Man Made Forest in Bohol
Bohol is filled with countless attractions, both natural and man-made. Mother Nature sure worked over time in this side of the Philippines, blessing it with abundance in almost every way. In the same case, Boholanos worked hard enough to create their own version of a provincial attraction. A good example of Boholanos’ labor of love is the Man Made Forest, located along the borders of Loboc and Bilar municipalities.
The Man Made Forest can be reached by land, about a few minutes ride from Tagbilaran City to close in on the 20-kilometer distance. It is found along the margins of ‘Tina-I sa Manok’ road, a winding pathway from Loboc to Bilar.
Bohol’s Man Made Forest is basically a two-kilometer rainforest with mahogany trees as the main features. Years before, the very site of the Man Made Forest is populated by different plant species, most of them are wild, until the Boholanos decided it is time that they take control of the forest. The Man Made Forest is notable for its very orderly structure. The trees are uniformed in height and in many other ways including the leaves’ design.
The real joy of exploring the Man Made Forest is going all the way up the winding road, which is very identical to a chicken’s intestine. As you drive up, all that you can see behind is the luscious greens that are uniformed in height and are spread out as if they are guarding something down.
If what pleases you is taking a tour around the forest, you may do so. The most notable difference that you would be able to recognize upon entering this man-made haven is the change in temperature. Even when the weather is scorching hot outside, you will be greeted with only cool breeze inside the Man Made Forest. That is because the tall trees are able to protect the insides from the sun’s rays with its spread out leaves.
The Man Made Forest is a favorite sight among local and foreign tourists alike. The view from the outside is stunningly beautiful that it was often used a backdrop not just for many souvenir photographs but for many Filipino films as well. It is also interesting to make the climb up the mountain through the man-made rainforest. There is truly no shortage of activities in Bohol and particularly in the Man Made Forest. It is highly recommendable for nature-lovers who love communing with a secluded environment.