Yup, you read that right, it’s Loboc Man-made Forest. Yes, it’s man-made! Well, it’s not practically a vacant 2-km lot where the locals decided to plant Mahogany trees on a whim. Apparently, there used to be a naturally grown forest but most trees were lost because of the widespread kaingin in the area.
The locals however made reforestation efforts more than 50years ago. They started planting mahogany trees and sort of revive the then balding forests of Bilar and Loboc. The now called Bilar / Loboc Man-made Forest stretches for about two kilometers in the borders of Bilar Town and Loboc Town. There’s a lot of balding forests in the Philippines so I really hope more of us will make the efforts to plant more trees. If the Boholanos can do it, so can we. It’s a pleasure to pass by these forests, the rays of sun peeking through the thick and dense mahogany leaves. The mahogany trees are almost identical in height which makes it so pleasing to the sight. It really is an enchanting experience.
We didn’t really go and explore through the woods but we took quick photos in the highway. Haha! There were trucks and cars passing by so we literally have to run for the photo before any vehicle starts to pass again. Simply passing by this man-made forest in Bohol reconnects you with nature and it made me realize that there are hopes for our dear planet. If only more of us would make the efforts like the Boholanos did.