In Panglao: When Paradise Turns Filipino

We took a celebratory trip to Panglao in Bohol after receiving my CFO certificate.  It is one of the top destinations in the Visayas region, especially among foreigners searching for a piece of paradise.

We left Cebu with an Ocean Jet Ferry from Pier 1 where some blind musicians kept us entertained. My husband recognized them from his first trip from Cebu to Tagbilaran many years ago.  It is a clever and sympathetic way to gain some money for the association of blind people. Let’s just hope that the donations end up where it should.

Our boarding time was 8 am and we arrived in Tagbilaran after two hours.


A van and driver were waiting for us outside the port. It was a 30-minute more or less ride to Panglao Tropical Villas, advertised as a quiet and laidback place on the beach. The problem was the handful of construction workers in full swing with noisy maintenance the whole weekend we were there.


We escaped very fast to a place further up on the beach and enjoyed the captivating scenery. We found a good restaurant that luckily had good food and was far enough from our construction resort to deliver silence and a real taste of paradise.


It was a nice relaxation after my seminar and interview, but with unadvertised construction works going around all the time the paradise became, according to my hubby, very Filipino 🙂


Anyway, we decided to laugh it off and found ways to enjoy our trip. It is good to commune with nature once in a while, and our travel to Panglao became memorable despite the lack of warning of the ongoing improvements at the tropical villas.





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