It was as though the surrounding landscape morphed from farmlands to forests in an instant, as though our vehicle drove through a portal into a parallel universe. We pulled over and our driver-cum-tour guide dragged us back to reality. “This is the manmade forest,” he announced.

The manmade forest is a 2-kilometer stretch of mahogany trees that carpet the sloping ground where the municipality of Loboc meets Bilar. Travelers going to the Chocolate Hills from Loboc will not miss this.

We traipsed along the road under the canopy of a lush mahogany forest whose branches curved overhead. I could not help but look up; their leaves have blocked out the sun completely. Uniform and imposing, their thin trunks stand so close to each other like a platoon of giant soldiers. At the time, no wind was there to tousle their verdant tops yet they appeared to be moving, stepping back, giving way to visitors passing by. 

In their shade, I gadded in awe, hypnotized by the virid ceiling above me and completely forgetting that the road I was walking on was a highway. A loud honk jerked my consciousness back just in time as a car sped right past me. Here in this forest, it’s hard not to daydream for the place itself looks like it came straight from a fantasy movie.

Manmade Forest of Bilar and Loboc
Manmade Forest of Bilar and Loboc
Bohol Man-made Forest in Bilar and Loboc
Souvenir stalls lined up by the road
I don’t know what animal this is but there are plenty of ’em there.

The trees breathe, creating a breezy atmosphere that is much cooler than the outside. No matter how hot the day is, it remains comfortable in the company of these hardy yet nurturing soldiers.

Note: There is no designated parking space here. When you visit this, I bet you won’t be the only ones camwhoring at this place. BUT BE CAREFUL! You might be so focused on taking pictures that you might forget that it’s still part of the highway. Vehicles passing through the forest can be very speedy.

How to get here: From Tagbilaran, you can join a group tour offered by various tour operators and hotels. You may also rent a van or motorcycle to get here. Taking public transportation is okay but getting out can be a problem since the bus won’t really wait for you. You will have to wait for the next bus to move to your next stop, which is more stressful and time-consuming.

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Comments

  1. Its amazing!!! I hope, all places in the philippines would set up a project like that. It doesn’t only beautify the place but it helps mother nature as well…

  2. Been there. It was like the forest in a ‘Twilight’ movie! Good job by the people of Bohol, specifically, Bilar people.

  3. Kristie Anne Hernandez says:

    We were supposed to be there for Valentine’s. We didn’t push through because of my surgery. I’ve been wanting to see Bohol. I’ll make sure to visit Bohol when I’m fully recovered.

  4. This 2 Km stretch of Mahogany Trees is a sight to see in Bohol and so much more. One thing I like in Bohol is its clean surroundings that is consistent anywhere you go..I believe that the reason for this is not only discipline but that it is embedded in the local’s life style and culture…

  5. ria lapid says:

    Is there a group tour that I can join so I can availlower package tour?
    This coming April Ill be available

  6. Zeann Analyn Anub says:

    yes its very nice there..its my hometown and proud to have it..I LOVE BILAR BOHOL.! visit there guys..(:

  7. Anna Rinma says:

    …been there 6days ago and i was so amazed by the wonderful nature feeling. My Family and I took a wonderful family picture there…:))

  8. Sheryll Ann Capulong says:

    i felt like i was in the twilight movie when i visited this place :)

  9. gill says:

    paradise place esp. panglao resort
    me and my bf. had a vacation there,
    love to go back again

  10. Malou Abordo says:

    i love this portion of Bohol…. pag napadaan ka na rito.. ang sarap ng pakiramdam…. superb!

  11. Ahr-ahr Uy says:

    I have been there!!!!hehehe the man made forest is sooooo cold even if it is 12noon!hehehe

  12. yah! the place is so nice, cool and u can feel the nature! only, if the LGU would place street posts coz its very dark by night, specially when ur driving ur car…. love Bohol!!!

  13. Allan Bough Gokongwei says:

    My favorite spot in Bohol! Magpapatanim ako ng ganyan sa lugar namin!hahaha

    • The Poor Traveler says:

      Let us know pag malaki na para mabisita rin namin! :P

  14. Joywish Alquiza says:

    My hometown is Carmen, so every now and then when we visit to the city (Tagbilaran) we passes this place and i can’t even explain til now why i was fallen asleep when the bus journeying upon this place and I can’t help it…….
    ……..my eyes really closing!!! (^_^)

    I LOVE THIS PLACE AND MY HOMETOWN
    and it will always be… ♥♥♥

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