Philippines – The Chocolate Hills

Theres one thing that comes to mind when BOHOL is mentioned—the Chocolate Hills. And I was in Bohol for a night and two days! It was a trip bonding with my fabulous friends. There are two viewing deck for tourists to see the Chocolate Hills in two different panoramas. One is at Sagbayan Peak and the other is at Carmen Peak, which is the most famous one. Both offer excellent panoramic view of the hills near and far.

Some hills are covered in green grasses and some are bald. They are majestic and breathtaking and as you gaze at these hills from where you stand, you will be mesmerized by its amazing beauty—and wonder, why the hell this stuff happened?

The local people have legends about the scattered hills formations and science, too, has its own explanation. Whichever you believe, it doesnt matter. Just enjoy it. If you dont like one, there are 1,775 chocolate hills more to taste from. :)) Like the expensive hersheys on display on the window glasses at the department stores, these chocolate hills are for your eyes only. ;) SAGBAYAN PEAK

The Chocolate Hills is a rolling terrain of haycock hills – mounds of general shape which are conical and almost symmetrical.[4] Estimated to be at least 1,268 individual mounds to about 1,776, these cone-shaped or dome-shaped hills are actually made of grass-covered limestone.

The domes vary in sizes from 30 to 50 metres (98 to 160 ft) high with the largest being 120 metres (390 ft) in height.

Bohol’s “main attraction”, these unique mound-shaped hills are scattered by the hundreds on the islands central plain, concentrated near the town of Carmen.

They are scattered throughout the towns of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan in Bohol.

CARMEN PEAK The description below the photos tells the LEGENDS of the Chocolate Hills.

The first tells the story of two feuding giants who hurled rocks, boulders, and sand at each other. The fighting lasted for days, and exhausted the two giants. In their exhaustion, they forgot about their feud and became friends, but when they left they forgot to clean up the mess they had made during their battle, hence the Chocolate Hills.

 A more romantic legend tells of a giant named Arogo who was extremely powerful and youthful. Arogo fell in love with Aloya, who was a simple mortal. Aloyas death caused Arogo much pain and misery, and in his sorrow he could not stop crying. When his tears dried, the Chocolate Hills were formed.

 The third legend tells of a town being plagued by a giant carabao, who ate all of their crops. Finally having had enough, the townsfolk took all of their spoiled food and placed it in such a way that the carabao would not miss it. Sure enough, the carabao ate it, but his stomach couldnt handle the spoiled food, so he defecated, leaving behind him a mound of feces, until he had emptied his stomach of the food. The feces then dried, forming the Chocolate Hills.

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4 Responses to “Philippines – The Chocolate Hills”

  1. Phillip
    September 18, 2013 at 2:51 PM #

    Really? They’re natural? Not fake?

  2. TagaBohol
    September 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM #

    This is my playground here. It never cease to amaze me everyday—from my window.

  3. April 4, 2014 at 7:44 AM #

    It is a place of dream with a really beautiful landscape!

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