The Legend of the Chocolate Hills

written on June 3rd, 2013 by carlo

Chocolate Hills giants

On a recent countryside tour, the guide referred to these hills as “women’s breasts.” I can’t possibly be able to describe the comment, but it was funny. It’s one of those things that you had to be there for. No doubt this adds to the many stories of Bohol’s most famous landmark, the Chocolate Hills. These hills are practically synonymous to Bohol.

According to various reports, there are at least 1,260 of these uniquely shaped hills spread throughout the towns of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan. No one really knows how they were formed. They just happened to be there, but that hasn’t stopped people from coming up with plenty of fun urban legends.

There are many legends of how the Chocolate Hills came about. Here are two:

The Two Giants

Once upon a time, in a far far away land called Bohol (duh), there were two giants. They had a minor disagreement that soon escalated in to a full-fledged fight. They hurled sand, small rocks and then finally giant boulders at each other.  The ensuing fight lasted for days, until finally; they both had to stop due to exhaustion. The fatigue took its toll and the giants forgot what they were fighting about. They even became friends. Fortunately for us, they forgot to clean up the “mess” they made. Viola. The Chocolate Hills.

The Romantic

Again… in a land called Bohol, there was a giant (again). His name was Arogo, a very powerful and young giant. He was minding his own business, when one day he met a mortal girl. Her name was Aloya. They fell deeply in love. The rest of their days were spent together and happy. But as with all mortals, Aloya eventually passed away. Her death caused grief and misery to Arogo. He cried and cried and cried. His tears fell on the land and dried up to form the Chocolate Hills. These hills became proof of the pain he suffered because of Aloya’s death.

There are many more of these legends, but these two are the best. Unless of course, you know a Chocolate Hills legend we don’t. Tell us in the comments.