between Pandanon Island and Cabulan<br />

Island is about 0.7 mile wide and mid-channel depth<br />

of over 36 meters. This pass permits entrance from<br />

Olango Channel. Vessels approaching the NW pass<br />

bound for Jetafe should bring Mount Corte to bear<br />

119° when about 1 mile outside of a line drawn between<br />

Pandanon and Cabulan Islets, and steer for it. This<br />

leading mark will carry a vessel through a chanel<br />

51.2 metrers deep between the reefs fringing Pandanon<br />

and Cabulon Islets, both of which are low and covered<br />

with coconut trees.<br />

Tubigon, a town about 8.5 miles SW of Inabanga, is<br />

the most important town on the northwest coast of<br />

Bohol. There are connections to Tagbilaran and daily<br />

boat services to Cebu. Anchorage may be found<br />

about 600 yards from the end pier in 5.5 to 9.1 meters<br />

of water with a mud bottom. Between Tubigon and<br />

Calape, 6.5 miles SW, the foot hills at several places<br />

rise to conspicuous summits of character formations.<br />

The most prominent of these Mount Ilihan about 2<br />

miles SSW from Tubigon.<br />

80<br />

Sandigham Island 81 meters high is heavily wooded,<br />

especially with coconut trees. The Island is very close<br />

to the NW extremity of Bohol, and coonected to the<br />

mainland by an extensive mangrove swamp. The W<br />

shore is fringed by a narrow steep-to reef, and the<br />

high water line is marked by a 3.0 to 6.1 meters bluff<br />

interspersed by sand and mangroves.


Cabilao Island 34.1 meters high and heavily wooded,<br />

is the most westerly island off the west coast of Bohol.<br />

The W side is fringed by a narrow steep-to reef. A<br />

concrete pole 16.2 meters high above high water,<br />

stands near the NE extremity of the island. The island<br />

is separated from Sandigan and Pangangan Island by<br />

Sauang Pass, a clear, deep channel 10.8 miles wide.<br />

Cabilao Light 09° 53’ 30”N, 123° 45’30”E flashing<br />

white, every 5 seconds, on top of a 9.8 meter high<br />

concrete tower, with a total elvation of about 10<br />

meters above high water mark on Baluarte Point is<br />

visible for 11 miles. Tidal currents – the flood current<br />

in this vicinity sets N, the ebb S with considerable<br />

velocity.<br />

This series is being compiled with in invaluable help<br />

of NAMRIA Active Boating and Watersports express<br />

their sincere thanks for charts and tidal information<br />

supplied.<br />

To purchase charts in both printed and electronic<br />

media contact NAMRIA Head Office Lawton Avenue<br />

Fort Bonifacio Taguig City +632-810-4831 to 41 or<br />

Branch Office at 421 Barraca Street, San Nicholas, Manila.<br />

+632-241-3494 to 98. www.namria.gov.ph<br />




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