Bohol is one of those places that so far have continued to amaze. Even if I have been to the island more than five times already, there are still areas for me that I have yet to explore. Yes, the 2013 earthquake may have sent a number of our heritage in crumbles but the good news many of the natural wonders are still intact. My recent visit to Bohol sent me about 100km east of Tagbilaran City to visit the small and charming coastal town of Anda to be dazzled by their fine white sand Quinale Beach. And I have thought I have already seen the best of Bohol already.
I came in Anda in the midst of their festival week which runs parallel to Cebu’s Sinulog. I caught the busy community in preparation the afternoon I came. A group of dancers rehearsing, young ones running around the wide open field of the plaza where a stage has been set up. Not far is the community parish, the Sto Niño Parish erected March 19, 1885. Inside were impressive ceiling paintings done by Raymundo Francia from 1923 to 1925. The town is pretty organized. There’s a small market by the main road where a number of eateries can be found. The transport terminal is at the small plaza near the church. And who wouldn’t notice the blinding white sand on the horizon just beyond the field of green. Anda’s Quinale beach is just a few steps away much like any of the establishments in town. So fitting the town’s name since Anda means “it walks”.
More on Quinale beach on the next page…
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.