Tsokolateng Burol

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For those who do not know the Philippine language, the name Tsokolateng Burol does not say much, and certainly does not allow you to fly with your imagination, but its translation can only put us in a good mood and make us...lick our chops.

In fact, the Tsokolateng Burol are known as "Chocolate Hills" and are a complex of 1268 hills that characterize Bohol, one of the 7000 islands that make up the Philippine archipelago.

These hills vary in height from 30 to 50 meters and are entirely covered by green meadows which, starting from the autumn season, begin to dry out and paint the hills of the brown chocolate color.

Their origins are still a complex topic to explain. The most accredited theory, which has also been reported on an explanatory sign placed at the top of the observation hill, is that which connects this authentic phenomenon of nature to a series of mountains of impermeable clay covered with a coating of marine limestone: the consequent reaction of these with the erosive power of rainwater would have consequently favored the rounding up of the heaps.

But among the numerous caves and fascinating springs that intertwine inside, the Chocolate Hills are also famous for the legends behind their origin. In most of these, the protagonists are giants and the hills represent the result of their actions or simply the concretization of their feelings.

The most famous legend recognizes the chocolate hills as the battlefield of two giants, who, after having thrown sand, stones and rocks on themselves, decided to end the dispute and go away together, leaving in that place the debris of their confrontation.

But there is also another legend that the hills are nothing more than the transformation of the tears of the giant Arogo, grieved after the death of his beloved.

Located between the cities of Batuang, Carmen and Sagbayan, the Chocolate Hills have been declared a geological monument of the country and are currently on the list for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List. They undoubtedly represent Bohol's greatest attraction, so much so that they are the symbol of the province's flag.

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    Pablo Scialino



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