Symbols of Bohol

The Provincial Hero is Francisco Sendrijas, also popularly known as Francisco Dagohoy or Dagohoy. He was known to have led the longest revolt in the Philippine history.

The Provincial Dance is the Kuratcha Boholana.

The Provincial Plant is the Ubi Kinampay, a rootcrop with white or light to dark purple meat. These rootcrops are very aromatic and is cooked as plainly boiled, mixed to other vegetables or dried and used as a flavoring for ice creams, candies, cakes and other goodies. The best kind of ubi is believed to be found only in Bohol. An Ubi Festival is celebrated every January in Bohol.

The Provincial Tree is the sturdy molave (Vitex parviflora), which is locally know as "tugas".

The Provincial Flower is the White Gumamela which symbolizes the characteristics of simplicity and naturalness of the Boholano. Its extra-length and bowing stamen evokes a language of welcome, its tender structure with pollens characterize the people's simple tastes and simple needs. The greenish, close-knit petals depict the loyalty and constancy of the Boholano family towards each of its members, conspicuous of the bond and the blood that join them together whether in adversity or in joy.

The Provincial Bird is the colorful Antolihaw or Dimodlaw (Oriole: Oriolus Chinensis) which is found all over the province.

Bohol Mangga. Mango is botanically designated as Mangifera indica L. It belongs to the family Anacardiaceas, and its most important commercially viable cultivars are the carabao and pico, both of which abound in Bohol.

Our predominantly limestone soils produce the sweetest mangoes in the Philippines. The fruits are peculiarly tender and melting sweet in flavor and could compare with the best in the world. To date, there are about 500,000 mango trees grown in Bohol and is expected to reach one million by the year 2005.

Source: Bohol LGU website

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