Twice I came to Tagbilaran but never wrote anything. I could be lazy at times. While I was looking at some folders containing pictures of Bohol churches I saw the pictures I took of the old houses in Tagbilaran back in 2009.
Both trips were in ’09. The first was the longest. I spent three days just going around. I went as far as Carmen. Visiting all the significant old towns as I pass by. Even got lost for hours somewhere Duero – thanks to a man (who once work as a security guard in Cubao) who together with his daughter helped me find my way back. I’ll never forget the Boholanon’s kindness and generosity – especially those have far less than most of us do. They’re such an amazing people.
During the second day of my first visit, leaving Loboc, I was surprised to see Boom Boom Bautista driving his own jeepney (with spray painted logos of “Ala Boxing”). He was very popular there. People were buzzing their horns when they see him, calling him idol. I went on his jeep and had a photo with him taken in Dau Tagbilaran.
My attempt to reach Talibon, the town where President Carlos P. Garcia was born and raised didn’t materialized due to bad weather. Last year, while I was in Iloilo I met a cousin who married a Boholana. They applied for a permit in BFAD to operate a drugstore in Bohol. Since they knew that I’m presently residing in Muntinlupa (where this government office is located) they sought for my assistance. I found out later, when I asked them where to send the documents to, that they’re from Talibon. They’ve extended an invitation for me to visit them when I’m in Bohol. I’m looking forward to making it this time.
The second visit was shorter yet memorable because I crossed from Cebu using the Argao-Loon route. A less popular route to Bohol. I went back to Cebu the next day. Argao and Loon are the closest land point between these two islands. Loon, a Jesuit founded town, was the first to resist American forces during the Philippine-American war. Unfortunately, I did not see the Birhen sa Kasilak (Nuestra Señora de la Luz) on the day of my visit. I headed straight to Tagbilaran because night was fast approaching and I need to find lodging.
On a clear day, standing in Argao, you could clearly see the windows of the houses in Bohol.