• Eco-rich Bohol captivates AAP-Petron Fly-Drive Caravan participants


    The second fly-drive caravan of AAP Travel, a division of the Automobile Association Philippines, was held last July 28-31 in resplendent Bohol in partnership with Petron Tri-Activ.

    The trip titled “Exploring the Wonderland of Bohol” was made possible with the cooperation of the Department of Tourism (DOT)-Region VII and the Tourism Promotions Board Philippines.

    Twenty-five participants, including AAP president Gus Lagman and his better half Tessie, were flown by AirAsia to Tagbiliran where warm Boholano hospitality awaited them. Bohol Beach Club, the caravan’s official hotel partner, made sure it was a very pleasurable four-day stay.

    Mayor Leonila Montero of Panglao, Vice-Mayor Pedro Fuertes also of Panglao, Mayor Lynn Iven Lim of Cortes, Mayor Antonino Jumawid of Batuan and Governor Edgar Chatto of Bohol took the time to personally welcome the group and talk about their beloved Bohol.

    “Bohol has a lot to offer. There are a lot of sights to see,” Chatto said. “There are a lot of things to experience. We are trying to boost ecotourism alongside our agriculture, which is the main source of livelihood here. We have farm demonstrations, weaving in Tubigon, the metal-welding in Loay. Bohol has all of these on top of the natural beauty that you will discover on your tour of our province.”

    Whether it is an ecological sanctuary, a local livelihood, an organic feast for the taste buds or a majestic centuries-old cathedral, Bohol has definitely been blessed with great abundance.

    The participants experienced, and some were even able to try out, loom-weaving at Tubigon, farming at Balay sa Humay in Batuan, and shaping iron in Loay.

    Boholano treasures such as Baclayon Church and Museum, Dauis Church, the Blood Compact Monument in Tagbilaran and Clarin Ancestral House showed the participants the colorful history of the province.

    The Abatan River Firefly Watching Tour, Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella, Chocolate Hills in Carmen, Bilar Eco Park, Loboc River Cruise, Hinagdanan Cave in Panglao and dolphin-watching in Pamilacan Island allowed the group to bask in Bohol’s natural charm.

    “We do these caravans to create travel packages for local tourists. We want to support tourism in our very own country and we are hoping that more people would join us in our future trips,” said Lagman who expressed his gratitude to all the travel participants.

    He also thanked Petron for its continuous support of AAP Travel’s caravans.

    As one of the country’s frontrunners in the oil industry, Petron strongly supports responsible driving, and safe and fun travels. These advocacies make Petron Tri-Activ a perfect match for AAP Travel.


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