Rivers in the Philippines often reflect filthy, abandoned bodies of water that have been piled up a massive amount of trash on. This is not even exaggeration. I grew up near a small river with almost no flowing water, just stagnant saturation of dirty water clogged up by plastics and many other forms of garbage.
There is no one else to blame but the people. Often, residents living in the area liberally tossing sacks of wastes from their homes to the river, ignoring basic rules of environmental management. Ignorance is not the issue, but the lack of discipline and the implementation of order.
But not all rivers accept rubbish. Here in Aloguinsan, the locals take pride of their world-class river, boasting of its healthy flora and clean river. By riding a small fishing boat, you can tour the entire Bojo River, which was once part of a fishing village.
You will be guided by local fishermen who will explain to you the history of the river and share some educational lessons about the environment.
We often hit the beaches when summer approaches, but shall we spare some time to book a tour to the Bojo River? I’ll give you 5 good reasons why you should visit the Bojo River in Aloguinsan this summer.
Visiting and promoting our local places mean promoting local tourism, which in return, benefit the small towns and eventually, the entire country. Traveling outside Cebu or out of the country is not a bad thing, but we would encourage you to take a look at our local communities first and be a supporter of what we have, spend time, money and effort in visiting, exploring and boosting tourism in our own province.
In relation to local tourism, supporting local places like the Bojo River means providing jobs for the local fishermen and the others behind the services and maintenance of the river. This helps them send their children to school and put food on their table. Support their businesses, crafts, food, and this experience of getting to know Aloguinsan a little better through the eyes of the locals.
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Cruises are usually very expensive in other places, but here in Bojo River, you can enjoy sight-seeing for only 400.00. This includes food (lunch and snacks), drinks, and a demo of their handicrafts. This type of adventure will leave you breathlessly hungry for more.
Appreciation of Nature
We appreciate nature in general but seeing and experiencing the cruise will allow you to have an intimate connection with nature, Cebu and the locals. You can’t trade this with international travels because you can only encounter this one of a kind experience here in Bojo River.
The calm, still waters will change your mind about summer. If you think summer outings need to be fun and loud, you will rethink. Experiences like a peaceful cruise through the tranquil waters of Aloguinsan will remind you that there is more to this place than being a sleepy town. It is rich and pure, and the world needs to know that.
How to get there
Go to the South Bus Terminal then hop on a bus going to Aloguinsan. Take off at the public market where several habal-habals wait for passengers. Take one, then tell the driver to drop you off the Bojo River. The fare is about 100 pesos only, one way (per person).
They accept walk-ins but best to book ahead most especially if you want to avail of their full tour package. Call the tour management at
(032) 469-9042/0933 120 9480. For reference, check their Facebook page here.
Part of the full tour package is a stopover at the, Farmhouse in Aloguinsan which is located near the intersection of Toledo – Pinamungahan – Aloguinsan – Mantalongon Rd, Aloguinsan, Cebu. It is a small organic farm where they tell you on how to grow organic vegetables. There were also naturally fed livestocks, fishes, dragonfruits, and vermiculture.
When we got there past noon time, no one was there to attend to us. Maybe they were still having their break because we saw a man having his siesta time. So we just took some photos of the place near the entrance.