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The Legend of Chocolate Hills


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Choose Philippines | Oct 17, 2013

Carmen, Bohol is home to a wonderful sight -- 1,260 hills like mounds of chocolate In truth, there might be as many as 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers. These hills have secret stories to tell, legends that even Filipinos don't know about.

Clash of the giants

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The first tells the story of two feuding giants who hurled rocks, boulders, and sand at each other. The fighting lasted for days, and exhausted the two giants.

In their exhaustion, they forgot about their feud and became friends, but when they left, they forgot to clean up the mess they had made during their battle, hence the Chocolate Hills.

Tragic romance

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A more romantic legend tells of a giant named Arogo who was extremely powerful and youthful. Arogo fell in love with Aloya, who was a simple mortal.

Aloya's death caused Arogo much pain and misery, and in his sorrow he could not stop crying. When his tears dried, the Chocolate Hills were formed.

The plague

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The third legend tells of a town being plagued by a giant carabao, who ate all of their crops. Finally having had enough, the townsfolk took all of their spoiled food and placed it in such a way that the carabao would not miss it.

Sure enough, the carabao ate it, but his stomach couldn't handle the spoiled food, so he defecated, leaving behind him a mound of feces, until he had emptied his stomach of the food. The feces then dried, forming the Chocolate Hills.

The Biggest Loser

The last legend is about a gluttonous giant named Miguel that eats everything in his path. One day he came to a plain. He saw a beautiful young woman named Adrianna.

To win her affection, he needed to lose weight. So he excreted everything he ate. In the end, his fecal matter covered the land and he won Adrianna's affection.


Last October 15, 2013, at 8:12 AM, Bohol was jolted by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake leaving some parts of the hills scarred.

aerial shot

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Source: wikipedia

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