Local Folklores and Interesting Facts Behind the Infamous Chocolate Hills


Being listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage, the Chocolate Hills from Bohol, Philippines is undeniably a bucket list-worthy travel destination. Aside from that, as the 3rd National Geological Monument, Chocolate Hills was hailed as one of the 7 wonders of the world. Curious why? Well, imagine an overwhelming sight of about 1268 to 1776 cone-shaped geological formations lying across 50 sq.km. from the towns of Batuan, Carmen, and Sagbayan in Bohol! Even add a nice touch of green grass cover and you'd have the perfect overall look for a tourist attraction.

However, this gift from mother nature can be more than a plain visual pleaser. There has to be more to it! Here are some folktales and scientific facts that might pique your interest so that you can add the Chocolate Hills in your itinerary.

Folktales and local myths

Legend of the Fairy’s Pearls- This folklore is originally written in the Visayan language. It was a story of a disrespectful child named Amada who stopped her neighborhood friends from giving a pearl necklace as an alms to a poor old woman. After their encounter, the old woman, who was said to be a fairy, took Amada somewhere else and rewarded Ruben and Teresa, the kind-hearted children. As an exchange for better manners, the old woman promised to return the pearls from Amada’s friends.

Despite the old woman’s effort to teach Amada appropriate manners, Amada remained rude. One night, the lives of Ruben and Teresa were put into danger after deciding to look for Amada. After searching, they end up being in a house of two giants who wanted both of them as dinner. Luckily, little brown soldiers saved them which made Amada realize the importance of kindness. The fairy returned the pearls to Amada, but it was scattered all over the green fields to symbolize humility and kindness. Eventually, these chocolate drops emerged as today’s Chocolate Hills.

Legend of Giants- Compared to the previous folklore, this one is pretty much simpler. Older Boholanos believed that the Chocolate Hills were formed after two giants threw rocks, boulders, and sand at each other. Basically, it’s the aftermath of a petty fight. But, who cares? Their feud resulted in a majestic view in Bohol.

On one hand, the Visayan locals also theorized that a giant cried tons of tears which became limestone hills.

These local folklores are indeed a piece of evidence that the Chocolate Hills is a must-visit not only of its aesthetic form but also for the creative culture in the communities. Moving on, for some scientific feeds, check these fun sci-facts about the breathtaking sanctuary in Bohol.


Sci-Facts

Mogote- It might sound pretty unfamiliar and scientific but these indicators might help you understand what a mogote is. Generally, you have to consider at least three things 1) arrangement/location 2) composition and 3) its surroundings.

When it comes to the arrangement, mogotes are usually isolated in a certain area. In the case of the Chocolate Hills, it is isolated in Batuan, Carmen, and Sagbayan. Considering its composition, Chocolate Hills are made of limestones and underwent karstification. In connection, mogotes vary from limestone to marble and dolomite. Lastly, it is surrounded by sedimentary deposits layered in flat planes. So, you can just imagine a landscape in almost zero degrees elevation.

Formation- After knowing what type of geological formation Chocolate Hills, we can now wonder how it emerged. Picture this, with time, a layer of coral deposits with the help of erosion and rainwater. These coral deposits with the movement of Earth eventually formed the Chocolate Hills. That’s some science, alright!

From green to brown (chocolate)- If you want to witness the lovely color of Chocolate Hills, you may want to visit Bohol in the Philippines during summer. For the rest of the year, this sweet tourist spot appears in color green. Nonetheless, when summer comes in, the dry season automatically affects the pigmentation of the hills’ flora. Book your flight between December to March to avoid too much heat.


After knowing all of these, you’ll surely know that the Chocolate Hills is indeed a spot on tourist attraction. Get a load of stunning sights, rich culture, and amazing sci-facts for your next visit to Bohol, Philippines!


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