Bohol’s Chocolate Hills
The Chocolate Hills is considered Bohol’s most popular tourist attraction. It composes approximately 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped hills of about the same size, spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers. The domes vary in sizes from 30 to 50 meters (98 to 160 ft) high with the largest being 120 meters (390 ft) in height. They are covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season, hence the name. These hills are scattered throughout the towns of Carmen, Batuan, and Sagbayan in Bohol.
There were some humors on how these beautiful hills originally formed. 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.
Others believed of its romantic legend which tells of a giant named Arogo who was extremely powerful and youthful. Arogo fell in love with Aloya who was a simple mortal. Aloya’s death caused Arogo much pain and misery, and in his sorrow he could not stop crying. When his tears dried the Chocolate Hills started to formed. Also, other legend tells of a town being plagued by a giant carabao, which ate all of their crops and also some might say it is about a Gluttonous giant named Dano that eats everything in his path.
However, up to this day, even geologists have not reached consensus on how they where formed.
The most commonly accept theory is that they are the weathered formations of a kind of marine limestone on top of impermeable layer of clay. For example, if you climb the 214 steps to the top of the observation hill near the complex, you can read this explanation on a bronze plaque.
Bohol is rich of their eco-cultural tourism destination and considers a strong agro-industrial province with an empowered and self-reliant people who are God loving, law-abiding, proud of their cultural heritage and committed to the growth and protection of the environment. Bohol’s Chocolate Hills is cited as a Geological Movement of the country and is also known as the Eight Wonder of the World which every Boholano must proud of it. Aside from it, Bohol is also blessed with fertile soil and plentiful sea making it the farmland and fish pen of Central Visayas.