As we traversed the zigzag road on our way to the world-renowned Chocolate Hills in Carmen, I cannot help but be amazed at the variety of trees, giant ferns, and the lush mahogany forest welcoming us along the way. With windows rolled down, the touch of the cool breeze emanating from the heart of the forest was a perfect way to enjoy nature’s air conditioning.
Located in the Loboc-Bilar border, Bilar Manmade Forest, as it is locally known, is a living proof that in this day and age where deforestation has become a trend, reforestation is still very much doable and possible! Thanks to the Boholanos who had shown the way decades ago.
Bilar Manmade Forest is a 2 kilometer stretch of wide-spreading branches mahogany trees, uniformed in height. It has become a popular stopover for tourist going to the Chocolate Hills. It also has been becoming a famous venue for e-session and pre-wedding pictorials for locals. It is about 5 minutes away from The Simply Butterflies Garden and around 20-30 minutes away from Tagbilaran City
We pulled over to enjoy and take in the relaxing beauty of the verdant trees with branches extended and curved overhead and thick leaves graciously giving us the shade we need. The cool breeze though wasn’t friendly to Tatay as he wasn’t feeling well. So after we took some photos of the splendid view, we head off to Chocolate Hills right away.
Looking at our faces, I could really say that the Bilar manmade forest was indeed a short but sweet and awesome treat for photo ops and a refreshing treat for a hot, sunny day.
I hope the Bohol Government will continue on its nature preservation program which includes the Bilar man-made forest so it will be enjoyed by the next generation and to teach them to help better the world.