Saturday, March 08, 2008

chocolate hills

I know this is a blog about Manila but please allow me to share with you some of the scenic spots at Bohol (i've mentioned before that i went away on a vacation, this is where i've been). Bohol is an island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region and is famous for the Chocolate Hills, considered as the 8th wonder of the world.

They look like giant mole hills, or as some say, women's breasts. The chocolate hills consist of no less than 1268 hills, they are very uniform in shape and mostly between 30 and 50 metres high. They are covered with grass, which, at the end of the dry season, turns chocolate brown. From this color, the hills derive their name. It actually looks like hershey's kisses to me.

Legend has it that the hills came into existance when two giants threw stones and sand at each other in a fight that lasted for days. When they were finally exhausted, they made friends and left the island, but left behind the mess they made. For the more romantically inclined is the tale of Arogo, a young and very strong giant who fell in love with an ordinary mortal girl called Aloya. After she died, the giant Arogo cried bitterly. His tears then turned into hills, as a lasting proof of his grief.

But according to this geological monument, the unique land form known as the Chocolate Hills of Bohol was formed ages ago by the uplift of coral deposits and the action of rainwater and erosion.

CLICK HERE for more pictures and my (mis)adventures at Bohol :)

5 comments:

GMG said...

I'm not a great chocolate eater, but love these hills!
And the previous sunset is also stunning!
Have a great weekend Pusa!
Blogtrotter

isabella said...

So...no matter how deep I dig, I will not find chocolate there? :-(

Sidney said...

Nice picture of those chocolate hills. I can't wait to go there...

smokey said...

i'm glad you posted the scientific explanation as well as the mythological stories as well. maybe it's my small bit of science nerd speaking and appreciating, but it's not every blogger who goes to such depth as to present all the facts!

Ely said...

chocolate hills, one of the places i'd like to visit..

i noticed, may pangalan na mga pics mo? madami na ba nag-gagrab? i still don't know how to make my photos right-click protected.

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