Man-made Forest, Bilar, Bohol

The Bohol Forest is a man-made mahogany forest stretching in a two-kilometer stretch of densely planted Mahogany trees located in the border of Loboc and Bilar towns. This rainforest is about 20 kilometers from Tagbilaran City. Plying the interior road from the capital, one passes the town of Loboc and what the Boholanos call the “tina-i sa manok” (chicken’s intestines) which refers to the winding road up the mountain of Loboc going towards Bilar. Opens 24 hours. No entrance fee.

Man-made forest History

The man-made forest stands out because of the uniformity in height of the big trees, the spread of its branches, thickness and design of leaves. Trunks, some thick and others just a few months old, grow resplendently straight up towards the sky which is obscured by the branches and the thick leaves. What you see are only the Mahogany trees that look like thousands of sentinels guarding the road, standing erect. One only sees the brown trunks stretching forth from the earth and the green canopy above. And that’s what makes them look so attractive! Looking at them gives you the creeps. Like tentacles of a giant octopus, the roots seem to reach out and grasp the unwary passers-by. When you enter the forest, one will feel the abrupt change in temperature, especially during summer or hot season. The Loboc-Bilar man-made forest plays host to many visitors, locals and foreigners alike who take time to view it from the road and take pictures. The Metro Manila filmmakers often use the forest as a backdrop for some of their action films. Some groups go hiking thru the woods and up the mountain. Mountain bikers often use the wide asphalt road that traverse the forest aside from the day-to-day buses and public transport that ply between the towns (https://www.bohol-philippines.com/mahogany-man-made-forest.html).

Our experience there was nice and relaxing, we ate lunch at their park like place where you can bond there with your friends and family. We enjoy the cold breeze air, taking pictures and roaming around the beautiful formation of the man made forest. Bohol Forest has no entrance fee, you can enjoy there freely and inhale fresh air.

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