Chocolate Hills, Philippines on Forbes Most Astonishing Landscape 2009

In addition to being the number one tourist attraction in Bohol, Philippines, Chocolate Hills has gained more publicity as being on the list of Forbes World’s Most Astonishing Landscape 2009 . Forbes described the Philippine attraction as a stunner in describing how perfectly uniform each of the conical hills are and will stun visitors at the fact that they are not man made.
Source: Forbes

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The famous attraction is featured on the Bohol flag and seal to symbolize the abundance of natural attractions in the province. The attraction is also in the Philippine Tourism Authority’s list of tourist destinations in the Philippines, where they its been declared the country’s 3rd National Geological Monument and proposed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. During the dry season, the percipitation is inadequate which result in the grass-covered hills to dry up and turn chocolate brown. This results into a transformation to the area into seemingly endless rows of “chocolate kisses.”

The Chocolate Hills can be described as mounds of general shape which are conical and almost symmetrical. Many tourists have also described the attraction to having a striking resemblence to Hershey’s Kisses. According to Philippine Convention & Visitors Corporation, it is estimated to be at least 1,268 individual mounds to about 1,776, these cone shaped or dome shaped hills are actually made of grass covered limestone. Also, the domes vary from size to 98 to 160 ft with the largest being 390 ft in height. The Chocolate Hills are scattered throughout the towns of Carmen, Batuan, and Sagbayan in Bohol.

Growing up, my parents always told me the story of the creation of Chocolate Hills with giants who threw rocks at each other causing the formation of the Chocolate Hills. Two other legends include, a giant named Arogo who fell in love with a mortal named Aloya. Aloya’s death caused Arogo to cry and when his tears dried the Chocolate Hills were formed. The third legend tells of a town plagued by a giant carabao (water buffalo)who ate all their crops. As a result, the town fed the carabao all its spoiled food causing the carabao to leave behind a huge feces which dried resulting into the formation of the Chocolate Hills (third one is kind of disgusting).

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