Attractions of Sevilla Town
Sevilla, a town situated in the interior part of the province, is about 36 kilometers away from the province’s lone and capital city, Tagbilaran City, through the Loay-Interior Road and about 28 kilometers away from the city through the Sevilla-Sikatuna PRIP Road.
A fifth class municipality with a land area of 6, 486 hectares, Sevilla is composed of 13 barangays. It is surrounded by the towns of Balilihan, Loboc, Bilar, and Sikatuna.
Tourism may not be so popular in the place but still the place boasts some of its natural and even man-made wonders.
Many tourists came to visit the place for its very own Sipatan Hanging Bridge. The bridge is made up of flexible and tough bamboo. It crosses over a certain part of the Loboc River’s emerald waters. Thus, it doesn’t only serve the tourists but to the locals as well. The bridge is utilized by the locals in crossing the river.
But why does it attract tourists? Sipatan Hanging Bridge is not just a mere bridge. It offers a lifetime experience. The bridge is quiet long and crossing the bridge gives you a heart-shaking and a breath-stopping experience especially when many people are walking on it and the bridge becomes a little bit shaky. The thrill is what attracts the tourists whose main purpose is adventure.
This one of a kind footbridge has attracted several foreign tourists who savor the thrill in crossing the 100-meter footbridge and diving in the cool and unpolluted water of the river.
Sevilla local officials have contemplated on making the hanging bridge crossing at Sipatan one way and it implies construction of another hanging bridge which will serve as an exit.
The logic is that, with two bridges, tourist safety will be assured. A two-way traffic in just one narrow foot bridge, with people meeting at the center of the swaying bridge could give inconvenience to tourists. Thus, the construction of another bridge could help avoid traffic and lightens the carrying capacity of the foot bridge.
Included in the plan was to put up more worthwhile activities at the tourist center across the river which will include cultural presentations in order to make the stop at the end of the bridge more meaningful.
Another part of the plan is incorporating a Tourists’ Holding Room where the local government can conduct briefings and activity orientation before letting them do the exciting activity of crossing the swaying bamboo bridge.
In order to realize the plan, the government of Sevilla started collecting ten pesos as toll fee for tourists who want to cross the bridge. The collection contributed a lot to the town’s income generation with an average of three thousand in just an ordinary day.
With the help of PACAP (Philippine Australian Community Assistance Program), the bridge is now reinforces with steel cables, thus becoming a teaser for the Bohol outdoor adventure. Selling native crafts, home decors and fashion accessories opened a new opportunity for women and people’s organizations in the town, giving them additional income.
PACAP also helped finance a multipurpose building which serves as display areas of the local wares, performance venue and a tourists’ resting station.
Another wonder of the place is the Busai Falls. River cruising is done through a pump boat which starts from the boundary of Sevilla and Loboc and up to the falls in barangay Ewon.
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