The Legend Of The Chocolate Hills In Bohol

In the very early days the island of Bohol in the
Visayas region, the area covering most of its ricefields was
originally flat land. What bothered the farm folks at lenght
even up to now, is the extreme climatic changes affecting
the region which have caused untold difficulties for them.
During the onset of the dry seasons, much of the ground
there would be extremely dry and hard, they nearly always
broke their backs trying to plow the fields. Even more
troublesome was that the local farmers had to force
themselves to work the fields while sweating continuously
under the tremendous heat of the sun. On the other hand,
during the progress or the rainy seasons, the fields and
the inroads would be extremely muddy, it was slippery to
walk around. It was only during the autumn harvest time
that the rice fields come alive once more with the tall palay
shoots growing everywhere that makes the whole terrain
looked verdant green - so pleasant a sight to see, one
readily forgets about the hardships one had to go through
in the previous months.

One day, according to the old folks there, there came
two giants from two opposite sides of the island, One came
from south end and the other from the north tip of the
island. Fearing for their lives, the people left and settled in
remote areas of the island.
It had just rained a while ago that the field was
muddy everywhere. The giant from the north began to
pick some of the mud, made a ball out of it and then hurled
it at the giant from the south. It hit his left shoulder. Wanting
to get even with him, the giant from the south quickly
retaliated by throwing a similar ball of mud right into the
face of the other giant. For sometime they kept hurling
these balls of mud at each other that hit their bodiesr then
fell to the ground that went on for hours. Then both went
out of their wits and charged towards each other. The people
just stood and watched the fist-to-fist fierce fighting between
the two giants with no one letting up. Finally, they punched
each other out for good. One after the other fell to the
groundand died.

what was left of their fighting were hills upon chills
of the round balls of mud they hurled at each other. After
the fight, the farmers. came back to the fields, first to bury
the two giants, and then went on to lead a peaceful farm
life once again.

During the dry seasons, up to now one can see for
himself these brown hill ranges stretching for miles and
miles across the island that looked like candy chocolates
when watched from an elevated view point. These hills are
now more popularly referred to as the "Chocolate Hills"
of Bohol, one of the marvels of nature, making it one of the
prime tourist spots, to wit. Nonthelest, as harvest time
comes, these chocolate colored hills turns verdant green
once again as the palay shoots out from the hills that make
up these fields, giving everyone a renewed zest for living.

"Hey, you there! This is my land!" declared the giant
from the south, "Get out of my land at once! Find your
own elsewhere!"

"No! I am not going to leave. I came here first!"
insisted the giant from the north. "You should be the one
to leave!" "No! I am not going anywhere! just get away
from my land!" shouted the furious giant from the north
thumping his feet on the ground at the same time.

It had just rained a while ago that the field was
muddy everywhere. The giant from the north began to
pick some of the mud, made a ball out of it and then hurled
it at the giant from the south. It hit his left shoulder. Wanting
to get even with him, the giant from the south quickly
retaliated by throwing a similar ball of mud right into the
face of the other giant. For sometime they kept hurling
these balls of mud at each other that hit their bodiesr then
fell to the ground that went on for hours. Then both went
out of their wits and charged towards each other. The people
just stood and watched the fist-to-fist fierce fighting between
the two giants with no one letting up. Finally, they punched
each other out for good. One after the other fell to the
groundand died.

what was left of their fighting were hills upon chills
of the round balls of mud they hurled at each other. After
the fight, the farmers. came back to the fields, first to bury
the two giants, and then went on to lead a peaceful farm
life once again.

During the dry seasons, up to now one can see for
himself these brown hill ranges stretching for miles and
miles across the island that looked like candy chocolates
when watched from an elevated view point. These hills are
now more popularly referred to as the "Chocolate Hills"
of Bohol, one of the marvels of nature, making it one of the
prime tourist spots, to wit. Nonthelest, as harvest time
comes, these chocolate colored hills turns verdant green
once again as the palay shoots out from the hills that make
up these fields, giving everyone a renewed zest for living.