Lila of Bohol Philippines
Lila is a municipality only 28 kilometers and a half from the capital of Bohol, Tagbilaran City. On wide cemented roads, the town is very accessible and travel time takes only 40 minutes. It is after the town of Loay. After it is the town of Dimiao, its mother town.
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Like all other towns situated on the southern coast, the town of Lila is blessed with a panoramic coastline facing the Bohol Sea whose waters are rich with diverse marine life. The road traverses mostly along the coastline so travelers are treated to this, more often than not, blue scenery.
Livelihood is centered mostly on fishing and farming. In fact, the town is well known as the hometown of the fearless devilfish fishermen who go after extremely large manta rays during the hot summer months. Manta Rays are known in the area as “Sanga”. Also, the town’s estuaries, brooks and streams are believed to be the spawning ground of “bangus” fingerlings.
The people of the town are also into rice farming. Its rice terraces at barangay Tiguis has caught the attention of many tourists and lauded by its captivating beauty. Although it cannot compare in size to the Banaue Rice Terraces, the green and then gold carpet which cascades down the mountain are picture perfect!
The Local Government Unit (LGU) of the town is presently geared towards the improvement and opening of farm to market roads and bridges to facilitate ease of marketing farm goods. Trainings are being implemented on the raising of crops including the lowly yet highly nutritious squash and the much loved lakatan bananas.
Lila is considered as a 5th class municipality whose land area of 3,393.39 hectares is politically subdivided into 18 barangays, to wit: Banban, Bonkokan Ilaya, Bonkokan Ubos, Calvario, Candulang, Catugasan, Cayupo, Cogon, Jambawan, La Fortuna, Lomanoy, Macalingan, Malinao East, Malinao West, Nagsulay, Poblacion, Taug and Tiguis.
Majority of the people of Lila are Roman Catholics whose faith revolves around their church which is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of the Holy Rosary whose feast day is celebrated with much fanfare every 7th of October. Love for the Blessed Virgin by the local town folks developed when after a series of church burnings in the past, the icon, repeatedly, was miraculously spared.
Education is a must for all and only a few people are considered illiterate and they belong mostly to the older generation who, when prodded to go to school, often say that “taas na ang lubi” (the coconut is too tall); one way of saying that at their age “it is too late already”.
God bestowed upon Lila natural and man-made wonders. With rolling terrain, rich and fertile land and intertwining rivers and streams, it also boasts of a heritage church, the rice terraces and the Tiguis Swimming Pool. You cannot appreciate what you have not seen. Come and visit Lila and see for yourself. In fact, tour Bohol and you will be awed by God’s grandeur poured out into this little island in the Pacific!
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