Bohol

Map of Bohol

Churches of Christ
Calituban Church of Christ
Datag Church of Christ
Jagna Church of Christ
Katarungan Ubay Church of Christ
Long Jagna Church of Christ
Ubay Garces St. Church of Christ

Capital: Tagbilaran City
Founded: March 25, 1565
Population:
2000 census—1,137,268 (18th largest)
Density—276 per km_ (25th highest)
Area: 4,117.3 km_ (29th largest)
Divisions:
Highly urbanized cities—0
Component cities—1
Municipalities—47
Barangays—1,109
Congressional districts—3
Languages: Visayan Cebuano (Boholano)

Bohol is a popular tourist destination with its beaches and resorts. The Chocolate Hills, numerous mounds of limestone formations, is the most popular attraction. The island of Panglao, located just south of Tagbilaran City, is home to some of the finest beaches in the country. The Philippine Tarsier, considered by some to be the smallest primates is indigenous to the island.

Life expectancy at birth is estimated at 68.19 for the males and 72.93 for the females for the period 2000-2005. This is lower than that of Cebu but higher than that of Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

According to the 2000 census, there are a total of 1,137,268 Boholanos or Bol-anon, as the residents of Bohol call themselves. The same census also states that Bohol has 209,588 households with an average household size of 5.41 persons, significantly higher than the national average of 4.99. The annual growth rate is 2.92%, higher than the national growth rate of 2.36%. With this growth rate, Bohol’s population will double in 24 years.

The main language spoken in Bohol is Boholano, a dialect of Cebuano. Tagalog is also spoken by many of the residents.
Religion: The majority of the population is Roman Catholic. Adherents of other Christian sects like the Protestants and Iglesia ni Cristo account for a significant part of the remainder. The Philippine Independent Church that was founded by a native Gregorio Aglipay started its roots in Bohol. The main difference between the Aglipay Church and the Roman Catholic Church is the former does not recognize the authority of Rome. The two are very similar in structure and form. Another distinct difference is an Aglipay priest is allowed to marry in stark contrast with the Roman Catholic Church.