KOICA, BISU launch Bohol tourist map TAGBILARAN CITY Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) along with Bohol Island State University (BISU) have launched last week the Bohol tourist map in this city. The project funded by KOICA was made possible following the siging of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the provincial government and BISU represented by Gov. Edgar Chatto and BISU president Elpidio Magante, respectively.
Since then, a series of researches and drafts, consultation meeting was carried out in order to welcome thoughts and accept affirmative suggestions to polish the project. Spot inspection was also done to have an ocular checking of the different beauty spots, Kim Kwang Nam, a Korean volunteer to BISU said in his short speech during the formal launching of the tourist map. There’s aneed for Bohol to have a tourist map to guide them during their visit in Bohol, Kim Kwang Nam, said. By the end of August 2014, the map and brochure were published after months of hard work, envisioning the province of Bohol as one of the top tourist destinations in the country and ?even to the whole world, Nam said.
The map carries the colored photos of tourist attractions in Bohol, including Alona Beach of Panglao; Punta Cruz watchtower, Maribojoc; Pamilacan Island, Baclayon, Bohol; Bilar man-made forest; Blood Compact; Tarsier sanctuary and others. The brichure features interesting sites, sites a the largest man-made mangrove plantation in Aisa and Double Barrier Reef Marine Park in Bohol; list of accommodations and travel agencies; festivals such as Bohol Sandugo (Blood Compact between Datu Sikatuna of Bohol and Spanish general Muguel Lopex de Legaspi and Katigbawan festival in Catigbian, Bohol; restaurants for gastronomic taste in Filipino cuisine, fastfoods, Asian, international menu; and shopping centers.
In his short speech during the launching, Song, Minhyeon, resident representative for Philippine Office of KOICA, said that Bohol is very popular for Koreans because of its beautiful attractions like the Chocolate Hills and the Tarsiers. He said that this popularity of Bohol and Philippines is shown on the data that some1.2 Koreans of the total 3.8 million visited the country in past year. He cited Panglao as one of the top ten dive sites because of its unparalleled underwater treasures. Magante, for his part, considered Philippine and Korea a close friend citing help of the country in Korean war. He thanked KOICA that made BISU
?interact closer? with them (Koreans).