Trinidad, Bohol: Unveiling the Hidden Gems of Nature and Culture

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Trinidad is a town located in the northeastern part of Bohol Province next from the towns of Talibon and Ubay and is considered a 4th class municipality.

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the road leading to Ubay through Interior Route
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Three major routes diverge in the municipality of Trinidad: the eastern and northern routes (coastal highways) and the interior route. These routes are leading to the Province Capital, Tagbilaran City. The town is 98 kilometers away from Tagbilaran City through the interior route. It is also about 128 and 138 kilometers away from the city through the northern and eastern route. It may take approximately 2 hours of travel time with a van for hire and 3-4 hours with public utility buses.

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Considered the junction of these major routes, Trinidad becomes a convenient trading center for various municipalities. Marine products from the coastal municipalities are bartered for the crops and other agricultural products of the municipalities in the interior part of the province. There are also products from outside the province – specifically products from Cebu and Leyte – which are traded in the town.

The municipality has a land area of 15, 263.0344 hectares and is composed of 20 barangays, to wit: Banlasan, Bongbong, Catoogan, Guinobatan, Hinlayagan Ilaud, Hinlayagan Ilaya, Kauswagan, Kinan-oan, La Union, La Victoria, Mabuhay Cabiguhan, Mahagbu, Manuel A. Roxas, Poblacion, San Isidro, San Vicente, Santo Tomas, Soom, Tagum Norte, and Tagum Sur.

the town's municipal hall
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Trinidad is considered as a rural municipality. However, several factors show that it is headed towards industrialization and urbanization. Interested investors are already making preliminary moves towards the establishment of their investments in Trinidad.

Prinicipal industries in the town include agriculture, fishery, and trading industry. About 9, 839 hectares is the total land area for agricultural purposes according to the Network of Protected Areas for Agriculture (NPAAD). Rice and corn are the primary crops produced.

Fishery is also concentrated in the cultivating of bangus, prawns and also the newly studied seaweed culture. This is done through fishponds and cages. Crab culture in cages is also one of the ongoing projects of the municipality. There is also the tilapia culture in different SFR or water impounding in the barangays.

Cottage, small to medium-scale industries are already proliferating. Hat weaving, mat weaving and basket making are some of these. However, there are no large-scale industrial establishments in the municipality. Major industrial establishments in the municipality include rice and corn mills and cold storage.

One of the vital for the commercial activity of the municipality is the Ipil River. Island traders conveniently transport their products to Trinidad through the river for local and provincial, as well as regional trading. Commercial activity is largely concentrated in barangay Poblacion where almost 70% of the total number of commercial establishments is located.

Boholanons are known for their devoted and pious religiousness. Most of the people in the municipality of Trinidad are Roman Catholics. They have their church called the San Isidro Parish dedicated to their patron saint, Saint Isidore.

the San Isidro Parish
photo by lenci

A famous destination of the municipality is the Batungay Cave. The cave is located in the forested area of barangay Sto. Tomas, which is about 8 kilometers away from the town proper. The word Batungay is derived from the word “bato” which means rock and “ngay” which means twins. It is called Batungay because the cave is beneath two solid rocks. A stream of crystal-clear water flows inside the cave. Additions to its wonders are the awesome stalactites and stalagmites.

Another attraction of the town is the Kawasan Falls. The falls is located at barangay San Isidro, about 13 kilometers away from the Poblacion proper. It is also 5 kilometers away from the Batungay Cave.

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