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Why Tagbilaran City is special ?
Tagbilaran is a component city in the island province of Bohol, Philippines, serving as its capital. Tagbilaran lies in the southwestern part of the province, and has a total land area of 32.70 km2 (12.63 sq mi), with a coastline of 13 km (8.1 mi). It is the principal gateway to Bohol and is known as the "City of Friendship". Tagbilaran is considered by the Institute for Solidarity in Asia as one of the eight Philippine Dream Cities. It was also recognized as one of the 20 "Most Competitive Cities in the Philippines" and "Pinoy Cities on the Rise" in 2005 and 2007, and first in the Quality of Life Category for the same two years, awarded by the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Policy Center.
What to explore at Tagbilaran City?
Tagbilaran is often perceived as a city with nothing to see, and tourists often skip the city in favor of better-known sites in other parts of Bohol. However, contrary to popular belief, the city does have a number of unique sites. Apart from visiting several shopping malls, such as Bohol Quality, Island City Mall, and Plaza Marcela, you dine in various restaurants, visit the Bohol Museum, and a number of interesting landmarks, such as the Sandugo blood compact site, which is located in the Bool district of Tagbilaran city. This monument is included in most tours, and offers a nice view over the Bohol sea, with Panglao island to the right and Pamilacan island a bit farther away to the left.
How to get to Tagbilaran City?
You can fly with Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines from Manila or take a boat from Cebu City directly to Tagbilaran. AirAsia also offers direct services from Manila.
The Tagbilaran City Tourist Pier handles more than 4,000 travelers on a daily basis. Nine daily ship calls from Cebu City are processed efficiently, with other ships from Manila, Cagayan de Oro City, Dumaguete, Dipolog, Iligan City, Larena, Plaridel and Ozamiz City also welcomed on a regular basis. Another four port terminals cater specifically to Cebu City and northern Mindanao routes. Additional berthing space for fastcraft ferries is currently under construction.
Tagbilaran is about an hour away by direct bus from Tubigon, port city with ferries going to Cebu. Jagna is also approximately an hours bus away, and has a daily direct ferry to Balingoan on the island of Mindanao. Buses and Jeepneys also regularly travel between Tagbilaran and the other towns on Bohol.
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