THE CORAL GARDEN - A MAGICAL SURPRISE IN LOON, BOHOL

18 May 2018

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I have always been a believer of fairytales - Not the true love’s kiss type, but stories of triumph and hope. As we all know, in 2013, Bohol suffered a massive earthquake which devastated different parts of the island. One of the municipalities that was greatly affected was the peaceful town of Loon.  After that earthquake, the locals started to notice the presence of a red-orange coral like plant species in Barangay Tangnan. 

From afar, you might think that they are soft corals during the low tide. But this red-orange eye candies are not corals. They are commonly known as ice plants and carpet weeds. Thus, the locals of Barangay Tangnan, Loon, Bohol calls this magical place the "Coral Garden". (Fun Fact : "lo-on" is a Visayan dialect which means to coexist or to live together.) It amazes me how Mother Nature has blessed this town a beautiful surprise after an unimaginable destruction. And as far as the locals, they will continue to protect this gift and preserve its beauty for more generations to come. 


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The emergence of the Coral Garden in Loon, Bohol is a gentle reminder that life is all about finding beauty of what we have. And that we can make our own fairytale ending. If Alladin has a magic carpet, Loon has a carpet of red-orange coral like plants.

HOW TO GET THERE.

From the port of Tagbilaran City, take a tricycle ride to Dao Terminal. Then ask locals which bus is going to Loon, Bohol. Fare is at Php35.00. Remind the bus conductor to drop you off at the Multi Purpose Hall of Barangay Tangnan. A tarpaulin signage of the Coral Garden is just a walking distance. Just follow the sign and you'll get to the Coral Garden in no less than 10 minutes. No entrance fees yet. :)


Sunset in Barangay Tangnan, Loon, Bohol.