Bohol’s Charm Lures AAP-Petron Fly-Drive Caravan Participants
In the last weekend of July 2016, AAP organized the Bohol Fly-Drive Caravan in partnership with Petron Tri-Activ. Participants posed for a souvenir photo at a Petron service station where they were given Petron Value Cards.
The Automobile Association Philippines (AAP), in partnership with Petron Tri-Activ, recently took 25 participants to the eco-rich province of Bohol in a trip dubbed as “Exploring the Wonderland of Bohol.”
It was the second fly-drive tourism caravan of AAP Travel this year with Petron Tri-Activ as partner.
With the cooperation of the Department of Tourism (DOT)-Region VII and the Tourism Promotions Board Philippines, the caravaners visited the different municipalities of Baclayon, Corella and Loboc, among others during the July 28-31 sojourn.
On July 28, the group, including AAP president Gus Lagman, flew via Air Asia to the province’s airport in Tagbilaran, where they were welcomed by beaming Boholano smiles and festive music. The Bohol Beach Club made sure of the group’s comfortable stay as the caravan’s official hotel partner for the entire trip.
Panglao Mayor Leonila Montero, Panglao Vice-Mayor Pedro Fuertes, Cortes Mayor Lynn Iven Lim and Batuan Mayor Antonino Jumawid were among those who graciously received the group during the span of the tour. Even Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto took time to personally welcome the participants during one of the dinners.
“Bohol has a lot to offer. There are a lot of sights to see. There are a lot of things to experience. We are trying to boost the ecotourism in the region alongside our agriculture which is the main source of livelihood here. We have farm demonstrations, weaving in Tubigon, the metal-welding in Loay. Bohol has all of these on top of the natural beauty that you will also discover on your tour of our province,” said Chatto.
Beyond peanut kisses and tiny primates
Bohol is abundant in history, culture, and natural resources. Each municipality in the province boasts of something extraordinary whether it be an ecological sanctuary, a local livelihood, an organic feast for the taste buds, or a majestic centuries-old cathedral.
The Tubigon loom weaving, farming exhibition at Balay sa Humay in Batuan, and demonstration at the Loay Ironsmith Workshop satiated the cultural curiosity of the participants. They were able to watch how the Boholanos do their work and were even given the chance to try out the processes for themselves.
The caravan also allowed the participants to absorb the rich historical treasure of Bohol through the likes of Baclayon Church and Museum, Dauis Church, the Blood Compact Monument in Tagbilaran, and Clarin Ancestral House.
During the rainy season, the 1,776 hills of Bohol are lush green while during the dry season, the hills turn brown, thus the name Chocolate Hills.
When it came to basking in the natural charm of Bohol, the group enjoyed the Abatan River Firefly Watching Tour, Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella, Chocolate Hills in Carmen, Bilar Eco Park, Loboc River Cruise, Hinagdanan Cave in Panglao, and dolphin sighting in Pamilcan Island.
A first for long-time AAP members
“I feel so blessed with my experiences here in Bohol. This is my first time in the province and the first time I joined the caravan. I’m so thankful that I came along. I rarely travel outside of Metro Manila and this was such an enjoyable experience,” said 72-year-old Jaime Carlos who won the AAP Travel Caravan prize during AAP’s 85th General Membership Meeting.
Fernando Bonifacio who also joined an AAP caravan for the first time, noted: “In the years that I have been a member of AAP, I have never needed any roadside assistance. I was starting to question what I was getting out of being an AAP member. Then, as if it were a sign, this AAP Travel Caravan came at the perfect time. I was afraid that my wife and I would not enjoy our anniversary in the company of strangers, but it turned out this Bohol trip was one of the best trips we’ve had.”
Roberto Zapata shared the same sentiments, saying: “This is the first time that my wife and I joined an AAP Travel Caravan and we are very thankful to everyone for making us feel welcome. We did not expect to enjoy and to feel so much at home.”
AAP president Gus Lagman also expressed his appreciation of the Bohol trip. “We do these caravans to create travel packages for local tourists. We want to support tourism in our very own country and we are hoping that more people would join us in our future trips.”
Furthermore, Lagman thanked Petron for its continuous support of the AAP Travel caravans.
As one of the country’s frontrunners in the oil industry, Petron strongly advocates responsible driving, and promotes safe and fun travels.
Petron fuels are especially formulated to meet Philippine driving conditions and cater to the needs of Filipino motorists. In particular, Petron Euro-4 fuels deliver Tri-Activ performance benefits, namely: (1) better engine protection for longer engine life; (2) better mileage for longer drives; and (3) better power. Thus, in addition to cleaner engine and cleaner emissions, motorists can enjoy more savings on maintenance and fuel consumption. These attributes make Petron Tri-Activ a perfect match for the AAP Travel caravan which aims to promote community tourism, environmental protection, and road safety.
Former Department of Transportation and Communications Undersecretary Glicerio Sicat, AAP president Gus Lagman, Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto and Cortes Municipal Mayor Lynn Iven Lim at the Abatan Community Village Center.