We stayed two nights at a small boutique resort half-way up the east coast of Bohol, The one and one-half hour drive gave us a chance to see the beautiful rural countryside along the coast. We stopped to see both a monument and a shrine marker which commemorate the treaty of friendship made between the Spaniards and Filipinos in a blood compact (called the Sandugo), in 1565.
Not knowing the history of the Philippines, I didn't expect to see the lovely Spanish influence in the homes, buildings, catholic churches, and cemeteries along our route. We saw beautiful rice terraces and learned that their main exports are rice, coconuts, and bananas.
Much of the construction incorporates nicely woven designs of bamboo. We saw this extensively where we stayed. The common thatched roofs are crafted from the native palm which grows freely on Bohol Island.
The following morning we would tour the famous sights of Bohol.