Movement of a Bohol “fault” destroyed billions worth of infrastructure, left hundreds of lives lost, and centuries-old churches in ruins and the people still gripped in trauma from thousands of aftershocks following the main magnitude 7.2-tremor on October 15.
Now the good side of the story—the new Bohol “fault” located in Barangay Anonang, Inabanga town is attracting curious locals and even domestic tourists in droves.
Former Barangay Chairman Mamerto Bautista in an interview said almost everyday many people visit here since the Phivolcs and other experts inspected and verified the “tension cracks” caused by the earthquake. Some who give out foodstuff and other relief goods to the victims here always take a quick look and pictures with the protruding “hanging wall” in the background.
Bautista quoted Gov. Edgar Chatto as saying this may be called the new “Great Wall of Bohol” adding that the governor wanted this place to be the next tourist attraction. This creates an opportunity in tragedy, he said in the dialect.
The “hanging wall” caused by the new Bohol fault is within his 1.5-hectare property. He is thankful that the house of his sister Menecia Bautista Aparicio was not, but almost, traversed by this faultline, he said.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has discovered what it called the “hanging wall” of more than three meters high of “uplift” of earth materials from its level of the opposite side of the cracks. Phivolcs believes it could stretch a hundred kilometers of fissures to the towns of Sagbayan, Catigbian, Antequera, San Isidro and Maribojoc.
Gov. Edgar Chatto earlier said he “is very optimistic Bohol will bounce back” after the earth-quake. He admitted however that there were cancellations of hotel and resort reservations right after the earthquake.
But he said that there are a lot of people who may be curious with the ruins of the earth-quake. He said that church ruins after the tremor are tourist attractions. The Chocolate Hills crumbled, new cracks exposed are tourist attractions despite the downsize from the earth-quake’s impact.
The world famous river cruise aboard a floating restaurant in the winding Loboc River is back in business.