"Enigmatic Loboc" Loboc by cyndymc
Loboc Travel Guide: 24 reviews and 104 photos
The wide Loboc River first caught our eye when shown in a popular local movie. As nature lovers, we made a mental note that we will definitely go to this place someday. So when we went to Bohol, I included the Loboc River Cruise as part of our destination. We were surprised to see that the place was well developed, with floating restaurants, lampposts set up on the riverbanks, and cultural presentations by locals on the river. We learned that the local government with the support of the Department of Tourism developed the Loboc River and the Busay Falls into tourist spots. Cesar Montano, the local actor who starred in the movie also helped endorse Loboc as a tourist destination.
We gasped at the beauty of Loboc's rainforest with tall palm trees, native fruit trees and other lush greens. It is surely an additional attraction along the Loboc River. We were told that this rainforest is extensive, reaching up to the mountains, and joining the Loboc-Bilar mahogany man-made forest.
Loboc is a 5th class municipality of Bohol nestled on a small valley located 24 kms from Tagbilaran City. The town got its name from the vernacular word "loboc" which refers to the act of pounding rice. It is said that during the Spanish colonization, some Spaniards who first arrived in the area approached some people who were busy pounding rice. When asked what the name of the place was, the natives thought they were being asked what they were doing so they answered "tig loboc". They meant that it was their job to pound rice. Since the Spaniards took it as the name of the place, henceforth, the name Loboc was used to refer to the place.
The cultural singers/dancers at Loboc River reenact this scene for the tourists.
The wide and beautiful Loboc River is said to dissect the valley of Loboc. Today, many local and foreign tourists take the river cruise in ferries converted into floating restaurants offering Filipino cuisine buffet and live musical entertainment. The river cruise starts from the Loboc Tourism Complex across the banks of Loboc Church, ends at the Busay Falls where the boats slow down for a while to allow the tourists to appreciate the scene and take some souvenir pictures. We enjoyed our buffet lunch at River Watch, one of the most popular floating restaurants.
The Loboc River floating restaurants slow down, then make a U-turn upon reaching Busay Falls. This is a good opportunity... more travel advice
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