Just at the back of my grandparent’s house (maternal side) in Balilihan, Bohol is Mt. Carmel Hill. The town of Balilihan is about 22 kilometers from the capital city of Bohol, Tagbilaran.
On top of Mt. Carmel is a centuries-old Spanish belfry, a tower made from adobe and limestone. The materials used to build the tower came from Baclayon, its mother town back then. They were carried on foot in 1835-1844. This Spanish belfry in Poblacion, Balilihan was used as a watch tower during the Spanish regime. The Spaniards colonized and ruled over the Philippines for more than three centuries (1521-1898).
I loved going to Mt. Carmel even as a kid together with my siblings and cousins. One gets to enjoy both nature and history when one visits there. And may I add needed exercise as one goes up and down the hill 🙂 There are concrete steps on the hill which makes it easier for climbing.
Ah, we may have all grown up (cousins and siblings) but whenever we get to visit Balilihan, we still take time to climb Mt. Carmel and enjoy the hill of our past 🙂
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UPDATE: An Intensity 7.2 earthquake hit Bohol last October 15, 2013. My aunt based in Balilihan has told me that the centuries-old tower on Mt. Carmel has been destroyed by the quake.