Friday, April 22, 2011

Anda, Bohol: Around town

See related posts:
Anda, Bohol: The shoreline going south
Anda, Bohol: The shoreline going north
Anda, Bohol: Anda White Beach Resort

It's Good Friday and six years ago in 2005 My Bibe and I were walking around the sleepy town of Anda, Bohol, dripping wet from swimming. Last year we didn't do much exploring anymore. But after featuring the resort where we stayed, as well as the coastline, let me show you a glimpse of what the town is like.

The open field fronting the beach. In the background are the church and some stalls that dot the perimeter of the field.

Anda is a 5th class municipality. So everything is very basic here and the area is sparsely populated. Apart from fishing, folks also engage in farming. Oh, and this town has some history behind it dating back to Spanish colonial times. But I won't go there. You can just Google that one up.

The municipal hall, located near the shoreline.

I don't know what this monument represents. No clue as there were no inscriptions provided. Could be related to World War II.

Apart from its beaches, Anda reportedly has some burial caves and some waterfalls as alternative attractions. Wasn't up to it, though.

What good is a city or town in the Philippines without its very own plaza! Of course Anda should have one, too.

Typical rural scenery.

As with most rural areas in the Philippines, the habal-habal is commonplace. Pictured above in the right side, it's basically a motorcycle reworked with some extension seats to allow more passengers. Balancing it sure is something. This mode of transport is popular in places like Anda since it can take you to areas where tricycles cannot, where roads can really be rough.

But of course the lowly tricycle remains very much in business. In Anda, a tricycle can seat around six passengers. The driver, of course, is in front, flanked by two warm bodies on each side while four people are seated at the back, with two facing the other two as if in a jeepney but only smaller.

No fancy malls whatsoever. Like I said, everything is pretty basic.

Only time will tell if this town will progress into something more. With concrete roads now connecting the town to the capital Tagbilaran City, and the gradually increasing tourism in the area, who knows? I can only hope that when that happens, they can still manage to keep themselves in check and not let developments run wild like in Boracay. I hope.

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