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The Dagook Adventure Tour Experience Park or D.A.T.E. Park as locals often call is in Catigbian, Bohol.  It is situated in Poblacion Weste and Rizal in Catigbian- a municipality in the interior of Bohol Island.  35 kilometers Northeast of Tagbilaran City.

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A 3-hectare natural forest reserve that conserves the swift-running Sampilangon River and lies towards the marvelous cascades of Dagook Falls.  I had the chance to visit the place unfortunately wasn’t able to experience the activities there.  It was a very quick stop so I just took advantage of taking pictures.  The park is owned by the local government unit of Catigbian so I believe they have a very minimal entrance fee or at least none.  The activities were also affordable and if I remember it right, I believe they offer a package of Php700 inclusive of guides, use of equipment, park amenities (50% discount for students, senior citizens and Catigbian locals) for a trail course where you can enjoy most of the activities.

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The activities in DATE Park are with intent ready to test your courage and endurance but less extreme than E.A.T. Danao Park.  So if you’re not yet ready for intense ones, this is perfect for less daring adventure-seekers and for family bonding.

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The park opens from 8am until 5pm.  Visitors are briefed first and armed with safety harness, slider roller, headgear and outsized hooks at the main center. Activities include Canopy Walk, Monkey Bridge, Mountain Slides and Trails.

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 Canopy Walk

60-meter canopy walk suspended in 20 meters of 7 high-tension steel cables in about 60 feet above the ground deep.

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 Monkey Bridge

45-meter bridge hanging through 4 cables, one of which the harness will be fastened, walk along in 90-120 feet above the ground deep.  You will be wearing a double harness here attached to a safety cable.

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Mountain Slide

2000-meter zipline negotiates through Sampilangon River and Dagook Falls. This will take you back near the area where you started the activities. So before you do the monkey bridge, be ready for a 25-second slide!

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 Trekking

500-meter ascending trail to get to Dagook Falls.

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Medicinal plants are abundantly found in the area and are labeled with local names and what they’re used for.  Amusingly, monkeys are everywhere which made me so anxious.  They’re creepy.  But the guide said they’re harmless.  Still, I’m reluctant because they love to tease you if they see you scared.

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How to get to Catigbian DATE Park:

From Tagbilaran city, travel by bus bound for Danao or Sagbaan via Cortes Town at Dao Terminal. Ask the driver to drop you at First Consolidated Bank near the Barangay road leading to DATE Park. Across the street are motorcycles (habal-habal) that can take you to DATE Park.  If you’re in a group, getting a van is more convenient.

JMJ Transport is offers a car/van rental service going to this DATE Park.

Available vehicles such as: Toyota Hi Ace Commuter  ( Van) ,Toyota  Vios  (car ), Hyundai Accent (car)

Contact numbers. Mobile numbers 09173043818, 09183348481, Pldt.landline: 03841125271

Or you may visit their website: www.jmj-transport.com.

Address: Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines

Source: DATE Park Facebook fanpage

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On our Bohol trip, these two first-timers enjoyed the misty view of the Chocolate Hills.

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Bingag Ostrich Farm in Bingag, Panglao owned by Mr. Morala is a fun place to pay a quick visit.  It’s usually included in Panglao Island Day Tour Packages.  A 20-minute drive from Tagbilaran City is where the site is located.

A minimal fee of ten pesos is collected as entrance fee for the maintenance and food for the animals.  A shop is on site offering some refreshments and souvenirs.

The Ostrich farm is a small zoo with pythons, boas, different family of birds, turtles, crocodiles, cheetahs, flying lemur, and different kinds of fowl, civet cat and more.  And of course, their main attraction is the ostriches.

There are 4 to 5 ostriches that stray in a large pen. They seem friendly.  My dad tried to reach his hand for it and peck.  He said it doesn’t hurt that much.  Still, I don’t like the idea.   We took a lot of pictures of them.

One of the caretakers is very friendly (never asked for a tip, but of course we tipped him for his patience and kindness).  He let me hold the boa in bright yellow color.  He said that it’s not dangerous and it’s clean.  He bathes it everyday, often with him.

The other snake is a huge python.  We got the chance to watch it chow a chicken.  We waited for a few minutes because it moves very slowly.  It chased the unfortunate chicken yelling for its life.  It finally caught the chicken and slowly swallowed it.  After it finished its meal, it turned on its belly perhaps digesting it or something.

The tarsiers are so cute and fuzzy.  They were holding worms on a stick.  It was like a real person eating barbeque (grilled pork on a stick).

The cheetahs were very young the time we went there.  I wonder how they are now.

Bingag Ostrich Farm is an entertaining place to visit and not only kids will enjoy but also the kids at heart.

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A quick stop before the infamous Chocolate Hills in Carmen is the town of Bilar known for its own Bilar Manmade Forest.  It is said that the manmade forest is planted by Boy Scouts as part of their activities several decades ago.  Today, one can have a feel of an actual rainforest while passing through the trail of dense tropical foliage.

The thick trees amazingly look to be of the same height and the canopy of mahogany trees almost completely blocking the sun is creating a murky and cool sensation in this two-kilometer stretch of thick towering trees.

Tourists can take photos posing at the middle of the road but don’t get too excited.  It’s still a main road and speeding vehicles pass by.  There is no parking space so vehicle owners should be mindful in parking so as not to block part of the road and cause accident.

Since the site has achieved a more natural feature, the wildlife has also returned.  Nowadays, there are reported sightings of species of birds and if you’re lucky enough, you may catch sight of a bird or two from some rare breed.

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I have been to Valencia many times before because my late uncle lived there for several years.  But only two years ago, I was able to visit Casaroro Falls.  Ten kilometers west of Dumaguete City (Negros Oriental, Philippines), lies the magnificent Casaroro Falls considered being the most photographed waterfall in Negros province.  Despite steep trails, still many people dare to go and behold the incredible Casaroro crowned jewel.  The Casaroro Falls is a 30-minute ride from the “The City of Gentle People”.  Getting there is a ride worth of excitement, quest and remarkable nature expedition.

We took a private van.  Another option would be to take a multi cab or jeep from Dumaguete City for less than 20Php then ask the driver to be dropped in central Valencia.  From there, take another 20-minute ride by means of “habal-habal”, a motorcycle turned public transport, to along the mountain.  Then, begin the hike.

The Casaroro Falls is a natural attraction hidden in the town of Valencia in Negros Oriental, Philippines.  It is considered to be the most photographed waterfalls in the entire Negros Province.  Casaroro Falls is lodged deep into the rock crevices of the rugged Valencia mountains.  This falls has a narrow opening cascade with an astounding height of 100 feet.

Casaroro’s pristine waters plunge straight into a deep cold basin before it falls down to a stream.  This makes the waters drop heavily and causes a massive growl to resonate all over the place. The roaring sound that the water makes as it thrusts sounds like nature’s therapy creates a surreal sentiment to every sightseer’s soul.  Around the basin are enormous boulders enough to rest one’s tired feet.

Tourists and adventure-seekers that dare see this wonder must trek a 300-something step concrete stairs that lazes in a steep gorge.  And can you imagine? I did take the challenge!  It was very exhausting.  I feel like I lost a few pounds.  But when you reach the bottom, you’ll surely find zen and serenity.  Nature lovers who wish to seek tranquil moments would definitely enjoy the surrounding highlights. All of the efforts and sacrifices in getting through the relentless terrain of rocky heap will truly be paid off.

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Few kilometers from Loboc is the town of Sevilla (Bohol, Philippines) where tourists can experience The Hanging Bridge.  The original structure of this bridge is made of intertwined bamboo slats and rope (no steel cables yet).  Locals used to cross this bridge to get to the other side as an everyday means of access.  Today, another bridge is constructed so you cross on one and back on the other.

Furthermore, the rope is now replaced with steel cables to make sure tourists are safe.  In the early days, there is only one very old interwoven bridge (one on the right) that even motorcycles get through as an everyday route.  The old bridge is the only bridge to get to and from the other side but since it has become one of the tourist attraction, they made another bridge to get back to the main road.

Ten pesos entrance fee is charge to cross the bridge.  People are shoving around to line up to ramble the bridge. The bridge extends around 40 meters and has a magnificent view of the river below.

On the other side of the bridge you will find a small shop selling souvenirs and goodies.  You can also come across “Buko King” who is featured in the country’s local TV station.  He can shred a coconut (buko) with his bare teeth.  The fresh buko juice is sold for 25Php.

Walking all the way through the bridge is a little daunting at first as the bamboo deck sways up & down and slightly contracts under your feet.  It makes you sense a little scratchy as it bends and swings further more than usual but that’s the entire point.  It is part of the Bohol experience.

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Loboc, Bohol in the Philippines
The Floating Restaurant and River Cruise

The Loboc Church

The Bell Tower

The Loboc Museum

Loboc Children’s Choir (Shanghai)

website: http://www.lobocchildrenschoir.net/

The Loboc Children’s Choir is a group of local kids who sang beautifully in many different countries across the globe.  Once these kids grew to become teenagers and adults, they audition and train another set of local children to represent the choir.

The infamous smallest primate endemic in Bohol (Philippines), Tarsier

Horseback Riding in Gotozan, Loboc

The Horseback Riding at Gotozan, Loboc is a new tourist activity.  Trails have been established thru verdant rolling terrain, up steep slopes and under mango orchards, among others. It is an exhilarating activity and more thrilling when done at night.

source: http://www.bohol-philippines.com/loboc-tourist-attractions.html

Zoocolate Thrills

source: http://www.discoverbohol.com/bsp/2011/0529-11/ZooColate-0529-11.htm

Loboc Eco-Adventure Park

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