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After a quick tour around Baclayon Church, we dropped by a souvenir shop and then went ahead to Loboc River, our majestic destination for today.
It's not my first time here but I'm still amazed at how things here in Loboc River are just perfectly managed. I've been to countless tourist destinations in my country and it's rare that the local Tourism offices are able to give world-class service both to locals and foreign visitors. Let's just say that today is one in a million moments that I'm bragging about my country. 😎
From the very welcoming and clean facade of the complex...
...to the well-lit, massive holding area, well-thought-off interior design with a touch of modernity, and Philippines' long-withstanding culture and tradition...
Even the furnitures I spotted were carefully selected to suit the entire place's vibes.
When you go out, it's as pleasant as the holding area; it's sparkling clean and organized. You can smell the freshness of the open space; even the restrooms are air-conditioned. I mean isn't this too, much? It is! In other tourist destinations run by the government, you'll have to pay every single time you visit the restroom; they couldn't even provide tissue despite the fees they collect. But in Bohol, it's simply world-class.
Early bird catches the worms
We arrived in Loboc as early as 10:45 am; we were the first ones to arrive. I think it's also a factor of how pleasant the experience had been since it wasn't crowded yet.
When traveling, I always go with DIY but this time, since it's a company-sponsored trip, we had a tour agency/guide who arranged everything for us. And damn, they're good at what they do!
Now that I think about it, the experience is very pleasant, it feels like checking in to a 5-star hotel. ✨
After getting our tickets in the form of postcards, we walk towards the river bank. The covered walkway led us to Loboc River where our assigned boat was waiting for us.
The boat terminal or docking area is overlooking the Loboc Church. I've heard that this Church was damaged during the 2013 earthquake just like Baclayon Church. But they were able to restore it , too!
Before we could reach our assigned boat, we had to pass through this luxurious-looking boat.
There's this gap...
and a metal bridge, not more than 2 meters long, that joined the two boats that allowed us to cross to our assigned boat.
We were warmly welcomed with the smell of good food and a festive vibe from the acoustic music playing in the background.
They served all the best dishes one could think of in Filipino cuisine. Adobo, lechon kawali, pancit guisado, guso, sinigang, the list goes on!
The boys were hungry that upon entering our assigned boats, they immediately grabbed their plates and got their food!
Meanwhile, the girls took pictures, lots of them, before even bothering to grab utensils. 😂
In less than five (5) minutes, the boat slowly moved toward the northern end of Loboc River. The movement was slow; it was almost unnoticeable. We continued enjoying our lunch while the boat navigated through the river.
In case you are wondering how boats manage to move here, I'll show you the unique set-up/design of the boats in Loboc.
The engine is attached to a separate and smaller boat which is located at the back of the bigger boat. Consequently, the driver is also at the back maneuvering the entire escapade.
Their boats despite having different interior designs have the same size and could accommodate roughly around 30-40 pax. We were less than 20 pax including guides.
The best part of the River cruise is when the live acoustic band started to play songs that are near any Filipino's heart. I remember how soothing that lunch was. I mean if this is the view and you have amazing food, awesome company and lively music, you can just smile and be grateful for all that's right before your eyes.
More photos during the River Cruise...
Dancing with Loboc's Balsa Dancers
After a few minutes, we spotted a floating cottage not too far away.
And for those who have been here before, we knew what this site meant... and it only meant one thing total performance.
Aside from the view during the River cruise, another main attraction in Loboc River is the Loboc balsa dancers that are stationed right before you reach the last explorable part of the River. We had to dock our boat and witness their death-defying dancing and singing prowess.
At first, they were dancing on their own performing their regular intense routines until they invited us to join them in dancing one of our country's traditional folk dances, Tinikling, which uses a pair of long bamboo poles.
"Never say never!" This seemed to be my workmates' mantra for that day; they tried to dance and immerse themselves in the balsa dancers. I personally danced, too! Without question, I had fun!
Then there was this intense part of the Tinikling dance at the end part of their performance. I was just shocked and at the same time amazed how they were able to pull such a trick. 👏👏👏
There is no required fee to witness their performance, but if you have extra cash, they'll appreciate it. There's a tip box where you can drop your donations or tips.
Dancing Queen and Kings
Since the number of supervisors/officers has grown throughout the years, there were three (3) batches for this incentive trip. When I heard from my friends that they were either Batch 1 or 2, I felt a pang of sadness. Nonetheless, I never worried about who I'll be traveling with since I don't have problems blending in.
Right after dancing Tinikling, we had to go back. This was just lunch in the first place. I thought that our way back to the docking area will be filled with silence but I was wrong. The live band started playing upbeat Filipino music such as songs from VST & Company and we found ourselves dancing inside our boat.
Everyone dance as if it's our last day on Earth! I love the energy that day! I was even voluntold to sing a song for everyone; I gladly obliged! 😎
What a view!
You might be wondering why I still haven't shown you any photos of the river during our escapade, we'll I was planning to bombard you with Loboc River's enchanting beauty. Here goes...
Kids here surely know how to have fun! 😁
Some photos of the docking area...
On the other side is the Loboc Church...
That's it! They served too much food that we can always go for another round but nah, time to go back on the road and visit the rest of the destinations in nearby towns.
This lunch river cruise has been one of my favorites during my recent Bohol trip but as they say, Bohol is just full of surprises so join me in my next stop in my #BaliksaBohol journey! Stay tuned! 😁
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i guess its time to visit this again.. dugay dugay na sad to last namo na kaon dire...wala na tong mga tribo sah?
Wala ko nakakita aning tribo @junebride basin wala lang mi ka timing? hehe Grabe world-class kaayo ang service gyud. Kulang na lang mukanta na sad ko sa "Balik sa Bohol, balik" hehe
hehehe its nice to know na nice kaau ang service... ig mahuman ang ting ulan mobalik mi diha jud ba kay ganahan ko makakita atong nagtinikling na thrillng kaau
Arang ka thrilling nalang gyud sa ilang tinikling didto, Buwis buhay man kaayo to oy. Di gyud madala ilang skills hadlok and amazing at the same time mag watch sa ilang sayaw
Such a stunning river cruise, the food looks delicious. Great company too.
It’s nice to see all those smiling faces of people having lots of fun.
The show was great too.
Thanks for sharing these beautiful moments with us @patsitivity 👋🏻😊
It's our first incentive trip since the pandemic so everyone was looking forward to this trip @littlebee4
Makes those trips extra special 👋🏻😊🤗
Have a great week further 🌺
Never been in a cruise so far but I love the whole vibe shared through your post and I have no doubt it's something amazing :)
Hey @gabrielatravels this is the only cruise I've been to hehe but definitely one of the best things to do in Bohol.
Everyone is going on vacation, i just feel like crying, seeing beautiful pictures of people and places they visited is remarkable. I honestly need to plan a vacation for myself
@patsitivity hope you had fun??
Fun overflowed during this trip @ibbtammy! Hope you can visit real soon! 😁
Ang sosyal ng dating kahit river cruise lang.. Pero gusto ko matry ang ganito..sa may amin meron papunta Suhuton Cave (have you heard that name yet? 😅) pero never ko pa natry 😂..
Ate, I know will definitely visit this place if you visit home again.
Add mo na to sa list mo, Jane! :)
YEs, I've heard of Sohoton. Massive cave!
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I was wowed by the view of this place from the beginning to the end, I really need a vacation to a place like this but I won't be leaving for about 3 days.
Every where look neat and beautiful as you have described, you guys have definitely worked hard throughout the year to get such a treat from the company.
Sounds like an amazing plan @george-dee. Hope you can travel soon!
Thank you @hive-145540 😁
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Wow the Loboc River is look like a fresh water. Kahit nakaranas noon ng lindol wayback 2013. Ang ganda ng place kapag nagkatrabaho ako isa din yan sa pupuntahan ko
If you ever visit Bohol one day make sure to come by Loboc! 😁
I went through a very interesting post with lots of amazing images.
Hugs from Romania.
This looks absolutely amazing. I still have the Phillipines on my travel list as I once had to cancel my trip to there and never booked again
Hey @betterthanhome, you planning to come here soon? I'm based in Cebu. Let me know if you have questions. I'm more than happy to assist you. :)