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Bohol is part of Visayas.  Thus, the dialect Bol-anons speak is Visayan (Bisaya) but sometimes call it Cebuano dialect because of the similarity it has to Cebuanos.  The local name of the dialect is actually Bol-anon or Binul-anon.  Native Bol-anon are fond of using j instead of y.  Like saying the word kabayo (horse), Bol-anon say kabajo.  Sija for siya (chair or he/she “referring to a third person”).  Now let’s learn a few Binul-anon words.

Thank You very much – Salamat kaajo

Welcome – Way Sapayan

How are you? – Kumusta naka?

Take Care – Amping

Do you want to come with me? – Ganahan ka mokuyog nako?

Where are we now? – Asa na ta karon?

Are we here yet? – Abot na ta?

Where are we going? – Asa ta paingun?

expensive – mahal

cheap – barato

borrow – huwam

rent – abang

sad – nagu-ol

Those/That – kadto/kana

There – didto

This/These – kani/kini

Hurry – Pagdali

Come – dali

Here – diri

Let’s go! – Tara na!

How much is this? – Tagpila ni?

I/Me/mine – Ako/’ko

You – Ikaw

He/She (3rd person) – Sija

buy – palit

You’re very funny – Palamu-ot jamo ka

nice – lami

very nice – lami kaajo / kinalami-an

Where are you? – Asa na ka?

Where have you been? – Dis-a ka gikan?

hungry – gutom / kutasan

ride – sakay

Can you help me? – Pwede ko nimu tabangan?

no – dili

yes – oo / sige(sure)

pretty – gwapa

ugly – bati

Let’s eat – Mangaon ta

Good day! – Maajong Adlaw!

Good morning – Maajong buntag

Good afternoon – Maajong hapon

Good evening – Maajong gabii

I’m sorry – Pasaylu-a ko

I love You – Nahigugma ko nimu

younger – manghud

parents – ginikanan

You’re an idiot! – Buang ka!

name – ngan

Here I am – Di-a ra ko

house – bay

climb – katkat

drink – inum

Let’s drink – Inum ta

eat – kaon

sit – lingkud

stand – barog

write – suwat

angry – suko

happy – lipay

sing – kanta

dance – sayaw

kiss – hawk

bring – da

Can you bring this? – Dad-a ra gud ni.

please – palihug

big – daku

very big – daku jamo


one – usa/piso

two – duha/dos

three – tulo/tres

four – upat/cuatro

five – lima/singko

six – unom/sais

seven – pito/siti

eight – walo/otso

nine – siyam/nwebe

ten – napu/dies

Trivia:  Do you know that Cebuano Visayan dialect is mostly spoken in the Philippines and not Filipino language.

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Bohol is the 10th largest island in the Philippines.  It is six times bigger than Singapore.  Bohol is oval in shape like the “ubing kinampay” or purple yam.  Geographically located in the central part of the Visayas between Cebu to the northwest and Leyte to the northeast.  One can get to Bohol by air from Manila (capital of the Philippines) and by sea from Cebu.

Bol-anons speak Visayan dialect locally called Binul-anon but sometimes called Cebuano (because of its similarity).  English and Filipino are widely understood and spoken but as a local, we are more inclined to English language than Filipino.

Bohol is rich in natural resources.  Blessed with nature’s bounty.  The pristine powdery white sand beach is one of Mother Earth’s gifts that Bol-anons are proud of.  Bohol is the only island in the Philippines where everyone is so-called a “hero”.  We (of course myself included, lol) come from the lineage of Dagohoy (who led the longest revolt).  Two significant revolts that occured in Bohol were recorded during the Spanish regime: the Tamblot Uprising in 1621 led by a Babaylan (native priest), and the Dagohoy Rebellion from 1744 to 1829 led by Francisco Dagohoy, which is considered as the longest revolt recorded in Philippine history.   Boholanos are said to be valiant in character at the same time self-reliant and deeply religious.  Every town has at least one church.  You will notice that all tricycles have printed biblical quotes at the back of their units because the city has an Ordinance requiring all operators to do so.

The name Bohol is thought to come from the name of the barrio of Bo-ol, a barangay found in Tagbilaran City, which was among the first places toured by the Magellan expedition. History has it that one of the Spanish ships of Magellan (the Concepcion) was burned in this province after Magellan was killed by Lapu-Lapu.  Miguel Lopez de Legazpi anchored in one of the municipalities of Bohol. He made a blood compact with the local chieftain signifying that they were blood brothers.  This is the first international treaty made and is commemorated every year during the month July known as Sandugo.

The people of Bohol are said to be the descendants of the last group of inhabitants who settled in the Philippines, called Pintados (the tattooed ones). Before the Spaniards came in 1521, Boholanos already had a culture of their own, as evidenced by the artifacts dug at Mansasa, Tagbilaran, and in Dauis and Panglao, using designs associated with the Ming Dynasty (960-1279).

Rich in natural finds.  Tarsiers, waterfalls, beaches, dive spots, marine life, corals, caves, forests, wildlife, historic landmarks, rivers, rice, paddies, Chocolate hills are some of the few that I will talk about in future blogs.  Bohol also produces delectable delicacies that I will surely share in the coming days.

Bohol is the home province of the fourth President of the Republic of the Philippines, Carlos Polistico Garcia who was born in Talibon, Bohol.  During his presidency, the Philippine currency is equal to the US currency which I can say is never a corrupt during his sovereignty.

Since 1945, Bohol remained a peaceful island with inhabitants used to independent living and equality between each other.  Even when the Spaniards left the Philippines, people who acquired possessions on lands never took power over low-class farmers.  Having equal relationship among each other kept the island of Bohol one of the safest places in the Philippines.

Related blogs: Summer in Bohol and Bohol tourists destination

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