Friday, March 5, 2010

Skywatch#21 Loboc River, Bohol

The skies were cloudy but sunny when I returned to Loboc River after several years. It used to be that this river named Luay-Loboc River in Bohol has only the locals who used it for transportation, fishing, laundry and bathing. But now, Loboc River has become one of the must-see tourist destinations in the island of Bohol.

Loboc River,Bohol,Visayas,Philippines

Years ago, there was just one floating restaurant that ply along the winding river. The town of Loboc itself was a sleepy town more known for its centuries-old Loboc Church and its priceless ancient religious artifacts and for the locals, for its inland market village.

Loboc River,Bohol,Visayas,Philippines
However, tourists started coming in droves and the one floating restaurant increased in numbers along with the number of tourists that came from all over the country and the world. Seeing them in droves actually took me by surprise.

Loboc River,Bohol,Visayas,Philippines

The Loboc Children's Choir as well as the singers of the Loboc floating restaurants added more popularity to the town.

My only hope and prayer that the river will stay as clean as it was years ago inspite of the tourist influx. In that way, people can still see the local kids who like to jump ala-Tarzan from the tall coconut trees to the river.

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Japa March 5, 2010 at 7:07 AM  

Indeed, the influx of tourists will have an effect on the environment and the river's healthy state. Here's one in support of that thought that the river remain prestine and preserved despite that. Very nice photos.

unelmikko March 5, 2010 at 8:25 AM  

Reheviä vehreitä ,vihreitä luontokuvia lämpimästä maastasi. Niin vastakkaista on luonto eri puolilla maapalloa.Hauskaa viikonloppua Sinulle !
terv, unelmikko

Mridula March 5, 2010 at 8:46 AM  

The place sounds beautiful and I also add my support and wishes for the river staying clean.

Sylvia K March 5, 2010 at 9:01 AM  

Such marvelous photos of such a beautiful place! And, yes, many tourists will have an effect on the environment and hopefully there will be enough support to keep it as pristine as it is now! Wishing you a beautiful weekend, Marites!


louisebah March 5, 2010 at 12:25 PM  

oh what a nice place, do hope it stays that way! i can almost hear those boys' whoops as they splash into the river!

Lisa March 5, 2010 at 3:57 PM  

I work with a girl from the Philippines. I'll have to send her over here to check out your incredible pictures!

Thank you for visiting the House earlier!

Kim, USA March 5, 2010 at 5:26 PM  

Hubby and I visited Bohol once and one of our destination is Loboc river. It was an awesome experienced specially for hubby, eating our lunch while somebody is serenading and floating in the middle of the river is really priceless. That was a great experienced. Thanks for the visit Tes, happy weekend!

Carletta March 5, 2010 at 6:50 PM  

It looks like a beautiful river and my wish is that with the influx of tourists the locals will do everything they can to maintain the river. I think eating in the river restaurant would certainly be a wonderful experience.
I enjoyed this post.
Thanks for your visit to mine. :)

George March 5, 2010 at 8:16 PM  

What a beautiful, scenic river. I, too, hope the river will remain clean and be a place for people to see and children to play in all the years ahead.

DoanLegacy March 8, 2010 at 10:40 AM  

Beautiful scenic, and sky photos! Looks like a wonderful place to visit..

Lianne March 9, 2010 at 11:08 PM  

is this the same one as in the movie of john lloyd and bea alonzo? :)

Euroangel March 10, 2010 at 4:53 AM  

I went cursing here last it and miss it Bohol and Panglao...
thanks for remembering Sis!
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