Ubi Festival 2017 and Visita Iglesia – AirAsia in Bohol (Photoblog)

Just a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Bohol once again courtesy of my wonderful Philippines AirAsia family.

I’ve said it time and again… Bohol is like a second home to me. I’ve been to Bohol around over 6 times in 2016 alone — and I never grow tired of it. Bohol is just one of those amazing places that boasts of great tourist spots, wonderful food, exciting festivities and some of the warmest and most hospitable people around.

Our itinerary for this particular Bohol trip was the Ubi Festival 2017 which is celebrated annually, and a fun Visita Iglesia in January. I was actually also able to attend the Ubi Festival 2016 last year which was so much fun. Now, just to get the confusion out of the way… Boholanos spell Ube (Purple Yam) as “Ubi”. They also happen to be the largest growers of this root crop anywhere in the world, hence the festival in this province that was named after it.

The Visita Iglesia is also something that I’ve been eagerly anticipating on doing. Of course, Visita Iglesia season happens during Holy Week which falls between March and April every year, but it was great that we were given the opportunity to do it during our recent visit. Bohol has some of the most amazing and majestic churches in the country and has been a great destination for tourists and the faithful alike. Sadly, most of the churches in Bohol have been devastated or badly damaged due to the terrible earthquake back in 2013. During my frequent trips to the province last year, the local government together with their people, have been hard at work restoring and reconstructing these churches. This visit gave me an opportunity to see how their efforts are progressing.

Join me as we go on a Visita Iglesia as well as join the Ubi Festival 2017 through this photoblog. I also made a quick video of this trip which I embedded below as well. Let’s go! :)

Heading to Bohol via Philippines AirAsia

Ubi Festival 2017 - Visita Iglesia - AirAsia in Bohol

We left Manila via Philippines AirAsia at daybreak. Long day ahead of us…

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The weather was great and sky was a gradient of amber and blue. It was the perfect time to paint the skies red.

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I was actually looking forward to getting some shut-eye during the flight in preparation for our Visita Iglesia when we land.

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We stopped by Estrella Bakery for breakfast. Delicious native chocolate and some of their baked goodies.

Visita Iglesia

After breakfast, we started our Visita Iglesia. On our agenda were the following churches: St. Joseph Cathedral (Tagbilaran), Church of the Immaculate Conception (Baclayon), Santa Monica Church (Alburquerque), San Nicolas de Tolentino Church (Dimiao), Holy Trinity Church (Loay), Shrine of Our Lady of the Assumption (Dauis) and St. Augustine Church (Panglao).

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As you can see, Bohol has some of the most beautiful churches in the country.

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Many of these beautiful houses of worship will leave you in awe.

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Ceilings are masterfully painted with religious art.

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Many of these churches have designs and architecture that are influenced by the Spanish during their occupation back in the day.

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Baclayon Church was one of the most badly hit during the earthquake of 2013. (Shot using the iPhone 5c)

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The belfry of Baclayon Church was just recently reconstructed.

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Inside Baclayon Church, you can tell that there is still much work to be done. (Shot using the iPhone 6s)

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Many workers toil hard, paying attention to every detail in the restoration work of these churches.

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For the time being, some of these churches have makeshift areas where people can come to pray.

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Other churches in Bohol still show some of the damage caused by the earthquake.

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Inspite of the damage, some churches actually give off a hauntingly beautiful ambiance.

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You will notice a good number of construction workers doing their best to complete restorations in good time.

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I also met a few happy (and very friendly) children outside one of the churches.

During our Visita Iglesia, it was really great seeing all the restoration work being done to these churches in Bohol. I encourage you all to come and see these wonderful and breathtaking shrines once they are brought back to its original glory. It’s one of the many tourist attractions that make this province a must-visit destination.

Lunch during the day was courtesy of the wonderful folks at Cresencia Cafe.

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Thank you, Crecensia Cafe, for the incredible dishes during lunch. Please check them out during your visit to Bohol.

Snacks during the afternoon were served at Fanny’s Bakeshop where I got to meet Mommy Fanny herself, as well as her friendly staff.

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There was a good selection of merienda snacks to choose from but I naturally gravitated towards my favorite — Puto and Dinuguan. Yum!

Our hosts for dinner was Bellevue Resort Bohol. They showcased a good selection of delicious dishes which capped off a very fun day.

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I absolutely fell in love with Bellevue’s Chili Crab.

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Another winner during dinner was Bellevue Hotel Resort’s Pork Humba. More rice please! :)

Amorita Resort, Panglao

It was finally time to head to our hotel to retire for the evening. For this trip, Amorita Resort in Panglao was our gracious host.

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Hello again, Amorita! I missed you!

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Can’t wait to take a dip in the pool.

I was especially excited because I absolutely fell in love with this place the first time I stayed here. They’ve got a wonderful view, delicious food, and their rooms are damn impressive.

Our 1-Bedroom Garden View Suite at Amorita Resort

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Thank you for the warm welcome, Amorita Resort.

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A small table by the mini kitchen.

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The living area of our suite in Amorita Resort.

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His and hers sinks in the bathroom.

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Ah, yes!

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I love the bedroom! Beautiful!

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Ready to dive in and get some much needed rest.

Amorita Resort’s Secret Beach

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Walking around Amorita Resort, I saw a stairway that led all the way down… But where did it lead to?

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The stairway actually led to what Amorita Resort calls their very own “Secret Beach”. Beautiful!

The next day, we prepared to go to the Ubi Festival 2017. But before heading out, Amorita Resort prepared a spectacular lunch inspired by the very rootcrop that was being celebrated in the province that day — Ubi (Purple Yam).

Lunch at Amorita

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Ube Soft Rolls. Don’t you just love the color of the bread?

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Pork soup with purple yam and shitake mushroom.

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Surf and Turf — Aged Australian Ribeye, Yakiniku with soy glazed shrimp mushroom

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Ube Lava Cake. Wow!

Ubi Festival 2017

We finally arrived at the Bohol Cultural Center for the kickoff ceremony of the Ubi Festival 2017. I had the opportunity to go up on stage to say hello to the countless Boholanos who were there to celebrate the festivities as well.

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Kickoff of the Ubi Festival 2017

After the kickoff, we went straight to Plaza Rizal to check out the Ubi Exhibit where all the different varieties of Ube are showcased.

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This is probably the most recognizable part of Plaza Rizal. Truly… I love Bohol.

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Bohol Governor, Edgar Chatto was also here, greeting people and being part of the fun.

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I had the honor of being part of the ribbon cutting during the Ubi Exhibit’s official opening.

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Lots of people at Plaza Rizal for the Ubi Exhibit.

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Ubi, ubi, ubi everywhere!

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I didn’t realize there were many varieties of Ubi.

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Not really sure about the differences of each variety.

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So, here I am trying to learn more about Ubi.

I’d like to thank all the wonderful people of Bohol for the very warm reception and always making me feel at home here. Well, this ends day 2 of our adventure. Time to head back to the hotel and relax.

A quick visit to Isola di Francesco

On our 3rd and last day in Bohol, we had the pleasure of visiting a nearby islet-paradise just off of Panglao Island. This small place is called Isola di Francesco.

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We made our way to the port right after breakfast.

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This port is where boats take you to and from Isola di Francesco.

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The ride to Isola di Francesco itself only took a mere 20-25 minutes give or take.

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You can see Isola di Francesco from afar. You can actually see this small island even from the port.

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Before you know it, you’ve already arrived. Friendly people waiting on the island will assist you off the boat.

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Isola di Francesco is a great place for meditation and reflection.

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The place is owned by the Philippine Centre of St. Pio of Pietrelcina.

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This beautiful island has a chapel and also features a mini-museum of the stigmatist Padre Pio.

It is worth mentioning that there are NO FEES that are being charged for you to enjoy any of the activities, facilities and attractions at Isola di Francesco. All they ask is that you make a donation of any amount during your visit. Yes. Any amount. Even entrance is free. Amazing, right? :)

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You can enjoy fun activities such as kayaking

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Try out some delicious Sea Urchins while you’re there.

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There are also other snacks like turon, puto, and more. Take whatever you want. Don’t forget to make a donation. :)

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I had a wonderful time at Isola di Francesco. Sadly, we already needed to return to Amorita Resort to pack our stuff, have lunch and head to the airport.

Lunch at 10:31

Our last stop before Tagbilaran airport was at 10:31 restaurant for lunch.

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Wondering why the place is called 10:31? 10:31 stands for the bible verse found in 1 Corinthians 10:31 which says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

Some of the delicious dishes that Chef M of 10:31 prepared for us were the following…

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10:31 Salad with Peanut Kisses and Ube Chunks

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Buffalo Wings

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Baked Scallops — My FAVE!!!

Check them out during your visit to Bohol and try out their other offerings as well. It’s a great place to enjoy delightful dishes and refreshing drinks. Thank you, 10:31!

Manila-bound

Well… as they say, all good things must come to an end. Our short but sweet Bohol trip for the Ubi Festival 2017 and Visita Iglesia has finally concluded — but not without great memories and wonderful experiences for us to take back home.

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Hello, Manila!

Recap Video!

I edited a recap video which shows you more of our fun and very memorable Bohol getaway which includes the Ubi Festival 2017 and our Visita Iglesia. Enjoy!

Bohol has always been one of those places that I never grow tired of visiting. Plan a trip to this breathtaking province and you’ll easily understand why many people, including myself, have easily fallen in love with Bohol.

Thank you, Bohol. I had so much fun during the Ubi Festival 2017 and our Visita Iglesia. Here’s to many more exciting visits in the near future.

I’d also like to thank Philippines AirAsia for making this trip possible. Philippines AirAsia offers 3 daily flights from Manila (NAIA Terminal 4) to Tagbilaran, Bohol. Keep updated with AirAsia’s latest promotion and activities via Twitter (@AirAsiaPH), Philippines AirAsia Facebook Page, Instagram (@AirAsiaPh), and on Viber public chat (@AirAsiaPh).


All photos taken using the Nikon 1 J5 Mirrorless Camera unless specified.

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Ubi Festival 2017 and Visita Iglesia – AirAsia in Bohol (Photoblog) was last modified: February 12th, 2017 by Chuckie Dreyfus