a surviving portion of Loboc Church
BOHOL TRIP PART 5: LOBOC CHURCH, MAN-MADE FOREST, SHIP HAUS
For this trip I am scheduled to visit the Chocolate Hills I’ve rented a car to bring me to this place. The chocolate hills are the main Bohol tourist attraction aside from the beaches of course . But before you get there, one passes the sandugo Monument, famous Baclayon church (the oldest church of Bohol), the Loboc church (the 2nd oldest church), the Loboc river, and then the man-made forest and the ship hauz. I scheduled the Sandugo Monument and the Baclayon Church on my way back. So my first stop for this trip was the Loboc Church.
LOBOC CHURCH The Church of San Pedro in Loboc, Bohol is the second oldest church in Bohol. It was originally built in 1602, but soon reduced to ashes. In 1638, a stronger one was build. Located near the river, it has survived a number of floods but not the 2013 earthquake.
The bell tower of Loboc which is about 100 m (330 ft) across the street from the church also did not survive the earthquake.
The Bohol Forest is a man-made mahogany forest stretching in a two-kilometer stretch of densely planted Mahogany trees located in the border of Loboc and Bilar towns. Before and after this man-made forest are the naturally grown forests of Loboc and Bilar which are thick with a kaleidoscope of green foliage, different species of trees and giant ferns lining the road.
The author amidst the man made forest
ShipHaus was never in my itinerary though I’ve seen it once when it was featured on TV. The house was just along the highway, at that time I felt like I was having hypoglycemia as I just had coffee for my breakfast, so I asked the driver to stop where there is a sari-sari store. Timely because the ShipHaus is just a few meter away. Of course I did not the house first, I went straight to the sari-sari store and eat with my driver. After eating , that was the time when I look at the house, honestly I was not really impressed. I have seen a couple of these structures in many maritime schools I had visited in my Training and Consultancy Business. I didn’t opt to went inside but just took some photos outside. Of course, I gave some donations as they have a box for it.
The Ship Haus was the name given for a house owned by Capt. Gaundencio Dumapias, a native of Bohol who was once a poor boy and later became a successful sailor. Initially, the ShipHaus was not intended to be a tourist attraction. Local people fondly call the place, “Bay Barko”, a Visayan word than means a ship house.