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Bike Climb to the Virgen de Guadalupe Oct 12, 2017

Bike Climb to the Virgen de Guadalupe

Location: Virgen de Guadalupe, Loboc (municipality), Bohol (province), Philippines
Mountain Bike Guide: Jeffrey Huerte Jeffrey Huerte

Another Day, Another Climb
Today was an arduous climb on a bike with Jeffrey to the Virgen de Guadalupe, a giant statue of the Black Madonna perched on a Loboc summit with a clear line of sight to another iconic religious landmark, the Cruz Daku.

Virgen de Guadalupe
In May 24, pilgrims flock to the shrine asking for miraculous intercession. Women who want to conceive dance by the foot of the statue. Some return to give thanks for answered prayers. Together with the giant Cruz Daku, Loboc becomes the Mecca for devotees during Lent.

The Ride
From the town center, Jeffrey, son of Juan (who was my biking buddy from Cruz Daku), led the way. It was a good warm-up to bike along the hiway before we swerved to a local road that ascended all the way to the top. Like the trail of Cruz Daku, the climb was unrelenting with only a few short reprieves. Jeffrey was a strong rider. We kept a good pace to make it to the top in good time with a minimum of dismounts.

Although not as high as Cruz Daku, the view was more accessible. There was a wide clearing opening-up the scenery to the town of Loboc, with the Loboc River snaking through town. The statue was immense as it hovered above everything else as if to overlook the well-being of Loboc below.

Bike Climb to the Virgen de Guadalupe
descent from the Virgin summit

I love the climb but the downhill part was sweet as well. On some parts, I let the brakes go and white-knuckled technical sections with rocks and ruts. It was an adrenaline rush without the caffeine. My one fear was the bike itself. It's a cheap bike and I have no idea how much trashing I can do before the bike falls apart.

Loboc Lifestyle
Post-ride, I was looking at Jeffrey. Here he was, hammering down on kick-ass trails while having ample time for his 8am job. Upon arriving home, he was unhurried as he prepared for work - which was a short walk away. How cool is that?

Compare that to a worker in Manila who has to wake up at 4 to leave the house at 5am to beat the morning rush hour traffic! Sometimes, I wonder why people put up with over-rated dysfunctional cities when technology is now available to live on the fringes of the grid in any location with internet connection. I digress but that's my 2-cents.

Ending Thoughts
Whoa! 3 days in a row I'd been riding hard. Juan and his son Jeffrey taking turns to ride with me, showing me to the hidden wonders of Loboc. If that's not amazing enough, tomorrow is another ride!

--- TheLoneRider

Next stop: Busay Falls

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Bohol FYI / Tips

Tagbilaran Port to Panglao

You can charter any tricycle from the port all the way to Panglao (~P300), but if you want to do it on the cheap,
  1. don't take the tricycles lined-up inside the port. Walk past the port gate and immediately outside, you'll see many tricycles. Take one to the bus terminal in Dao (~P15)
  2. in Dao, take the jeep that plies the Panglao route (~P20)

Tagbilaran (Bohol) to Cebu City by boat

** schedules and rates keep changing, call for latest schedule
  1. Weesam Express - departs 6:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM
    one way: Economy (aircon) P500.00, Economy (non-aircon) P400.00, First Class P600.00
    round trip promo (at least 2 days advance booking): Economy (aircon) P600, Economy(non-aircon) P500, First Class P1200
    round trip promo (1 day or on the day booking): Economy (aircon) P800, Economy (non-aircon) P700, First Class P1200
  2. Ocean Jet - departs 6-7:05-8:20-9:20-11:40AM, 1-2-3:30-4:20-5:30-6:30PM, 2 hours, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
    Open Air / Tourist Class P800, Business Class P1000
    +63(32)255 7560 / +63 (32) 255 0115 / 0917 638 0000
  3. SuperCat (2GO) - departs 5:50-11AM, 3:45-5:25-8:15PM, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
    P 500.00
    +63 32 233 7000

Things to do, Places to go in Bohol

  1. Chocolate Hills - this is a clustering of more than 1200 hills within a 50km2 area. They range in height from 30-50 meters. What's unusual is their near-perfect conical shape resembling an individual chocolate chip. No one knows how they were formed. Entrance is P50/pax.
  2. Tarsier Conservation Area - located Upper Bonbon, Loboc. The tarsiers are no longer being played at by tourists as circus props, but instead, visitors now view them in cordoned-off areas in their natural 6ha habitat. As they are territorial and nocturnal, they are predictable on where they can be viewed. P50/pax.
  3. Alona Beach (Panglao) - Alona Beach is the tourist hub of Bohol. It has 1.5 kms of white sand beach lined-up by bars, hotels and restos. Alona is also the jump-off point for Balicasag Island, a world class dive destination.
  4. Danao Adventure Park - located in Barangay Magtangtang, 72 kms (2 hours ride) from Tagbilaran. Adventure activities include river trekking, tyrolean traverse, rappelling, bouldering, rock climbing and ziplining.


  1. Exploring Combento Cave Pool June 29, 2017
  2. Visiting Cabagnow Cave Pool of Anda Jun 28, 2017
  3. Exploring Anda, Bohol June 25-30, 2017

  4. Candijay
  5. Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay July 1, 2017
  6. Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  7. Freediving Canawa Cold Spring of Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  8. Splashing at Can-umantad Falls, Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017

  9. Carlos P. Garcia Island
  10. Exploring Carlos P. Garcia (CPG) Island by Bike Dec 1, 2017

  11. Corella
  12. Cycling to the Tarsiers of Corella Oct 26, 2017

  13. Dauis
  14. Cliff Dive at Molave Cove Feb 11, 2018
  15. Freediving at Molave Point, Dauis Nov 6, 2017
  16. The Return to Hinagdanan Cave Nov 5, 2017
  17. Exploring Hinagdanan Cave Oct 24, 2017

  18. Loay
  19. The Ride to Morning Hill Oct 22, 2017
  20. The Ride to the Old Spanish Tower Oct 21, 2017

  21. Loboc
  22. 24+ Days at Lyn's Backpackers Inn Jan 23 - Feb 16, 2018
  23. All Day Fun with the Loboc Crew Feb 11, 2018
  24. 20-Minute Rope Skipping w/ Pranayama and Meditation Feb 9, 2018
  25. Calisthenics with Jeffrey Feb 7, 2018
  26. Abs-Core Workout with Jeffrey Feb 5, 2018
  27. High Intensity Cardio Workout Feb 2, 2018
  28. Ride to the Landslide with Jeffrey Jan 31, 2018
  29. Farm Tour with Mr. Raymond Cal Jan 29, 2018
  30. Cacao Drum Roasting Jan 27, 2018
  31. Making Sikwate: from cacao fruit to a hot dark chocolate drink Jan 25, 2018
  32. 5 Weeks at the Fox and Firefly Cottages Dec 13, 2017 - Jan 23, 2018
  33. In-House Yoga Teacher at the Fox and Firefly Cottages Jan 22, 2018
  34. Mountain Bike Rides from Tagbilaran to Loboc Jan 18, 2018
  35. Firefly Tour on a Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Dec 19, 2017
  36. Playing Mountain Bike Tour Optimizer Dec 18, 2017
  37. Back to Loboc Dec 13, 2017
  38. 37 Days in Loboc - Thank You and Goodbye Oct 8-Nov 14, 2017
  39. Exploring Busay Falls, Loktob Spring and Jimili-an Spring...on Foot Nov 11, 2017
  40. Stand-Up Paddle Yoga with Joan Christine Nov 3, 2017
  41. Loboc River Cruise on a Stand-Up Paddle Oct 29, 2017
  42. Exploring Guimba and Sog-ong Caves of Loboc Oct 22, 2017
  43. Ziplining and Cable Car Ride at Eco-Tourism Adventure Park Oct 22, 2017
  44. Savouring Villagio Pizza Oct 19, 2017
  45. Wet and Wild Bonbon-Alegria Downhill Ride Oct 18, 2017
  46. River Cruise on Loboc River Oct 17, 2017
  47. Back Road Ride from Loboc to Loay Oct 17, 2017
  48. Leisurely Ride to Loktob Spring Oct 14, 2017
  49. Sweet Ride to Busay Falls Oct 13, 2017
  50. Bike Climb to the Virgen de Guadalupe Oct 12, 2017
  51. The Ride to Cruz Daku (Big Cross) Oct 11, 2017
  52. Exploring Loboc, Bohol Oct 8, 2017

  53. Panglao
  54. Coastal Cleanup with Plastic Free Bohol Sept 16, 2017
  55. Exploring Panglao June 12-18, 2017
  56. Yoga with Ging and Rai at Oasis Resort June 18, 2017
  57. Freediving with Ben Meerhaeghe at SeaQuest Dive Center June 16, 2017
  58. Scuba Diving Balicasag Island with SeaQuest Dive Center June 15, 2017
  59. Bohol Revisited June 12, 2017
  60. Exploring Bohol Nov 28-30, 2015

  61. San Miguel
  62. Visiting Bayongan Lake Nov 22, 2017

  63. Sevilla
  64. Killer MTB Ride from Sevilla Oct 30, 2017

  65. Sikatuna
  66. Solo Ride to the Sikatuna Tree Park Nov 2, 2017

  67. Tagbilaran
  68. 30 days in Tagbilaran, Thank You! Oct 8, 2017
  69. Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest Oct 8, 2017
  70. Exploring the Cafe Scene of Tagbilaran Oct 7, 2017
  71. Yoga for 60+ Students at the University of Bohol Oct 4, 2017
  72. Chocolate Overload at Dalareich Chocolate House October 2, 2017
  73. Talk on Philosophy and Spirituality to 12-Graders at the University of Bohol Sep 27, 2017
  74. Celebrating the International Day of Peace Sep 23, 2017
  75. Judging a Student Debate at the University of Bohol Sept 15, 2017
  76. Fitness Workout with Chie at Bohol Tropics Resort Sept 13, 2017
  77. Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga, Tagbilaran Sept 12, 2017
  78. Tagbilaran Revisited Sep 7-12, 2017
  79. Hello Tagbilaran! June 19-25, 2017

  80. Ubay
  81. Goodbye and Thank You, Ubay Nov 14-Dec 13, 2017
  82. Visiting the Ubay Stock Farm Dec 8, 2017
  83. Exploring Cambugsay Healing Hills with Lars Jensen Nov 22, 2017
  84. Visiting Ubay Green Park Nov 18, 2017
  85. The Ride to Sinandigan Boardwalk and the Yamashita Treasure Hunt Nov 18, 2017
  86. Ubay in a Nutshell Nov 17, 2017
  87. In Search of the Next Destination Nov 14, 2017
  88. 2 Days in Ubay July 1-3, 2017
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