Revisiting PINR in Bohol

Last year, my siblings and I had the chance to visit Bohol again in time for a cousin’s wedding and family reunion. A day after the wedding was my sister’s birthday; she wanted to celebrate it in a resort and we decided to do so at Panglao Island Nature Resort and Spa (PINR). The married among us had our partners in tow; two of our nephews also came with us. Some of us decided to stay overnight and further enjoy the place.

PINR was also my wedding venue back in 2009. The place has remained a beauty and I must mention, that the service provided by the resort staff is still very commendable. The place and the service are world-class. Sharing with you some photos taken at the resort:

By the way, should you choose to just enjoy the resort and its amenities without checking in, you can pay P550 (or about 14 USD) to enjoy the resort’s amenities (the amount is consumable).

 

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My hubby and nephew enjoying the infinity pool

 

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You can walk to the man-made island it from the beach during low tide or ride a boat during high tide

 

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My nephew Liam (a.k.a. Penguini) playing at the resort’s beach front.

 

Note: Photos were taken by my sister-in-law, Nadia. This post is also linked with Green MondayTuesday Travels,  Wednesday Whites Watery Wednesday and Scenic Sunday

Enjoying Bohol’s Sagbayan Peak

This is one more place in Bohol to enjoy nature: Sagbayan Peak.  It certainly has its own charm and beauty. Travelling there from the capital city, Tagbilaran, takes more than an hour. But when you do get to the town of Sagbayan, you’ll get to see a refreshing view of the world famous Chocolate Hills as seen in this part of Bohol.

There is also a Children’s park (Kidstown) at the Peak and a couple of restaurants to serve your hungry tummy. A swimming pool has also been developed in the area; you also get the chance to see up close and even touch the Bohol tarsier, the smallest primate in the world, near the Peak’s entrance. But like me and my hubby, you might also find it quite enjoyable to see up close a number of pretty butterflies flitting around in the Butterfly dome. Check out some of our photos below and remember to check out Sagbayan Peak when you get to Bohol.

 

Check out the world-famous Chocolate Hills from Sagbayan Peak
Check out the world-famous Chocolate Hills from Sagbayan Peak

 

Butterflies in the Butterfly Dome
Butterflies in the Butterfly Dome

 

Kidstown at the Peak
Kidstown at the Peak

Note: This post is linked to Tuesday Travels, Orange Tuesdays  and Wednesday Whites.

UPDATE: Bohol was hit by an Intensity 7.2 earthquake last October 15, 2013. The Chocolate Hills have been affected and some structures in Sagbayan Peak have also been damaged. The town hall in Sagbayan has not been spared from damages as well. Let me know if you would like to help the province of Bohol and its people as they recover from the earthquake so I can connect you with agencies and organizations doing relief work there. Your prayers and your help for Bohol, my land of birth, are greatly appreciated.

The Right Wedding Venue

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What is one of the most stressful things that can happen to a bride-to-be seven weeks before her wedding day? In my case, it was finding out that the beach resort my fiancé and I have arranged for as our wedding venue won’t be available for our use on our wedding day! Well, no thanks to a booking blunder made by that resort’s staff. But thank God for friends who helped us with our need for another wedding venue. We found ourselves with new arrangements with a resort which was not only beautiful in its look and feel but so was its service.

And so on our wedding day, on a cool, a bit drizzling late afternoon in November 2009, my fiance and I exchanged our vows at the beautiful Verdant Pavilion of Panglao Island Nature Resort (PINR) in Bohol, Philippines. Although no longer Bohol-based, my fiance and I had chosen to marry in our place of birth with our closest family members and loved ones in attendance. I loved the green walls of nature surrounding us during the ceremony which was held inside the Pavilion. The food was great at the reception and so was the service given to us throughout the event and in the succeeding days that my husband and I stayed on at the resort for our honeymoon.

Thanks to PINR’s management and staff, I would be able to say as a Boholana that we do not only have natural treasures in Bohol that could draw international attention and admiration but we also have a world-class resort with excellent, personalized service which we thankfully found during the most opportune time.

Check out PINR’s website: http://www.panglaoisland.com/

History in a Seat

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History fascinates me. And so when I travel, even without meaning to,  I always end up getting facts and photos of a historical place, some artifacts and the people behind them.

On a trip to Bohol, Philippines with my hubby, we dropped by Baclayon church. It is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. By the way, Bohol is my land of birth.

Adjacent to the church is a convent which has been transformed into a museum. What caught my interest as we went inside the church were some antiquated pews. These pews were said to be of use during the Spanish time (during the 1500’s-1800’s when the Philippines was made a colony of Spain). Apparently, if you were a government official during those times, your pew or seat would have a specific seal or design.

The photo shows one of the wooden pews, reddish brown in color, with the remarkable seal on it.

 

 

UPDATE: Bohol was hit by an Intensity 7.2 earthquake last October 15, 2013. Baclayon church incurred heavy damages.