17 October 2013


A very powerful quake recently hit the provinces of Bohol and Cebu causing widespread damage and greatly affecting the lives of the families living there.
Bohol and Cebu are some of the most beautiful provinces here in the Philippines.
I say so because I have been to those provinces and experienced the sights, sounds, and the hospitality of their people. I was in Cebu in 2003 and I was in Bohol in 2006.

The photo above presents but some of the images posted by people over the internet.
If you are interested to help the victims of the earthquake, one of the ways to do so is by
visiting the website of the Philippine Red Cross.
You can make a donation through their website.

Baclayon Church back in 2006
It's sad that this once majestic piece of religious architecture has fallen victim to the forces of nature.

The bell tower back in the day when it was still standing tall.

One of the wonders of the natural world, the Chocolate Hills of Bohol.
These are very tall limestone hills that look like Hershey's chocolate kisses whenever the grass covering them turns brown during the summer season.
There are reports that some of the hills were also damaged by the quake.

I wish the provinces of Bohol and Cebu a speedy recovery so that tourists can
finally visit them again and experience their natural beauty and the warmth of their people.

Below is a short video clip of my vacation in Bohol.
It's one of my oldest videos in YouTube so please excuse the quality.


robert said...

yeah,i still remember your post on your bohol vacation. i haven't been there yet but i know they have many historical landmarks.i feel sorry for that.hi and take care rey and ryan.

Toyo said...

Thanks for the comment Robert.
I recommend visiting Bohol once it has bounced back from the quake.
It's a beautiful province that one can enjoy nature in peace and quiet, and get away from the noise and stress of the city.
It's just unfortunate that a lot of its historical architectures were either destroyed or severely damaged by the earthquake.

Anonymous said...

That is so sad. The dead victims are now 190 and all the beautiful churches are gone. I hope Bohol will recover soon.

Toyo said...

Yes, the news being presented on TV regarding the damage caused by the quake is very upsetting.
I encourage people to donate to legitimate agencies that they know of that are actively providing rescue and relief operations in Bohol and Cebu.

terry said...

glad you're safe!

Toyo said...

Thanks Terry.
The provinces hit by the quake are very far from the province I live in.