Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Ancestral Homes of Bohol

Posted by: Isabelle

Our trip to Bohol was not the of the usual Panglao-hanging, River-cruising variety. And though we made sure we got to see the Chocolate Hills and the adorable Yoda-looking tarsiers, most of the short 48 hours we were there were spent checking out old churches (next album) and ancestral homes.

There are approximately 67 ancestral homes in the historic town of Baclayon alone, dating back to the Spanish period up to the 20th century. In 2002, a province-wide road-widening project threatened to demolish many of these magnificent homes which stand along the national highway. Thanks to BAHANDI (the Baclayon Ancestral Homes Association), a self-help neighborhood organization, these houses that form part of Bohol's (and our nation's) cultural heritage were preserved.

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